Departure at 08.00 a.m. We discover the mountains, maybe the nicest in Sicily, in the heart of the Madonie Natural Park. First stop in Gratteri, a small medieval village of ancient origin, at 680mt of elevation, just 10 km from the fascinating Cefalu coast. One of the most fascinating Gratteri characteristics is the captivating views of the sea and of the coast which possess tones of real sublimity during spring and autumn clear days: a real “terrace overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea”. The trip continues towards the Sanctuary at Gibilmanna, surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean vegetation. The sanctuary, dedicated to the Madonna, is perched high on the Pizzo San Angelo 800m above sea level. Its name refers to its position from the Arabic Jebel, meaning mountain or hill. The name translates literally as Mountain of Manna. Manna is a sweetish substance, collected in the months of July-August from the Mountain Ash trees which grow in the area. Next to the monastery in a Sicilian property previously used as a stable and guest quarters is a small museum, dedicated to the life and culture of Capuchin friars in the area of sacred vestments and religious paintings on display and other objects relating to their everyday life.
Departure for Castelbuono, surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean vegetation, in the northern part of Sicily. Castelbuono is a small medieval town full of life, history and picturesque corners. The walk goes through the main monuments (you can visit the Ventimiglia Castle which holds an interesting museum and an ancient Palatine Chapel), but also through the most authentic streets. During the tour, we will meet craftsmen and stop at food stores and bars. You will have the opportunity to chat with locals, taste typical pastries (including the now famous panettone Fiasconaro)! Departure for lunch in a wonderfully restored farm house of the XIX century: Tenuta Luogo Marchese. Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
LANGUAGES: English – German
PRICE: AD € 50,00 – CH € 35,00 – INFANT (0-2) FREE
THE PRICE INCLUDES: Transfer by bus, tour leader and a typical Sicilian lunch in a farm house of the XIX century (water and wine included)
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: Entrance to the Castle/Museum of Ventimiglia.