Meeting and Incentive Package in Sicily
The isle of Sicily is blessed with a mild climate during the entire year. Not only is it the largest region in Italy, it is also the largest island in the Mediterranean. Sicily is a real touristic draw because of the main cities Catania and Palermo and the smaller cities Noto, Ragusa, Erice, Syracuse and Agrigento with small villages and seaside resorts in between.
This land was coveted by all of the major civilizations considering its strategic position in the Mediterranean. The town of Mazara del Vallo is a perfect example of this diversity: the city walls are Norman, there are numerous Catholic churches as well as an Arab quarter. In addition to its rich flora and deep blue sea, Sicily has an extremely important geographical attraction -the volcano Etna.
The variety of the region offers a multitude of possibilities for incentives activities: important museums and archaeological sites, nautical sports but also extreme sports allowing for the creation of true adventures!The receptive structures are just as varied as the island. There are top of the line 5 star properties to excellent 4 star conference hotels, farm and country houses to ancient Noble Palaces. Many of these also feature spas. They provide exceptional settings for your business meetings and in cities such as Taormina, Erice, Catania, Palermo or Acireale, some of the most important international meetings are organized year.
Just to mention some of the Sicilian specialities: pasta con le sarde (with sardines and wild fennel, though versions vary from place to place), pasta alla norma (with eggplant and ricotta), the famous caponata ( a sort of ratatouille) and for dessert il canolo and the cassata siciliana. Just some of the excellent wines: Etna rosso e bianco, Nero d'Avola, Cresuolo di Vittoria, Malvasia di Lipari, Mascato di Pantelleria, Marsala.
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Suggestion 1: The very best of Sicilia
We can offer you a personalised programme which can be a mix of culture, history, enogastronomy and sport. From the Catania airport, a shuttle brings you to the Pescheria (fish market), where sellers and customers negotiate about fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. Try a delicious fish menu or “arancini alla Siciliana” in a typical osteria. After lunch a short guided walk through Catania, and a visit to the mysterious megaliths of the medieval village Montalbano Elicona. Other activities on this trip : discover the Aeolian islands by Vespa (Lipari), Syracuse, fishing excursions on a boat, wine tastings and cooking workshops with typical Sicilian products. Experience a great 4x4 trip on Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. If you want to enjoy a stunning view over the sea, we can arrange a lunch in ristorante Granduca. In the afternoon we’ll visit the Teatro Greco in Taormina and other historical monuments. Or take a Fiat 500 to Cefalù…. Plenty of possibilities on this island !
Marsala - a town in the western part of Sicily - is famous for the Marsala wine and for the salt pits. We start our visit in the oldest winery, built in 1832. The estate is huge, just a few details : 6000 square meter wine cellars, 7400 square meter of ageing zone, over 1400 half-barriques and about 600 barrels. This visit is not complete without a tasting of the world famous Marsala, the recipe and traditions handed down from generation to generation. After lunch, we are heading for the Salt Road between Marsala and Trapani. Here you can also admire windmills dating back to the 19th century.
Spend half a day in the Erice area. First stop for a tasting at Maria Grammatico’s famous almond Pastry Shop. Get a magnificent view over the Egadi islands during lunch in a prestigious restaurant in Erice. In the afternoon we’ll visit historic wine cellars with guided tasting of the best Sicilian wines. Indeed… Sicily is the appointed region for wine, with its warm temperatures, hilly terrain, sea breezes and rich soil.
Meet book author Giovanna in a quiet and bucolic estate located in the centre of Sicily for a private hands-on cookery class. She will demonstrate how to prepare her marvellous recipes. Her cooking style is the combination of different elements : the knowledge of the Sicilian cooking traditions, the care for natural local products, interest in tastes and trends.
These seven islands, situated off the northern coast of Sicily, are considered as one of the most beautiful for its richness and variety of flora and fauna. Bizarre shaped rocks, amazing natural grottos and picturesque coves. The Aeolian islands stands for an indelible memory. Several departures and boat embarkation points near hotels and beaches from Milazzo, Capo d'Orlando, Patti and Vulcano.
Don’t miss the exclusive mini-cruise to Panarea and the fascinating spectacle of the active, erupting volcano Stromboli by night ! Participants are invited to taste the local gastronomic specialty based on fish. Normally, these mini-cruises take place from the end of March till the end of October, but additional dates or other requests can also be arranged for groups.
Full day bike excursion to discover the different environments around the volcano Etna, along the slopes and the lava tracks. Find your way through a unique and various landscape. From pine forests to a lunar soil, thanks to the thousands of lava casts, testimony of ancient disasters. You will feel Etna breaths under your feet, the emotion is hardly to explain with words…