Cruise around Sicily

2 Aprile 2016
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Cruise around Sicily

Yacht will arrive in Trapani.

Re to your arrival in Trapani, pls note the Marina di Levante is located in front of the city historical center. The city center is full of nice shops, cafes, restaurants and beautiful buildings and churches.
From Trapani by cable car it is possible to reach Erice an ancient medieval town on the top of the mountain, which dominates Trapani port. The town is dedicated to the son of Afrodite and is famous for its castles and for the cobbled and narrow streets.

From Trapani within 30 minutes drive it is also possible to visit:

Segesta: Greek archaeological site. It is possible to admire the doric temple and the greek theatre. Marsala and Stagnone: Fascinating landscapes in the middle of the beautiful salt pans. In Marsala it is also possible to have a taste of the famous desert wine Marsala doc.

Recommended restaurants:
“Ai Lumi” “Taverna Paradiso” “Serisso 47” “ Caupona”(Trapani)— “Monte San Gliuliano” (Erice)

From Trapani to Egadi Island

The Egadi islands (Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo) are really wonderful places specially if your Guests wish to enjoy their time, relax, swimming in crystal clear water. These three islands are marine reserve. They are almost untouched and only few anchorage points are allowed. If you will anchor of the Egadi islands it is necessary to make an authorization to the Marine Natural Reserve, so please let us know a day before and we will provide for you.

Favignana is the biggest and the most touristic. Favignana is famous for “Cala Rossa” for the color of the sea. Levanzo is the smallest. The little town faces the sea. Levanzo is famous for the “Grotta del Genovese”, Cape Grosso and the bay of Cala.

Minnola.Marettimo is the most wild and unspoiled island. It covered with spontaneous vegetation. There is a majestic mountain that dominates the island. On the western coast you will find high rocks, deep turquoise sea and wonderful caves. The Egadi’s anchorage point will be decided on arrival with Harbour Master but one day before we must prepare and request auth. to the Marine Natural Reserve


From Favignana to Palermo / Cathedral of Palermo

Cala Rossa

It is one of the symbols that represent the beauty of the seabed of Favignana. In fact, turquoise color of the sea creates a striking contrast with the whitewashed walls surrounding tuff. The boats anchored in it, seem suspended in the air.

Cala Azzurra

Located between Punta Marsala and Punta Fanfalo, is characterized by an incredible transparent sea in shades of pink with white backdrop.

Lido Burrone

it is the largest beach of the island. The white sand and clean the bottom of the sea make it a ‘unique transparency.
Close to the town center, is located between the Camparia and the Establishment Florio. Despite its proximity to the port, the sand is clean. From the shore, you can see small fish.

The Cathedral of Palermo has been a temple, mosque and church over the centuries. In fact, it seems that the Cathedral arises out of an ancient temple dedicated to the Virgin Mary. In 831, after the invasion of
the Saracens, the Moors found the structure too good to raze it to the ground, so they decided to use it for their religious functions, converting it into a mosque, and calling it “Gami”. With the conquest of Palermo by the Normans, the “Gami” returned to the Christian cult and from 1100 to 1200 began the renovation, giving the Cathedral of Palermo a strong Byzantine imprint. Inside, there are also some elements of the rich treasure of the Cathedral of Palermo.

Church of the Martorana in Palermo

The Church of the Martorana, also known as Saint Mary of the Admiral, was founded in 1143 and the original
building shows both the Byzantine influence, much in vogue in Europe at the time, and is clearly an imprint of

Islam, due to their long domination. About two centuries later, the houses in the district were destined to the nuns of the convent, which will be founded in 1394. The nuns of the convent have invented the delicious
cakes shaped like fruit made with marzipan, which until 1800 were prepared and sold only by them. Just for the monopoly of this Sicilian delicacy the sweets are known by the name of “fruit of Martorana.”

Where: Piazza Bellini n° 3
When: Monday to Saturday from 8.00 to 13.00 and from 15.30 to 17.30. Sundays and holidays from 8.30 to 13.00

Palatine Chapel and Norman Palace in Palermo

The Palatine Chapel is located at the Norman Palace in Palermo, where the parliament of Sicily meets. The Palace is a very old building, originally Arabian, even if the development of the surrounding area is due to the
Normans. As with many buildings of Palermo, the Byzantine style blends and overlaps with the Muslim that preceded it. The Palatine Chapel, which is part of the palace is spectacular, and the great artistic merit should be mostly given to Arabian style who masters decoration. The mosaics and the spectacular decorations

that adorn the chapel really take away their breath, and show the charm of ancient cultures.

Where: Piazza del Risorgimento.

When: daily from 09.00 to 12.00. Sunday from 9:00 to 10:00.
Price: € 8.50. € 7 when access to the Royal Apartments is forbidden for Parliament Works.

Regional Archaeological Museum in Palermo

The Regional Archaeological Museum “Antonio Salinas” in Palermo is one of the most important in the entire
Mediterranean area and the exhibits collected in the two floors in which it is organized, retrace centuries of history. In 1866 a part of the Church of Sant’Ignazio all’Olivella was intended to contain the Regional Archaeological Museum of Palermo, and it is for this reason that the building has a conventual structure. Following the bombing of the Second World War, the Regional Archaeological Museum was rebuilt on the original model, retaining its characteristic structure. The Museum’s collections trace the illustrious history of

this land and its dominators, through a past that quickly becomes present here.
Where: Piazza Olivella.
When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 to 14. Tuesday and Friday from 9 to 14 and from 15 to 18. Sundays and holidays from 9 to 13.
Price: free entry for citizens of the European Community under the age of 18 years and above 60 years.

Massimo Theatre

Guided tours of the Theatre

You can visit the Theatre from 9.30 to 17 (last tour at 16.30, in the days with a show at 17.30 last visit 16) – Tickets: € 8 (full price), € 5 (reduced), € 6 (groups of 20),

The Catacombs of Palermo

The cemetery the Capuchin friars in Palermo, mistakenly known as “the catacombs” preserves the mortal remains of monks, celebrities and common people. The humidity level of the Catacombs of Palermo, and the
care that the Capuchin friars of the deceased had, allowed the mummies to be preserved almost intact, and very recognizable. The Catacombs of Palermo are one of the most popular tourist destinations by the visitors

of the Sicilian capital. The appeal of the macabre, which is preserved terrifyingly intact from 1599, never goes out of fashion.
Where: Via Infermeria dei Cappuccini n°3

Recommended restaurants:

“Bye bye Blues” (Mondello)- “Kursaal Kalhesa” (Palermo)

Yacht cruise to Cefalu’

Built on a promontory dominated by a cliff overlooking the sea, the town has preserved its antique look, around the cathedral built by Roger II. The narrow streets of the center, of mediaeval imprint, are surrounded
by buildings , architectural decorations and many churches that reveal the importance of his bishopric. Of particular charm, the seaside village, with its ancient houses facing the sea and the long sandy beach, one of

the most beautiful in the whole northern coast.

From Cefalù to Aeolian Island- Vulcano

We advise to go to the mud bath in Vulcano island, this is a natural sulphur mud pool, open air, very close to the port.
Next to it and connected, hot springs in the sea side for a warm clean water after the mud.

it is sulphur therefore quite a strong smell!! but afterwards the skin will be very smooth and normally, guest, enjoy this unusual experience.

The mud bath area is open from h 08,30 till h 18,00. The entry ticket costs 2,00 euros per person, possibility to use shower ( 1,00 euro), changing room and toilet, and also to rent beach towel ( 2,50 euros).

In this area it will be also possible to purchase typical sulphur cosmetics such as face and body mask, cream, soap.

We could also organize a guided tour of the island by taxi to admire this typical landscape.

At Aeolian Islands- Lipari

We can organize either a private guided tour in Lipari by taxi and a walk in the small historical town, a visit to the archeological sites, archeological park, cathedral and its norman cloister, or a visit to the archeological Museum with the collection of masks, prehistoric, classical and maritime sections. It is a very important museum in Europe and a very well organized.

Museum opening hours: afternoon from h 15,30 to h 19,30 with last entrance at h 18,30. IMPORTANT: authorized guide for the museum to be booked beforehand.

Recommended restaurant:


At Aeolian Islands cruise to Panarea and back to Lipari

We propose a guided tour of this nice island by small electrical cars which are the taxis in Panarea to discover archaeological and naturalistic characteristics of the Aeolians.

This island is characterized by small alleys and white houses nicely decorated.

Recommended restaurants:

“La Raya” “ Da Pina”

At Aeolian Islands – Stromboli

The Island is an active volcano which belongs to the Aeolian Islands and the Aeolian Arc. Located in the basin of the Tyrrhenian Sea Western Mediterranean, the island is the most northerly of the Aeolian Islands and covers an area of 12.6 km 2. The volcano is 926 m high s.l.m. and reaches a depth ‘of about 1700 m below the sea level. Stromboli has a persistent explosive activity and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. A few hundred meters north-east of the island is located in the neck of Strombolicchio, remnant of an ancient volcanic chimney. The island is home to a lighthouse of the Navy, currently uninhabited and automated.

From Stromboli to Taormina

As soon as you arrive in Taormina,( near Messina town ) you will feel the magical, mythical atmosphere spread all around which has enchanted visitors from all over the world for years and years. Settled on a hill of the Monte Tauro, Taormina dominates two grand, sweeping bays below and on the southern side, the top of Mount Etna, the european highest active volcano, often capped with snow, offering to the visitors a breathtaking, dramatic and memorable view

Recommended restaurants:

“Timeo”- “Granduca”

From Taormina to Riposto

As soon as you arrive in Riposto , we propose you the Helicopter tour or Jeep tour to MOUNTAIN ETNA . Looking at it from the top you will appreciate an amazing view.

The recommended tours to anyone wishing to explore the territory, includes the area of Trapani (Egadi Islands, Erice, Saline, Isle of Motzia), the area of Etna, Taormina and Eolian Islands (ME), in the Palermo area, the surrounding hills and the island of Ustica.
Depending on the interest whether or not to combine archaeological or nature tours, must be foreseen suitable locations to rest.

Bookings must be made at least 24 hours before . The costs depends on the number of passengers and from the excursion choice.

All passengers will be equipped with a headset to talk to each other or with the pilot, and hear a description of the tour

Recommended restaurant:

“La Siciliana”(Catania)

From Riposto to Siracusa

Founded in 734 BC by colonists from Corinth, Syracuse was by Cicerone as “the largest and most beautiful of all the Greek cities.” The name derives from Syraka (“much water”), thanks to the numerous streams and swampy area of the city.
During the Greek period, Syracuse reached its maximum splendour. Today there are several historical evidence from this period: the Fountain of Arethusa in Ortygia, the Greek Theatre, the Aqueduct Galermi, the Ear of Dionysus and the Altar of Hieron, and the the Greek temples of Apollo and Zeus.

Since 2005, the entire city of Syracuse, along with the necropolis of Pantalica which falls within the province of Syracuse, were listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This programme aims to catalogue, name and conserve sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. The deciding committee which evaluates potential candidates described their reasons for choosing Syracuse because “monuments and archeological sites situated in Syracuse are the finest example of outstanding architectural creation spanning several cultural aspects; Greek, Roman and Baroque”, following on that Ancient Syracuse was “directly linked to events, ideas and literary works of outstanding universal significance”.

Half day escursion in Siracusa
We suggest to start at 09:00 or after 16:30 to enjoy more and especially to avoid the afternoon heat.

Transfer from the boat to the Archaeological site (15 min. drive from the boat). The excursion starts to the:

Arch. Park of Neapolis (included in the UNESCO World Heritage list) visit the Greek Theatre,the Ear of Dionigi,the Latomie “Paradise Garden”, the Roman amphitheatre. Estimated time 1 1/2 hr. of visit. Transfer to the marvellous Island of Ortigia the ancient city of Siracusa where you will continue the tour visiting the unique Duomo, the first Christian church to be built inside a Temple.

The City Hall with its barocco façade, Caravaggio painting “The Burial of Saint Lucy”, the fountain of Arethusa with its spring water and papyrus plants, Artemis fountain, located in Archimede’s Square the Cathedral and admire the Barocco Palaces.

return to boat

SIRACUSA and NOTO Full Day Escursion Start h.9.00

We start our sightseeing in Ortigia Island the ancient city of Siracusa. To the centre of Ortigia, You will visit the unique Duomo, the first Christian church to be built inside of a Temple. The City Hall with its barocco façade, the fountain of Arethusa with its spring water and papyrus plants, Artemis fountain, located in Archimede’s Square we strongly suggest to visit Massimo Izzo’s work shop, he will guide You inside his laboratory and will show you how he creates his own marine motif jewels each of the them unique product.. Before ending Your visit in Ortigia, not far from the bridge that connects Ortigia to the main land, you could admire the first temple ever built in Sicily dedicated to Apollo.

Leaving Ortigia, You will be driven to the Arch. Park of Neapolis to visit the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionigi, the Latomie “Paradise Garden”, the Roman amphitheatre After the visit of the Arch. Park, then proceed by car on the motorway to the well known charming UNESCO barocco town of Noto.

Lunch at the best typical Sicilian restaurant in town

After lunch You will start the visit in Noto with a nice relaxing “passeggiata” (walk) on the main axis provided by Corso Vittorio Emanuele which runs through three piazzas, each with its own church. Piazza Immacolata ,with its austere Baroque façade of San Francesco all’immacolata. By the entrance to Via San Francesco d’Assisi, sits the lovely Monastero del Santissimo. Across the street we can admire the Convento di Santa Chiara.

Piazza Municipio, this is the most majestic and the busiest of the three squares, overlooked on the left by the eye catching elevation of the Palazzo Ducezio, Cathedral – The broad façade with its two tall bell- towers does not completely obscure the remains of the dome which tragically collapsed destroying a large section of the nave in 1996.

Piazza XVI Maggio – The most striking feature on the square is Gagliardi’s elegant convex façade for the Chiesa di San Domenico.

Before leaving the town, You will enjoy a coffee break admiring the amazing colour of the palaces created by the sunset. 7:30 p.m. Return to Siracusa estimated time.

Recommended restaurants:

“Don Camillo”- “Porta Marina”

Yacht leaves Siracusa cruise to Marzamemi

It ‘a small Township which is about 3 km from Pachino (Sr). Marzamemi is an Arabic word which means “Marsà to hamen” Rada of Doves. The name comes from the abundant step of these birds of spring. The township is watered almost all around the Ionian sea and is below sea level. The Ionian Sea, you meet the two islands of Marzamemi. The inhabitants of the said township are all dedicated to fishing: it was already well known, since ancient times for the trap, which was the second largest in Sicily after the one in Favignana (Trapani) and now works intermittently every five years.

Recommended restaurant:

“La Cialoma”

From Marzamemi to Pozzallo

From Pozzallo it is possible to visit Ragusa Ibla and Modica.
Ragusa Ibla still conserves its original town-plan bequeathed form the past. Half destroyed by the 1693 earthquake, it was soon rebuilt taking on its new Baroque appearance.

Modica like the other towns in the Val di Noto, was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and largely rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. It is divided into two parts, “higher” Modica and “lower” Modica, which are connected by numerous flights of steps. Palazzi and houses rise from the bottom of the gorge seemingly stacked one on top of the other. Magnificent churches, with their inspiring domes, bell towers and intricate facades, punctuate the red-tiled roofs and one is struck by the uniform beauty of the whole.

Recommended restaurant:

“La Madia”(Modica)