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Wineries 

Donna Franca (La Divina wines) is a perfect example of Wine and Road and Tastes association culturally, historically and traditionally linked to Marsala wine which is the most prestigious among the other liquor wines. Our concept of the tourism of wine is to let our guests live an unique experience through big agricultural firms, immense vineyard expanses, territories rich in history and the old Baglios (typical rural buildings located in Sicily country side and where the wine used to be produced), which represent the evidence of the big wine industry that developed in the middle of the nineteenth century in this side of Sicily. Donna Franca, which is located in the depths of a real oasis, is one of the most striking Baglios that used to belong to the most important family that have made the Marsala wine so popular, The Florios. The stay at Donna Franca makes you live again that old and upstanding atmosphere through the enjoyment of all the steps of the wine production and the different tastes of the Western Sicily wine-and-food tradition.

Buceci winery is a modern winery (they started few years ago) rich in tradition & culture. Only 30 km from Palermo, in the area of Monreale D.O.C., in town of Marineo, the new building, built in sense of typical sicilian architecture, was build up the old graqndfather's Farm ( still today the family is also an olive oil producer ). The wineyards is all biological & organic and thank to this the family won lot of international medals. They products white and red wine from wich the best know are the "millemetri", coming from wineyards 1000 meters on the sea level. A little winery with a big hearts.

Corvo winery is linked to Corvo wine, a wine that made the history of siciilian wine all over the world. The historical winery is 20 km from Palermo and offer to the visitor a view of its important history. The ambient created for tourist let them also to see the agricolture museum and the family museum with, at the end of the visit, one of the most rich wine shop of Sicily.

Florio Winery, constructed in 1832 by Vincenzo Florio, are a place where you can not only dive into history, but also enter a contemporary and artisanal world with an intense, unusual and precious soul, where tradition and innovation blend to create a uniquely fascinating reality. The historic Baglio, overlooking the sea, welcomes visitors with its florid Mediterranean gardens flooded with light and colour. The Winery, with their characteristic tuft stone paving and impressive blind-pointed arches, protectively guard the prized Florio wines in their barrels, which find here the perfection of time and waiting. A whole world to discover, thanks to the Donna Franca Florio Tasting Room, an innovative space created to offer visitors a suggestive taste of the bouquets and flavours of Florio wines, and the brand new Florio wine shop.











Ricotta Experience on Sunday


FOOD & BEVERAGE

Parco Vecchio farmhouse is located 30 km from Palermo, on the green area between Marineo & Santa Crisitna Gela. They product vegetables & cheese, above the famous sicilian ricotta. The charming of the old farm linked at the warmig welcome of the family owners move You to a friendly atmosphere. 


Baglio Fontanasalsa is located in the center of a vast plain of olive groves that stretches from the foot of Mount Erice to the lagoon of the Lagoon , where is located the island of Mozia , in the province of Trapani, on the far western tip of Sicily.
Situated in a land where for centuries the myth is interwoven with the rich events of history: Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines , Arabs, Swabians, French and Spanish have taken place in the management of land, prove it , of course, the presence in the company of plant species that date back hundreds of years ago.
The Baglio , located in the center of the company, has its origins in the 700 as a fortified place where we welcome the flat of the product , because the mill if they drew the oil.
For generations, is in possession of the family Burgarella who has exercised a specialized olivicultura .

Villa Dafne is an agro -livestock which for more than three generations grow and raise in respect of the land and animals, allowing the food to gain health , energy and taste.
The brothers Mascarella are specialists in the production of cheese, activities carried out strictly in biological system to continue to protect the one hand the ecosystem of the area, to ensure quality and healthy products .
The milk of sheep Company Mascarella is completely transformed for the production of cheeses : pecorino siciliano , the flower Sicanian , black Sicily, the cheese, the pirmintio , the fresh mozzarella and delicious ricotta cheese to be eaten hot with serum or fresh .
For the preparation of these products is used traditional dairy technology handed down from generation to generation .
Sunday Villa Dafne organizes for all its guests, the preparation of ricotta ( zabbinata ) using traditional techniques : a treat with the homemade bread.


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 Pasta Busiate from Trapani

Isola delle Femmine 
by boat Explora

Explora is an underwater viewing boat to 8 m and width 4 m long , has a capacity of 24 passengers .
The boat Explora is truly original in form in the colors and its prerogatives. His line captivates immediately . The Explora consists of two levels: one below the waterline with 6 large windows , where you can peer into the depths , then the upper deck with 24 seats from where you can admire the view from above, move freely and spend relaxing with other guests.
The boat Explora is characterized by being a medium with low environmental impact . Explora is a fun and convenient means of transport , where passengers are immediately at ease and can easily socialize (our motto '' we are all in the same boat '') , a valuable tool to learn about the flora and fauna of ' Marine Protected Area of ​​Capo Gallo -Isola '' of females .''
Our initiative is aimed at those who want to learn about the ecosystem and the beauty of the Marine Protected '' Capo Gallo - Island of the Females '' (groups , schools, businesses, tourists, cral , associations and residents). In recent years we have paid particular attention to the world of school, planning of educational excursions interesting and challenging , which highlight the different natures of the Marine , with the support of qualified guides.
During the cruise, discusses the birth of the Marine , its evolution over time, its ecosystem , plants and animals that inhabit it , the presence of man over thousands of years and its relationship with the area . You look at the geological formations , the various forms of life. Our educational excursions , as well as having a high scientific and cultural content , they are a great school integration and socialization.
In addition, it is possible to combine a guided cruise on the Natural Reserve Isle of females. The strengths of our cruises are: charging a strong interest , foster interpersonal relationships and have an excellent value for money . In conclusion, we would be delighted to have you all on board to see how we could summarize in a few lines .











Explora Boat Isola delle Femmine

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EXCURSIONSICILY 2016/2017

A Taste of Sicily – Wine & Food private Session

by english speaking driver & BOOK or AUDIO GUIDE** from 02/11/2014 to 31/10/2015

PRIVATE & GROUP DAY TRIP from Palermo WINE & FOOD SESSION by english speaking driver


EXCURSION

DAY

PRICE P.P.

DEPARTURE ca.

TOT.

TIMEca.

NOTES

MARSALA AMBER

ONE WINERY VISIT & TASTE 3 WINES

HALF DAY

MONDAY to SATURDAY

60.00



winery fees INCLUDED

09.00 AM

5 H

NO LUNCH TIME


MARSALA SILVER

TWO WINERIES VISIT & TASTE 3 WINES + 3 MARSALA

LONG HALF DAY

MONDAY to SATURDAY

80.00




winery fees INCLUDED

08.00 AM

6 H

NO LUNCH TIME


MARSALA GOLD

THREE WINERIES VISIT & TASTE 6 WINES + 3 MARSALA

FULL DAY

MONDAY to SATURDAY

100.00




winery fees INCLUDED

08.00 AM

8 H

LUNCH NOT INCLUDED


MARSALA PLATINUM

THREE WINERIES VISIT & TASTE 6 WINES + 3 MARSALA + TIPICAL LUNCH IN FRONT MOZIA & SALT PANS

HALF DAY

MONDAY to SATURDAY

150.00





winery fees & lunch INCLUDED

08.00 AM

10 H

LUNCH INCLUDED:

HAND MADE PASTA BUSIATE + GRILLED SEA BASS FROM SALT PANS OF MOZIA + LOCAL FRUIT

BEVERAGE, EXTRAS NOT INCLUDED


MARSALA WINE SUNSET EXPERIENCE

with private visit on wine cellar & aperitivo with local apetizers on a panorama terrace at the sunset

EVENING EXCURSION

MONDAY to

SATURDAY





SUMMER EXPERIENCE

ONLY FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER 2016

100.00






winery fees & apetizers INCLUDED

05.00 PM ca.

5 H

ALL INCLUDED

ONLY FROM APRIL TO OCTOBER 2016

OLIVE OIL EXPERIENCE

Visit of Oil factory in Trapani area, taste of oil & full tipical lunch with beverage



FULL DAY

MONDAY to

FRIDAY



100.00





oil factory fees & lunch  INCLUDED

10.00 AM  


6 H

LUNCH MENU:

Local starters + tipical hand made pasta + taste of olive oil ice cream (day menu)


BEVERAGE, EXTRAS NOT INCLUDED


MARSALA WINERY (included visit & 3 wines tasting ), & MARSALA MUSEUM

LONG HALF DAY

WEDNESDAY



GROUP DAY TRIP*

60.00




winery fees INCLUDED

08.00 AM

6 H

NO LUNCH TIME

MARSALA ARCHEO MUSEUM 1H

WINERY 1H


BUCECI WINERY*

Wine Cellar visit & taste 3 wines

HALF DAY

EVERY DAY

40.00



winery fees INCLUDED

08.30 AM 03.30 PM

2 DEPARTURES !

3 H

WINERY 1H





CORLEONE WALKING TOUR, FICUZZA CASTLE, MARINEO COUNTRY MUSEUM & WINERY

FULL DAY  






FRIDAY





GROUP DAY TRIP*






75.00





walking tour, Marineo museum & winery fees INCLUDED






08.30 AM






8 H








WALKING TOUR CORLEONE 1H


FICUZZA CASTLE + LUNCH TIME 1H30M


MARINEO MUSEUM 30M


WINERY 30M

SICILIAN COOCKING CLASS in FARMHOUSE



FULL DAY

SATURDAY

**OTHER DAYS ON REQUEST(PRIVATE EXC. - NOT ON SUNDAY & NATIONAL HOLIDAYS)


GROUP DAY TRIP*

80.00

**100.00



Farmhouse fees & full lunch & beverage

INCLUDED

10.00 AM

5 H

COOKING CLASS + FULL LUNCH 3H (local starters + first course pasta + second course meat + fruits + mineral water & local red wine) (day menu)


SEGESTA*, TIPICAL LUNCH IN PANORAMIC COUNTRY-RESTAURANT, ERICE*,  CASSATELLA of ricotta cheese TASTING IN CASTELLAMARE DEL GOLFO WITH PHOTO STOP


FULL DAY

MONDAY to SATURDAY


120.00










Lunch & casatella tasting INCLUDED

09.30 AM

9 H

SEGESTA 2H FREE VISIT


ERICE 2H FREE VISIT


TIPICAL LUNCH INCL.:

LOCAL STARTERS + HAND MADE PASTA BUSIATA AL PESTO TRAPANESE + MIXED SALAD (EXTRAS & BEVERAGE NOT INCLUDED)


CASSATELLA TASTE INCLUDED


*GROUP DAY TRIP Guaranteed departures with minimum number of participants (6). BOOK GUIDE ON SEGESTA & ERICE INCLUDED (ITA-ENG-DEU-FRA-ESP).


** Private excursions: 20% DISCOUNT FROM THE 3th PARTECIPANT 30 % DISCOUNT FROM THE 6th PARTECIPANT.


PRIVATE DAY TRIP COULD BE MODIFIED WITH OTHER ITINENARIES UNDER REQUEST 2 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE.


ENTRANCE FEES INFORMATION ON: http://www.regione.sicilia.it/beniculturali/dirbenicult/database/dipartimento_2/siti_list.asp


Pick up: from main hotels in Palermo area


Discount: 0-2 Y.O. free 3-11 Y.O. 50 %


BOOKING FEE: 5.00 P. PAX. A 50% DEPOSIT SHOULD BE REQUESTED AT THE MOMENT OF FINAL CONFIRMATION.


SURCHAGE PICK UP HOTEL MONREALE/MONDELLO 5.00 PER PAX. DROP TO APT PMO 15.00 P. PAX. SURCHAGE BABY SITE / CHILD SITE 5.00


FINAL CONFIRMATION (ONLY FOR GROUP DAY TRIP): 48H BEFORE DEPARTURE


Cancellation Fees: 1 day before 50 %, no show 100%. Departure & time of services could change in case of road traffic.


Extras, tips, entrance fees & meals not included, INCLUDED ONLY IF INDICATED


                (FIST SUNDAY EVERY MONTH MAIN CULTURAL & ARCHEOLOGIC SITES FREE TO CHARGE)






































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FarmHouse (detail)  -  Ricotta Cheese in farmhouse (down)



SPECIAL VALUE - SICILIAN COOCKING CLASS
a different experience in the heart of true Sicily!

After a panorama view on the country road outside the modern City of Palermo we arrive on a tipical Sicilian farm house named Parcovecchio, in the zone on Marineo, about 30 km from Palermo. The owners welcome you spending a time to visit the farm factory ( famous ricotta cheese is
product here ). Then the interest is moved to the coocking class made by the son  of the owner, Ciro. There is no a particular menu in program, just, as the original Mediterranean diet says, cook fresh and local products from Sicilian territory. After pre-dishes made of cheeses, handmade marmalade and local vegetables and local bread, pasta will be served ( pasta is one the the most important meal in Italy ) in the country restaurant of the farm ( Trattoria ). Local red wine & water will be served during the lunch. Second dish made of meet and fresh local fruits gives end to a beautiful excursion on the country heart of Sicily, outside the classical tourist itinerary ! Don’t take distraction, You’ll see all the preparation of the menu ! 

SPECIAL VALUE: MARSALA SUNSET EXPERIENCE

One of the most request excursion on 2012/13, this experience offer You the beautiful road from Palermo to Marsala, called also the road of Elymians. After about one hour You'll enjoy the visit to the famous cantine-winery Divina, streight in front the Mozia island, phoenician headquarter in Sicily. An unfergettable "aperitivo" will be served in a terrace overlooking the west sicilian coast, tasting one of the most renomed white sicilian wine: Grillo. In the way back to Palermo a photo stop to pick a charming view of the magnificent temple of Segesta. Enjoy Sicily !


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FEDERESCURSIONISMO SICILIA
The overall aim of the association is to create a widespread sensitivity and appreciation for nature tourism with low environmental impact and protect the interests of operators who conduct or intend to conduct this activity at a professional level and enterprise, in the laws that region Sicily has already passed and which still awaits full administrative application .
Today these figures are gathered in the Group Nature Guides FederEscursionismo of Sicily as a vehicle for the dissemination of the culture of the land continues ...
The Group of Nature Guides has the specific task of coordinating and protect all the figures that up to now , while other professions do not work , they have exercised that support activities in natural areas in a variety of ways ( Hiking, Cycling , Horse, Ski touring , etc ...) on behalf of various associations and organizations gaining experience and professionalism in the field directly or through related training or knowledge gained with undergraduate degrees in science, partly responding to the growing tourist demand of hikers and travelers that otherwise would not find adequate supply .
The EDF Group Guides implements in part, for members who meet the requirements , even the law of the 8 regional art. 5 and May 3, 2004 decree establishing the relevant register of environmental guides ( DAn 161/gab . 12:11 Del . 2004), and wants to create a dialogue with the competent institutions to complete the necessary paperwork for enrollment guides GAE .
The purpose of the Guide Group of EDF is therefore to create a broad category of skilled professionals able to promote the territory and jurisdiction "champions " of environmental values ​​and nature conservation.
The Green tourism in Sicily offers a potentially immense natural heritage with 5 regional parks, 80 nature reserves and marine protected areas 6 (source siciliaparchi.com ) for lovers of hiking and sightseeing alternatives to the most popular destinations . The nature guide allows the enjoyment of these beauties - by appropriate enhancement - in the company of qualified professionals.

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