The experiential tour between
the Sicani mountains - Sicily
Discover the enchanted valley in the heart of Sicily
Between the Gulf of Palermo and the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, along the ancient road that was crossed by the Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans, lies the Sicilian territory, also called "Sicani Mountains" with its breathtaking landscapes and villages among the most characteristic of Italy. Through natural parks, wheat fields and high altitude settlements, an experience that reveals the traditions and history of an unforgettable culture.
The extraordinary heritage of biodiversity
The regional park ok the Sicani mountains is located in 3rd place among the Sicilian natural parks, the municipalities involved are 12: Bivona, Burgio, Cammarata (in our travels), Castronovo di Sicilia, Chiusa Sclafani, Contessa Entellina, Giuliana Palazzo Adriano, Prizzi, S. Giovanni Gemini, S. Stefano Quisquinia, Sambuca di Sicilia, of which 6 in the province of Palermo and 6 in the province of Agrigento.
the "Parco dei Monti Sicani" is characterized by the presence of agricultural systems that allow the existence of numerous agricultural and livestock farms that give rise to typical and quality products.
The tour that encompasses the beauty of an unknown territory of extraordinary naturalistic and artistic beauty, far from large tourist flows, but with all the necessary comforts. Comfortable country houses or hotels, tastings of all kinds, comfortable coaches and professional guides always available. The best way to know the real Sicily.
1st day: welcome.
Meeting with your escort at the arrival airport and transfer to the country house. Presentation of the tour and welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight
2nd day: Trekking to Quisquina.
The day begins towards Monte Quisquina (1183 m asl) where you can enjoy a wide panorama over most of Sicily. Walk of 2 hours - 2 and a half hours (about 5 km) not particularly difficult with passage to the Quercia Grande (ancient oak of about 600-700 years old). Crossing the woods, we will see the Hermitage of Santa Rosalia di Quisquina, a hermit structure with its church, the cells of the hermit monks, the crypt and the cave where the Virgin of Palermo lived most of her life. We will continue for a typical farm, where we will assist in the preparation of ricotta and where all the local specialties such as cheeses and / or typical dishes (boiled sheep or roasted artichokes or lamb in the oven, etc.) are also produced. Return to the farmhouse, dinner and overnight.
3rd day: between alleys of the historic center and cooking class.
Sensory experiences between history and culinary traditions.
After breakfast we leave for the visit of Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini. During the walk through the alleys of the historic center of Cammarata, we can admire some routes that are part of the famous "Magna via Francigena". Then we will reach a typical trattoria for a wonderful experience. We will touch the excellent local products with our own hands and cook them together with the chef in a splendid location. Fun is guaranteed, and even the little ones can get their hands and have fun discovering the goodness of our kitchen. Depending on the day, you can buy the ingredients in the local market together with the chef. In the afternoon, free time in the center of San Giovanni Gemini, for shopping or to enjoy a good aperitif. Dinner and overnight.
4th day: Lercara, Prizzi, Palazzo Adriano, Corleone and Bosco della Ficuzza.
After breakfast we leave for Lercara Friddi, a charming town that was the birthplace of Frank Sinatra's grandparents. Short photo stop in the city center and continuation to Prizzi. Small town of Greek origin with its narrow streets and courtyards and steep climbs that give the rock village an unusual charm, bringing us back to the Middle Ages. A few kilometers away is Palazzo Adriano, where the Oscar-winning film "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" was set. We leave again to reach "Ficuzza", a natural reserve of extraordinary beauty to visit the hunting lodge of King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon and the bird shelter, the LIPU. At lunch we will have a nice picnic in the park enjoying a good local wine and typical products of the area. In the afternoon we will pass by Corleone nicknamed the "twilight" of the Sosio Valley. Short stop and return to the farmhouse. Dinner and overnight
5th day: Monte Cammarata and Andromeda theater
After breakfast, departure for Pizzo della Rondine and from here, through the Ledera path, towards Monte Gemini; then we will continue on the slopes of Monte Cammarata. Continue to reach the Andromeda Theater, an extraordinary place of particular charm. The stone blocks on which to rest are 108, as many as the stars that form the constellation of Andromeda and are arranged in the same astronomical order.
In the afternoon return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
6th day: walk on the Sosio - Caltabellotta river.
After breakfast, transfer by bus to the entrance of the path to the Sosio river which will take us to the old hydroelectric power plant between gorges (naches) and dense riparian vegetation. Packed lunch provided. In the afternoon we will visit ancient Caltabellotta; a guide will take us on an urban trekking in the fascinating town with a visit to the Cathedral of Arab origin, the convent of San Pellegrino, the caves and the Civic Museum which houses the works of Maestro Rizzuti. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
7th day: Mussomeli, Milena and farm in Cammarata.
After breakfast we leave for Mussomeli, to visit the castle (also known as the "Manfredonico" castle). A fortress built between the 14th and 15th centuries, built on a cliff at 778 meters. The next destination will be Milena, where we will visit the "house of peasant culture", a 19th century rural house located in one of the 10 "ROBBE" (small agglomerations / blocks of houses not far from the city center) which give us a complete picture of the idyllic Sicilian scenery. At lunch we will move to a farm to learn about the production of milk and its derivatives by establishing contact with the animals that live there. It will be possible to visit the stalls, the milking parlor and after tasting the local cheese and wine. In the afternoon free time in the structure. Dinner and overnight
8th day: Goodbye Monti Sicani - Sicily
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or possibility to extend the holiday in our hotels.
from € 696.00
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