Stunning Sicily – WineWalking the Strazzanti Way

7 days
goat guide

DATES Sat 14th October 2023
- Sat 21st October 2023

7 nights

At WalkingWomen we began wine walks in 2022 with our first to Priorat in Northern Spain. We felt it was time to support the growing numbers of women winemakers and promote them. At the same time as we sample their wines we walk to discover the places we are in. A truly reviving experience and this time in partnership with Emilia from Strazzanti who specialises in introducing people to all that Sicily has to offer - away from the usual tourist trails! This trip can be arranged as a private trip for you and your friends - best times are out of the hot July and August busy times. We can tailor it for you.


Dates: Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st October

Guide and Hosts: Oriana owner of Villa Antica, Emilia Strazzanti who set up Strazzanti with her sisters in 2015. They produce their own line of premium Sicilian ingredients and products inspired by the Sicilian land and their grandparents’ family recipes. We love supporting sisters in business!

We will meet lots of local wine makers and producers during our stay as well as walk this beautiful island.

Walking Grade: 1 Goat. This holiday is a special holiday to experience Sicily through the eyes of our local Sicilian women hosts. There will be time to explore but also to relax, rest and revive.

Base: Villa Antica Aia Relax , Scicli – a gorgeous Sicilian Villa with all ensuite bedrooms and with a large shared kitchen where local meals will be prepared for us. There is a beautiful veranda for sitting outside and admiring the garden views. We have a swimming pool for those early morning swims to start the day – or to cool of at any time.

Getting there: Catania Airport is the closest airport at 1 hour 30 minutes away by car. Guest will be met there for a group transfer to leave around 3pm.

If people are coming overland via Italy or flying to Palermo we can advise on best routes to the villa.

Price: £1970 person for this very special, unique exclusive holiday for WalkingWomen

  • Ensuite double room for solo occupancy ( or can be for two)
  • All breakfasts at the villa prepared for us
  • Lunches except on free day
  • All evening meals
  • Wine tastings and cultural visits
  • Local transport for walks and tours  to explore the island fully
  • Experienced Guides, wine makers , local hosts – all english speaking.

Food is lovingly prepared using local Sicilian products

Not included:

  • Travel to Catania, Sicily
  • Food and any additional activities on the free day.


Sicily has become an even more sought after destination having been the location for the recent TV series White Lotus. And before that The Godfather , Indiana Jones and many more. We see the glistening sea, the ancient traditional towns , the sunshine , blue skies and a life we want to see.

But we don’t want to join the crowds flocking in to the well known places. We want to give you a tranquil experience and one that you can experience Sicily through the eyes of locals – and in our case local women.

Emilia Strazzanti and her sisters have put together a holiday programme especially for WalkingWalking. You can read a little about their passion for Sicily here ..

Of course there is time to visit some of the more well known sites too and we can help arrange extensions to your trip if you would like to add on more time on the beach or in the city of Palermo.


Itinerary – could change depending on the weather and a the discretion of our local hosts/guide. We will brief you each evening about the next days activities.

Saturday Day 1 :  Arrival  in Catania airport for a 3pm transfer.
A private car transfer to our villa – home for the week.
Time to unpack/relax
A welcome Sicilian wine tasting at the Villa with a female Sommelier, Vittoria who was the tour guide for wine tastings in many wineries across Sicily including COS. Vittoria. She will introduce you to Sicilian wines and the territory.
A welcome dinner at the Villa with local dishes/ingredients of the area

Day 2: 
Breakfast at the Villa and the morning to relax , take a swim , wander in the local area. Pick up approx. 12 noon.
Lunch out in the UNESCO town of Scicli in a local restaurant where only natural wines are served
After a lunch a  walk around Scicli and to the top of San Matteo with
beautiful views across Scicli and on a good day you can see the Sea.
Transfer back to the Villa to relax
Light dinner served for us at the Villa with Sicilian wines

Day 3:
● Breakfast at the Villa
A day out to Cava d’Ispica for a guided Trek with an Aperitivo after the Trek with local wine and products to eat (around 5 hours)

Day 4:
● Breakfast at the Villa
Morning/Day trip to Arianna Occhipinti Winery for tour with wine tasting – Arianna is one of the most famous women wine makers of Sicily
Lunch at Baglio Occhipinti (the older sister of Arianna) with wine
Back to the Villa to relax
Light dinner served at the Villa

Day 5

Free Day with lovely walks from the Villa to Sampieri beach, Fornace Penna & Covo dei Contrabbandieri – a beach walk day with an option of a  sea view lunch at PataPata

Day 6
Breakfast at the Villa
Day out trekking in Cava Misericorida with packed lunch
Dinner out at a local Agriturismo in Modica (near the Villa)

Day 7

Breakfast at the Villa and a relaxed local morning.

Afternoon cooking class with female Sicilian New Yorker Chef, Rita at Gli Aromi with a beautiful vista for a sunset Apericena

Day 8 Saturday – Departure day
Breakfast at the Villa and Car transfer back to Catania airport around 11am for early afternoon flights


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