Sat 14th October 2023
- Sat 21st October 2023
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. At the same time as we sample wines we walk to discover the places we are in. A truly reviving experience and this time in partnership with Emilia from Strazzanti ( another sisters company) who specialises in introducing people to all that Sicily has to offer - away from the usual tourist trails! Expect to be revived by a week staying at a traditional luxury Sicilian villa with walks, a pool, the sea, learning some Sicilian cookery and of course tasting some delicious local wine.
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.
Arrival: Catania Airport by 14.00 latest for a 15.00 group transfer from Catania Airport to our villa in Scicli.
If anyone would like to stay in Catania for a few days we recommend for a special stay UNA Palace Hotel
Departure: after breakfast for a 12 noon arrival at the airport. Plan for flights from 14.00.
If people are coming overland via Italy or flying to Palermo we can advise on best routes to the villa.
Price: £1700 per person for this very special, unique exclusive holiday for WalkingWomen
- Ensuite double room for solo occupancy ( or can be for two if you would like to share)
- 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
- Travel to Catania, Sicily
- Lunch on free day
- 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 4pm transfer. If flights don’t work for this time let us know and we can advise. We will get you to the villa.
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
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
● 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)
● Breakfast at the Villa
Morning/Day trip to Women Winery for tour with wine tasting
Lunch at Baglio Occhipinti (the older sister of Arianna) with wine
Back to the Villa to relax
Light dinner served at the Villa
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
Breakfast at the Villa
Day out trekking in Cava Misericorida with packed lunch
Dinner out at a local Agriturismo in Modica (near the Villa)
Breakfast at the Villa and a relaxed local morning.
Afternoon cooking class with female Sicilian chef 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