Tours 2017

Upcoming Event! Solari Tour 

 Eastern Sicily with Terrie & Keli   Sept. 16-23

Immerse yourself in Sicilian culture for a week filled with food, wine, and adventure in Eastern Sicily. Terrie Viets, owner of Solari, and Keli Sim DeRitis, owner of Poggi Bonsi Gifts, will be your guides as you savor life in a luxurious seaside villa, have meals prepared by our personal chef, take excursions to breathtaking destinations, and achieve new-found friendships.  Between them, Terrie and Keli have visited Italy almost 50 times and have extensive knowledge of Italian culture, its’ history of artistic craftsmanship, as well as its’ fabulous food and wine.

Our home for the week will be the exquisite Villa Antares, situated in Fontane Bianche, a popular seaside resort, about 12 miles south of Siracusa.  The villa enjoys a lovely location: it sits just a short walk from one of the best sandy beaches on Sicily’s east coast and overlooks the sea and rocky shoreline just outside its’ gate. Each double-occupancy bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom.  Stylishly decorated, Villa Antares will provide the perfect retreat after our daily tours.

Among our excursions will be Ortigia, the historic section of Siracusa, with its’ beautiful Baroque architecture, lively market, and a variety of cozy restaurants and boutiques.  A highlight of our week will be a winery tour and cooking class at the Pupillo Winery (, just north of Siracusa. Our group will also participate in a cooking class one evening at the villa with Chef Keli.  One day we will venture to Taormina, famous for its film festival, to visit the ruins of a Roman theater, trendy shops, gourmet restaurants, and spectacular views.  Together we’ll explore Caltagirone, a village steeped in the history of artistic ceramics. The highlight is undoubtedly the 142 steps of the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte that connect the lower town with the older upper town. The upright of each step is decorated with classic ceramic tiles.  Another day we will travel south to explore the UNESCO World Heritage towns of Ragusa and Modica which is famous for chocolate production and is a food-lover’s dream.  On our last day, we’ll travel to Noto to experience the glittering limestone architecture of this Baroque gem.

Tour includes:
Transportation from and to Catania Airport plus daily transportation.
6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 6 dinners. Many of our meals will be prepared by our personal chef and others will be enjoyed on our field trips at local osterias.
All excursions, entrance fees, and city guides.
Tour does not include airfare.

$3,500 per person, double occupancy.
There is one room available that can accommodate twin beds.

A $500 per person, non-refundable deposit reserves your spot. The balance is due June 1, 2017.

Checks should be made payable to Solari or Poggi Bonsi, LLC, or you may sign up online and pay with a credit card at

Tour is limited to 10 travelers.  The week of Sept. 23-30th is already sold out.  Please call for more details.  Arrivaderci!