March 24th through April 2th, 2022
Sicily… where the sea has sculpted a coastline of stunning variety and beauty! Wherever you turn, you will see evidence of Sicily’s 3,000 years of history as the strategic crossroads of Europe. The island is a vast open-air museum, a testament to nearly every Mediterranean civilization of the past. Immerse yourself in Sicilian culture and beauty for a week filled with fabulous food, wine, and adventure in Eastern Sicily. Terrie Viets, owner of Solari, will be your guide as you experience life in a luxurious villa by the sea, meals prepared by our personal chef, excursions to breathtaking destinations and new-found friendships. Terrie has visited Italy 40 times and has 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 Don Venerando, situated just north of Catania. The villa enjoys a lovely location…just a short walk from the beach on Sicily’s east coast overlooking the sea. Each double-occupancy bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom. Exquisitely decorated and appointed, Villa Don Venerando 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 an abundance of memorable views and sites. Other highlights of our week will be winery tours and tastings, a day in Taormina, famous for its’ film festival, ancient Greek theater, trendy shops, gourmet restaurants, and spectacular views. Together we’ll explore Noto, a hilltop town with magnificent Baroque architecture. Another day we’ll explore Piazza Amerina, where excavations have revealed one of the richest, largest, and varied collections of Roman mosaics in the world, for which it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient port city of Catania is filled with beautiful architecture, gardens and piazzas and is known for its rich culture, arts and history. There are several more UNESCO World Heritage Sites like very near that we will be visiting too!
Tour is limited to 10 travelers!