Tour “Andiam a mietere il grano”

FROM JUNE 1st TO JULY 20th 2017



Arrival of participants in Catania/Comiso.
At 7.00 p.m. welcome cocktail and reception.
Introduction of the schedule.

Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel.



Arrangement in a private vehicle and departure for a guided tour of Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, part of the Unesco World Heritage since 1997. It is one of the most important archaeological areas of Sicily, for its splendid mosaics that were discovered only in the late twentieth century. The city lies on three hills in the area of Erei, surrounded by a forest of pine and eucalyptus trees, a green oasis in the arid heart of the island. Transfer to a renowned farm for a tour and sample-tasting of typical products.

Continuation to Caltagirone. Rebuilt after the earthquake that destroyed it in 1693, it was revived in a late Baroque style that is expressed in original and wonderfully scenic forms, in its churches, palaces and fine eighteenth-century villas. For the exceptional value of its architectural heritage, in 2002 its historic centre was awarded the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with the other 7 Towns of Val di Noto. Caltagirone is known for the production of artistic ceramics. The most beautiful ones can be found on the steps of Santa Maria del Monte.

Transfer to Relais | Hotel for dinner.

Overnight stay.



Dopo la colazione, sistemazione in automezzo privato e partenza per il Borgo Santa Rita, per la partecipazione alla mietitura del grano. I partecipanti contribuiranno attivamente sia alla trebbiatura che alla spagliatura accompagnati dalla rievocazione dei canti e dei momenti di convivialità.

Degustazione del rinomato pane del “Forno del Borgo Santa Rita”, dove Maurizio Spinello, nel suo vecchio forno a legna, panifica seguendo tre semplici regole: materie prime di altissima qualità, lavorazione artigianale, rispetto della tradizione. Regole che gli hanno consentito di ottenere la certificazione di produttore in biologico. La produzione di pane avviene secondo l’antica ricetta siciliana con il lievito madre al posto del lievito di birra, la cottura avviene in forno a pietra riscaldato a legna.

La degustazione sarà accompagnata da olive, oli e formaggi e pizza del luogo. Il tutto accompagnato da vini e birre prodotte nel territorio.

Visita del Micromuseo Immateriale del grano e del pane,  un viaggio alla riscoperta dell’identità dei luoghi, le tradizioni e la cultura del Borgo Santa Rita. Attraverso il recupero del Palazzetto baronale, il Micromuseo si configura come luogo di apprendimento e tutela dei saperi legati al mondo della coltivazione del grano e della panificazione.

Rientro al Relais|Hotel.

Cena libera e pernottamento.



After breakfast, arrangement in a private vehicle and departure for Sant’Angelo Muxaro, a small town with an ancient history, 30 km away from Agrigento, which stands on a solitary hill in the middle of the river Platani Valley.
Stroll along the quaint little town streets with stop-overs, sample-tastings and ENCOUNTERS. We’ll visit the dairy farm where we’ll taste typical cheeses produced daily by a local family, swing by the bakery and taste the “pani cunzatu” with local olive oil and pepper along with almond and honey biscuits, etc. and then stop by the local craftsman in his workshop to admire his work. It’s the story of a lesser Sicily as told through its people.
The stroll continues to the outside of the town to visit the Tomba del Principe (Tomb of the Prince): the largest tholos tomb in all of Sicily. Continuing, we’ll reach the foot of the hill and go down until we reach the cave of the Riserva Naturale Grotta Ciavuli: one of the most important specimens of Sicilian karst. Continuing through the olive, almond, pistachio and prickly pear trees, we’ll arrive at the southern ridge of the archaeological area where about 110 new graves were unearthed in 2007.
Using an old trail that farmers once travelled on with their mules and donkeys, we’ll return to the town, admiring scenic views of the Platani river valley and Monte Castello. Once in town, a buffet lunch prepared by the local families will be served to the guests in a courtyard.
Among the narrow streets of the small village of Sant’Angelo Muxaro, we’ll listen to the stories of the inhabitants themselves.

Return to Relais | Hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay.



After breakfast, we load into a private vehicle and start off on the Leopard tracks to discover the magnificent monuments related to the Tomasi di Lampedusa family. Once in Palma di Montechiaro, our local guide will take us to visit the Chiaramonte Castle, the Ducal Palace, the Palace of the Piarists and the Benedictine Monastery, where you can taste the famous almond cookies prepared by the cloistered nuns with an ancient and secret recipe.

Transfer to Favara, along which a fundamental stop is the visit to the FARM CULTURAL PARK, an independent cultural centre, located in the heart of its historic centre, in a neighbourhood called “The seven courtyards” for its urban structure characterized precisely by seven small courts. Once almost abandoned, the houses have been transformed into contemporary art exhibition spaces, meeting spaces, open kitchens for workshops and lunches, a cocktail bar, vintage  shops, and more. Favara has thus become the second tourist destination in the province of Agrigento, after the Valley of the Temples.

Among the Arab flavours and Sicilian dishes cooked on the premises of the FARM restaurant, you can enjoy a cocktail and buffet with local produce.

Continuation of the visit of the Castle Chiaramonte, and then a stop at the Ancient Foundation of the Antonio Mendola  Library Museum, among the baroque treasures of the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, including the recovered lanes in some parts of the city centre.

Return to Relais | Hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay.



After breakfast, accommodation in a private vehicle and departure to Campobello di Licata, a small agricultural town inland from Agrigento, which represents the values of rural culture at a high level and in a transversal way. They are expressed artistically by Silvio Benedetto in the murals of the City Palace and sculptures in Piazza XX Settembre and Tien An Men Square, and have been actively carried on by several farms that boast prestigious awards.

After a tour to discover the works of Silvio Benedetto, our local guide will introduce you to:

the Cantina Baglio del Cristo of Campobello, born from the vision of a new wine route and the pursuit of absolute quality. The vineyards of Bonetta are immaculate. They are found all around the beautiful farm and the low hills of limestone/gypsum matrix of an agricultural portion of Campobello di Licata, where the refreshing breeze of the Mediterranean comes in the evening from the slope facing Licata;

the Montalbo Farm, Where they breed the Girgentana goats, a native Agrigentino breed that risked extinction despite the excellent quality of their milk. From this good milk curdled with vegetable rennet (fig, artichoke, and cardoon) made in-house, the company serves various types of cheese: from Girgenti to the classic cheeses, both fresh and medium-aged, a bloomy rind, a veined cheese, under ash (the almond wood), with salty ricotta and baked. But also robiole and Tuma ammucinata, taken from an ancient Sicilian recipe, where the goat cheese is immersed in the liquid plaster and cured at room temperature.

During the visit we will taste the wines and cheeses of the two companies in a breakfast that will be animated by the performance of a Storyteller, who will entertain us with traditional folk songs from the rural tradition.

Transfer to the premises of Ristorante La Madonnina for a “COCI E TASTA” (cooking class in Sicilian) with Chef Giovanni Gruttad’Auria, with whom you will prepare a dinner with local products purchased directly from the grower, and recipes typical of our area.

Return to Relais | Hotel for overnight stay.



After breakfast, we load into a private vehicle and depart for the Valley of the Temples, which is one of the most fascinating archaeological sites in Sicily. It is located in an extraordinary context of harmony between nature and ancient landmarks, including the remnants of the ancient Greek colony of Akragas. At this site, declared a World Heritage Site, the Doric temples of the fifth century BC in tuff sandstone shine with a warm amber, especially lit at dusk, while in winter and spring the contrasts between the colour of the stones and the green fields leaves visitors literally breathless. Along the “Via Sacra” you can admire the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Concord, and the Temple of Juno.
Between the temple of Castor and Pollux and that of Vulcan, there is a vast green area known as the “Garden of Kolymbethra”, which offers a wide variety of trees and landscapes. In the most rugged areas are species typical of the Mediterranean, such as myrtle, the mastic tree, the oak, the mock privet, the spurge, and the broom. In the plain of the valley bottom, beyond the small river lined with reeds along which grow willows and white poplars, stretches the citrus grove of  ancient varieties of lemons, mandarins, and oranges and irrigated using the techniques of Arab tradition. In the areas the water doesn’t reach, mulberry trees, carob trees, prickly pear, almond and gigantic “Saracen”  olive trees spring up.
Eating a “Rustic Country Basket” in the shadow of the majestic trees of the garden.

In the afternoon, visit the Stair of the Turks near Realmonte, a spectacular cliff of limestone shaped terraces that look like imposing stairs upon which small, wild,  white beaches are found.

Return to Relais | Hotel.
Dinner and overnight stay.



After breakfast, load into a private vehicle and transfer to train stations in Canicattì or Campobello di Licata (depending on accommodation) and depart for eastern Sicily, to discover the Late Sicilian Baroque, whose heritage, both for its importance and beauty, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guided tour of Modica, which stretches from the rocky outcrop up to the valley floor. The most striking element of the cityscape is the Cathedral of St. George, located near the top of Modica. Besides staircases, narrow alleys, and picturesque streets with old shops, Corso San Giorgio  connects the high side to the low side, running along one of the highest  bridges in Europe whose pillars reach 120 m in height.

We will visit the oldest Sicilian pastry shop, where you can taste the famous chocolate of Modica, the recipe for which comes from the ancient Aztecs. Modica chocolate is special and very unique thanks to the lack of cocoa butter; in fact the only ingredients are cocoa and sugar.

Lunch at an exclusive restaurant.

Transfer to Ragusa Ibla, whose destiny, like that of other centres of southeastern Sicily, is linked to the 1693 earthquake. It was following this catastrophic event that the reconstruction of the city began, transforming it in the late baroque jewel that still is today. Although its appearance is decidedly baroque, churches and palaces are arranged along the old medieval system.

Transfer to Hotel in Catania/Comiso.

Dinner (not included).

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Festival and celebrations

Festivals and celebrations that you can take part in during the tour:

  • Festa di San Vito Martire a San Vito Lo Capo on july 15
  • Festa di San Calogero a Naro on july 19
  • Festa di San Giovanni Battista a Campobello di Licata on june 24
  • Festa di San Pietro a Sciacca on june 29
  • 392° Festino di Santa Rosalia a Palermo from july 10 to 15
  • Festa di San Giacomo a Caltagirone on july 25
  • Sagra della Fragola a Maletto from june 10 to 12
  • Sagra della Ciliegia a Chiusi Sclafani on june 11 and 12
  • Sagra della Mandorla di Avola from june 17 to 19
  • Festival del Pesce Azzurro a Marzamemi on june 25 and 26
  • Marranzano World Festival a Catania from july 14 to 17
  • Sagra del Pesce Spada ad Acitrezza from july 15 at 17
  • Festival del Tartufo nero di ferla on july 18 and 19

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