Learn about the history of the mafia in Sicily, and the modern day interpretations with a tour through Savoca, or journey to Mount Etna for the chance to hike an active volcano.
Day trips through towns like Ragusa and Modica will show you Baroque architecture, and you’ll get a taste of what the UNESCO recognized towns are all about.
If you are looking for a different kind of view of Sicily, why not take a boat trip around the coast!
The length of your trip, and your group’s interests will determine the best kind of tour for you to take while in Sicily. And there are plenty of options for multi–day, single or half day tours.
1. Uncovered Sicily
If you want to go on an in-depth tour of Sicily – look no further than Uncovered Sicily.
The tours are created and led by archaeologists, historians, and food & wine connoisseurs. The expert–led excursions will show you different elements of Sicilian culture and life.
Group tours have twenty people maximum, allowing everyone to thoroughly enjoy the experience without over crowding. Uncovered Sicily has the island broken into three major areas; Val di Mazara, Val Demone, and Val di Noto.
From these areas, you can pick specific towns and cities to explore, and the type of tour you would like to take.
Read more: https://www.uncoveredsicily.com/
2. Palermo Sailing Tour
What could be a more perfect tour than a half or full day of sailing along the coast of Palermo?
Occhio al Boma offers group boat trips sailing daily from Palermo. You can soak up the sun on the Mediterranean while taking in the beautiful sights of Addaura, Mondello, Capo Gallo Reserve, Sferracavallo, Aspra and Porticello.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, the boat comes with snorkeling and fishing equipment– you can try and catch lunch! If you’re unlucky when it comes to fishing – don’t worry; the skipper on board can prepare a beautiful lunch of spaghetti and wine.
Read more: https://www.occhioalboma.it/
3. Mount Etna Day Trip from Taormina
It’s not everyday that you get the chance to hike up a volcano, especially not one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
SAT Excursions offers day trips to Mount Etna from Taormina. The tour bus brings you to Rifugio Sapienza, the base station of the volcano. From there, you can hike to the Monti Silvestri Craters, and explore the surrounding areas and different trails.
If you’re looking for a more intense trip, you can upgrade your tour and take the cable cars to the upper craters of Mount Etna, with guidance from the Italian Alpine Club.
4. The Godfather Walking Tour in Savoca & Forza D’Agro
I’m going to make you an offer you can’t refuse – the walking tour of Savoca & Forza D’ Agro, which gives you a glimpse into the history of the Sicilian Mafia.
The tour starts in Savoca, a town that will be instantly recognizable to fans of The Godfather movies. You can visit Bar Vitelli, a monument tribute to Francis Ford Coppola, and the church of Santa Lucia where Michael and Appolonia got married.
The guides will give you plenty of movie trivia along the walk through the streets. Continue on to Forza D’Agro, where you can see the piazza that Vito Corleone escaped from Don Ciccio. Throughout the tour, the guides will be telling stories of the real Sicilian Mafia, and the anti–mafia fight.
5. Catania: Arancine Cookery Class with Wine Tasting
This tour brings you to an orange plantation in the Taormina countryside. The estate is where you will learn the art of making the local cuisine – arancine.
A chef will teach you how to make these delicious, fried and stuffed rice balls. To go along with your newly learned recipe, there will be a wine tasting of wines from the local region – and the perfect pairings for the wines such as cheese, tomatoes, and salami.
And, of course there is a tour of the plantation where you can taste delicious Sicilian oranges.
6. Ragusa & Modica Day Trip
Ragusa and Modica are located in the Iblean Mountains and together they are one of the UNESCO Heritage sites in Sicily.
The town of Ragusa is full of Baroque architecture – and the town is based around their agricultural products such as olives and legumes.
Enjoy lunch in a trattoria before traveling a short distance to Modica (famous for it’s chocolate, which is made in the traditional way of the Aztecs).