Catania: The Sicilian Soul

Sicily is one of the most popular destinations in Italy because of its truly unique “fusion culture” – Greek, Arab, Norman and Germanic influences blend into one on this island, setting it apart from all the others. And its location in the Mediterranean Sea creates the ideal environment for the colder seasons, which are pleasant and temperate, with almond trees bursting into bloom as early as February.

Experience Sicily from Catania, the island’s second-largest city and an ideal position from which to explore the Sicilian culture. This bustling metropolis of Baroque splendor and vibrant, outdoor markets sits under Europe’s highest active volcano, Mount Etna, which has done much in the course of the centuries to shape the city: many of the Baroque palaces and churches are made from black lava stone, making Catania a singular beauty among the European cities.

Accommodation will be at the Relais Monaci delle Terre Nere, an eco-friendly boutique hotel surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, and orchards. Each room is decorated in a modern-meets-ancient style, with Etna chestnut wooden beams and contemporary décor made from the areas volcanic rock. The resort boasts a magnificent restaurant with a terrace overlooking the extraordinary landscape. A welcome cocktail and four-course dinner at the Monaci delle Terre Nere restaurant are included in the package, starting off your Sicilian experience in the best way.

Highlight of the stay is the chance to ride up Mount Etna: at 6,200 ft of altitude, you will be completely immersed in nature and be dazzled by the unforgettable scenery. The package also includes a walking tour of Syracuse and Ortigia, two Sicilian gems located just one hour south of Catania.

Customize This Package:

    • Upgrade to a suite
    • Add a chocolate tasting excursion to Modica

For these and more options please email us or phone 800-877-1755 for a custom quote!

The package includes:

    • Transfer from Catania airport to Catania city center
    • 3-night stay at Relais Monaci delle Terre – Superior room
    • Daily breakfast
    • Sunset drink on the hotel terrace
    • 4-course dinner at the hotel
    • Guided tour of Taormina with transportation
    • Guided tour of Mount Etna with transportation
    • Guided walking tour of Syracuse and Ortigia with transportation