by fast motor-boat to the Aeolian Islands from Hotel
Village Eden boarding point. Arrival on Vulcano
at 10,15 hours and pause to visit the island: known in particular
for its clay and warn sea waters. Possibility to take a
dip on its famous black beaches. At 11,15 hours departure
for Lipari. Arrival and pause to visit the most important
Aeolian island. Of particular interest is the acropolis
with its cathedral and the archeological eolian museum.
Possibility of taking a walk around the center or going
around the island by bus (optional) or shopping. Free lunch.
At 14,30 the excursion continues to Stromboli. Circumnavigation
of the island in order to admire the famous “firetrail”
(a build up of deposits along the island which become luminous
as water passes over them). Pause in Stromboli for one short
visit to the center of San Vincenzo with its typicals alleys
and its eolian constructions. Possibility to have a swim
in limpid waters. At 17,40 hours departure for Calabria.
Arrival expected in the place of disembarkation between
the hours 19,00 and hours 19,40 approximately.
departure from hotel in order to reach Viola coast and the
strait of Messina. Short pause on the way. From Villa San
Giovanni continue by ferryboat to Messina. Cross the city
to continue on panoramic route for Taormina situated at
the feet of the Tauro mountain. In splendid panoramic position,
Taormina is one of the most important cities of Sicily and
is one of international reputation. Visit of the city with
its Greek theatre dating back to the 3 th century A.C, the
Corvaia palace and the Odeon. After the visit, time for
shopping or visits throug the numerous alleys of the town
center ( advised also a visit to the botanical garden).
Free lunch. Afternoon departure for Calabria. Pause in Messina
for one short visit of the splendid Norman Cathedral from
the 12 th century and the famous clock tower. Return in
evening to the hotel.
ETNA - TAORMINA
from the hotel in the morning. Following the coastal road
of Capo Vaticano and Pizzo the route will be reached up.
The excursion continues through the plains of Gioia Tauro
and the Viola coast with short pause on the way. From Villa
San Giovanni continue by ferryboat to Messina. The excursion
continues the panoramic road to Catania in order to reach
the south of Etna: the greatest active volcano in Europe.
Climb towards secondary craters and the guided visit along
the walk. Time to reach the main crater by jeep (optional
and dependention vulcanic conditions). Lunch free. Later
in the afternoon departure for Taormina Sea in order to
admire the evocative beauty of its coast with its splendid
Island and the Bay of Mazzarrò. Short pause for photos.
Evening return to the hotel.
TROPEA - CAPO
VATICANO - PIZZO :
in the morning at Tropea: considered “The pearl of
the Tyrrhenian ” its built on a pile of rocks overlooking
the sea. Visit to the splendid small church of Santa Maria
of the Island, and the excursion continues around the characteristic
historical center from the ancient houses, the Norman cathedral
and the numerous narrow lanes. At the end of the visit time
for shopping and a visit to a typical city market. The excursion
continues to Capo Vaticano with a pause at Santa Maria.
Free lunch, and possibility to bathe in the sea. In afternoon,
panoramic walk in order to admire evocative “praia
del fuoco” from above. The continues along the coast
of Pizzo. Pause to visit the Aragonese castle and the historical
center. Time to taste the famous home-made ice cream of
Pizzo called “tartufo”. Departure for the hotel
with short pause to visit the small church of Piedigrotta.
SILA - COSENZA
departure from the hotel to arrive at Cosenza, one of the
most important cities of Calabria. Visit on foot the historical
center raised on the Pancrazio. Of particular interest are
the cathedral (constructed in the twelfth century) in which
is found the tomb of Isabella of Aragon and the theatre
Rendano. From the Rendano public square its possible to
admire part of the Svevo castle. In late morning the excursion
continues for the plateau of the Sila, the most extensive
of southern Europe. Arrival at Camigliatello. Time for a
visit of the small town and for lunch (optional). In the
afternoon excursion to the national park of Calabria, woods
where are enclosures with typical Calabrian fauna: stages,
deer, wolves. Departure for the hotel.
SERRA SAN BRUNO
- PIZZO :
departure from the hotel and arrival at Serra San Bruno.
Morning dedicated to the famous calabrian greenhouses famous
for the Certosa (founded by San Bruno of Colonia in the
eleventh century). Visit to the Certosa museum that gives
examples of the monastic atmosphere of this clausure. The
visit continues to the church of Santa Maria of the forest,
the place where San Bruno lived and died. Time to visit
the inhabited with its numerous churches. Free lunch in
the afternoon, the excursion continues for Pizzo. Visit
of the small church of Piedigrotta (totally dug out of the
tuff) and of the historical center with its Aragonese castle.
Time to taste the famous home-made ice cream called “tartufo”
in one of the many premises of the public square. Departure
for the return in hotel.
LOCRI - GERACE
- STILO :
in the morning from the hotel in order to reach Locri. Locri
is one of the oldest colonies of Greek origin in Calabria
and dating from the eighth century before Christ. The famous
colony became known also thanks to Zaleuco (famous greek
legislator). Visit to the archeological park and museum.
Continuation of the visit in late morning for Gerace. Today
national monument, is considered to be among the most interesting
of small medieval cities with its characteristic alleys,
buildings, and craft shops in the historical center. Of
particular interest are the cathedral (largest in Calabria),
the church of San Francesco dating back to 1252 and the
remains of Norman castle. Time to for individual visits.
Free lunch. In the afternoon departure for Stilo. Native
land of Tommaso Campanella philosopher “little bell”
was also defined also the city of the sun. Of particular
historical and cultural interest is the famous “Cattolica”
(the oldest bisantine church of Calabria dating from the
ninth century). Departure for the hotel.
- COSTA VIOLA :
the morning departure from the hotel for Reggio Calabria.
Short pause along the way. Arrival at Reggio Calabria and
visit to the cathedral reconstructed after the earthquake
at the beginning of the century in neo-romanesque style.
After the visit, time for shopping on the Garibaldi highstreet
or a beautiful walk along the promenade (described by Gabriele
D’Annunzio the beautifulst km of Italy). Free lunch.
In the afternoon visit to the archeological museum where
the numerous archeologicals finds of the Magnia Grecia are
kept and in particular the famous Bronzes of Riace.
Departure for Scilla. Arrival and visit of around this splendid
city. Of ancient origins wrapped around the myth of Ulyssis.
Scilla emerges on a rock land dominated by the Ruffo castle
which divides the center into two parts: with in the aerea
there is a characteristic district of fishermen called “Chianalea”
and in the other we have a large port with promenade and
the splendid beach of the mermaids that opens on to the
strait of Messina. At the end of the visit departure for
the return for the hotel.