As we are surrounded by the cold, dark, rainy days of Seattle in winter, I thought it would be a good time to enjoy the photos of a trip to Sicily that my parents (ardent supporters of Portalis and lovers of food & wine) took with some couple friends of theirs last spring. It was a walking tour, so every day they’d take a 4-6 hours hike (primarily through the countryside) and then they’d return to their guesthouse for a wonderful meal of local foods & wines.
Day 1: Arrival in Syracuse with a walk through Syracuse Archaeological Park and a historical tour of Ortygia
Day 2: Noto & Oasi Naturale di Vendicari
Day 3: Mount Etna
This hike was moderate to challenging with an elevation gain/loss of 2200 ft.
Day 4: Necropolis of Pantalica
Day 5: Mount Ganzaria with a visit to Villa Romana del Casale, which is considered the most important Roman archeological site in Sicily.
Day 6: Parco Naturale Regionale delle Madonnie followed by a cooking class
Day 7: Walking tour of Cefalu, a beachside resort, followed by visits to the towns of Segesta and Erice, and the hilltop Castle of Venus.
Day 8: Riserva Naturale di Monte Cofano, plus a wonderful night of dinner and drinks at Planeta Estate and Vineyards
Day 9: Selinunte archaeological site; “La Dispensa” winery and vineyards
We carry several wines produced by a large Sicilian co-op. Interested in experiencing some of the wines from this beautiful land? Let us know and we’ll hook you up:
Palazzo Malgara Inzolia
Palazzo Malgara Nerello Mascalese
Palazzo Malgara Shiraz
Palazzo Malgara Nero d’Avola
Portalis Wines & J. Strecker Selections