Stile Italiano Tours is a boutique tour operator based in the Lake Como area with local agents in most regions of Italy; we are Italian with an international professional background and we design tailor-made itineraries to make you experience our Country as the Italians do. Our core value is to put people at the heart of everything we do; you will benefit from our insider knowledge and discover the most evocative corners of the Bel Paese, meet food and wine producers, experience amusing activities and visit craftsmen and artists who truly embody the spirit of the world famous “Made in Italy”.
Sicily is one of the gems of Southern Italy to be discovered, explored and experienced through nature, history and tradition. Nature seems to have given all its wonders to Sicily: mountains, hills and, especially, the sea with its incredible colours, clear blue water and amazing seabed. The Mediterranean smells and flavours also spice up the cuisine expressing passion and genuine food
The trip from the airport to the centre of Palermo is an introduction to the beauty that is waiting ahead on your journey through Sicily. To fell the essence of Palermo you have to stroll through the centre and let yourself be captivated by the smells, the hustle and the sounds, among which the Sicilian accent
Meet your local guide who will take you through the city top attractions: visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina. Admire the Teatro Massimo and the fountain in the Pretoria Square adorned with XVI century sculptures. Explore one of the city markets where the guide will point out the delicious food: rice balls, “cazzilli”, “panelle” and “cannoli” of course. It is time to say goodbye to your guide and enjoy the street food before continuing on your own the discovery of Palermo
Pick up your rented car and head to the Cathedral of Monreale, on the outskirts of Palermo, considered the Eighth Wonder of the World. Continue to the archaeological site of Segesta and on to the medieval village of Erice, preserving narrow roads, local craft and food shops with totally hand-made products. Spend the night in Trapani and wander through its centre where the strong smells and tastes of the Sicilian food are delightful
The best way to enjoy the Mediterranean sea is to embark on a boat and explore the unspoilt beaches and coves of the coast or the islands. You have a choice between exploring the Egadi islands in front of Trapani or depart from San Vito Lo Capo; both options will make you discover a paradise where the intense blue of a clear sky combines with the changing colour of a sea with crystal clear waters and the white of blinding sand beaches. Once back in Trapani, finalize the day admiring the sun setting over the saltpans and immerse yourself in a unique scenery because of the contrasts, colours and reflections of the sky
Sicily has a long-standing wine tradition, travelling south you will reach a family-run winery producing excellent organic wines: white, reds and rosé. Take a tour of the winery followed by wine tasting and continue to Agrigento stopping on the way at the Turkish Staircase, a spectacular stretch of coast made of a blinding white marl. Once in Agrigento, visit the Valley of the Temples where, among hundreds of almond trees, lies the ancient town of Akragas; once one of the most prosperous of the Greek cities on the island, it still enchants its visitors with its beauty
A precious element in the Mediterranean cuisine is olive oil, your day starts with a tour of an olive grove where you will learn about the different cultivars and their characteristics. Besides the anecdotes and curiosities, you will be told how to read correctly a label in order to choose extra virgin olive oil and how to store it. The next stop is at the Villa Romana del Casale, housing magnificent frescos that alone are worth a trip to Sicily, then reach Ragusa Ibla, a unique architectural phenomenon of the Baroque, a maze of narrow cobbled streets, churches, palaces and monuments, most of which adorned with capitals made of local stone and inlaid by the hands of skilled craftsmen
The itinerary through the baroque towns takes you Modica, Scicli and Noto. A visit to a chocolate shop is a must-do in Modica, the famous chocolate was imported by the Spanish and it is still produced according to the Aztecs recipe. Delve into the past and discover how beautiful is Scicli with the enthralling atmosphere of the historical alleyways; a feeling that persists in Noto, known as the Garden of Stone and rightly so
Heading north you will get across the amazing town of Syracuse, here the archaeological site of Neapolis with the Dionysious Ear and the Greek theatre are unmissable visits. The heart of the city is the island of Ortigia where, besides its monuments, you have to take advantage of the tastes and flavours that the local market offer its visitors. A sightseeing tour by tuk-tuk is an amusing way to explore Ortigia and its beauties before reaching you next destination on the Cyclops Riviera
The lands around Mount Etna are highly influenced by the presence of the highest active volcano in Europe; here the earth has been enriched with mineral salts from layers of lava and it produces excellent fruits such as the pistachios of Bronte. Meet a farmer growing pistachios, learn from him many curiosities about one of the most popular Sicilian specialties and finalize the experience with a delicious tasting. Nestled in the spectacular coast stands Taormina with outstanding views of the sea and the Mount Etna. Visit the Greek Theatre and take one of the alleyways that unfold from the main street to discover unique views, Mediterranean houses perched on the steps and restaurants overlooking the sea
The warmth of Sicily with its blazing sun and friendly people is one of the many memories to take home until your next visit. Arrivederci!