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Let’s dive in the Eastern part of Sicily, famous for the beauty of Baroque cities in there and a very appreciated place by gay and lesbian couples, Siracusa, the homeland of Archimedes and of the Greek civilization, and Catania, the town situated at the feet of the tallest volcano in Europe: Mount Etna. And don’t forget Taormina, splendid gay friendly town with stunning views on the Mediterranean Sea and wonderful beaches. You’ll discover all these aspects of this side of Sicily in a gay tour between architectural and nature marvels…
GAY FOCUS: In this tour we focus on a famous German photographer, Wilhelm von Gloeden, who arrived in Italy, precisely in Taormina, to receive medical cures for tuberculosis. Once cured, the artist settled in the town where he got rid of his disease, until his death. Gloeden lived off of private income untile 1985, painting (with mediocre outcomes) and taking photos (with great outcomes). Almost 50 years of Taromina’s story refers to the life of this character: before his naked ephebes with laurel wreath, Gloeden became famous for his eccentricity. For example, he loved bathing in his home with sea water, and every day many (well payed) young boys ﬁlled up the bath tub with saltwater barrels carried on shoulders from the beach at the feet of Taormina. Taormina had also been a destination of the Grand Tour for the gay nobles.
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Taormina, Catania, Etna, Siracusa, Palermo and Scopello
Starting from € 1500,00 (per person in double room occupancy)
Arrival at Catania airport, and transfer to Taormina. Free time to enjoy the city. You can walk in the center of Taormina and in the evening you could have dinner at the gay friendly restaurant Rosso Peperoncino with typical Sicilian products. Overnight stay in Taormina.
In the morning meeting with a private tour guide to discover Taormina by following in the footsteps of Wilhelm von Gloeden, a german photographer with the passion for painting. He was mainly known for his nudes of Sicilian boys mostly made before the First World War. He was also famous for his landscape photography that has always attracted lot of tourists to Italy. Nearly 50 years of history of Taormina focus on the life of this character: in front of his naked youths with laurel wreath, Gloeden has become famous for his eccentricity. For example, he loved to swim in his house with sea water, and every day, naked boys, ﬁlled his bathtub with salt water, carrying barrels on the shoulder from the beach (hence the painting “The guys Von Gloe- den” ). Taormina is a sexual destination for famous writers, painters and personalities of international politics and economy; amongst them, Oscar Wilde, the great actress Eleonora Duse and her companion Gabriele D’Annunzio.
Relax on the wide golden beaches, clear waters or even in secluded romantic coves, enjoying the scents and colors of Sicily. Ro- mance and charm will accompany your stay in the picturesque bay of Taormina.
Overnight stay in Taormina.
This morning your guide will take you through a boat trip to discov- er the beauties of the sea: the Bay of Naxos, the Cave of Love, Capo Taormina, Sirens Bay, Isola Bella, Blue Grotto, Mazzarò, St. Nicholas Bay. During the tour, free time to enjoy a refreshing swim in front of the beauties of Taormina. The beaches of this beautiful city are among the most beautiful of Sicily, pebble beaches and a rich and col- orful vegetation, make this land- scape a real treasure for the Medi- terranean. In the coast of Giardini Naxos we will witness an alternat- ing colors, from golden sand, the silver gray pebbles, which render the crystal clear waters. Return in the evening and dinner on board. Overnight stay in Taormina.
Private transfer to reach the ba- roque city of Catania. On the arrival, meet the tour guide and prepared to discover the city, starting from piazza Frederick of Swabia, then the Ursino Cas- tle, the ancient norman castle of the city, the Roman Baths, the Fish Market, Piazza del Duomo
-with its many buildings and symbol of Catania- and the El- ephant Fountain.
In the afternoon we will reach the highest volcano of Eu- rope: Etna.
Admire fascinating volcanic phenomena, walking through woods, eccentric craters and singular Etna lava formations. You will visit a winery and its vineyards, where there will be a tasting of 4 wines DOC Etna, combined with a tasty brunch made from fresh local prod- ucts of Sicily (cheeses, meats, legumes, olive oil products and fresh bread). Return in the eve- ning in Taormina. Overnight stay in Taormina.
Today you are going to discover Syracuse. Your guide will take you to explore the historical center of Syracuse, founded by the Greeks during the ﬁrst colonization of Magna Grecia. You will visit the Archaeological park, the most vis- ited attraction in the city: here are the remains of the Roman Amphi- theater, the Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius, the artiﬁcial cave.
According to legend, the tyrant Dionysus, dug the cave to hide his prisoners and hear their speeches. In the afternoon you will continue the visit of the historical center, with the Temple of Apollo and food shops selling local special- ties. Overnight stay in Taormina.
Morning departure from Taormina to Palermo. Walking through the beautiful scenery of this amazing land, full of colors and scents, you will arrive in the beautiful Agrigento. You will discover the beautiful Valley of the Temples, known for its doric temples built by the ancient Greeks, Greek and Roman myths of Hercules, Juno, Pollux and more. Free time for lunch. In the early af- ternoon, along the ancient Greek- Roman road, you will arrive to Palermo. Visit the historic center of Palermo. Overnight stay.
In the early morning you will discover two of the most famous attractions of the center: the traditional open-air markets of Ballarò and Vucciria. In this city it is incredible to get lost in narrow streets and end up on the streets where these markets are held. Discover a new way to shop, among the stalls of fruit and ﬁsh and the scent of Sicilian street food, such as fritters (a sandwich with chickpea ﬂour and tortilla inside) or “pani ca meusa” (the Sicilian word for spleen, only for the brave). With a private transfer, this morn- ing, you will arrive to Scopello and the Zingaro Nature Reserve. The lights of Scopello and the Gulf of Castellammare del Golfo, will be the two points of view that will make you fall in love with these unique places. Mountains, olive groves and fields that run to the sea, in an intriguing at- mosphere, closely connected with nature.
This day will be all about your relaxation, enjoying a drink at the edge of the private swimming pool of the villa or you can decide to go to the beach, just 10 minutes walk: clear water and plenty of sunshine all for you! Relax in the deep blue wa- ters, at the ‘Old Tuna’s home’ of the gulf and the two incredible Faraglioni. It is not by chance that Dolce&Gabbana have chosen these places to shoot the advertisement for their perfume with model David Gandy. As maintained by the tradition, in the afternoon you can enjoy “bread cunzato” sitting carefree in the historic center of Scopello. Overnight stay in Scopello.
Relax on a boat tour: the skipper will wait for you on board to let you tour the most beautiful places near Scopello: the romantic Tonnara, San Vito Lo Capo with its beautiful waters and the Riserva dello Zinga- ro, a gem of uncontaminated beau- ty. Opportunity to visit the typical greenery of the Zingaro Natural Reserve. Enjoy the warm and beauty of these places, feel the contact with the nature and fully recharge your batteries with a swim in this crystalline water, get your tan laying on the beaches and ﬁll your stomach with all the tast- ings of the island. You will go back home with a new energy.
Free morning at the beach or at the swimming pool. In the after- noon excursion to the famous saltworks: the road from Trapani to Marsala, via Mozia lagoon is surrounded by salt mills, reﬂecting in beauti ful golden hue at sunset. The mills, typical of the nearby lagoons, give an incredible romantic atmosphere and unique face for an extraordi- nary and incredible experience! The lights of the sunset, a lovely little village just a few km from Trapani, Erice. Narrow, winding streets, me- dieval arches, small shops, where everything seems to have stopped in time, still retaining its old charm. Overnight stay in Scopello.
Transfer to the airport and end of the services.