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Experience Sicily's east coast - Villa Neri

Etna, Taormina, Alcantara Gorge, wine tasting & specialities

From Euro 505.- for 3 nights Price per person in double room

The Ionian Coast – or the east coast of Sicily – extends from the lava-built harbour town of Catania through charming fishing villages and romantic beaches as far as the magical ancient Greek town of Taormina. The entire coast is dominated by the imperious Mount Etna, whose presence has shaped the whole region both geologically and historically. Etna (UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013) is without a doubt the main attraction of the region and the hike up its slopes is an unforgettable experience at any time of the year. The towns and villages which lie at its foot are all fashioned from lava rock. To the north of Taormina, the Peloritani mountains stretch out towards Messina with 1,000-year old villages, steep valleys and breath-taking views.

The area surrounding Etna is famous for wild mushrooms, sausages and blood oranges. The specialities of Catania are Pasta alla Norma, Arancini (fried rice balls stuffed with meat sauce or mozzarella and thinly sliced cured ham), Gelati and Granita (originally made straight from the snow on Etna). Vineyards line the steep, fertile shelves of the volcano and, derived from local grape varieties such as Nero d’Avola or Nerello Mascalese, yield excellent full-bodied wines. Convenient direct flights from several airports in Switzerland or Germany are available from a variety of operators and our highly-skilled Private Selection Hotels Holiday Advisors will gladly search out the best flights for you.

Day 1


Arrival Day

Arrival in Catania. We recommend a rental car (due to the irregular and rather unreliable bus schedules). Our holiday advisors will be happy to find you the ideal rental car according to your wishes. After an interesting and stress-free drive along the east coast (49km), arrive at the HOTEL VILLA NERI ***** in Linguaglossa. Check-in.

  • Welcome drink
  • Free entrance to the wellness centre
  • Get to know the small town of Linguaglossa (5'500 inhabitants) built on the lava flow of the Etna eruption of 1566. We also recommend a visit to the Murales and the Museo Messina Incorpora with local art.
  • Dinner at the gourmet restaurant "Dodici Fontane" of the Hotel Villa Neri.

Day 2


  • Breakfast from the buffet
  • Half day excursion to Etna by jeep.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Free entrance to the wellness centre
  • In the afternoon, individually explore the ancient Greek city of Taormina, whose origins are documented as far back as before the birth of Christ.
  • Stop at the Bam Bar in Taormina - and taste their speciality, granites!

Day 3


  • Breakfast from the buffet
  • Visit to a nearby wine cellar, guided tour and tasting of the fine Etna wines.
  • Return to the hotel
  • Free entrance to the wellness centre
  • Afternoon visit to the Alcantara Gorge and the Roman town of Randazzo
  • Typical Sicilian dinner - in fine weather on the terrace of Casa Arrigo, the agriturismo and mother house of Villa Neri

Day 4


  • Breakfast from the buffet
  • Afterwards individual programme: Return journey or extension of the stay with the following recommendations:
  • Visit to the Lipari Islands
  • Visit to the city of Syracuse, cultural centre and in ancient times the most powerful city in Sicily
  • Boat trip with visit to Isola Bella off Taormina
  • Horseback ride on Etna on sure-footed donkeys
  • Cooking course
  • Nearby golf courses: Il Picciolo Golf Club (Castiglione di Sicilia, 18 holes, par 72); Taormina Golf Club (18 holes); Le Saie Golf Club (18 holes, par 72. ATTENTION: Currently closed).

Included in the package


  • 3 nights in a Classic double room in the Villa Neri Resort & Spa*****, Linguaglossa
  • Daily sumptuous breakfast buffet
  • Jeep excursion to Mount Etna
  • Visit a wine cellar with wine tasting
  • Road map, information on the sights
  • All Villa Neri inclusive features as per website

Prices per person in double room



CHFEUR
High season: 11/7 – 21/9/2022
655.–
595,–
Additional night per person
126.50
115,–
Low season: 8/4 – 10/7 and 22/9 – 31/10/2022
555.–
505,–
Additional night per person
99.–
90,–

not bookable in August 2022

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Would you like to book this offer? Then contact us via phone +41 41 368 10 05, send us an e-mail at info@privateselection.ch or fill in the enquiry form.

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The Private Selection Hotel Service AG is part of the guarantee fund of the Swiss tourism sector and ensures the repayment of your deposit paid in connection with the booking of a package as well as your return journey. For further details kindly ask Private Selection Hotels or on www.garantiefonds.ch.