The enchanted valley in the heart of Sicily
ANDROMEDA THEATER SANTO STEFANO QUISQUINA
Between the Gulf of Palermo and the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, along the ancient road that was crossed by Greeks, Romans, Arabs and Normans, stands the Sican territory, also called "Monti Sicani" with its breathtaking landscapes and villages among the most characteristic of Italy. Through natural parks, wheat fields and high altitude settlements, an experience that reveals the traditions and history of an unforgettable culture.
Extraordinary heritage of biodiversity
The Regional park ok the Sicani mountains is located in the 3rd place among the Sicilian natural parks, the municipalities concerned are 12: Bivona, Burgio, Cammarata (in our trips), Castronovo di Sicilia, Chiusa Sclafani, Contessa Entellina, Giuliana Palazzo Adriano, Prizzi, S.Giovanni Gemini, S.Stefano Quisquinia, Sambuca di Sicilia, of which 6 fall in the province of Palermo and 6 in the province of Agrigento.
the "Parco dei Monti Sicani" is characterized by the presence of agriculture systems that allow the existence of several farms and animal husbandry that give rise to typical and quality products.
Discover the authentic "Sicilianity"
We focus a lot on the quality of our products, the high quality of cheese wines and the meat of the Sicani mountains, which over time has acquired the name of excellence in Sicily.
We have a lot of festivals and traditions throughout the year. That’s the real Sicily!
Hight quality made in Sicily
What to see and what to do
Santa Rosalia Heritage
The history of the hermitage begins in 1624, when, a few weeks after the discovery of the remains of the Saint in the cave of Monte Pellegrino in Palermo.
the open-air masterpiece built in homage to the constellation of Andromeda, was realized on one rock and give emotions to the visitor. The theater is also
a sculpture park, entirely realizedby the eclectic artist Lorenzo Reina.
The historical centers of the villages are really hidden treasures usually on the rocks that surround castles and churches of extraordinary beauty, and then immerse themselves in the daily life of the Sicilians.
Trekking and hiking
The regional park of the Sicani mountains offers many possibilities for nature lovers, nature trails and breathtaking views.
Drink & food
A very important chapter is precisely the food offered by the countries of the Sicani mountains, the high quality of the products that make visitors discover an exceptional culinary emotion.
Traveling through the roads between the Sicani mountains among uncontaminated nature, you will find truly special hidden treasures.
The road that connects Agrigento to Palermo has always been extremely important for Sicily.
Since the archaic age has allowed the connection between the shores of the Mediterranean and those of the Tyrrhenian, so that the South could breathe the air of the North and its cultural contaminations.
From the Greek settlers of the Aegean islands that arrived in the seventh century to found the Sicilian polis and to confront and collide with the Phoenician peoples who occupied the western point of the island until the Romans who, once conquered Akragas (Agrigento), traveled to conquer Panormus ( Palermo), building a statio and mansion: network along the way. They are stations, built at precise distances that allowed travelers and horses to cool off or sleep and remained active until the fourth century.
Shortly afterwards the Byzantines occupied the region, settling on the fortresses and hills, in order to defend themselves from the Muslim warriors of North Africa, Arabia and Spain, who invaded the island in the ninth century, transforming the appearance of the streets and villages, which over the centuries they thrived or had been abandoned.
During the second half of 11th century the island was freed from Arabs by French knights, coming from the coasts of Normandy and in little more than thirty years, under the guidance of the Grand Count Ruggero d'Altavilla and his brother Roberto the Guiscardo, they reconquered the island, bringing back the Christianity in the entire territory and rebuilding churches with Greek rite and new rituals with Latin rite, allowing that osmosis that created the conditions for the Sicilian society of today.
Experiential tour on the Sicani Mountains
The tour that encloses the beauty of an unknown territory of extraordinary naturalistic and artistic beauty, far from the great tourist flows, but with all the comforts one needs. Comfortable country houses or hotels, tastings of all kinds, comfortable coaches and professional guides always available. The best way to get to know the real Sicily.
5th day: Monte Cammarata and Andromeda theater.
After breakfast, departure for Pizzo della Rondine and from here, through the Ledera path, towards Monte Gemini; then we will continue on the slopes of Mount Cammarata. Continue to reach the Andromeda Theater, an extraordinary place of particular charm. The blocks of stone on which to stand are 108, as many as are the stars that form the constellation of Andromeda and are arranged according to the same astronomical order.
In the afternoon return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
6th day: Walk on the Sosio river - Caltabellotta.
After breakfast, transfer by bus to the entrance of the path to the Sosio river that will take us to the old hydroelectric power station between gorges (naches) and dense riparian vegetation. Packed lunch provided. In the afternoon we will visit the ancient Caltabellotta; a guide will take us on an urban trek in the fascinating country with a visit to the Cathedral of Arab origin, to the convent of San Pellegrino, to the caves and to the Civic Museum which houses the works of Maestro Rizzuti. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 1: Welcome.
Meeting with your tour escort at the airport of arrival and transfer to the country house. Tour presentation and welcome cocktail. Dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Trekking to Quisquina.
The day starts towards Monte Quisquina (1183 m asl) from which you can enjoy a wide view on most of Sicily. Walk of 2 hours - 2½ hours (about 5 km) not particularly difficult with passage to the Quercia Grande (ancient oak of about 600-700 years). Crossing the woods, we will see the Hermitage of Santa Rosalia of Quisquina, a hermit structure with its church, the cells of the hermit monks, the crypt and the cave where the Virgin of Palermo lived most of his life. We will continue for a typical farm, where we will assist in the preparation of the ricotta, and where they are also produced all the local specialties such as cheese and / or typical dishes (boiled sheep or roasted artichokes or baked lamb, etc.). Return to the farmhouse, dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Between alleys of the historic center and cooking class.
Sensory experiences between history and culinary traditions
After breakfast we leave for the visit of Cammarata and San Giovanni Gemini. During the walk through the narrow streets of the historic center of Cammarata, we can admire some routes that are part of the famous "Magna via Francigena". Then we will reach a typical trattoria for a wonderful experience. We will touch with the hand the excellent local products and cook them together with the chef in a beautiful location. Fun is guaranteed, and even the little ones can put their hands and have fun discovering the goodness of our kitchen. Depending on the day you can buy the ingredients in the local market together with the chef. In the afternoon, free time in the center of San Giovanni Gemini, for shopping or to enjoy a good aperitif. Dinner and overnight.
4th day: Lercara, Prizzi, Palazzo Adriano, Corleone and Ficuzza wood.
Lercara, Prizzi, Palazzo Adriano, Corleone and Bosco della Ficuzza.
After breakfast we leave for Lercara Friddi, a charming town, which gave birth to the grandparents of Frank Sinatra. Short photo stop in the city center and then continue to Prizzi. Small town of Greek origin with its narrow streets and courtyards and steep climbs that give the rupestrian village an unusual charm, bringing us back to the Middle Ages. A few kilometers away we find Palazzo Adriano, where the Oscar award winning movie "Nuovo Cinema Paradiso" was set. We leave again to reach the "Ficuzza", a natural reserve of extraordinary beauty to visit the hunting lodge of King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon and the bird shelter, the LIPU. At lunch we will have a nice picnic in the park enjoying a good local wine and typical products of the area. In the afternoon we will pass by Corleone nicknamed the "twilight" of the Valle del Sosio. Short stop and return to the farmhouse. Dinner and overnight
7th day: Mussomeli, Milena and farm in Cammarata.
After breakfast we leave for Mussomeli, to visit the castle (also known as the “Manfredonico” castle). A fortress built between the 14th and 15th centuries, built on a cliff at 778 meters. The next destination will be Milena, where we will visit the "house of peasant culture", a nineteenth-century rural house located in one of the 10 "ROBBE" (small agglomerations / blocks of houses not far from the city center) that will give us a complete picture of the Sicilian idyllic scenery. For lunch we will move to a farm to learn about the production of milk and its derivatives by establishing contact with the animals that live there. It will be possible to visit the stalls, the milking parlor, and after tasting of local cheese and wine. In the afternoon free time in the structure. Dinner and overnight
8th day: Arrivederci Monti Sicani - Sicily
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or possibility to extend your holiday in our hotels.
We recommend in the spring and autumn months: Hiking shoes, comfortable clothes and anorak.
The price includes:
7 nights in Farmhouse or 3/4 star hotel in half board in a double room
2 tastings of typical local products
1 lunch in a farm
Local guides where necessary
GT bus (depending on the size of the group) and professional guide for the duration of the tour
(under 7 pax we will use driverguide with own vehicle)
Baggage medical insurance;
Europe Assistance No.: 8401639
The price not include:
Tips and extras in general
Single room supplement € 80.00
Min 6 partecipants max 24
Farms & old towns
Day on a farm, animals, culinary arts and products of the highest level
Many activities immersed in the nature of the park
your time for shopping in the beautiful shops in the center
Castels & houses
Discover the charm of medieval castles scattered throughout the area
Discover the charm of the area's hermitage and churches
Magna via Francigena
Discover the path in the heart of Sicily
and activities with the donkey are educational interventions and re-education to the relationship,
Touch with your hands the quality that the territory offers
Theather and food
discover many particular things while enjoying the quality of the products
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