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Catania, Etna, Taormina, Castelmola, Syracuse, Noto, and more!

9 Days from/to Catania, Sicily (Italy)

September 14 - 22, 2023

 

 

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HappyGayTravel Vimeo ChannelEtna Sicily Gay TourSeptember is the best month to visit Sicily, the island is just under the “Italian boot” and it is separated by the Messina Strait. September is still quite hot in Sicily, the sea is crystalline blue and its nature is unique. The island was conquered by Normans, Spaniards, French, Arabs… a melting pot with great cultural and natural heritage, giving to Sicily an exotic appeal. Catania is the biggest town under the Volcano Etna.

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Catania is also a cradle of LGBTQ+ experiences, as it is considered the most gay-friendly town in the island. Catania is also the place where tolerance allowed youngsters to meet and love near an iconic tree … and sadly where the Second World War imposed a hard exile for many gay men.

 

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Nine days in Sicily, in Catania, with excursions to the Volcano Etna on 4×4 Jeep as a full day excursion and a sea tour to Taormina the pearl of the Mediterranean, a “buen retiro” for many gay artists during the 19th and 20th century… from here a stunning view on the Messina Strait: if you are lucky, you can easily see Reggio Calabria on the other side of it.

You will also enjoy a one-day excursion to Syracuse and to the Island of Ortygia: the most famous Greek theatre in the world, still in use and the breath-taking nature of Ortygia Island framed into green-and-blue shades of the oldest quarter of Syracuse. Then the small town of Noto, the capital of the astonishing Sicilian baroque architecture.

 

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You will enjoy the sunbathing and the swimming in one of the beaches of Catania, cool down with almond granitas and natural drinks, share your activities with friends and finish your trip with a typical Sicilian dinner pairing with Etna-wine tastings.

You will have a local gay guide with you who will lead the group.

 

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Sicily Gay Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Thursday, September 14, 2023
Arrival in Catania, Sicily
Catania has an international airport (CTA): you can easily fly from Milan or Rome airports.

• Shuttles and taxis are available to take you to Plaza Hotel, only 10 minutes from the town centre, which is a great example of Baroque architecture. The Fountain of the Elephant is its icon, as well as the castle and the marvelous cathedral.

• Check in at Plaza Hotel, Catania.

• 6:30/7:00 PM Meet & greet with your local guide, Emanuele, who will brief you with all infos about your stay.

• Free evening

 

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Day 2 - Friday, September 15, 2023
Catania, Sicily
• Take your time to cool down and relax.

• Catania has a rocky coastline. Nevertheless, sunbathing is possible, thanks to platforms on the rocks which make it simple to reach the sea. Do not forget your snorkeling equipment if you like diving!

• 3:00 PM – The escorted tour of the town with your tour leader and guide starts: during three hours, you will discover how the LGBTQ+ community thrived, but also how it was harassed during centuries: the “Arvulu Russu“ (the big tree, in dialect) is the place where the gay community used to meet and gather. Here love stories began and finished and it is where the gay community tried to protect itself against Fascism. Also Castle Ursino and the Cathedral have so much to tell!

• Rest of the day free.

 

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Day 3 - Saturday, September 16, 2023
Volcano Etna
• 8.00 AM: departure for Volcano Etna. The tour is in English. Trekking shoes and clothes are mandatory.

• Ready for a completely different kind of off-road Jeep tour adventure? Discover one of the most active volcanoes in the world with our Etna Jeep Tour. We will pick you up at your accommodation with one of our off-road vehicles (including the popular Land Rover 110) and heading in the direction of the volcano.

• We are passing idyllic Sicilian villages and some of Sicily’s most famous wine-growing regions and whilst gaining altitude, you will learn a lot about the country, the population and their culture. You will certainly remember the impressive play of colours of the black lava and the extraordinary vegetation on Mount Etna. As we pass by the lava flows of recent years, we will see centuries-old forests and we will stop at some of the most beautiful places on Mount Etna. During an easy but impressive hike of approx. 45 min. on the craters in the surrounding, you will see the unique landscape with the old and new lava.

• Of course, a competent English-speaking guide will accompany you during this guided trip on Mount Etna and you will learn a lot about the history of the volcano with its myths and the current situation there. You will continue the adventurous jeep tour on an off-road track through the pine forests and you will get further insight into the unique and diverse flora and fauna which inhabits the lava rocks.

• Like the speleologists, you will be equipped with helmets and flashlights to explore one of the famous lava caves on foot with your guide. These caves were created by a lava flow and they still have special properties. Centuries ago, residents close to Mount Etna used these caves for the ice production.

• A typical Sicilian lunch awaits you in a mountain chalet on Mount Etna. With traditional antipasti, pasta of the season and a delicious dessert, accompanied by water, Sicilian wine and a good coffee you will get to know the local cuisine.

• Well-rested, the adventure continues to the famous Alcantara-Gorge, which was formed thousands of years ago in the north of the volcano by a lava flow. Along the way, we drive through the famous Sicilian mountain village “Castiglione di Sicilia”. There you will get to see one of Sicily’s most famous wine-growing regions and you will enjoy an impressive view along the wine route.

• After your arrival at the Alcantara-Gorge, you will discover the crystal-clear mountain river, which flows between the basaltic rocks. The rock formations are unique, as the lava cooled faster due to the cold water. During the summer season you will have the opportunity, to wade barefoot through the very cold water or to take a refreshing bath.

• After all these unforgettable impressions you will return to hotel.

• Rest of the day free.

 

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Day 4 - Sunday, September 17, 2023
Free Day in Catania
• Chill down and relax! Sunday is on your own.

• Sunbath, visit the town, go shopping, stroll around, try a typical sweet like the “cassata” (pastry roll with ricotta cheese and candied fruits) or sit outside drinking a smooth almond milk!

 

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Day 5 - Monday, September 18, 2023
Taormina & Castelmola Boat Tour
• Today is dedicated to a full-day private boat tour to Taormina, the “Pearl of the Mediterranean” and the evocative village of Castelmola, where you will taste the best “cannolo” and “pasta alla Norma”.

• Sunbathing and snorkeling equipment are mandatory.

• Enjoy this 5-hour private guided tour to the most important Sicilian resorts. Our guide will lead your group to explore amazing places such as the main street Corso Umberto, Palazzo Corvaja, St. Catherina church, Odeon theater, and Duomo. In Castelmola after the walking tour in this small and characteristic village we will stop in a typical restaurant to taste some traditional dishes.

• After a day at sea, back to Catania.

• Rest of the day free.

 

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Day 6 - Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Free Day in Catania
• Chill down and relax!

• Sunbath, visit the town, go shopping, stroll around.

 

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Day 7 - Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Syracuse, Noto and Ortigia
• You get picked up from hotel and plunged into the most marvelous Sicilian history. From the Greek culture of the performing arts in open theatre to the evocative baroque town of Noto, pairing with the beautiful island of Ortygia.

• On a private tour of 8/9-hours you include the archeological park of Neapolis. Marvel at the beauty of Ortygia Island, and visit the small town of Noto to see its unique style of Sicilian Baroque architecture.

 

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Day 8 - Thursday, September 21, 2023
Catania, Sicily
• This is your last day in Catania.

• Go back to the places you liked, go shopping, discover hidden gems of Catania on your own.

• 8:00 PM – Dinner in a typical restaurant of Sicilian cuisine.

 

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Day 9 - Friday, September 22, 2023
Sicily Departure
• Check out Catania hotel

• End of services.

 

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What's Included?

• Local tour leader;

• Accommodation in double/twin standard room in four-star hotel;

• All breakfasts included;

• Meet & greet aperitive;

• Three-hour walking tour, about LGBTQ+ history in Catania, escorted by your local tour leader;

 

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• Full-day Etna excursion with English-speaking guide;

• Full-day boat tour with your local guide to Taormina;

• Full-day tour by van to Syracuse and Ortygia;

• Typical Sicilian dinner and wine tasting.

 

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What isn't included?

• International flights;

• City tax (to be paid cash at each hotel)

• Meals, if not mentioned in “the quote includes”;

• Everything which is not mentioned in “the tour includes”;

• Personal extras;

 

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• Tips;

• Extension days on request all over Italy;

• Transfers to/from all destinations/Italian airports available on request;

• Accommodation upgrade available on request.

 

Plaza Hotel, Catania

 

Tour Hotel

Plaza Hotel, Catania
This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. The 4-star Plaza Hotel Catania is set in an exclusive area on Catania's seafront, 1.2 mi from the city center. This elegant hotel also features terraces with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

This accommodation is located in Picanello-Ognina-Barriera-Canalicchio district, not far from Promenade of Catania. This exclusive hotel is 3 km away from the centre of Catania. The property stands close to Parrocchia Santa Maria della Guardia Catholic Church.

 

Plaza Hotel Catania

 

Breakfast is served on the roof garden overlooking the cliff tops.

A buffet breakfast is served at the restaurant in a welcoming atmosphere. There is a restaurant serving Italian dishes on site. The local bar features a spacious terrace and a lounge for guests' comfort and offers coffee and cocktails.

 

Plaza Hotel Sicily room

 

Spacious and air-conditioned, rooms include a satellite TV, a mini-bar, and an private bathroom.

The accommodation has sauna facilities and a spa centre as well as a gym area and aerobics classes. There is a gym facility on site.

Providing a selection of dishes, Pepe Nero and Bar Magri are approximately 75 metres away. A local bus stop Tricolore is 100 metres away.

 

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Sicily Gay Tour Prices

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Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy

€ 2,390

Tour Only, Per Person, Single Occupancy

€ 3,140

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40% Deposit required at time of booking. Balance payment due by June 14, 2023

 

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