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Sicily Region

Trip to Sicily – May 5 – 16, 2014

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We are planning an exclusive trip to the Sicily region of Italy from May 5th through May 16th. Our tour is small and personal. Local food and wine combined with the history and folklore of the local area. We will stay at Agriturismi when possible. We will visit a Marsala producer, a wine maker, almond and pistachio growers, Sicilian pottery shop, a puppet show, and local markets.

The group is limited to 10 persons. The package price is $3,200 per person and includes transportation to and from the Palermo airport, transportation throughout the tour, accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, and five lunches. Airfare and taxes are excluded.

For more information, visit www.girasole-italy.com. To make a reservation, please call Lydia Patierno at 540-253-5501. $1,000 deposit required to secure your reservation.

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Fall Trip to Sicily

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Travel to Sicily and you’ll be taken back in time to the beginning of the Greek empire. In a small group setting, you’ll learn about how the land was settled by the Greeks and then inhabited by the Corinthians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, and Spaniards before it became part of Italy.

As a small group, we’ll discover the island for ourselves through its food, architecture, culture, history, and people. The ten-day journey will begin in the capital city of Palermo along the western coast of the island. We are introduced to the Island of Sicily as we travel the small, winding streets of the bustling city exploring the open-air food, clothing, and spice markets. We travel along the coast, stopping in the port town of Trapani, an ancient city that has been vital to the island’s salt trade and tuna fishing industries. Then, we travel to Erice, Siracusa, and Agrigento where we see ancient Greek temples comparable to those in Athens. Our journey continues onto the towns of Noto, known for its gelato, and Taormina, next to the snowy slopes of Mt. Etna.

Our accommodations each night are at an Italian country home, referred to by Italians as an agriturismo, where we enjoy home cooked meals, comfortable furnishings, and the companionship of our Italian hosts and guides. Reserve your spot soon for our upcoming trip. We will depart on October 21st and return on November 1st. The cost of the trip, excluding airfare and taxes, is $3,200. Visit www.girasole-italy.com for complete information and the itinerary. Call Lydia Patierno at 540.253.5501 to make your reservation.

Buon Viaggio!