This wonderful new tour to Sicily focusses on the Baroque towns of the Southeast corner of Sicily, popularised in recent years by the atmospheric TV series Inspector Montalbano. The area is rich in artistic and architectural heritage as well as charming piazzas and lanes reminiscent of an age gone by, that also happen to serve as settings for the TV series.
Hotel Principe d’Aragona, Modica
The Hotel Principe d'Aragona is a small and modern four-star hotel with just 35 rooms, located in the historic centre of Modica within walking distance of the main attractions and shopping areas. Facilities include an outdoor pool, sun terrace, free wi-fi and lounge bar serving light snacks as well as drinks. Bedrooms all have a private bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, TV, telephone, safe, minibar and hairdryer.
Hotel Principe d’Aragona Website
OUR VIEW OF THE HOTEL
The hotel’s superb location is its main selling point, but the hotel also offers comfortable rooms and close proximity to a host of restaurants, including one of TV chef’s Giorgio Locatelli’s Sicilian favourites, Locanda Del Colonnello.
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Valid passport required by all, except:
(a) EU nationals holding valid national identification cards;
(b) Holders of national identification cards issued to nationals of Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Switzerland.
Are not required by EU citizens. All other nationalities should enquire at the Italian Consulate (38 Eaton Place, London SW1X 8AN. Tel: (020) 7235 9371 or (0891) 600 340. Fax: (020) 7823 1609. Opening hours: 0900-1200 Monday to Friday).
Please note that all flight times are provisional and subject to airline schedules and changes.
HEALTH & INSURANCE – EHIC CARD
Please note that EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) only allows access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the EU country they are temporarily visiting. It is NOT an alternative to travel insurance and will not provide the same level of cover as a travel insurance policy. The EHIC will not cover any private medical healthcare or the cost of things such as repatriation to the UK or lost or stolen property. It is also important to note that each country’s healthcare system is slightly different, so the EHIC might not cover everything that would be generally free on the NHS. On the EHIC application website, there is a section called Access to Healthcare Abroad which clarifies all the conditions and inclusions. We strongly recommend that you take out an appropriate travel insurance policy when you travel abroad.
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Catania. On arrival, transfer from Catania airport to Modica for check in to the hotel for seven-night stay on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Morning tour of Modica. Comprised of two separate areas “Alta” (high) and Bassa (low), connected by flights of steps, Modica offers a wealth of sights and is the ideal central base from which to explore this stunning region of the Mediterranean’s largest island. Highlights include the Duomo, a remarkable example of Sicilian Baroque, Santa Maria di Betlem, San Pietro, the main street, Corso Umberto I lined with impressive palazzi, churches and the Corso Regina Margherita in the Alta district. The afternoon is free – perhaps a chocolate tasting for which Modica is famous.
Day 3: Full day to the capital of the south east of Sicily, Siracusa, dating back some 27 centuries. Visit the Neapolis archaeological area, including the impressive Greek amphitheatre and the ‘Ear of Dionysus’. There will be free time, too, to wander around the mystical peninsular of Ortigia, surrounded on all sides by the Mediterranean, with a wealth of sights from the Roman era through to the Baroque.
Day 4: Full day tour by coach to the stunning baroque centre of Ibla di Ragusa, located in a dramatic canyon. Also divided into two distinct districts – Ragusa, built in Baroque style after the 1693 earthquake, and much older Ibla. Highlights include the Duomo, Archaeological Museum, many more gorgeous churches, piazzas and streets. Many scenes from Montalbano were filmed here.
Day 5: Full day to Noto and Marzememi. Again rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake, Noto boasts magnificent Baroque architecture, unique in Sicily. Highlights include the cathedral, Palazzo Ducezio, Palazzo Trigona and churches of Santa Chiara and San Carlo al Corso. The streets here are perfect for a leisurely stroll amongst the stunning architecture. Continue down the south east coast to the delightful fishing village of Marzememi with its whitewashed houses and lovely waterfront location.
Day 6: Day at leisure to explore Modica.
Day 7: In the tracks of Montalbano. We visit the small UNESCO gem of Scicli, where Montalbano’s police station is located. Admire the architecture and many small baroque churches in Scicli’s narrow lanes. Afternoon spent along the lovely southern coastline with a stop at Montalbano’s house in Punta Secca.
Day 8: Transfer from Modica to Catania airport for return flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 40 passengers.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
Offering a wide range of extended tours and cultural short breaks for the discerning traveller, Travel Editions was established in 1994 and is now one of the leading specialist independent escorted tour operators in the UK. The company started with the idea of creating itineraries that were not readily available on the high street, and the team still remains focused on offering escorted tours that appeal to travellers rather than tourists.
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In almost all cases, daily excursions are included in the price of a trip, and all excursions are taken by private coach. The size of the group varies depending on the escorted tour, and Travel Editions limits some holidays to lower numbers to suit the nature of the specific holiday. Walking, culinary and special interest tours are limited to approximately 20-30 passengers, and the Europe by Rail and Europe by Air holidays are limited to a maximum of 35 passengers. Then there’s the UK British Heritage Tours with a maximum capacity of 49, however, some are much less than this. No matter which tours you choose, you will never feel as though you are in a big group.
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