Fall 2017 Beating Heart Of Sicily Tour

Fall 2017 Sicily’s Beating Heart Tour with mi.o

“Modern Italian Network enables people passionate about Italy to experience and embrace Italian culture. One of the most successful ways mi.o achieves this mission is through tours to Italy. We are so pleased to partner with Karen La Rosa of La RosaWorks to prepare a truly unique itinerary for you. This tour will provide unparalleled access to real Sicilian culture: its food, its people, its history and its beauty. Come with us to Sicily next year. Together with La RosaWorks we will provide you with a trip of a lifetime.”
- Matthew Giuseppe Platania, Founder, Modern Italian Network

Fall 2017 Sicily’s Beating Heart Tour

Open to anyone looking to have fun enjoying unique experiences
on a stunning island.

Join this 9 day customized tour full of experiences and locals, food, wine, and history; a tour initiated for its group by the Modern Italian Network, but open to anyone interested in having fun exploring Sicily. The group will be limited in size to ensure that experiences will be engaging and intimate.

From guides and locals, you will learn about Sicily’s past and what it is that makes the island so magical. You will also meet some of the people, particularly in the worlds of wine and food, that are bringing Sicily into the modern light.

“Sicily is the pearl of this century… Since old times, travelers from the most far away country… boast of its merits, praise its territory, rave about its extraordinary beauty, and highlight its strengths…because it brings together the best aspects from every other country.” - Al-Idrisi, Arab geographer, The Book of Roger, 1138 - 54

Please contact La RosaWorks for a full itinerary and booking information.

Detailed Sicily travel information.


Day 1 - Saturday, September 16
  • Mid-day arrival into Palermo’s Falcone Borsellino Airport
  • Transfer to Palermo on your own
  • Welcome drinks and dinner with a spectacular view
Day 2 - Sunday, September 17
  • Visit the majestic ruins at Segesta with a guide
  • Lunch and tasting at a winery representing wines from the western part of Sicily
  • Continue on to tour the medieval hilltop town of Erice and sample some of Sicily’s best sweets.
  • Dinner on your own in Palermo
Day 3 - Monday, September 18
  • Guided walking tour of the magnificent Monreale Cathedral and its stunning mosaics, just outside Palermo.
  • After a short break, continue on a walking tour of Palermo’s central highlights.
  • Traditional Sicilian dinner at a top restaurant.
Day 4 - Tuesday, September 19
  • Depart Palermo. Stop in the resort sea town of Cefalù. With a guide, you will see another example of stunning architecture and mosaics in the Duomo. Enjoy a seaside lunch on your own, and explore some of the most charming streets in Sicily.
  • Continue on to your hotel in Catania.
  • Dinner will be fun, with a local sommelier. She will pair the wines to the menu and engage you in a lively discussion about wines from the Etna region.
Day 5 - Wednesday, September 20
  • A visit to her majesty, Mount Etna! With a knowledgeable guide you will walk on the extinct craters, in a cave, and on the slopes. You will experience why she is both feared and revered.
  • Lunch with regional foods at an Etna winery, where you will bring your wine education to the table. Sample some of Etna’s most celebrated wine.
  • Dinner on your own.
Day 6 - Thursday, September 21
  • A short ride will take you to what once was one of Greece’s most important cities, Siracusa.
  • A guide will bring its history and charm to life, as you walk its winding, narrow, streets.
  • For lunch you will be the guest of one of Sicily’s most talented and hip chefs.
  • Dinner back in Catania on your own.
Day 7 - Friday, September 22

  • Taormina is a jewel and today you will see its magnificence, from the iconic Greek theater to its secret corners with a local guide.
  • Lunch on your own and time to explore and shop.
  • Group dinner at a relaxed spot frequented by locals.
Day 8 - Saturday, September 23
  • Depart Catania
  • You will stop in Piazza Armerina to visit with a guide the UNESCO site, Villa Romana del Casale.
  • Continue to Sicily’s center and you will be welcomed into the small town of Calascibetta. Lunch will be prepared for the group with special treats, and the afternoon will be full of local flavor.
  • We will continue on and spend the night at the sea in Mondello, not far from the airport.
Day 9 - Sunday, September 24
  • Transfer to Palermo’s airport for departure.

Cost & Booking

Total cost per person is $2950. A $500 deposit is required to register. Please contact for payment details.

Not included in the tour: Airfare, travel insurance (strongly recommended), personal expenses, and meals not specified. This itinerary is subject to minor changes and adjustment.

Your deposit will be completely refunded if arrangements cannot be confirmed or the tour is cancelled for unforeseen circumstances. Your deposit is refundable up until final payment is due.

Itinerary is subject to change based on availability. Any changes will be of equivalent substance and quality.

For further information, please contact:
Karen La Rosa at or call 917.225.8415

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Space is limited.
Please reserve your spot as soon as possible.

At A Glance

Tour Dates

September 16 - 24, 2017

What Is Included

  • 3 nights accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Palermo’s historic center
  • 4 nights accommodation at a 4 star hotel in Catania
  • 1 night accommodation at a 4 star seafront hotel in Mondello
  • All breakfasts
  • 8 meals with regional wine; highly rated restaurants and unique dining experiences
  • Guided day trips to Segesta, Erice, Cefalu, Siracusa, Taormina, Mount Etna, Piazza Armerina and Calascibetta
  • Unique wine and food experiences, including visits to wineries and tasting opportunities with winemakers and wine professionals
  • Private transportation for the group
  • Wine education materials
  • Select reading list and other materials

Tour Cost

Total cost per person is $2950
in a double room.


The number of participants on this tour is limited.

Travel Information

Detailed Sicily travel information.

Cefalù’s narrow streets are full of surprises.

Taormina is a jewel and the Greeks knew it well!

It is an otherworldly experience on the craters of Mount Etna.

The Piazza Duomo in Siracusa is among the most beautiful and welcoming in Sicily.

The Roman mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale are extraordinary.

In even the smallest towns there are riches to see.

Sicilian soil demands that the grapes be strong. It is an important component of what ends up in your glass.

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