This travel itinerary is in honor of Frederick II of Swabia, one of the most powerful Holy Roman Emperorsof the Middle Ages, called by a contemporary chronicler stupor mundi (the wonder of the world). Participants through this journey can also discover the natural beauties of Aeolian Islands.
Day 1 Catania – Montalbano
Arrival at the airport of Catania or at place to be specified, meeting with our courier and transfer to Montalbano Elicona . Accommodation at hotel, welcome cocktail, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2: Santa Lucia del Mela - Milazzo
Breakfast at hotel and departure to Santa Lucia del Mela, town situated on the slopes of the Mount Makkaruna. Here, participants can visit the Arabic Castle, restored and enlarged by Frederick II and the “Santuario della Neve”.
Visit of vineyards and modern wine cellar: wine tasting and tasting of typical local products and lunch.
In the afternoon visit of Milazzo, a delightful town placed between two gulfs and strategic point for the north-eastern Sicily. Walk along the evocative promenade of the town. Visit of the Castle, placed on a natural rock that recalls the main Suevian architectural features.
Return to hotel dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Montalbano Elicona – Marinello Lakes
Breakfast at hotel and guided visit of Montalbano Elicona. Walk along the streets of one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy and visit of its Majestic Castle, built by the Emperor Frederick II above preexisting Arabic and Byzantine buildings. Lunch at a Farm holiday
In the afternoon visit of Marinello Lakes, according to a legend are the result of a miracle.
Day 4: Patti – San Marco d’Alunzio.
Breakfast at hotel and departure to Patti, Episcopal see and one of the major sites of the Tyrrhenian area of Messina as far as history and tourism are concerned. Walk along the old town centre, surrounded by monuments where participants can admire its untouched ancient medieval streets.
Visit of the cathedral where the body of Frederick II – who died in Puglia - was kept before its burial in Palermo. Lunch at Holiday Farm.
In the afternoon departure to San Marco d’Alunzio, where the Emperor used to hunt. Walk along the evocative town centre. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5:Brolo– Caronia
Breakfast at hotel and departure to Brolo, ancient evocative village where participants can admire on the background the Aeolian Island.
The most interesting place to visit is the Manor of the Princess Bianca Lancia, wife of Frederick II. Lunch in a typical restaurant.
In the afternoon visit of the town of Caronia surrounded by nature; cork oaks and beech trees. Walk along the evocative old town centre, overlooked by the Norman Castle that was built in the XII century by Frederick II to become his hunting manor.
Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Lipari Island – Vulcano Island.
Breakfast at hotel and departure to the Port of Milazzo for the operations of embarking.
After skirting the promontory of Capo Milazzo, we will sail to Lipari for the first stop, which is useful for exploring the old town, the archaeological park or relax during shopping in the town.
Departing from Lipari and route to the island of Vulcano.
During this part of navigation will be made the tour of the mythological area and that part of the coast where you will visit the “Faraglioni”, “Lo scoglio di Papa Giovanni”, “La Grotta dei Angeli” and “Lo scoglio della Mummia”.
Continuing the sailing we wil visit also the beautiful “Piscina di Venere”, “La Grotta del cavallo” and “Lo scoglio del Leone” until reach Vulcano for the second stop where it could be possible to take a bath in the hot springs in the area of sulphurous mud, or to go the beautiful black Sand Beach. Lunch at restaurant
After departure from Vulcano, before directing navigation to Milazzo, we will pass the beautiful “Scoglio della Sirenetta”.
Disembarkation operations, return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 7: Parco Museo Jalari – Novara di Sicilia.
Breakfast at hotel and departure to Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto where we will visit the Parco Museo Jalari. Lunch at the Farm holiday located in the park.
In the afternoon we will reach Novara di Sicilia, considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy thanks to itswell-preserved old town center. Return to hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: Breakfast at hotel. End of our services.
The itinerary of “Frederick II of Swabia Tour” can be modified for technical reasons operational and according to customer needs.
Quotation on request.
The Price includes
- Welcome of our courier at airport
- Displacement by Private Luxury Coach/Minivan airport – hotel - airport
- Guided tours
- Accommodation: twin-bedroom in 4 stars hotel
- Welcome Cocktail
- Full board service
- Lunches in restaurants
- Travel, medical and baggage insurance
The Price doesn’t include:
- Flights (available on request for formed groups)
- City Tax
- Tips, extras and personal shopping
- Entrance tickets
- Porterage services
- All not specifically mentioned under “price includes”
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