We meet you at Catania airport and go to Portorosa marine. We settle onto the yacht and leave for Vulcano island, the closest in the chain of the Aeolian Islands.
We photograph the sunrise in the Caldera of an old volcano surrounded by smoking fumaroles. After a beautiful ascent we will enjoy scenic views of the island waking up in the first rays of the sun.
On this day of our photography workshop we go to Salina island. We will enjoy sightseeing tours of the town, walks at dawn, the world’s best Italian cappuccino, and fine restaurants with the freshest seafood. On this rich island we will experience what the Italians call Dolce Vita.
Then we leave for Panarea island. It seems to be similar yet it is quite different. There are lovely Italian streets, beautiful houses reviving in the first rays of the sun, smiling Italians, and the most delicious wine and food in the world. We will taste the wine and visit a local SPA to gain energy for the main ascent of our photography tour.
We sail to Stromboli, a volcano island and the jewel of our photo tour. Books have been written about it including Jules Verne and his “Journey to the center of the Earth.” The volcano has taken the lives of many people in numerous eruptions, and gave the name to the type of volcanoes that continuously and regularly erupt, called Strambolian.
We spend the whole day on the island, and in the evening, we set off for an unforgettable adventure. Under the care of an experienced local guide, we will climb to the height of 1000 meters. We will stand on the top, from where we will see splashes of boiling lava from the erupting volcano 200 meters below us, with the view of the sun going down into the sea. We will descend carefully in the dark. Perhaps, this day will become one of the most exciting and emotional in your life.
We sail to Filicudi. It is a very small, authentic and most non-touristic island among the Aeolian chain. As usual, we will enjoy the sea, romantic atmosphere, sails, island exploration, and full immersion into the life of southern Italy.
We go back to Portorosa marine. We spend the night on the boat. If we come back to Portorosa before the sunset, we will go to a small but very beautiful town of Cefalu.
We return to the yacht and move to the South-East of Sicily into our base house for further exploration of Sicily. We will meet the sunset in the beautiful baroque town of Noto.
We will enjoy the dawn in ancient Syracuse, then we will have a walk around the city, go to the old fish market in Ortigia, and visit the Duomo. We will have lunch in Marzamemi, an old fishing village which is the center of tuna fishing. Here is, perhaps, the best seafood cuisine in all of Sicily. We will meet the sunset in Ragusa, another pearl of the Sicilian Baroque.
We start our morning in Taormina, one of the most beautiful towns in Sicily located on the top of the mountain with the best view of Etna, in particular, from the steps of the ancient amphitheater. We will walk along its flower streets, have our delicious morning cappuccino and move to the village of Savoka, which is famous for filming all Italian scenes of Coppola’s “The Godfather” film. A tour of the town and visit to the temple where Michael Corleone married will be followed by a dining siesta. For our farewell dinner and sunset we will go to Caltagirone, the main town of Sicilian ceramics.
Sicily will not leave you indifferent. As Dante said, it is the quintessence of the entire Italy. Sicily is beautiful, diverse, a little provincial, very kind and hospitable. Since the sea is already warm enough, we will sunbathe and swim a lot during this photography tour. For your comfort we will rent large yachts which are at least 55 feet or bigger. Our guide is an experienced skipper, who has been sailing for 7 years and has done over 30 independent trips. Also, if you would like, our skipper will gladly teach you how to set sails and steer the yacht.
Gastronomic pleasures are guaranteed. We will taste the best canolli, ricotta desserts, and arrancini rice balls in the world, which are prepared only here. The most delicious and expensive shrimps are also caught in Sicily. And generally, you can hardly find another place which can offer such a variety of seafood. We explore this beautiful land from different angles and take with us the incredible experiences not only in photos but also in our hearts!
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