The Smoking Giant

4-day Wine Tasting on Etna - Italy

Prices from £448 pp

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Duration4 days / 3 nights (flexible)


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Sleep among vineyards at the foot of a smoking giant in an authentic agriturismo. The Etna volcano is not only the highest mountain in Sicily, but also the most active volcano in Europe. Whether you take a stroll across the moonscape at the top or decide to view the volcano from a safe distance from your swimming pool, it’s a sight to behold.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • 3 x breakfast
  • Wine tasting tour

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Arrival Etna

Arrive on the fertile north side of Etna to find an ancient agriturismo among grape vines and orlij trees, overlooking the Alcantara valley. From Catania airport, it is about an hour’s drive to this estate, which mainly grows grapes for wine production. In the shade of the olive trees, take in your surroundings: a rolling landscape of vineyards and oaks, with a view all the way down to the coast.

a snow capped mountain with forests at the foot

Etna volcano and wine tasting

After seeing Etna volcano from afar, today it is time to take a closer look. Most tourists do that from the south side, but you’ll head to the north side, as it is quieter and has a more varied landscape. If the weather is good and the volcano is calm, you can take a 4×4 bus to the northeast crater at 2800 meters. You’ll travel past petrified lava and steaming cracks in the ground to the Etna crater.  

two woman crouching in front of a volcano

Rinse off the gray dust of Etna and get back in the car for a drive to the Gambino winery, about twenty minutes from your agriturismo. The sommelier welcomes you in the wine cellar, where he will explain the different wines of the house and of course pour them for you. Italians will not drink without eating, so small snacks also appear on the table, completing the tasting perfectly. The rest of your time is yours to enjoy the relaxed pace of the countryside, there are plenty of walks you can take in, or visit the large coastal towns of Gardini Naxos. 

a smiling lady sitting at a table with wine glasses

Departure agriturismo Etna

This morning take a final dip in the pool and then it’s time to travel again. If you want to see even more volcanoes, go island hopping across the Aeoliansor to learn more about the life of a Sicilian fisherman and relax on the beach, at the port town of Cefalú, a two-and-a-half hour drive away. 

a birds eye view of a swimming pool surrounded by green trees

Etna – Pizza Making Sikelia

Pizza … Perhaps the tastiest Italian dish ever invented. Today you will learn how to make pizza yourself like a real Sicilian. In the afternoon you will meet Roberto, who will show you the fine tricks of rolling and kneading dough. He just as concerned about having fun with everyone as he is about teaching you how to make a pizza. But of course, at the end of it, you will enjoy your homemade pizzas. Bon Appetit!

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