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From Trapani: Salt Road Tour With Winery Visit and Boat Trip

1. From Trapani: Salt Road Tour With Winery Visit and Boat Trip

Discover the best of Sicily's gastronomy, culture, and scenery on this excursion from Trapani. Start your tour with a visit to either the Donnafugata, Florio, Caruso, or Mininni wineries, which are some of the region's finest. At the winery, enjoy a tasting of some local products, washed down with a selection of the best wines. Next, board a traditional lagoon boat for a boat tour of the Stagnone Lagoon. At the center of the lagoon, discover the ancient island of Motya, which has now been converted to an open-air museum. Learn more about the history of the island and its residents from your local guide. Finally, visit the coastal town of Marsala. Enjoy a guided tour of the city center and learn more about the town's vibrant past, seeing ancient ruins along the way.

Guided tour of the Marsala Salt Pans and salt harvesting

2. Guided tour of the Marsala Salt Pans and salt harvesting

Dating back to the '500s, the salt pans represent for the territory of Marsala a very precious resource; you can admire a landscape composed of tanks, small canals, windmills, and piles of salt: a landscape that represents one of the most unique and characteristic environments of the Mediterranean. You can visit the Mill where, thanks to a multimedia path, you can discover the ancient and precious art of sea salt production. You'll continue your tour along a nature trail unique in the world and, in the company of your guide, you can join the salt harvest and live a truly unique sensory experience. Discover the different types of salt and inside the mill, you will also find the "whole salt" strictly hand-picked, and the "fior di sale" purely flavored. See how salt is not only used in cooking, thanks to its moisturizing power but it is also used in the field of cosmetics for the creation of products that aim at the "well-being of the skin".

Marsala: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Local Products

3. Marsala: Winery Tour with Wine Tasting and Local Products

Marsala is a historical town near the sea in the province of Trapani in Sicily. It is also renowned for its famous DOC wine. The local grapes give life to fine wines that represent the nature of Sicily.  Upon arrival at the winery you will be welcomed by the manager, who will guide you through the production rooms. The visit will continue with the tasting, during which you will have the opportunity to sip the refined wines of Marsala. You will then try a wide range of local products that can be paired with the wine, such as almond cakes, cheese, and bread. At the end of the tour you can buy the delicacies tasted during the experience. 

From Trapani: Stagnone Islands of Marsala Day Trip

4. From Trapani: Stagnone Islands of Marsala Day Trip

Admire the salt pans of Marsala on this day trip from Trapani. Ride through the lagoon on a flat keel boat. Learn the ancient history of the region and find out about traditional salt collection methods.   Meet your guide in Trapani. Sit back and relax in an airconditioned car on the way to the natural reservoir in Marsala. Hop aboard a flat keel boat and sail around the islands of Lunga, Schola, and Santa Maria in the stunning lagoon.  Snap pictures of the old windmills, and capture how the light hits the white and pink salt pans. Look for local wildlife as you glide over the water. Hear about traditional salt collection methods and uncover the region's history. Taste some local products before returning to Trapani. 

Marsala: Private 4-Course Meal in Local's Home

5. Marsala: Private 4-Course Meal in Local's Home

In this immersive private dining experience, you'll enjoy an exclusive cooking demonstration by your Cesarina and savor authentic Italian dishes and flavors. Relax with a glass of regional wine and soak up the warmth and personality of Italian culture, in a local family's home. Cesarina's are Italian locals who have extensive knowledge and experience with traditional cooking. You'll learn about old family recipes, cookbooks, and techniques, passed down for generations, and the secrets to creating delicious Italian meals. There's nothing like the hospitality of a real Italian mamma, so relish the warmth and comfort of this experience. After the cooking demonstration, you'll get to eat a delicious four-course meal, for lunch or dinner, including a starter, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks will include a selection of red and white wines from the region, coffee, and water. As you finish your visit, full of delicious food and family warmth, don't forget to take your souvenir: an official apron to inspire your Italian cooking when you get home.

Marsala: City Highlights Walking Tour

6. Marsala: City Highlights Walking Tour

Become immersed in the rich history of Marsala and hear about its important events, such as the landing of Garibaldi, on a guided walking tour. Stroll through the ancient city center and be transported back to its golden days. Observe iconic churches, squares, and city gates. Start the tour at Porta Nuova before diving into the historic center. Explore Cassaro, the main road lined with cafes and boutiques, and head into the charming Old Town through the Porta Garibaldi. Continue to XI Maggio street, with picturesque alleys and great city views. Reach the heart of the city, the Piazza della Repubblica, overlooking the majestic Chiesa Madre. Come across two other churches, Chiesa del Purgatorio and Chiesa dell’Addolorata. See the marble bust of Garibaldi in Piazza della Vittoria and learn how he fought for the liberation of Southern Italy. After your tour, you can visit the nearby Baglio Anselmi Museum or have a taste of the famous Marsala wines at a local restaurant.

From Palermo: Erice and Marsala Day Trip with Wine Tasting

7. From Palermo: Erice and Marsala Day Trip with Wine Tasting

On the itinerary is the medieval hilltop town of Erice lunch and a wine and olive oil tasting at a winery or typical farm, and a panoramic tour along Marsala’ s Salt Route! Palermo, the Sicilian capital, is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the whole of Italy. However, you might want to escape its hustle and bustle after a few days! And there's no better way to do that than a full day small group tour from Palermo to visit the fascinating town of Erice and to admire the unique panoramas of Marsala. You will depart from Palermo on a top notch minivan with an expert driver and tour leader. The first stop is the medieval hilltop village of Erice. Stroll through the narrow streets and find delightful little courtyards. Lookout for the viewpoints where you can see out to the Egadi Islands and over the city of Trapani. You will feel like travelling through times, surrounded by an ancient kind of beauty. Of course, when in Sicily, it’s always a good time for a snack and in Erice we will have a tasty break by tasting a local Sicilian granita. On some day trips, you might have to sort your own packed lunch, but not on this full day group tour from Palermo! After leaving Erice, you'll carry on along the west coast of Sicily to Marsala, a town famous for producing sweet wine and also, like the entire Sicily, an area where olive oil is a another special local product. You will have the chance to taste both of them, as we will stop for a full Sicilian lunch with a sample tasting of the best local wines and olive oil in a local winery or farm. The final stop on this full day group tour from Palermo is the natural and cultural site landscape which connects land and sea. Marvel at salt windmills and basins which are still in use today. The 30km road is one of the most evocative routes in Italy, and if you get out of your vehicle, you'll be able to feel the salt in the air! At the end of this unique and fantastic experience, you will return to Palermo.

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

8. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

Marsala, Erice: with Olive oil, Salt & winery with lunch

9. Marsala, Erice: with Olive oil, Salt & winery with lunch

Today departure for Marsala, the Arab “Marsa Allah” –Harbour of God–, is known in the whole world for one thing: Wine! The Marsala Wine comes from the western lands of Sicily and its name derives from the homonymous town. The Marsala is the oldest Italian DOC wine, with an average alcohol content of about 18 degrees. Later a stort drive takes us to the Saltpans. Dating back as far as the reign of the Phoenicians some 2700 years ago, the ancient salt pans of western Sicily have played a hugely important role in the daily life of thousands of Mediterranean and European people for generations. Enjoy a lunch & Wine tasting in a local winery/farmhouse-Olive oil producer including tasting of mixed local product This afternoon departure for Erice uptown. The Elymians settled the medieval town of Erice, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops—world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. At arrival, friendly walk along the city centre with stop at local pastry shop to taste some Sicilian local sweet. Later we return to Palermo.

Marsala: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

10. Marsala: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

Uncover the secrets of the Italian cuisine on your travels through Marsala in the company of a local chef who will share with you their family recipes which have been passed down through generations. Start your experience with a visit to the local market. Soak up the unique atmosphere of an Italian food market and learn how to recognize the best products by sight.  When you return to your cook’s home, attend a private cooking demo where your cook will share the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starters, pasta, main course with a side dish, and dessert. Sip on your choice of water, red or white wine, or coffee. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

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based on 35 reviews

Excellent experience with an excellent guide. Very nice route and not too physical for non-athletes like us. The lava flow which dates from 1992 is very impressive, this stop is really worth the detour. This is less the case for the lava caves which are a little disappointing, as is the "tasting" of local products. It is in fact a stop in a large shop full of tourists with the possibility of tasting the products of the store which do not seem particularly qualitative. It's very tourist trap and it's not at all authentic. On the other hand, the views of Etna and the landscapes are breathtaking. We highly recommend this excursion.

Alessio is an excellent tour guide… full of interesting information and the history of salt collection in the Trapani/Marsala area. We spent a great deal of time observing the salt pans and learning so much about how the salt collection has changed over time. He took us to an excellent winery where we tasted numerous exceptional wines. We never felt rushed and enjoyed the winery visit thoroughly! The boat tour was also very enjoyable and we went to a lovely little shop to get a few salt souvenirs. Give Alessio your tour business… you won’t be disappointed!!

The tour is highly recommended. We were surprised that we were asked about the shoe size. After a very good film that explains the work and the different pools, we found out why shoe size is important. Not only do you visit the pools, we were even able to harvest a little fleur de sel and coarse salt crystals. Work is still done here by hand.

Our guide Alessio was Fantastic. We had a wonderful afternoon with him learning about the salt plans of Western Sicily. Highly recommend this trip.

a really interesting visit and above all accompanied by a professional guide but at the same time friendly and helpful. highly recommended