Activities in Sicily

On this page you will find an overview of all the activities in which you can participate as on-Sicily guest:

Boat trips to the Egadi islands of favignana and levanzo
Boat trips near Scopello
Cooking workshops
Pizza workshops
Sfincione workshops
Cycling with a guide
Scuba diving near Scopello
Wine tastings
Excursions to Mount Etna
Donkey rides

Also view the services and extras.

If you have any questions or if you’d like to book one of our apartments of holiday homes in Sicily, feel free to contact us.

Arrivederci in Sicilia!

Laura & Martijn

Boat trips to the Egadi islands of favignana and levanzo
In collaboration with Jumbo Viaggi we organize boat trips to the islands of Favignana and Lavanzo, two of the Egadi islands off the coast of Trapani. You’ll leave in the morning from the port of Trapani to the island of Favignana. There you’ll have the opportunity to do some shopping and grab a drink in of the bars. Back on board, you’ll sail around the island and you can take a swim in the clear sea water. En route to the island of Levanzo there is lunch on board. After you’ve visited Levanzo, where you can also swim in the azure blue sea, the boat takes you back to the harbor of Trapani.

Boat trips near Scopello
In collaboration with the professional scuba diving center Cetaria, in Scopello, we organize boat trips, allowing you to see the beautiful coast line from the sea (Golfo di Castellammare).

You’ll start at the famous tonnara in Scopello, after which the captain will show you the most beautiful beaches, caves and rock formations in the area. You’ll have every opportunity to take pictures or film the beautiful landscape, passing the Faraglioni (cliffs), Punta Leone, Cala Disa, and much more. You will also have the possibility to take a dive in the azure blue water of the Golfo di Castellammare. On board there will be wine or fruit juice.

Cetaria’s personnel speak English.

Cooking workshops
Have you always wanted to know how typical Sicilian dishes, like the caponata, the peperonata, the parfait di mandorle or the sarde a beccafico are prepared? Then the cooking workshop is something for you! The workshop takes place in Trapani or at Agriturismo Tarantola in Alcamo. After the workshop you can enjoy a lovely meal, prepared by you, the other participants and the cook. If you’d like to learn how to prepare more dishes, then we can organize a more extensive cooking course, where you’ll be taught how to prepare a complete Sicilian meal from antipasti to primi and from secondi piatti to Sicilian dolci (see Sicilian cuisine).

Pizza workshops
We organize pizza workshops in the coastal town of Balestrate. We will start off with some antipasti, after which a real Sicilian pizzaiolo will explain how to make a tasty pizza and give all participants the chance to make their own pizza! All pizzas will be made in the wood burning oven. When everybody has enjoyed their self prepared pizza and a glass of wine, beer or water, it’s time for some typical Sicilian dolci (dessert). Martijn or Laura will be present to translate into English so you don’t have to speak Sicilian / Italian to enjoy this workshop. Minimum number of participants: 15

Sfincione workshops
The sfincione is more or less the Sicilian equivalent of the famous pizza, but the base is soft and thicker than the one used for a pizza and it’s covered with a mixture of tomatoes, anchovies, cheese (caciocavallo), olive oil and oregano. If you’d like to learn how to make the sfincione, you can participate in the sfincione workshop held at Agriturismo Tarantola.

Cycling with a guide
If you like to go cycling with someone who knows the area, we can arrange a English speaking cycling guide. Based on your whishes, he will plan an itinerary with you (minimum 50 and maximum 150 km, maximum 2000 meters elevation). Depending on the route, you can start your ride at Eurobici in Partinico (where you can pick up your rental bike) or at the Eni gas station in the coastal town of Balestrate.

Click here for some examples of cycling routes you can follow with a cycling guide.

Scuba diving near Scopello
Sicily and the Golfo di Castellammare in particular is a great place for scuba diving. We offer you the possibility to participate in several diving activities, organized by diving center Cetaria in Scopello. You can dive with a buddy, follow an underwater course, or visit the underwater museum, an area in which all sea treasures were left untouched instead of taken to a traditional museum.

When scuba diving is something you have never done before, you should try the “sea baptism”: you’ll have your first diving experience in full gear (and shallow water) with an English speaking instructor. The sea baptism is suitable for everyone, even for children (7 years and older).

If you are already an experienced scuba diver you can rent diving gear at Cetaria.

All Sicilian instructors speak English.

Wine tastings
We organize wine tasting at various locations in the region, including Cantina Aurelia in Castellammare del Golfo, at wine producers Alessandro di Camporeale, Feudo Disisa and Antonello Cassarà and at Agriturismo Tarantola in Alcamo.

At each winery you can taste some typical local products. A wine tasting at Alessandro di Camporeale or Agriturismo Tarantola can also be combined with a delicious meal with typical Sicilian dishes.

Excursions to Mount Etna
We organize trips to Mount Etna. A trip to this this breathtaking volcano is not only an interesting option for those who don’t want to book an extra night closer to Mount Etna, but also for those who don’t want to drive such a long distance themselves.

A chauffeur will take you to a hotel close to Mount Etna, from which a jeep will bring you to the well-known Rifugio Sapienza at an altitude of around 2000 meters. From here you’ll go for a walk with an English speaking guide to the Silvestri craters. After having visited the craters you can have lunch at the Rifugio.

After lunch you’ll be driven to a volcanic cave. Helmets and torches are provided. After visiting the cave, the jeeps will drive through a chestnut forest with a wonderful view of the Bove Valley, back to the starting point. There the bus will be waiting to bring you back to Balestrate or Castellammare del Golfo.

If you do prefer to drive to the other side of the island with your rental car, you can book several excursions, from tailor made excursions, organized by Corina Schalkwijk, to excursions with Wild Wide Sicily and Etna Truvatura.

Donkey rides
We organize donkey rides for young and old at the beautiful estate of Tenuta Pizzolungo, a large area between the Rocky mountains and the sea, near the city of Trapani and the medieval town of Erice. After the donkeys Tata, Zara and Serenella are saddled, English speaking Marco will be your guide on a nice donkey ride in the golden evening light. After the tour on the estate of the Tenuta, you can enjoy some typical local products and a drink.