Gay Group Trip: Discover Sicily
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Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and it’s packed with culture and history. The tour focuses on Eastern Sicily. The fine beaches, baroque palaces and glorious Mount Etna are all major draws. The world-famous wines and food also help.
Beginning in Catania, you will visit the tallest volcano in Europe, enjoy boat rides around the island and indulge in the finest Italian cuisine. You’ll also see some of the great ruins of antiquity. The island of Sicily has been ruled by many empires – you’ll find layers of different cultural influences, including Arab, Byzantine and Norman.
LGBTQ+ Italians enjoy a host of equality and anti-discrimination laws. However, same-sex couples are not able to adopt children together, and the country recently elected an anti-LGBTQ+ government. Italy is a very religious country, but the major cities are all home to vibrant gay scenes.
Our adventure begins in Catania, a port city in the shadow of Mt. Etna. You will be welcomed by your hosts and briefed on the adventures to come. We’ll all enjoy a welcome dinner and then go for drinks as we explore Catania’s gay-friendly bar scene.
On our first full day, we’ll take a guided tour of Catania and acquaint ourselves with this beautiful city. Starting at piazza Frederick, we’ll explore sights such as the Urniso Castle, the Roman Baths and the Fotana dell’Elefante, to name a few.
The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore Catania. We recommend indulging in the world-famous cuisine. La Pescheria, the local fish market, is well worth a visit.
Pack walking boots because today, we’re taking a hike! Mount Etna is Europe’s tallest active volcano. Reaching an altitude of over 2,000 meters above sea level, this moderate hike will give us astounding views of Sicily’s landscapes. From the Valle del Bove to the smoking craters of Mount Etna, the surrounding landscapes will be a highlight of this gay group trip.
After lunch, we will make our way back to the hotel. You will have free time again this afternoon, to explore or relax after our hike. Then, in the evening we will enjoy the finest pizza Sicily has to offer.
Today we’ll explore the jaw-dropping beauty of Taormina, arguably the prettiest city in Sicily. We’ll go for a walking tour, exploring the hidden gardens and famous Greek theatre of the city.
Lunch on your own. We’ll then take a glorious boat trip across Taormina bay. Cruising along the Mediterranean sea, we’ll see aquatic sights such as the Cave of Love, Sirens Bay, the Blue Grotto, Isola Bella and St Nicholas Bay. Bring your swimming costume so you can cool off in the sea.
Today we leave Catania and make our way to Syracuse. Our walking tour will take us through the Archaeological park, we will learn of Syracuse’s history. From the remains of the Roman Amphitheatre to the legend of Dionysus, our guide will take us to the heart of Syracuse’s ancient past.
After our tour we will head to the beach, where you can shop, stroll or relax!
After a hearty breakfast we head to Noto. This picturesque town is known for its classic architecture and hip bars and eateries. Located in the middle of a glorious valley, Noto is surrounded by wonderous landscapes home to Late Baroque architecture. Noto is now recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Evening at leisure.
Day at leisure. Soak up the history of this 2,700-year-old city, which was once one of the major powers in the Mediterranean region.
Whether it’s wine tasting or tours of the ancient Grecian artefacts, there’s plenty to see before our farewell meal.
After breakfast, our tour of Sicily draws to a close. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight.
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