Eastern Sicily Tour – 2017

Eastern Sicily Tour with Terrie & Keli: September 16-23, 2017

Immerse yourself in Sicilian culture for a week filled with food,
wine, and adventure in Eastern Sicily.

Terrie Viets, owner of Solari,and Keli Sim DeRitis, owner of PoggiBonsiGifts.com,
will be your guides as you experience living in a luxurious villa near the beach,
meals prepared by our personal chef, excursions to breathtaking destinations,
and new-found friendships.

Between them, Terrie and Keli have visited Italy almost 50 times and have
extensive knowledge of Italian culture, its history of artistic craftsmanship,

as well as its fabulous food and wine.

Villa Antares, elegant living by the sea…

Our home for the week will be the exquisite Villa Antares, situated in Fontane Bianche, a popular seaside resort, about 12 miles south of Siracusa. The villa enjoys a lovely location: it sits just a short walk from one of the best sandy beaches on Sicily’s east coast and overlooks the sea and the rocky shoreline that are just outside its gate. Each double-occupancy bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom. Stylishly decorated, Villa Antares will provide the perfect retreat after our daily tours.

Experience historic cities, fabulous food, cooking classes, and world class wines…

Siracusa Siracusa and Ortigia
Among our excursions will be Ortigia, the historic section of Siracusa, with its beautiful Baroque architecture, lively market, and a variety of cozy restaurants and boutiques. We’ll experience the culture of “Aperitivo,” the Italian version of “Happy Hour,” at one (or more) of the trendy bars in this lovely section of the city.
raccolta_2014_web-19 Winery Tour and Cooking Classes
A highlight of our week will be a winery tour and cooking class at the Pupillo Winery, just north of Siracusa. Our group will also participate in a cooking class one evening at the villa with chef Keli.
Taormina2 Taormina
One day we will venture to Taormina, famous for its film festival, to visit the ruins of a Roman theater, trendy shops, gourmet restaurants, and spectacular views.
Together we’ll explore Caltagirone, a village steeped in the history of artistic ceramics. The highlight is undoubtedly the 142 steps of the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte that connect the lower town with the older upper town. The upright of each step is decorated with classic ceramic tiles.
Ragusa and Modica
Another day we will travel south to explore the UNESCO World Heritage towns of Ragusa and Modica which is famous for chocolate production and is a food lover’s dream.
On our last day, we’ll travel to Noto to experience the glittering limestone architecture of this Baroque gem.

Come stay, eat and drink with us at Villa Antares
where you can celebrate life Sicilian style!

Cost: $3,500 per person (double occupancy)

Price includes:


Tour is limited to 10 participants

A non-refundable $500 deposit reserves your place and the balance of $3,000 is due June 1, 2017.

Click here to make your deposit or pay for the tour in full.

Price does not include airfare which can be arranged through Bob Kerr at Travel House.
NOTE: Trip insurance is required, this can also be purchased very reasonably
from Travel House or through AAA.

Email Terrie Viets or Keli Sim DeRitis
for more information.

About Keli Sim DeRitis

Keli owns Poggi Bonsi Gifts at The Landing in Renton, Washington. Keli is an artist and designer and is passionate about cooking, travel and unique products. Connect with me on Google+