Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions
so many reason we don’t know where to start
so many reason we don’t know where to start
…because everything you could wish for your incentive trip, your congress, your event, you will find in Sicily! A “continent” at the center of the Mediterranean Sea, a mixture of cultures and arts, with all the natural landscapes that can be imagined. A “good season” that starts in April and ends at the end of October. Its international airports are Catania (Eastern Sicily) and Palermo (Western Sicily), very well connected with all Italian cities and with many European cities.
Here you will find the top attractions of the region: The Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, with its 3,300 meters; it is also the largest Regional Park in Sicily (Unesco heritage). Taormina, one of the best known tourist destinations in Europe. Syracuse: colony of the “Big Greece”; It has also been more powerful and greater than Athens, Unesco heritage for its baroque buildings. The Aeolian Islands, the “seven sisters”, which are in front of the north-eastern coast; all of volcanic origin, with the crater of Stromboli always active (Unesco heritage as well).
The Sicilian receptive offer has improved a lot in the last decade, with new hotels, in particular 5 stars luxury. All well equipped with conference rooms. But there are also many 4 stars superior and charming 4 stars, suggested for incentives.
In Eastern Sicily we can offer:
The Etna with its 3,300 meters of height it is the highest volcano in Europe, a the largest natural park in Sicily. By bus we reach 1.800 meters, where you can admire the “Silvestri Craters”, now no more active, and stroll in the souvenir shops and bars. From here you can continue by cable car up to 2,200 meters and decide whether to climb with 4×4 minibuses to 3,000 meters, from where – accom-panied by experts alpine guide – you can easily reach the area of central craters, at a safe distance.
Taormina since 1800 it has been the destination of the great European travelers, thanks to its mild cli-mate, its panoramas, its sea, the archaeological re-mains, its medieval little streets. The best visit of Taormina is the one that is made individually, to dis-cover the best foreshortenings quietly; but with an ex-pert tourist guide we suggest visiting at least the An-cient Theater (the second largest in Sicily) with splen-did views over the bay of Taormina and the smoking Etna, the Roman Odeon, and to see outside the medieval Palazzo Corvaja. A “must” is as well a shopping stroll.
Syracuse the visit of the city begins in the archaeological park, where are the Greek Theater (the largest second in the world), the altar of Ierone, the “Dionisio Ear” (an artificial grotto), and the Roman amphitheater. The visit can continue in the baroque historical center of the city, on the islet of Ortigia; here you can ad-mire the remains of the Temple of Apollo, the Baroque cathedral (built on the pre-existing Temple of Athena, of which the columns are still visible), and the mythical Aretusa Spring with its papyrus plants.
In Sicily you can find atmospheres of charm in incomparable settings in the aristocratic palaces (built in the classic Baroque-Sicilian style), residences of the last Sicilian “Leopards”; for your events you can rent also castles, villas, mansions, and fortified farms, historical wineries. Some of this venues are famous because have been set of some famous movies, such as “The Godfather”. All the location are equipped for gala dinners and for hosting congresses and meetings, with the “warm” and typical Sicilian atmosphere.
Sicilian cuisine is the style of cooking on the island of Sicily. It shows traces of all cultures that have existed on the island of Sicily over the last two millennia. Although its cuisine is similar to the Italian cuisine, Sicilian food also has Greek, Spanish, French and Arab in-fluences. The “baroque” splendors of pa-trician cuisine has been celebrated in the novel “The Leopard”.
The tastes of the Sicilian gastronomy are indeed touristic “attractions”. The Sicilian cook Mithaecus, born during 5th century BC, is credited with having brought knowledge of Sicilian gastronomy to Greece: his cookbook was the first in Greek, therefore he was the earliest cookbook author in any language whose name is known.
The excellence achieved by the Sicilian wine production is known all over the world. Sicily’s oenological history is an ancient one, dat-ing from the time when the island was part of Magna Graecia. Sicilian oeniculture is not just varietals. Sicily’s vintage wines are a magical creation, and many of the island’s traditional wines and spirits are famous far beyond its shores. Several boast denomination of origin (appellation). The magic is in the fertile soil and Sicily’s long, cloudless summers – with humidity but virtually no rain from June until harvesting in late August – two factors which make Sicilian vintages remarkably consistent.