Highlights

  • Unwind in your romantic lodge suite and private jacuzzi
  • Explore the slopes of Mount Etna with an expert local guide
  • Indulge with included meals showcasing authentic Sicilian cuisine
  • Visit a local vineyard with native grapes and sustainable design
  • Enjoy private transfers throughout

Embark on a journey of vineyards and volcanoes as you reconnect with nature at Sicily's Donna Carmela Resort & Lodge. A luxurious property with vibrant gardens located at the foot of Mount Etna, it’s an idyllic setting. From the comfort of your romantic lodge, complete with a private jacuzzi, you’ll fully embrace the beauty of your surroundings. Indeed, it’s a landscape you’ll explore during your stay, as you head up the slopes of Mount Etna and visit the vineyards of Pietradolce, learning about the local traditions of Sicily. Throughout, you’ll also be treated to expertly prepared meals paired with the finest wines – a perfect showcase for Sicily’s famed cuisine. 


Day 1

Arrive in Sicily

You’ll arrive at the airport by way of private chauffeur and enjoy complimentary VIP lounge access before your flight. On arrival into Catania, you’ll be greeted and transferred to the Donna Carmela, a contemporary boutique resort surrounded by over 10,000sq metres of lush gardens of Mediterranean and subtropical plants - a reconnection to nature.

This evening you’ll dine on the best of local traditions, typical Sicilian cuisine, elevated by produce grown from the resort’s own gardens. From appetisers to dessert, Sintesi brings true authentic flavours to each bite, paired with only the best wines. After dinner, settle into your romantic lodge, surrounded by verdant gardens and plantation views. A panoramic terrace with a warm and soothing lava stone jacuzzi of lava stone will invite you each evening to relax both the body and mind.

Stay: Donna Carmela Resort & Lodge

Dinner included

deck chairs on a wooden deck overlooking plantations and private jacuzzi

Romantic Lodge

swimming pool overlooked by white resort building

Resort pool

outdoor dinning tables for two in the evening with candles

Cucina di Donna Carmela


Day 2

Vineyards & volcanoes

After enjoying breakfast at the resort, a local guide will greet you and take you for a day of exploring the local countryside. By vehicle, you’ll embark across the woods and up the slopes of the most iconic volcano on the island – Mount Etna. As you climb higher, you’ll discover some of its storied past, including the ruins of a former hotel destroyed by lava on the Etna Nord. You’ll also have the opportunity to hike a little closer to the ruins  and to enjoy the magnificent island views. Afterwards, with a torch in hand, visit a lava grotto to learn more about the geological nature of volcanoes.

As you return to the resort, one final stop at a local vineyard will help wrap up this exciting day. Sample refreshing wines which are unique to the region and terroirs.

Stay: Donna Carmela Resort & Lodge

Breakfast & Dinner included

Green Sicily vineyard and mount Etna in the background

Sicilian vineyard and Mount Etna


Day 3

Gastronomic flavours

Today is at leisure and a time to connect with nature. You may choose to explore the grounds further, or finally dive into that book you’ve been saving. Alternatively, arrange a special treatment at the spa or head into Catania to see the city.

This evening, dine at Sintesi or opt to upgrade to a gourmet meal at La Cucina di Donna Camela where you’ll witness the brilliance of chef Piergiorgio Alecci. His take on enogastronomy will seal the taste, understanding and experience of food and wine on the island of Sicily, in a pure and exalting menu.

Stay: Donna Carmela Resort & Lodge

Breakfast & Dinner included

elegantly plated beef on break with colourful garnishes

Dish by chef Piergiorgio

Bright airy restaurant with white linened tables and wooden bar

Restaurant


Day 4

Explore the Pietradolce Estate

Today, you’ll head to the small village of Solicchiata, located on the northern slopes of Mount Etna and home to Pietradolce. The vineyards of Pietradolce cover 11 hectares and sit at an elevation of between 600 and 900 feet above sea level. This elevated position, coupled with the mineral-rich volcanic soil, help the native varieties of grapes flourish. The winery, with its contemporary design and local art, was built with a sustainable future in mind.

You’ll visit the pre-phylloxera vineyards, the cellar and the barrel room, which houses the ageing wines, and learn about the philosophy and culture of Pietradolce. Of course, you’ll also sample fine wines with an eight wine guided tasting session included.

Stay: Donna Carmela Resort & Lodge

Breakfast & Dinner included

dark wine cellar with large wooden barrels

Wine cellar

five red wine bottles in a row with white labels

Pietradolce Wines

Pietradolce Vineyards entrance sign with vineyards landscape and mountains

Pietradolce Vineyards


Day 5

Depart for UK

After a final indulgent breakfast, your private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight back to the UK. On arrival into the UK, a complimentary private transfer will be waiting to take you home.

Breakfast included


About the itinerary

"This short break to Sicily was designed with romance, relaxation, and food in mind. With beautiful well-appointed rooms and a private jacuzzi, the Donna Carmela Resort & Lodge is an oasis to unwind. Enjoy authentic Sicilian food at the resort and explore the island's vineyards with expert guides."

Andy Austen

Destination Specialist

Pricing information

Guide price from £1,675 pp incl. flights

Low Season from: £1,675 pp
High Season from: £1,900 pp

Includes

  • UK chauffeur drive service
  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Catania
  • Complimentary return airport transfers
  • 4 nights accommodation at Donna Carmela Resort & Lodges in a Romantic Lodge with Jacuzzi on a HB basis (breakfast and dinner at Sintesi restaurant).
  • Private excursion to Mount Etna, and wine tasting at a local vineyard
  • Private excursion to Pietradolce Estate for a guided visit of the pre-phylloxera vineyards, guided visit to the cellar and barrel room with guided tasting of 8 wines including Grand Crus Barbagalli Rosso Etna DOC and Sant'Andrea Bianco
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