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Culture, Nature and Driving Fun. 8 Days in Sicily in a Porsche Targa.

Duration: 8 days

Höhepunkte der Reise:

  • Test your Porsche driving skills on sections of the legendary 'Targa Florio'
  • Visit fascinating historical sites
  • Enjoy delicious and authentic Southern Italian cuisine
  • Take an exclusive helicopter flight around the Etna volcano

Varied mountainous and coastal landscapes, fascinating cities, impressive historic sites, secluded beaches, and excellent cuisine at every turn – the largest Mediterranean island is the perfect place for unforgettable days. Enjoy challenging drives on winding sections of the legendary Targa Florio racetrack and explore Europe’s largest volcano.

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Day 1
Palermo

Benvenuto in Sicily’s capital! With around 660,000 inhabitants, vibrant Palermo is the island’s largest city, as well as its economic and cultural centre. From the airport, you are taken directly to the hotel. The luxurious Rocco Forte Villa Igiea welcomes you with sophisticated charm and a magnificent view of the bay of Palermo. If you arrive with time to spare, you can join a short tour of the city and experience the magic of Palermo first-hand. Stroll through picturesque alleys, discover a variety of historical sites from all eras, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in the harbour. Afterwards, the driver briefing and welcome cocktail will stoke your joyful anticipation for the days to come. The group dinner at the excellent hotel restaurant ends your first day on a culinary high note. And that is just the beginning of many Sicilian dolce vita moments.

Good to know: There are 28 places in the world called Palermo. Palermo in Sicily and Palermo in Colombia have been sister cities since 1998.

Day 2
Palermo – Trapani – Palermo

Andiamo! The north-west of Sicily, predestined for a sporty discovery tour and varied driving fun, awaits you. After a hearty breakfast and a short vehicle briefing, you set off in a Porsche Targa. The route takes you towards Monte Pellegrino. On the tour westwards along the mountainous coastline, your driving skills are put to the test on spectacular sections of the famous Targa Florio rally track. On your lunch break, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Then, you continue towards Trapani in the far north-west of the island, passing dreamy fishing villages such as Scopello. After arriving in Trapani, you can visit the imposing salt works before heading back to Palermo. On the way, you will be amazed when the ancient temple complex of Segesta suddenly appears on the slopes of Monte Barbaro. Back in Palermo, you have time to relax after this day of intensive driving. Or visit the Parco della Favorita at the foot of Monte Pellegrino. At dinner in a local restaurant, you will enjoy typical Sicilian specialities and wax lyrical with the other participants – about the unique landscape, the Mediterranean savoir vivre, the refined cuisine, and certainly also about the performance of your Porsche Targa.   

Good to know: Palermo’s local mountain, the 606-metre-high Monte Pellegrino, is located about 4 kilometres north of the city centre. In his Travels in Italy, Goethe celebrates Monte Pellegrino as “the most beautiful headland in the whole world.”

Day 3
Palermo – Floriopoli – Palma di Montechiaro

Your second day of driving is all about the legendary Targa Florio Rally. After breakfast, you set off in the direction of the Madonie Mountains. Following in the tyre tracks of the famous road race, you explore the fascinating mountain region at the wheel of your Porsche Targa – a driving experience full of twists and turns against the backdrop of stunning landscape panoramas. In Floriopoli, you take a break at the Museo Vincenzo Florio. Here, you can get to the bottom of the Targa Florio myth, one of the oldest and most fascinating road races in the world. Immerse yourself in 7 decades of racing history. After lunch at a beautifully situated winery, you are off to more pure driving fun. You steer your Porsche Targa to Castelbuono, where you make a stop at the Pasticceria Fiasconaro. On winding mountain roads, you head south via Petralia Soprana to the historic village of Palma di Montechiaro – today’s destination. After your arrival at the hotel, you can rest after the challenging mountain tour and look forward to the group dinner in a restaurant with typical Sicilian specialities.   

Good to know: The landscape: a dream. The route: a challenge – over a length of 72 kilometres, the Targa Florio presents itself with 950 bends, meandering almost endlessly through picturesque landscapes and storybook mountain villages with narrow, twisting alleys.

Day 4
Palma di Montechiaro – Vittoria – Noto

Your third day of driving takes you to the south-east of Sicily, which is guaranteed to impress you with its fascinating Late Baroque towns. After breakfast at the hotel, you start the engine and hum southwards towards the coast. In Agrigento you will visit the famous Valley of the Temples and then follow the coastline eastwards to Gela. Along the way, you will be greeted by fantastic views of the endlessly shimmering Mediterranean Sea. At lunchtime, you can sample traditional delicacies in a classic agriturismo operation. Your appetite for culture will be sated at the next sightseeing stop. Extending over 1.5 hectares of land, the world-famous late Roman Villa del Casale impresses visitors with excellently preserved floor mosaics – it is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list for good reason. You continue your journey, each kilometre taking you deeper into a region where Sicily reveals its Baroque side. Your destination for today is Noto. This thoroughly fascinating small town is part of the ensemble of late Baroque towns situated in the Val di Noto. Your drive today ends at the Masseria della Volpe. Enjoy the glorious calm and fantastic surroundings of this late 19th century agricultural estate. The exclusive country hotel is picturesquely situated on a gentle hill, surrounded by countless olive and citrus trees. Such a picture-perfect Mediterranean ambience makes this evening’s group dinner taste especially delicious.

Good to know: Covering an area of around 1,300 hectares, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento fascinates visitors with its monumental and scenic beauty. The Doric temples are among the most important testimonies of Greek art and culture and have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. 

Day 5
Around Val di Noto

How you spend your fifth day in Bella Sicilia is all for you to decide. You can shift down a gear and relax in the dignified ambience of the Masseria della Volpe. Or you can enjoy the Baroque flair and magnificent sights of the Sicilian cities in the southeast and the deserted landscapes in the mountainous hinterland. However you spend your time – you will be sure to enjoy it. If you decide to take a relaxing drive in the Porsche Targa, the scintillating cities of Noto, Ragusa and Modica are waiting to be explored and admired by you. There is so much to discover here – the Baroque grandeur, the carefree lightness of being and most of all the infectious Sicilian joie de vivre. An authentic Sicilian lunch and a stopover at a paradisial bathing beach are just the cherries on top. Deeply inspired, you return to the hotel in the afternoon and enjoy delicious treats from the grill at an evening BBQ with the group.    

Good to know: The 8 Baroque towns of the Val di Noto were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002, as they mark “the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe.” Completely destroyed by a massive earthquake in 1693, they were subsequently rebuilt in a unified Late Baroque style.

Day 6
Noto – Siracusa – Taormina

After a full breakfast at the lovely Masseria della Volpe, it is time for you to bid farewell to the charming resort. Today’s tour takes you along the enchanting east coast towards the north. On your quest for the most awe-inspiring impressions of Sicily, one of your biggest catches will be the fishing village of Ortigia. The small island forms the historical centre of the city of Siracusa and is connected to the main island of Sicily and the rest of the city by 2 bridges. After lunch in Siracusa, you will have some time to stroll around. Immerse yourself in the picturesque alleys of the charming little town right by the sea and then set off towards Taormina with a reawakened appetite for action. There, you are already expected at the luxury hotel Four Seasons San Domenico Palace, newly opened in 2021, at the heart of the old town. Located in a former 14th century monastery on a terraced hill, the hotel offers you a heavenly view. After a short walk, a wonderful dinner with various Sicilian specialities beckons in the old town of Taormina. Afterwards, you return to your hotel room full, happy, and satisfied. And already looking forward to the next day, which promises thrills and chills aplenty.         

Good to know: The small island of Ortigia off the east coast of Sicily consists of limestone. Only about 1 square kilometre in size, it is home to about 4,500 inhabitants.

Day 7
Taormina – Mount Etna – Taormina

Today, it is time for the crowning glory of your Sicily trip. In the last few days, you have experienced a lot, taken in amazing sights, and collected unforgettable memories. But another highlight of your Sicily trip is just around the corner: Look forward to a spectacular ride around Mount Etna! Even from a distance, Europe’s tallest volcano will make you sigh in awed anticipation. Your drive will take you very close to the smoking giant. And on a panoramic helicopter flight, Mount Etna will captivate you completely. A gourmet picnic with the group at the foot of the volcano gives you another chance to marvel at Mount Etna in all its glory. Afterwards, you head back towards Taormina on winding roads. On the way, you will pass the impressive Alcantara gorges made of lava rock – a work of art formed by the unbridled power of water. On the final leg of the day, you can once again enjoy the performance of your Porsche Targa, celebrating every bend and every metre driven. After a memorable dinner, enjoy the last Sicilian night of your trip in the smart feel-good ambience of the Hotel Four Seasons Domenico Palace – and perhaps already dream of your next trip to Sicily.       

Good to know: Rising some 3,323 metres into the sky, Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe and has been on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage List since 2013.

Day 8
Taormina – Airport

Arrivederci Sicilia! Today it is time to say goodbye. Enjoy the excellent breakfast and the breathtaking view at the Hotel Four Seasons San Domenico one last time. If you have some time to spare before your flight, a leisurely stroll through the picturesque alleys of Taormina is highly recommended. On the plane home, with a little luck you will catch one last breath-taking glimpse of Mount Etna sending you off with a small puff of smoke.         

Good to know: The French writer Guy de Maupassant was so enamoured with Taormina that he wrote the following lines: “If a man had only one day to spend in Sicily and asked what to see, I would answer without hesitation: Taormina.”

* Please note: The 13.05. – 20.05.2022 tour runs in reverse order.
Start: Hotel Four Seasons San Domenico / End: Rocco Forte Villa Igiea
Arrival airport: Catania-Fontanarossa / Departure airport: Palermo-Punta Raisi


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Contact Information

For more information, please call
+49 (0) 711 508 705 39
or email porschetravelexperience@sporttotal.com

Additional Information

Minimum number of participants:
16 persons

Package includes:

  • 5 days driving experience in a provided Porsche Targa (2 persons per vehicle)
  • Airport transfers from airport Palermo-Punta Raisi and to airport Catania-Fontanarossa
  • Guided city tour of Palermo
  • Guided city tour of Taormina
  • Visit of Museo Vincenzo Florio 
  • Visit of Villa del Casale 
  • Excursion to the Etna volcano and panoramic flight in a helicopter
  • 7 nights including breakfast:
    • 2 nights at Rocco Forte Villa Igiea
    • 1 night at Azienda Agricola e Resort Mandranova 
    • 2 nights at Masseria della Volpe
    • 2 nights at Four Seasons San Domenico Palace
  • 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Luggage shuttle 
  • Porsche Experience package

For single room registrations (10.590,00 € p.p.) please contact the Porsche Travel Experience team.