“A satisfying mix of cultural and social activities, with good food, discussion and conversation. The tours were led by knowledgeable locals, and the accommodation was at a high-standard agriturismo, serving good quality food and wine. An opportunity to see and taste the real Sicily.”
In the beautiful city of Sciacca with our wonderful guide, Marisa Gallo.
A great lunch in Hostaria del Viccolo in Sciacca.
Our base in Fattoria Mosè
Giuseppe Taibi (with Goethe) in Agrigento.
At the Regalpetra Hotel, Racalmuto.
Teatro Luigi Pirandello, Agrigento.
With Andrea Camilleri in Via Atenea, Agrigento.
Arriving in the valley of the temples.
In Leonardo Sciascia’s old classroom in Racalmuto.
Scala dei turchi
We will be staying at the wonderful Fattoria Mosè near the Valley of the Temples. https://www.fattoriamose.com/
The week will be a mixture of informal talks on Sicilian history and culture, trips to the Valley of the Temples and nearby places of interest, and the opportunity to enjoy wonderful local food together in convivial surroundings.
Talks and Tours: £445.00 (To be paid in advance).
Accommodation, lunch and dinner (all included) for the week at Fattoria Mosè.
Per person: Single room (ensuite): Euro 540
Per person: Double (ensuite): Euro 450-480
(To be paid on departure).
Giuseppe Taibi studied in Palermo, Brussels, the USA and Australia. He is a lawyer and cavaliere al merito della repubblica italiana,. Agrigento has always been his home and he has retained a passion and commitment for its landscape and heritage. For many years he has been a regional president of FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano- the Italian equivalent of the National Trust) in Sicily and is currently head of its Agrigento delegation. He has organised many successful projects to restore the Kolymbethra Garden and to preserve the Scala dei Turchi and its surroundings as an area of natural beauty. He is currently involved in the campaign to make Agrigento an Italian City of Culture in 2025.
Geoff Andrews is a writer and historian. He has written two books on Italy (‘Not a Normal Country’ and ‘The Slow Food Story’) as well as other books on British history, including most recently Agent Molière: The Life of John Cairncross, the Fifth Man of the Cambridge Spy Circle. In 2015 he founded Sicily Unlimited, which has the purpose of exploring Sicily’s rich history and culture through talks and study tours and to promote sustainable links with local people and associations.
Sat 10 June.
Arrival at Fattoria Mosè. 16.30-19.30.
Sunday 11 June.
10-00-12.00 Giuseppe Taibi, ‘My Agrigento’.
14.30. Tour of Agrigento’s Centro Storico.
18.30 Return to Mosè.
Monday 12 June.
10.00-12.00. History of the Temples.
14.30. Visit to the temples. Tour guide.
18.30. Return to Mosè..
Tuesday 13 June.
10.00-12.00. Talk on Sicilian writers: Tomasi di Lampedusa, Sciascia, Pirandello.
14.30. Visit to Racalmuto.
19.00. Return to Mosè.
Wednesday 14 June.
10.00-12.00. Talk on the history of the Kolymbethra Gardens.
14.30. Visit to Kolymbethra Garden.
18.00. Wine tasting at Kolymbethra.
19.30. Return to Mosè..
Thursday 15 June.
10.00. Visit to Sciacca.
Tour of town (with guide).
Lunch in Sciacca. Porto San Paolo, seafood restaurant overlooking port.
Free afternoon in Sciacca. Swimming etc.
18.30. Return to Mosè..
Friday 15 June.
10.00. Visit Scala Dei Turchi and Porto Empedocle.
12.30. Return to Mosè.