Welcome to Tyrrhenian Coast


Few sun-worshippers head inland from these sybaritic summer playgrounds to visit the nearby Madonie and Nebrodi mountains, but those who do are swiftly seduced. These superb natural landscapes enfold hilltop villages where the lifestyle is traditional, the sense of history palpable and the mountain cuisine exceptional, featuring wild forest mushrooms, suino nero (pork from local black pigs), and ricotta straight from the sheep.


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Tyrrhenian Coast activities

$63.63 Day Trips & Excursions

Aeolian Islands Day Tour: Lipari and Vulcano from Cefalù

Your adventurous day exploring Sicily’s volcanic archipelago begins with a pickup at your Cefalù-area hotel. You’ll be transported via a comfortable, air-conditioned coach to the port of Milazzo. At Milazzo, board a yacht and head to the island of Lipari, the largest in the Aeolian archipelago. After you arrive in the port, head off on a guided tour of the island's archaeological sites, after which you’ll have time to yourself to explore Lipari Town. Go for a shopping excursion, or sit down for a fresh, Mediterranean lunch. The next stop on the tour is the neighboring (and appropriately named) island of Vulcano, which, with its crater and thermal activity, is a memorable destination. Take advantage of its geological activity and enjoy a mud bath and a paddle in its thermal waters. On the way back to Milazzo, take the opportunity to admire the views from the yacht; you’ll pass beautiful grottos, rock formations, and natural pools as you go. Once you arrive at the port of Milazzo, board a bus back to Cefalù, where you’ll be returned directly to your hotel in the late afternoon.

$57.84 Day Trips & Excursions

Monreale and Palermo Day Trip from Cefalu

After pickup from select Cefalu hotels and locations by coach, relax on the scenic 1-hour drive along the Tyrrhenian coast to Monreale, on the slopes of Monte Caputo overlooking Palermo. Monreale was named for the once numerous citrus orchards that dotted the fertile La Conca d’Oro valley below.Walk with your guide to Monreale Cathedral, considered one of the finest Norman constructions in the world, built as a royal complex in the 12th century. The exterior of the cathedral is rather unassuming, but step inside to be mesmerized by towering arches, glorious golden mosaics and famous artworks. Follow your cathedral tour with some free time to explore the town and enjoy views over the valley.Hop on the coach for a quick drive to Palermo, situated in a wide Tyrrhenian bay at the foot of Monte Pellegrino. Enjoy a walking tour of Sicily’s capital, teeming with impressive art and ruins, Byzantine buildings and Baroque churches. Learn why there are so many Arab-Norman monuments scattered throughout the city, a legacy of both dynasties ruling in Palermo.Visit Piazza Bellini to see La Martorana church, one of Palermo's most famous Norman churches with spectacular Byzantine mosaics inside. Pause for photos outside of Palermo Cathedral, with its elegant Arabic arches and blue-gray dome.After some free time, continue to Teatro Massimo, the opera house, and then saunter through colorful Ballarò Street Market or Mercato di Capo to browse heaving stalls of fresh food and Arabic handicrafts.Then, enjoy some free time for lunch — choose from a variety of local restaurants and cafes to enjoy a traditional Sicilian meal (own expense). In the afternoon, head to the fascinating Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, built in the 16th century by Palermo’s Capuchin monastery. Originally intended as a burial crypt for monks, the catacombs became a status symbol for Sicilian society. Follow your guide through a spooky web of subterranean passages featuring some 8,000 mummified bodies still dressed in their absolute best. Back above ground, hop in the coach for your return drive to Cefalu. Your tour concludes in the evening when you arrive back at the departure point.

$63.63 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Dinner in the Madonie Mountains

We will reach one of the most beautiful mountain villages in the Madonie National Park, San Mauro Castelverde. It is Located at the altitude of 1015 metres and it is famous for its Medieval churches and typical small squares where you will can admire a beautiful landscape of the mountains and the sea. After this unforgettable visit we will reach 'Trattoria la Posada', which is located in Karsa, a small hamlet of San Mauro village and run by a very hospitable family, where a real Sicilian feast will be awaiting. Chef Rosa will be also happy to show you the secrets of her culinary art and everything you will taste will be organic foods produced in the surrounding farms. Rosa will demonstrate three different starters, using fresh seasonal ingredients, and you’ll get to taste the finished product – alongside other Italian staples like pasta and meat – when you sit down to dinner. For the main course, you’ll try a warm vegetable omelette with a tomato sauce.  To keep you company during the dinner, some typical Sicilian music will be played until late night.A typical day would be:15.30 - 16:15 Depart resort 17.00 Arrive at San Mauro Castelverde and visit this little hilltop village 18.00 Back on coach to Karsa 18.30 Arrive Trattoria La Posada and Cooking course. Dinner and sometimes dance22.30 Departure 24.00 Return to hotels

$80.98 Tours & Sightseeing

Aeolian Islands : Panarea and Stromboli from Cefalù

Depart in the morning from your hotel in Cefalù to Milazzo Port. The first islands you will reach will be Panarea, the smallest island in the Aeolian Archipelago and once called Euonymos. It is also one of the most attractive, because of its unspoiled natural beauty and its interesting evidence of ancient civilizations.Arrive in Calayunco Bay to enjoy free time for visiting the town, going to the beach or having a therapeutic mud bath. Depart from Panarea and transfer to Stromboli, an island of volcanic origin (in fact the island is itself a volcano). Stay until the sunset.Continue towards 'Sciara del Fuoco' to admire the spectacular night activity of the volcano from the boat. The volcano creates a splendid play of light, lightening up the darkness with the intensity of its explosive energy.Return to Cefalù around midnight.

$102.96 Day Trips & Excursions

MONTALBANO FULL-DAY FROM MESSINA

MONTALBANO ELICONAThe territory of the island of Sicily is created by a mix of natural resources, seven UNESCO heritage sites, art, culture, literature, traditions, myths and a wonderful embrace of colours.In this land you can find famous locations, known all over the world for their position and their history created during the centuries by numerous dominations who have left their print during the time.But Sicily can offer more that it seems, it has hidden parts which can be discovered and appreciated if you are guided by who lives here. Montalbano Elicona is one of these places, with its monumental richness is a small but essential jewel of our island – and we wold be glad to guide you to discover sharing with you our love for our heritages.We will start our adventure from Messina where our staff will welcome you and we will guide you along the Tyrrhenian coast describing you the villages that we will cross and the Aeolian Islands that you will be able to see from the bus during our way to Montalbano.After almost 1 hour and 40 minutes we will reach our destination stopping in a local small cheese factory where the owners will receive us for quick tasting of the famous “provola di Montalbano”- a spun paste cheese made with cow milk. Once our short break will end we will continue with the visit of the village, having a relaxing walk on the tinny medieval streets, discovering important monuments such as the Church of Saint Catherin and the Church of Saint “Niccolò il vespro” and the stately castle -created as a defensive garrison on a pre-existing Arab-Byzantine fortress, in a territory crossed by ancient military and commercial routes.At the end of our visit we will stop in a restaurant situated at the back of the castle of Montalbano where we will have the opportunity to taste typical products as local cheese, salami, sweets and also the wine of the house.Our day-trip will end up with the return in Messina with a short stop in the panoramic point of the city from where you can admire the historical centre, the Ionian coast and the mainland.

$102.96 Day Trips & Excursions

ARGIMUSCO TREKKING AT MONTALBANO ELICONA

For the lovers of nature and trekking this tour could be the right choice to discover the “Sicilian Stonehenge” as Argimusco is called. Located in the Natural Reserve of the Wood of Malabotta, this site is characterized for the presence of large blocks of limestone sandstone with the most bizarre shapes and meanings: an eagle, a lion, a skull, a warrior, a praying goddess, a high priest, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic profiles shaped by nature. According the most acclaimed theory, of the professor Gaetano Pantano, the Argimusco it would represent a sort of astronomical calendar. The presence of a rectangular basin on the top of the Goddess Orante, a small cave a few meters from the megalith of the Eagle and a rock with the function of pluviomentro in the center of the area, would suggest the presence of primitive settlements in the area.Obviously this is only a hypothetical interpretation and for this reason the visitors enjoy given their own opinion, as the shadows of the rocks on the ground change in base of the projection of the sun above them.Starting from Messina we will cross the Tyrrhenian coast admiring the beauty of the Aeolian Islands and the small villages situated on this area meanwhile you listen about the history of these places. After 1 hour and 40 minutes we will reach Montalbano where we will stop for a short break in a local cheese factory to taste the famous “provola di Montalbano”. Once we will end our stop we will continue towards Argimusco, located at 6 km away from the center of the village, where we will start our trekking between the megaliths, admiring the beauty of the nature, the landscapes and also Mt Etna. For almost two hours we will try to discover the mystery of this unique place in Sicily and how it was created. Then we will move towards the castle of Montalbano for a short visit ending with a tasting of typical products and house wine in a local restaurant. Our experience it will end in Messina, where from the panoramic point, where we will stop for a few minutes, we will be able to admire the beauty of our city with its monuments and landscapes.