Sicily short break

“Wander the Farm Cultural Park in Favara, zip around in a vintage Fiat 500, and explore the Valley of the Temples on horseback with an enthralling Sicily short break based in Agrigento.”

Highlights

Agrigento | Favara | Farm Cultural Park | Valley of the Temples horseback tour | Sightseeing in a vintage Fiat 500 |

Description of Sicily short break

Based in the historic, hilltop city of Agrigento on the southern coast of Sicily, this holiday takes you from a vast archaeological site to a unique art project, with many opportunities to sample the cuisine of this part of Italy.

You’ll be accommodated in a homely B&B in central Agrigento, and accompanied by a local guide throughout, allowing for a thoroughly immersive experience into daily city life. Agrigento has a superb archaeological heritage, most notably the Valley of the Temples (which is actually a ridge, strangely enough). Handsome Baroque and medieval architecture can still be frequently seen on the city streets as you walk around with your guide, pausing to snack on various Sicilian delicacies.

The Valley of the Temples is one of the most famous attractions in Sicily, but you’ll have the option of seeing it in a different way, either on horseback or by cycle. Containing the remnants of seven ancient Greek temples, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest archaeological site in the world.

Favara, a town near the Valley of the Temples, was until recently not somewhere that featured in many guidebooks. That changed when it was transformed into an artistic community, where you can visit workshops and browse galleries that are often the exteriors of old stone cottages. It’s now a very trendy hangout for the artistic community, and you’ll blend in nicely when you visit in a classic Fiat 500.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sicily short break

Environment

Our aim is to make our Travel Experiences sustainable for the long term: we know that tourism can have both an exceptionally positive and potentially negative impact on local communities. For this reason, we promote responsible travel that means: to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

We start from the beginning, helping our travellers to choose their customized daily experiences based on these sustainable categories:
- Green
- Hand-made
- Eat local
- Live local
- Sport
- Adrenaline

Furthermore, we try to organize Carbon Offset trips and we do it since the design of our Travel Experiences.
For this one, in particular, we minimised carbon emissions making the following considerations:

- VALLEY OF TEMPLES – We promote for the Valley of Temples (UNESCO site) in Agrigento the FAI project “Adopt a garden” for the garden of Kolymbethra. FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) is the National Trust of Italy; its purpose, with this project, is to protect the garden near the Temples which might otherwise be lost. We kindly ask our travellers to sustain it as well

- LOCAL SERVICES - We choose local suppliers which had adopted sustainable practices

- WATER CONSERVATION - We support initiatives that encourage conservative use of water, especially in Agrigento area. For this purpose, we kindly ask to our travellers to read the Responsible Travel Conduct what we will send before departing for Sicily

- LOCAL FOOD AND GOODS - We include and strongly inspire our travellers to eat locally produced food and goods (like organic food, natural local products which come straight from the garden to the kitchen). For example, like during the wandering in Agrigento. In each destination we chose local and authentic places, like fresh markets, where is possible to taste local food, usually from who produced it

- WATER BOTTLES - We encourage our travellers to refill a water bottle from water 'bubblers' where available to avoid unnecessary purchasing of bottled water and the subsequent waste disposal issues

- RECYCLING – Our Local guides also provide travellers with awareness on how they can reduce and recycle in Sicily

- PUBLIC AND ECOLOGICAL TRANSPORT – Since we have a high range of biking tours in our offered experiences, we strongly encourage our travellers to choose ecological transportation like bicycle during their free time (especially in Valley of Temples where we could arrange biking experience as well)

Community

This Travel Experience is planned to ensure that we support local communities by:

- SMALLER-SCALE LOCALLY-OWNED ACCOMMODATION – Choosing local B&B, like the one of this trip in Agrigento. Located in the centre, all bright and near all the facilities, it could be the best starting point to live the travel experience as a local. Thus, the B&B provides sustainable practices like recycling or changing towels on request

- LOCAL GUIDES - Hiring local guides for how they tell their territory. In this way we could learn about the culture and way of life directly from those who live it and put money into local hands and economies

- FARE WORKING CONDITIONS - Defining a tariff policy that calls for a clear decision-making freedom of the price by its suppliers, stakeholders, partners and local guides

- TAILOR MADE EXPERIENCES - Organizing tailor made experiences for the limit size of 8-10 people because we believe that larger group could not join the real experience and could otherwise impact on the local communities

- LOCAL PROJECT SUPPORT – We encourage our travellers to visit during their free time the Farm Cultural Park, an independent cultural center where art and culture are noble instruments that have given to the City of Favara a new identity and a future dimension. Born by the idea of a notary who didn’t want to leave Sicily to find a job, the Farm is now located in an ancient abandoned quarter of the town: old houses have been restored in order to realize exhibition venues of contemporary art, restaurants and shops which promote local manufacturing

- LOCAL SUPPLIERS – We chose local suppliers one by one, shaking their hands, learning their stories and feeling the passion they put in their own activities. Meet them will be a great lesson to cherish and we strongly ask to our travellers to sustain and promote them even after coming back home

- RESIZING SEASONALITY – This Travel Experience emphasize the interesting aspects (events, traditions and natural views) of Sicily in low season as well. This region has a temperate climate all year long; for this reason we suggest our travellers to visit it when is less crowded (from November to February as well)

- ARTISAN AND IMMATERIAL HERITAGE – Helping to keep alive traditions and supporting ancient knowledge

- SLOW TOURISM - Promoting slow tourism as an alternative to everything-at-once, which allow traveller the “luxury” of look, taste and feel its final destination. Agrigento, for example, is well known only for the Valley of the Temples; we want to promote a different type of tourism which could help this territory to be discovered in all its aspects, less famous but interesting the same

- UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL DAILY EXPERIENCES - Promoting less famous Sicilian destinations by proposing unique and original daily experiences or from a different point of view. For example, for this travel experience we have organized an original visit of the Valley of the Temples, one of the most visited archaeological site in all Sicily, on horseback or biking around. We think in fact that is possible to do sustainable activities like equestrian tourism in crowded sites like Agrigento’s Temples, making traveller explore territory in a slow way

- RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT – Each traveller will receive our Responsible Travel Code of Conduct before arriving in Sicily. In addition, our local guide will explain during each daily experience the right travel code and will answer to whichever question concerning it

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