A popular destination for many Italians, who flock to this town during the summer to explore its Baroque treasures and authentic charm (as well as its fine cuisine and the nearby nature reserve at Vendicari), Noto is also a lovely place to visit during the Christmas and New Year break. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay where you can discover the flavors of the land within a relaxed holiday setting away from the daily routine, then the Masseria della Volpe comes highly recommended by the Luxury Concierge at Sicilia Outlet Village, a service offering clients unique vacation experiences that have been created with style and elegance.
The Masseria della Volpe (www.masseriadellavolpe.it
), a late 1800’s manor house surrounded by a colorful citrus grove and park with secular olive and carob trees, is located in the heart of the Noto valley, between the Hyblaean Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. It is the perfect starting point for exploring the local flavors and the impressive architecture of this land. A private vehicle will take you to Scicli, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and from here to the "Gli Aromi" herb farm (http://www.gliaromi.it
), where you can discover more than 120 varieties of hand cultivated herbs, the true stars, together with other ingredients, of the local cuisine that you will be able to taste during a lunch prepared especially for you.
The trip continues in the afternoon with a visit to the town of Modica, full of narrow streets and craftsmen’s workshops. After seeing the Church of Saint George, you will stop at the Antica Dolceria Bonajuto (www.bonajuto.it
), the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily. And here, as a well-deserved Christmas treat, you will discover the exquisite chocolate of Modica, a taste sensation created from just two ingredients: cocoa and sugar. Happy Holidays!