Silversea Luxury Cruises To Giardini Naxos (Sicily)

Hugging a long, sweeping bay, Giardini Naxos welcomes you ashore to some of Sicily’s most scenic and historic sites. Naxos was the first Greek settlement on Sicily, and it is surrounded by remarkable remains and swirling mythology. With a long arc of sun-soaked golden sand, you can kick back by the waves - and cool off with a dip into the sea's refreshing embrace. Up above the seaside revelry, the spectacular Taormina hillside town perches - containing rich Roman and Greek history. View more

Visit to encounter one of Sicily’s best views, as you look down over the rejuvenating blue of the sea, and the looming backdrop of Mount Etna rising in the distance. The majestic, honey-coloured Greek theatre is a highlight, standing before the distant loom of the volcano. Head towards the puffs of cloud, and wisps of smoke, that gather around the peak of Sicily’s mighty volcano, which is among the most active in Europe. Arrive through vineyards, thriving in this fertile soil, before taking the 1,737-metre incline to the summit of the legendary mountain of fire, across fields of solidified lava flows. Known to the Greeks as the home of the God of Fire, and the one-eyed Cyclops, the mountain continues to amaze and awe with its restless power. Vineyards carpet the scenery - interrupted by occasional cactai and citrus groves – and produce some of Sicily’s most refined flavours. Enjoy a glass of wine on Giardini Naxos’ seafront, and toast your time on these rich Sicilian shores.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in Giardini Naxos (Sicily)

S.A.L.T. Etna Wines Experience & Lunch with Antonio Benanti

There is evidence that Mycenaean traders cultivated grapes in the Aeolian Islands as early at 1,500 BC. When the Greeks began to settle in Sicily in the 8th century BC, they too were unable to forget their favorite libation, "oinos", and introduced several varieties of vines.


Your Host - Mr. Antonio Benanti


Director of the Benanti Company, a world-famous Sicilian winery, Mr. Benanti knows a thing or two about fine wines. He bought - on several sides of the Etna volcano - various vineyards highly suited to quality production, resuming the activity already undertaken by his grandfather Giuseppe forty years earlier. Benanti decided to focus on Nerello Mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Carricante - the typical vines of the volcano, becoming one of the worldwide ambassadors of this historic wine variety.


Scenic drive through village of Milo, Wine-tasting at Benanti Wines, Lunch and Wine-tasting at Benanti Monteserra Estate


After tendering ashore, board your coach and depart for an approximately 45-minute drive to commence your S.A.L.T. experience in the scenic village of Milo, on the eastern slopes of Etna, where, in the surrounding area there are many vineyards and woods thanks to the fertile soil rich in mineralized water.


Continue on to Benanti Wines, EST. 1988. All the work, from the vineyard to the cellar, is devoted to the preserving the unique legacy of this ancient vine. Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to walk the vineyard and taste the Mt Etna White Wine, typical of this area thanks to the Carricante cultivation.


Afterwards, re-board your coach for the approximately 30-minute drive to Benanti Monteserra Estate where, after a visit to the vineyard and the historical oak barrel room, enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch and sample several of their finest vintages.


At the conclusion of your S.A.L.T. experience, re-board your coach for your return drive back to the pier.

Sicilian Cooking with Signora Consoli

Led by Chef Monica Consoli, (daughter of the famous gastronomic journalist Eleonora Consoli) this small-group cooking class is a gastronomic delight where you will enjoy the fruits of your labour with a beautiful lunch served al fresco.


Viagrande

After tendering ashore, depart the pier with your guide for the scenic, one-hour drive through the Sicilian countryside en route to Viagrande, formerly known as 'Varanni'. Located on the slopes of Mt. Etna, this small village is renowned for its vineyards and a year-round, mild climate that makes it a popular summer destination for Catania residents seeking a respite from the heat of the city.


Upon arrival in Viagrande, proceed to the typical 18-century Sicilian home of gastronomic journalist Eleonora Consoli, author of several books on Italian and Sicilian cooking, and the recipient of numerous awards. Many years ago she established the cooking school, in which now her daughter Monica is continuing the family tradition hosting guests. Join Monica in the kitchen of her typical, 18th-century Sicilian home for a lesson in Sicilian cooking that focuses on pasta, vegetables, meat and cakes. Your cooking lesson concludes with a lunch of the prepared dishes accompanied by wine, and served al fresco in the house garden (weather permitting).


After lunch, re-board your coach for the 1-hour return drive to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.