Calabria - sicily Wine + Culture Tour for Poesia Restaurant

June 3 - 10, 2019

Eight Days | Seven Nights

Only 12 Spots AVAILABLE!

All aboard for Calabria and Sicily!

Join Francesco d'Ippolito, owner of Poesia Restaurant in San Francisco and native Calabrian, and Leslie Rosa, sommelier and director of La Dolce Vigne Wine + Culture Tour Co. for an 8 Day - 7 Night Southern Italian feast for the senses! Our vinous voyage will begin in Calabria, the toe of Italy's boot-shaped peninsula, where we will visit some of the best wine producers in Cirò, Lamezia Terme and Isola di Capo Rizzuto (also known for a killer amaro), enjoy the coastal city of Tropea for some fun in the sun, take in several breath-taking sunsets, and be wined and dined in the region's best restaurants. After soaking up Calabrian culture for five days, a ferry ride will take us across the two-mile Strait of Messina to Sicily, where we will enjoy the incredibly expressive wines of Faro and Mt. Etna, Europe's highest active volcano, as well as the panoramic views from Taormina, one of Sicily's most beautiful towns. And, don't worry: Sicilian cuisine does not disappoint either! Expect the best olives, citrus, capers, pistachios and gelato (served in a brioche!) you've ever had in your life.


Tour Highlights

  • Private visits to top wineries in Calabria and sicily with your sommelier guide

  • Incredible dining experiences of regional Cuisine

  • Relaxing Day on Tropea's sunny shores

  • a visit to Francesco's hometown with a special surprise

  • scenic Ferry Ride from Calabria to Sicily

  • guided visit of Taormina's ancient greek amphitheater

  • optional Hike around an extinct crater of Mt. Etna

Your Luxurious Accommodations in Calabria + Sicily

We will stay in two different hotels in Calabria: a beautiful resort on the Ionian coast and a stunning villa in Tropea, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. Our home in Sicily is another gorgeous five-star estate on Mount Etna.

ALL-INCLUSIVE $4350 / person based on double occupancy


Meet Your Sommelier Guide + Founder of La Dolce Vigna

After a decade of working in the art world for eminent institutions and artists in New York, London and around the globe, Leslie moved to Italy, fell in love with Italian wine, and became a certified sommelier with the Associazione Italiana Sommelier. She has lived in Tuscany (Siena) and the Veneto (Venice) and has traveled extensively throughout the country, seeking out small wineries that have a story to tell, local gastronomic wonders, cultural gems and experiences that exude the good life to share with you.


La Dolce Vigna Difference

  • Small Groups. Our tours are always limited to a maximum of 12 people to assure you an intimate experience.

  • Sommelier Guides. You will always have a certified sommelier guide to answer all of your wine-related questions on the road.

  • Family-Run and Historic Wineries. Our tours are centered around small, eco-conscious, family-run wineries that make truly outstanding wine, and packed with cultural insights.

  • Foodie Central. Be prepared to eat. A lot. We've picked out amazing spots for you, from the small, loved-by-locals osteria to the Michelin-starred restaurant

  • No Cookie Cutter Tours. Depending on the season and local events, we will custom organize the best and most insider experience for each group.

  • All-Inclusive. Rest assured that your tour price includes all meals (except for one lunch), activities, hotels, transportation from the moment we meet until our fond farewell.

  • Down Time. For those of you who have been on other group tours, you know what we're talking about. Part of living la dolce vigna is taking the time to truly savor your experiences and surroundings. We've built in time for you to do just that at your own pace and on your own terms. Long live slow travel!

  • Helping others. Besides helping the local, artisanal economy through visiting small wine and food producers, eating at traditional trattorie and staying at intimate hotels, a donation on behalf of each individual that takes one of our tours will be made to 10,000 Gardens in Africa, a Slow Food initiative aimed at cultivating sustainable and healthy communities throughout Africa.