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March 21, 2012 by Yacht Charter
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Located in Licata (Agrigento) on the Italian island of Sicily, Marina di Cala del Sole is taylor made for yachts up to 70 metres, with a dedicated dock, 250A share-power, 4m-6m draft, shopping mall, cinema, restaurants and a lot more for a relaxing and exciting charter holiday in Sicily. Thanks to Marina di Cala del Sole’s exclusive itineraries, charter guests have the opportunity to experience truly unique adventures, such as the visit to The Valley of Temples in Agrigento, just half an hour from the marina in Licata. Probably the most captivating moment to visit the world’s best preserved Greek temples is at sunset. Another site not to be missed during your Mediterranean vacation is the Unesco World Heritage Piazza Amerina’s mosaics located within an hour from the marina. In addition there is the Venus of Morgantina, returned from the Paul Ghetty Museum and now exhibited at the Archeological Musem of Aidone.

For golf enthusiasts there is the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sciacca and the Donnafugata Golf in Ragusa. Guest can enjoy playing golf surrounded by some of the most amazing panoramas on the island, both reachable within one hour by car, while the yachts are resting in the Marina.

Season at Marina di Cala del Sole starts earlier, with great weather conditions in late April already! It is important to note that the boat tax has been changed by the Italian Government and it is no longer applicable to foreign shipowners nor charter companies.

MARINA DI CALA DEL SOLE – ITINERARIES BY LAND

HISTORY AND CULTURE

Baroque and Liberty for an open-air museum

The origins of this town on the southern coast of Sicily, dated back to prehistoric times, are evidenced by numerous finds of the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras, such as the Hypogeon Stagnone Pontillo, the necropolis of Monte Petrulla, the pre-hellenistic Grangela. Identified as the “Liberty City”,Licata offers to its visitors numerous monuments, sumptuous villas and precious decorations preserved on its territory: the Villas Liberty Park, the City Palace, the Verderame Palace and the Re Grillo Theatre.

The Valley of the Temples

Founded in 581 B. C. by Greek colonists rhodium-Cretans, Akràgas became, in the following century, one of the largest and most prosperous cities in the Mediterranean: to testify this, the extraordinary archeological finds hedged in the Regional Archaeological Museum of Agrigento and the majestic Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO heritage of humanity. Four kilometers from Agrigento, in Contrada Kaos, to visit the Regional Home Museum Luigi Pirandello.

The Villa Romana del Casale

Rich in medieval monuments, baroque palaces, religious buildings and elegant gardens, Piazza Armerina is linked to the Villa Romana del Casale: protected by UNESCO since 1997, was built by an emperor or, perhaps, by a member of the senatorial aristocracy and it can be considered, for its beauty and complexity, one of the best examples of a representative dwelling compared to other contemporary of the Western Roman Empire.

The City of Ceramics

Known to the world as “The City of Ceramics”, it hosts the Regional Museum of Ceramics, that collects artefacts from all over Sicily, illustrating the history of ceramics production on the island. Worth a visit the charming old town with its many baroque palaces and its spectacular staircase of Santa Maria del Monte.

The Venus of Morgantina

Given back from the Paul Ghetty Museum in Malibu, the Greek statue of the fifth century B.C., is now exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Aidone. The Venus finds its natural place in a tourist route that is not found anywhere else in the world: the streets of the ancient Morgantina with its undamaged Agora and its precious homes and the majesty of the Venus make that every visitor feels completely immersed in the enchanting Roman era.

FRAGRANCES AND FLAVOURS

Licata

La Madia – On the dinner table you will find the true taste of Sicily, reinterpreted through the important experiences of a chef who has been able to impose himself for his talent and culinary personality. La Madia Restaurant, located in the historic center of Licata, is a charming and welcoming location characterised by an elegant room with trompe-l’oeil walls.

“I use techniques that evoke childhood play, everyday life episodes of a Sicily now far away in time” Pino Cuttaia

L’Oste e il Sacrestano – A cooking style, that of the chef Peppe Bonsignore, certainly not showy and decorated with glitter and sequins, but a very territorial cuisine with the capital T, lightened by a gentle and calibrated hand.

La Taverna del Duca – Inspired by the belief of local folklore of the owners, the restaurant is located in the ”Marina Neighborhood”, heart of the historical center of Licata, inside the ancient palace of the Duke Palmerio Serrovira. The brothers Angelo and Daniele Burgio put into their work all the passion and love for their city, its history and its traditions

Agrigento

Il Re di Girgenti – The scenery is breathtaking… we have a scenic view of the magnificent Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. The owners manage the restaurant skillfully, welcoming customers like old friends. The menu is various and it changes week by week

Il Dehors – Immersed in a Mediterranean garden with a view over the Temples: all the layers of history of this impressive building, that opens around a courtyard, are offered to the guests. The cuisine is a tribute to the island, from the most popular dishes to those aristocrats of the monsù.

Caltagirone

Coria – Two young chefs who will amaze you with their reinterpretations of islander classics. In the heart of the centre, the choice of strong colours in the two beautiful rooms gives character to the restaurant that took inspiration from the name of the author of “Sicily’s fragrances”, G. Coria.

Piazza Armerina

Al Fogher – Nestled in a green valley, just a stone’s throw from Piazza Armerina, in a former railway gate house. An intriguing and flavoursome menu, fruit of the chef – owner Angelo’s experience.

Ragusa

Duomo – Ciccio Sultano captures the original tastes and fragrances of his homeland infusing them with international breath in meat and fish dishes of linear innovation.

THE WINE TRAILS

Aziende Agricole Quignones – In the gorgeous setting of sunny Licata, Quignones farms occupy about one hundred acres of land owned by the Quignones family for centuries. Almost thirty hectares of vineyard and fifteen of olive trees provide the whole production transformed by Aziende Agricole Quignones

Tenuta Barone La Lumia – The farm uses exclusively its own grapes which originate from native tendrils selected among the best of Sicily: Nero d’Avola, Inzolia, Nerello Mascalese and Frappato, from which exceptional wines, for intensity of aroma and taste, are obtained. The rural home, around which the farm is centered, was built, in arab style, around the end of the 18th century by the La Lumia family. It is, still today, one of the most fascinating wine-producing estates of Sicily

Cantine Milazzo – The farm, located in the hills north-east of Campobello di Licata (AG), extends over 30 hectares and is a small part of what was once the famous Barony of Ravanusa, where they grow the best native varieties and some varieties that, in various years of study and experience, were considered essential for obtaining high quality wines: “Federico II Rex Sicilie”

Planet – It’s a “Journey through Sicily”: a journey from west to east, that proceeds from Sambuca di Sicilia and Menfi as far as Vittoria, Noto and Etna. The stages of the journey are the five Planeta wineries: five boutiques, each designed to transmit, through the wine, the identity of the territories so different from each other.

SPORT, WELLNESS AND RELAX

Licata

Falconara Charming House & Resort – Embedded in a fascinating setting amidst an ancient Norman fortress, a small bay of stunning natural beauty and typical Mediterranean colours. The complex is composed of the Fattoria, formerly a nineteenth-century guest house of the Castle, and the Club House, the main building of the resort, recently built. The Falconara Charming House & Resort has an elegant Wellness Centre with a Turkish bath, two massage rooms and a “relaxation room” with tea and soft music in the background. It has been studied in great detail so as to afford maximum comfort and to ease the body and soul.

Agrigento

Hotel Villa Athena – An oasis of luxury in the heart of the Valley of the Temples, offering the possibility to participate in cooking classes made by the Chef Salvatore Gambuzza and to taste wines and local products.

Sciacca

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort – The resort is set over 230 hectares of stunning landscape with 1.8 km of private coastline. There are two 18-hole championship golf courses and a 9-hole, designed by leading architect Kyle Phillips; six tennis courts; a full- size football pitch; a 60m infinity swimming pool; a fully-equipped gym and running trails which meander through the olive and lemon groves. For those seeking deep relaxation the Verdura Spa is exceptional – with four thalassotherapy pools, an extensive treatment menu and personalised well-being programmes.

Ragusa

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa – With its two golf courses, the resort is situated amongst pristine beaches such as Ragusa, Punta Secca, Sampieri and Santa Croce di Camerina as well as other areas of outstanding historical interest. The resort is also a fantastic point of departure to discover touristic attractions and cultural sites of this stunning area of Sicily. It’s unique, a place to take a relaxing golf holiday in one of the most enchanting locations in Sicily.

ITINERARIES BY SEA

DAILY/WEEKEND DESTINATIONS

The Southern Coast – Between natural reserves and castles (less than 35nm)

Licata – Castello di Falconara – Baia di Mollarella – Torre San Nicola – Castello di Montechiaro – Punta Bianca – San Leone (Agrigento) – Scala dei Turchi – Torre Salsa – Licata

½ WEEK ITINERARIES

Happiness is a journey

Licata –- Punta bianca (15 nm) – Scala dei Turchi (11 nm) – Torre Salsa (8 nm)

Torre Salsa – Sciacca (14,8 nm) – Selinunte (13 nm) – Mazara del Vallo (15 nm)

Mazara del Vallo – Marsala (12,5) – Favignana (Punta Longa 9,2 nm)

Favignana – Marettimo (8,4 nm)

Marettimo – Levanzo (11 nm)

Levanzo – Portopalo di Menfi (43 nm)

Portopalo di Menfi – Licata (51 nm)

Scala dei Turchi – A pleasant cliff of marl, a sedimentary rock formed from fine-grained limestone and clay characterized by a white colour, on which the wind and rain have carved a natural staircase. The view is unique, the white of the rocks made stronger by the sunlight goes between the blue sky and blue sea: a true paradise.

Porto Palo di Menfi – La Foresteria – Immersed in the vineyards and olive groves which stretch to the beach of Porto Palo and surrounded by an enchanting Mediterranean garden, La Foresteria is Planeta’s Cantinas venue dedicated to hospitality, a perfect place for a “gourmet” holiday where the relaxing pace of life, the flavours, traditions and Mediterranean aromas are all to be relished.

WEEKLY ITENERARIES

Malta & Lampedusa Between Africa and Europe

Licata – Gozo (61 nm)

Gozo – Comino (7 nm) – La Valletta (11,5 nm)

Malta – Lampedusa (86 nm)

Lampedusa – Linosa (23,5 nm)

Linosa – Licata (90 nm)

Malta – Wherever you go, the Islands’ scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop: the colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues. The Maltese Islands have been described as one big openair museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible todayThe marine protected area in the High Sea Extreme South.

Lampedusa – A lovely place that is located in the southwest of the island of Lampedusa. This is a small island that rises at the center of a wide bay

Isole Pelagie: L’area Marina Protetta d’Alto Mare

Licata – Linosa (90 nm)

Linosa – Lampedusa (23,5 nm)

Lampedusa – Pantelleria (75,5 nm)

Pantelleria – Licata (92 nm)

Isola delle Correnti: Extreme South

Licata – Marina di Ragusa (35 nm)

Marina di Ragusa – Marina di Modica (12 nm) – Isola delle Correnti (15 nm)

Isola delle Correnti – Portopalo di Capo Passero (4,2 nm) – Marzamemi (3 nm)

Marzamemi – Siracusa (24,2 nm)

Siracusa – Isola delle Correnti (31,4 nm)

Isola delle correnti – Licata (62 nm)

Marzamemi – The beach of Marzamemi di Portopalo di Capo Passero, located in the north of the picturesque fishing village of the same name, is surrounded by the beautiful headland of Punta Bove Marino, where it was once reported the presence of monk seals. It is a beautiful beach of soft golden sand, wide and long, lapped by a blue sea, clear and wonderfully bright.

Siracusa – I’Isola di Ortigia – The island of Ortigia is a small island on which stands the oldest part of the city of Siracuse. Joined to the mainland by three bridges, the island stretches from north to the south for more than 1.5 km ending in the narrow peninsula on which stands the massive castle Maniace, built by Frederick II of Swabia.

ENTERNTAINMENT AND SERVICES

Marina Water-front

The Water-front of the Marina of Cala del Sole is a large area with green spaces, pedestrian and cycle paths, elegant commercial structures, shopping mall and entertainment terrace, residential village and guest house with private beach. A place full of facilities to be enjoyed all year round or during your stay. Each year the harbor is transformed into a large outdoor theatre with a full calendar of musical, cultural, sports and food and wine events.

Sicily luxury yacht charter

There is a large number of magnificent luxury charter motor yachts as well as sailing yachts currently available for the upcoming charter season around Sicily and the rest of the Mediterranean. Some of these yachts include the 75.5m Oceanco mega yacht ANASTASIA, the 80m OceAnco superyacht AMEVI, the 71m motor yacht THE ONE by Lurssen as well as the beautiful 54m sailing yacht PARSIFAL III. For more luxury charter yachts in Sicily click here: http://www.charterworld.com

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