Discover Sicily through a series of experiences we’ve tailor-made for our guests. Whether you’re a lover of nature and the night sky, or enjoy discovering a location through its people and food, we have an experience for you.
- Let us take you to a remote area on Mount Etna to admire nature’s spectacle: the night sky. Etna has practically no light pollution, so you can enjoy an immaculate view of the stars. Accompanied by a local astrophysicist, you’ll learn to recognize Orion, Ursa Major, Cassiopeia, Centaurus, Perseus and other constellations while hearing tales of Greek mythology. To accompany your evening of stargazing, our Chef will prepare a meal of local wines and specialties. Afterwards, sink into comfort with blankets, pillows and mattresses laid out for your evening of astronomy and mythology.
Eat the Volcano
- Experience the richness and variety of Mount Etna’s fruits with this ultimate epicurean adventure. Accompanied by Chef Massimo Mantarro or a member of his team, you’ll journey onto Etna to explore its fertile terroir. During your first stop you’ll meet a local shepherd and taste freshly made ricotta paired with warm, just-out-of-the-oven bread. From there, you’ll spend some time foraging for seasonal wild vegetables and herbs, led by the expert eyes of our culinary team. Your next stop is the contemporary Cottanera vineyard, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting and three-course meal. Upon your return to the Hotel, our kitchen staff will prepare your vegetable and herb harvest for your dinner, so at the end of the day, you can actually say that you “ate the volcano.” Available from March to May and October to November.
Aolian Islands Adventure
- Let us organize a day trip to the Aolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Sicily, named after the demigod of the winds Aeolus. Journey to the islands of Panarea or Salina (two different itineraries are available) by helicopter. On your way, you’ll fly over Etna to witness the active volcano from above. At the port of Panarea (or Salina) you’ll be met by a fully equipped luxury yacht with Four Seasons staff onboard to cater to your needs and our Chef to create your meals. Depending on the itinerary you select, you’ll enjoy lunch either on the yacht or on land. Your adventure then takes you to Stromboli, an active volcano island, to watch the lava flowing down its side – a spectacle known as La Sciara del Fuoco. Return via yacht to the port of Messina to end your all-day into late-evening program.
Sicilian Sushi Masterclass
- Learn to make Sicilian sushi with our award-winning Chef Massimo Mantarro. He or a senior member of his team will personally take you to Catania’s bustling fish market to shop for the freshest fish. You’ll also be accompanied by a guide who will share some cultural and historic highlights about the fish market and surrounding area. Upon returning to the Hotel, Massimo and his team will teach you how to make Sicilian sushi and sashimi using local ingredients. Your lesson ends with a feast of your own creations, paired with wine from Etna.