About La Foresteria
It is a place run by the Planeta wine house. It is simply awesome. The place is a calm serene resort with plenty to do. The winery visit is a must, the cooking classes with the resident chef are fun and useful, you learn about dishes as also about the Sicilian way of life. The wines served at the lodging are delicious and the best part, they don’t just serve their own wines but other famous ones from around the world, that too at prices that will make you want to never leave. And the views – oh the stunning panoramic undulating verdant views – simply stunning. Personal lavender gardens, ample sunshine, parking aplenty (!) you couldn’t want more. I also checked out Regaleali Estate, Contrada Regaleali in Sicily and Shalai Resort in Etna.
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Palermo, the regional capital of Sicily, is one of those cities with its own very distinct, almost tangible atmosphere, a place of mystery where reality often outperforms the traveller’s imagination and preconceived stereotypes. Visiting Palermo is still somewhat of an adventure in a world where so many places have become tourist-friendly to a fault. You won’t find many restaurants with menus translated into 5 different languages, you may have trouble communicating in English in many places, and some parts of the old town center have remained untouched since they were bombed during the war.
236 Kms from La Foresteria
Sicily’s second largest city is Catania, and is where a majority of European flights land in to. It lies on the Eastern side of the island along the Ionian coast, sitting in the shadows beneath Mount Etna. In 1669 Catania was covered in lava from Mount Etna and then, just 24 years later in 1693 an earthquake shook the town down to its foundations. Most of the old town was rebuilt, and as ever resourceful was rebuilt using lava, therefore Catania is describe as being a rather dull and grey city. There are a couple of nice piazzas and the Duomo is worth a visit. The atmosphere is what really brings you to the city, the bustling fish markets, the people and the smells. There is a place in the city that is also renowned for horse meat if that’s your thing! Or if not give it a try..although the signature dish of Catania is Pasta alla Norma, that consists of fried chunks of aubergine, a rich tomato sauce and salty ricotta cheese….. Buon appetito!
256 Kms from La Foresteria
We went back to the hotel after a short visit in Valletta, where we didn’t find what we were looking for. And it was time for some relaxation after hours of driving and walking around in the heat. We ended the day with an hour on deck chair by the hotel pool before we took a few drinks before dinner at Batubulan Sunset Grill, a good restaurant by the sea, where we got a great view over the beautiful sunset.