Wild Foods Sicily
The Aeolian Island of Filicudi
Discover an unspoiled Mediterranean paradise you thought only existed in dreams.
Escape to this haven of timelessness, a jewel in the midst of the Mediterranean. A place laden with rustic charm, a mix of incredible elegance and a touch of the wild.
Filicudi’s relative isolation means although it takes some effort to get there, you’ll experience something truly beautiful and unique.
Wild Foods Italy will introduce you to the island and guide you through a three-night Filicudi experience, unlocking the doors to a magical place far of the beaten path.
The locals in Filicudi are known as Filicudari and our friends the Bonica family are Filicudari born and bred. They are great custodians of the culture and traditions of this fascinating island and know all its secrets and treasures. One of the family, Silvio, will look after you and guide you through your Filicudi experience, but you will also meet a whole array of family members such as Antonello the fisherman and Adriana who is an expert cook and passionate about Filicudi cuisine.
The Casa del Monte is an ancient Filicudi Island farmhouse with amazing views across the sea toward Sicily and as far as Mount Etna. It was built in the traditional Aeolian style and has been restored maintaining its rustic charm and country aspect.
The rooms lead to the big Aeolian terrace in the front of the house, which is the center of every Aeolian home and makes for a very picturesque, relaxing atmosphere and a perfect setting for outdoor dining and living.
Its high position on the hill above the sea means you’ll see great views, and on top of that, makes it one of the most tranquil and peaceful spots on the island. It’s immersed in the nature and vegetation that covers Filicudi – wild olives, prickly pears and a myriad of perfumed flora.
The house has a very informal, rustic and peaceful atmosphere. It is not luxurious, but comfortable and full of character. Lying in a hammock on the terrace you can soak up the sights and sounds of this very special island.
The house is in a small settlement called Contrada Monte Palmieri and its relatively isolated position makes it a haven for lovers of nature, peace and silence.
To reach the house is a 10 minute walk along a path on one of Filicudi’s many ancient mule tracks. The house is very private, with only Silvio and the Bonica family as neighbors.
We highly recommend staying at the Casa del Monte for the highly unique and authentic experience.
We can also arrange other accommodation so if you feel the Casa Del Monte does not suit you. Please let us know and we will recommend alternatives.
To get to the Aeolian islands you can either take an overnight ferry from Naples, or, a hydrofoil from the Sicilian mainland.
The hydrofoil leaves from a port town called Milazzo which is approximately 1.5 hours from both Catania and Palermo.
We will be more than happy to help you work out the best way to arrive and support you during this journey.
The Wild Foods Sicily adventure is a truly unique and authentic Italian island experience, and offers a very contemporary, sustainable and authentic kind of tourism.
It is designed for people who appreciate nature, beautiful sea and landscapes, great food and wine, and who also want to experience something really genuine and one-of-a-kind. It is for people with a sense of adventure, looking for a dynamic holiday experience that combines culture, contact with locals, epicurean pleasures and physical exercise.
For a successful outcome we do rely on your own spirit of adventure and ability to adapt to your surroundings.
Filicudi’s relative isolation and unspoiled terrain means that a reasonable level of fitness or agility is required. To participate in and enjoy this experience we do require that you are able to walk comfortably on uneven terrain and that you won’t run out of breath after a short hike.
The boats used as part of this experience are not large and luxurious, but small working boats the Bonica family use on a daily basis. You will also need to be able to comfortably get in and out of small boats and not suffer from excessive sea sickness.
Although one member of the family will be available with reasonable English, there is not much English spoken which although makes for a more genuine and intriguing experience, means you will also need an attitude of collaboration and perhaps at times a little patience.
The weather also plays an important role in this experience. The itinerary or our ability to provide certain aspects of this experience depend on reasonable weather.
Throughout the year, we have limited availability for the Wild Foods Sicily adventure, so we suggest to book in advance.
Before sending your booking we suggest to read through the important information below. If you have further questions you will have a chance to ask during your booking request.
The Wild Foods Sicily experience is available from May through to September.
The Wild Foods Sicily experience relies on reasonable sea conditions tied to the weather in order to go ahead.
We keep a close eye on the weather and see conditions and will keep you informed leading up to and during the experience. If we are required to cancel, even at the last minute, you will not be charged any fees and be refunded the full amount.
For the Wild Foods Sicily experience you will need shoes that you feel comfortable walking in along rugged tracks; we use trainers but you might prefer something a little sturdier.
You will also need footwear that you can use for walking on the stony beaches which you can also use while you swim (we can provide swimming shoes if you prefer). You will also need a swimming costume and sun protection, etc.
Also a few layers if the temperature drops in the evening or we strike a cooler day. We wear shorts in the warm months, but trousers are OK for hiking if you would like some extra protection for your legs.
Dietary needs & allergies
We need to know any dietary restrictions in advance, such as allergies or if you suffer from an intolerance. We are happy to cater for special diets such as gluten free, we can also accommodate vegetarians but your eating experience will be less varied.
The price for this all-inclusive experience of 3 nights and 4 days is €4500 for 2 adults and 2 children 16 and under.
Once we confirm availability for the Wild Foods Sicily adventure we will send you payment instructions. Payments can be made with your credit card using either VISA, MasterCard or American Express. We will send you a PayPal link with instructions to pay with your credit card. No PayPal account is necessary.
We require a 30% deposit at the time of booking refundable up to 60 days before the start date of your tour. The remainder is payable 60 days prior to your arrival date which becomes 100% non-refundable.
Remember your 30% deposit is refundable up to 60 days prior to the start date of your tour. Cancellations after this date and payments made towards the booking are not refundable. In case you need to cancel your booking please notify us as soon as possible. Notifying us of any changes helps us with preparing each tour.
Changes or cancellations may be made by calling +39 333 498-5387, or, emailing us here.
In addition to the above cancellation policies, because the weather is such an important part of the experience and can at times be unpredictable, we reserve the right to cancel your booking at any time due to poor weather and or sea conditions, even at the last minute. Should we initiate a cancellation we will refund you in full.
The Wild Foods Sicily experience involves riding on small boats, swimming in the sea, hiking on rugged trails so you must be fit and agile enough to do these activities.
Being in nature also involves encounters with natural flora and fauna as well as wild life which is beyond our control (eg. mosquitoes, thorns, jellyfish, etc).
Some further things you should know before you book:
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