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Day 1 - Arrival in Sicily | meeting in Syracuse


You will meet your driver at Catania Airport and be transferred to Syracuse (a 45-minute drive). On your arrival you can have a first exploration walk of Ortygia, the old town of Syracuse set on an island. After the welcome meeting, you will have a dinner and spend the night on Ortygia island.




Day 2 - Ortygia guided walk | Teatro dei Pupi Show


After breakfast you will have a walking tour of Ortygia accompanied by your guide. The visit will conclude at the traditional fish market where you will have an informal lunch at one of the market stalls. In the afternoon you will attend the traditional puppets show at Teatro dei Pupi after which you will visit the workshop of Master Puparo, where the puppets are made. You will have a free evening and decide where to have dinner, as Syracuse has plenty of good restaurants.




Day 3 - Olive Oil Tasting | Palazzolo Acreide | Stonecutter workshop


A 30-minute transfer will lead you through the countryside of Syracuse to Canicattini Bagni, where you will be welcomed by Dario, with whom you will visit the olive groves and have a professional olive oil tasting. You will enjoy a light lunch under the porch, shared with his family. After, you will go to the nearby Baroque village of Palazzolo Acreide where you will check-in at your hotel. In the afternoon you will meet a Maestro Scalpellino, the Master Stonecutter whose mastery is inherited from the artists that carved Baroque motifs on the local white limestone, so distinctive of the Palazzi of this area.




Day 4 - Buscemi Paese Museo | Basketry Workshop


In the morning you will visit Buscemi, an antique mountain village where you will follow an ethnographic itinerary, led by the director of the museum who promoted it 30 years ago. The first eco-museum in Sicily where you will discover the traditional crafts in its original locations: the smith’s shop, the carpenter’s shop, the traditional weaving materials, the antique wine making room. An incredible cross section of Sicilian traditional arts & crafts. After lunch you will meet a local craftsman with whom you will learn traditional basketry techniques. Free evening at Palazzolo




Day 5 - Pottery workshop Caltagirone | Modica


In the morning you will leave Palazzolo Acreide to reach Caltagirone, the Sicilian capital of pottery. The Master Potter will welcome you to his workshop and offer you a course where you will model your own piece of ceramic. You will also learn about the history related to the local pottery tradition. After a lunch at a local Trattoria, your guide will accompany you in a visit of the town, filled with beautiful ceramics. In the afternoon you will resume your travel and arrive at Modica, where you will stay for the following 3 nights. For your dinner you will be spoilt for choice as Modica has plenty of good restaurants.




Day 6 - Guided visit Modica | Chocolate Tasting | Ragusa Carretto


In the morning you will visit fascinating Modica, with its stunning and magnificent Duomo di San Giorgio. The old town is divided into two parts, Modica Alta set on the ridge and Modica Bassa down in the valley. In between, the houses cling onto the steep slopes between the two parts of the city. During the visit you will stop at the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily, where you will have a delicious chocolate tasting. For lunch you will taste, in the local Rosticceria, Scacce and Pastizzi, typical of Modica. In the early afternoon you will discover charming Ragusa and Ragusa Ibla. In Ragusa you will visit two local artists who have recovered the traditional decoration of the Carretto Siciliano, the old ornate and coloured carts drawn by horses or donkeys. After, you will have a free evening in Ragusa Ibla.




Day 7 - Chiaramonte Gulfi home cooking


In the morning you will be transferred to Chiaramonte Gulfi where you will be welcomed in a private house. You will participate together with the women of the house in the preparation of a feast meal composed of a complete menu which you will then taste together with the family. After lunch you will go back to Modica where you will attend a folk dance and frame drumming workshop led by two musicians who have a very deep knowledge of Sicilian and south-Italian music. In the evening you will be free in Modica.




Day 8 - Catania | visit of Market | guided walk


In the morning you will leave the Hyblean area and will be transferred to Catania. You will visit ‘A Pescarìa, the incredibly bustling historic fish market. You will check-in at your hotel and have time for yourself. In the late afternoon your guide will accompany you in a tour of the town, visiting some local craftsmen workshops and curious places. Evening and night free in Catania




Day 9 - Boat tour Riviera Ciclopi | Aci Trezza | Boatyard| Catania


In the morning you will take a boat from Catania harbour and go sailing to Aci Trezza, an antique fisherman’s village. You will sail through the Riviera dei Ciclopi, where you will visit the marine reserve. There you can have a swim at one of the natural pools. Once at Aci Trezza you will visit a very special traditional boatyard, where boats are still handmade. You will enjoy a fish menu lunch with a gorgeous sea-view and then you will go back to Catania. In your free afternoon in Catania, you can do your shopping or sit at one of the cafés at piazza Duomo or Via Etnea. Free evening in Catania




Day 10 - Etna Hike | Wine tasting | Farewell Dinner in Catania


The last day will be a precious day of discovery of the Etna Volcano. Your nature guide will lead you on a hike, after which, you will enjoy a wine tasting at a special winery and lunch. You will go back to Catania. Have some free time before dinner and join the group to share a special last night together.




Day 11 - Good bye Sicily | Transfer to Catania Airport


According to the flight schedule, it is possible to organize an activity before the transfer to CT airport.





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USEFUL LINKS

Bullying

BullyingUK


BullyingUK - Listening, supportive and non-judgemental https://www.bullying.co.uk/




Cybersmile


Cybersmile - Cybersmile is a specialist online bullying charity. Provides direct telephone or email access for advice and help. https://www.cybersmile.org/




Kidscape


Kidscape - Preventing bullying, protecting lives https://www.kidscape.org.uk/





LGBTQ+

My Kid Is Gay


My Kid is Gay - Helping Families Understand Their LGBTQ Kids https://www.mykidisgay.com/




Young Stonewall


Young Stonewall - Campaigners for equality and fair treatment for LGBTQ people, and against discrimination https://www.youngstonewall.org.uk/




LGBTQ+ Hub for Parents - Parentzone


ParentZone - LGBTQ+ Hub & Advice for parents https://parentzone.org.uk/lgbtq-hub




Genered Intelligence


Gendered Intelligence - Understanding gender diversity in creative ways http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/




Transparenthood


Transparenthood - Blog about the experiences of a parent with a transgender child https://transparenthood.net/




Gender Dysphoria - NHS


NHS - Information for parents on trans children and gender dysphoria https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gender-dysphoria/





Contacts & Agencies

Childline


Childline - Child Line is a confidential helpline for children. Call: 0800 1111




Childnet


Childnet - Childnet is a specialist online children's charity. Their aim is to help make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people.




Social Services


Staffordshire County Council - First Response 0800 1313 126 (Emergency out of hours: 0345 604 2886) Derbyshire County Council Social Services - Call Derbyshire 01629 593 193 Derby City Council Social Services - First Contact 01332 641172




Police


Non-Emergency 101 Emergency 999




Crimestoppers


0800 555 111





Sex & Relationships

CEOP


CEOP - The CEOP is part of the UK law enforcement community, providing the ability to report on specific crimes involving the sexual abuse of children; grooming, CSE and trafficking. https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/




Grooming, Sexting and Sending Nudes


NSPCC - Grooming: What it is, signs and how to protect children https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/grooming/ NSPCC - Sexting: how to talk to children about the risks of sexting - and what you can do to protect them https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/sexting-sending-nudes/




Inappropriate or Explicit Content


Find out what inappropriate content is and how to support your child if they've seen something online that's upset them. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/inappropriate-explicit-content/




Parents Protect


WE HELP PARENTS AND CARERS PROTECT CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL ABUSE AND EXPLOITATION https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/




Stop It Now!


The confidential Stop It Now! helpline is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. Callers do not need to give identifying information, so can remain anonymous. https://www.stopitnow.org.uk/




Selfies: The Naked Truth


If you have already shared something you’re worried about, it’s never too late to get help. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus/need-advice/selfies-and-sexting





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General Links





Contact


Contact - for families with disabled children https://contact.org.uk/




Self-Injury


Scratching, biting, hitting or banging the head against objects is common behaviour in children with an intellectual disability. Find out more. https://parentzone.org.uk/article/self-injury-and-children-intellectual-disabilities-what-parents-should-know




Money Matters


Caring for a disabled child can create additional expenses for parents and have huge implications for family finances. This guide from ParentZone answers some frequently asked questions about financial help for parents of disabled children https://parentzone.org.uk/article/money-matters-parents-disabled-children




Learning Difficulties, Autism & Internet Safety: A Parent's Guide


This guide from Mencap helps parents limit the risk of their child having negative experiences online and understand what action can be taken if they do. https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2016-11/Internet-Safety-web-2016.pdf





Gaming

General Links


Clash of Clans - What parents need to know about the game kids love Minecraft - How to stay safe using the every popular game PEGI Game Ratings - All game certifications explained for parents





Online Safety

General Links


Think U Know - Find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. NSPCC - has a specific focus on keeping children safe whilst performing online searches and the the use of parental controls. Get Safe Online - Get Safe Online is a specialist online safety organisation with information on all cyber related crime, risks and threats. InternetMatters - Internet Matters is an Internet hub, signposting useful information and third party services. UK Safer Internet Centre - The Uk Safer Internet Centre is an awareness centre, helpline and hotline. Vodafone Digital Parenting - The Digital Parenting website and magazine offers information and advice about the latest digital technologies and the kind of challenges children and teenagers might face in their digital world. UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) - UKCCIS is a policy forum hosted by government with participation from online industry reps and government departments.




Social Networks


Net Aware - Netware is a parents' guide to social networks children and young people use Common Sense Media - Information about the newest and most popular sites and apps





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