Excursion to the shepherds

Discover millenia-old traditions, taste authentic cheese

Traditional Sicilian shepherds still make cheese the way their ancestors did (the process they use was already described in Homer’s Odyssey in the 8th century B.C.!). They live at the pace of nature, seasons and animal life.

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Ideal for:
- those looking for something off the beaten track
- those interested in local traditions and gastronomy
- those who would like to meet Sicilians and share a bit of their everyday life

December-June

From December to June, the excursion takes places near Castelbuono.
It includes a short hike, an encounter with a shepherd during the cheese making process, cheese tasting of course and warm ricotta served directly from the pot.
It is definitely a special gastronomic experience and a great opportunity to spend some time with locals.

Difficulty level: Medium-easy

Duration: About 3 hours

What to bring: Sport shoes, clothes suitable to the weather conditions

Departure from Castelbuono at 9.30 am.
You will be provided with a map indicating the meeting point when you book.

Prices:
1 adult: 50 €
2 people: 30 € / person
3 people: 25 € / person
4 people: 22 € / person
Children: free until 14 years old

The price includes: the naturalist guide (English, Italian, French, Spanish), the cheese and ricotta tasting
Note: transfer until the departure point of the trail is not included

Questions? Contact us

July-November

From July to November, the visit needs to be included into a full day tour of the Madonie, as the shepherds still do the transhumance and move to the mountains in the hot season.
In this case, the tour includes stops in local villages and in the most beautiful mountain sitescheese and ricotta tasting as well as lunch at the shepherd's.

Difficulty level: Easy

Duration: About 8 hours

What to bring: Sport shoes, clothes suitable to the weather conditions

Departure from Castelbuono at 8.30 am.
You will be provided with a map indicating the meeting point when you book.

Prices:
1 person: 100 €
2 adults: 70 € / person
3 adults:  53 / person
4 adults: 45 € / person
Children: free until 14 years old

The price includes: the naturalist guide (English, Italian, French, Spanish), cheese and ricotta tasting, lunch.
Note: transportation is not included, participants should have a car.

Make a request

The excursion could be cancelled in case of bad weather conditions.

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