Special Locations

Planeta Estate – La Foresteria Menfi

La Foresteria, wine Resort of Planeta family, winemakers with a five-hundred-year history of traditional farming and love of Sicily, offers a relaxing and luxury escape between nature and sea. The resort, nestled among the vineyards, is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful holiday retreat, discover an island famous for its winemaking tradition, relax by the beach or treat yourself to the exciting flavours of Sicilian cuisine and the pleasures of authentic family hospitality. With a large convivial table and a terrace overlookingthe vineyards, La foresteria’s restaurant brings together hospitality and a contemporary Sicilian cuisine deeply rooted in local food heritage. Chef Angelo Pumilia reinterprets the traditional recipes of Casa Planeta and the rich food culture of this magical island, offering a menu and two tasting itineraries combining tradition and Creativity. Activities like cooking classes, wine tours and sports and a pleasant stay in the 14 rooms for a memorable experience.

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Planeta Feudo di Mezzo – Sciaranuova

In 2008 after searching for a long time for the best land for our vines, we stopped on the north side of Etna, among the lava flows and the woods which surround Passopisciaro. Here we planted our Nerello and Carricante vines and in 2012 the winery was also established. The estate spreads both south and north of the village. To the north, in the middle of the beautiful Sciaranuova vineyard, at more than 800 metres above sea level, we invested in the careful restoration of old buildings, which today represent the centre of our hospitality. To the south, near the Feudo di Mezzo vineyard, we built the Feudo di Mezzo winery right in the centre of a fifteenth century lava flow. Nearby we planted Torreguarino, Pietramarina and Montelaguardia vines, ideal for our white wines. At Sciaranuova we transformed part of the old terraces into a Theatre in the Vineyard, where every summer the Sciaranuova Festival is held, one of the cultural activities that we have inspired and produced. Six of our wines are produced on Etna, other than the Brut Metodo Classico. Only two of them fall within the Etna DOC because the other two – the Eruzione 1614 – come from the Sciaranuova vineyard, which lies outside the area of denomination, at 850 metres above sea level. These two are our Etna crus, for which we chose a very evocative name, recalling the legendary eruption of 1614, the longest ever recorded, lasting more than ten years, and which halted right on the border of these vineyards, forming their shape.

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Planeta Ulmo

Our story and our journey began at Ulmo. In the middle of the 1980’s we planted our first vines around the 16th century farmhouse which the family has always owned; a beautiful place full of memories which we wanted to provide with a new future. We built our first winery in 1995 on the banks of the Lake Arancio and its nearby woods, in really delightful countryside. We also established the Iter Vitis museum, surrounded by a ‘Collection meadow’ of different Sicilian and Georgian vines, inspired by the idea of enhancing the rich Sicilian winemaking tradition. The nature footpath, La Segreta, leaves from the winery and leads to exploration of three more different paths which border the vineyards, discovering untouched corners and unexpected views. Hidden within the Menfi hills and with 160 hectares of vineyard, the Dispensa estate is the beating heart of all our activities. The family houses are within the Baglio, while around them lie our production, administrative and planning centres. The larger part of the company’s production takes place here, and we have built two wineries; the large and the small. The Infernotto, inside the small winery, is our family caveau, with a collection of our favourite labels from all over the world and all the Planeta vintages. These are some of the wines which have made history for our company and carry the name of our family throughout the world: from Chardonnay, symbol of our production and of the winemaking renaissance in Sicily, to Cometa, the great white wine of south Italy and result of our experiments with Fianco; from Alastro which best expresses the characteristics of an ancient indigenous grape like Grecanico, to La Segreta, faithful companion for everyday drinking; passing through the single variety Merlot and Syrah vineyards, to Menfi among the Dispensa and Ulmo vineyards.

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Planeta Buonivini Noto

We arrived at Noto in 1998, establishing our estate in the district which, not by coincidence, has always been known as ‘Buonivini’. Here we rebuilt the Case Sparse, small rural houses where today you can stay in an authentic and ideal atmosphere, made comfortable by furnishings produced from recycled materials. After visiting the ‘Invisible Winery’ and a wine tasting, lunch is available in the rooms of the old wine press or with a picnic in the shade of carob trees enjoying the typical products of the territory. The heart of hospitality at Buonivini is the old grape press in the centre of the vineyard, restored and recovered from original architecture and dating from the early 1900’s, where the tanks for grape pressing and fermentation of the must are still visible. We will expect you here after a visit to the vineyards and to the winery for a guided tasting of our wines, an aperitif, lunch and purchases in the wine shop. The large vineyard of Buonivini is punctuated by Case Sparse, small rural houses which were scattered among the small properties which once divided the estate. They have been renovated, painted with the typical red of old country farm houses and furnished with the creations of the artist Costanza Algranti, made entirely from recycled materials found locally.

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Vuciata Kitchen Market

Vuciata, the “kitchen in the market” was born in the centre of the Pescheria of Catania, recovering two historic shops overlooking the Ninfo courtyard and it proposes to become an alternative place for meet, relax, natter and enjoy  good food. The name Vuciata wants to establish a deep link with the market and its shouts. This link is strengthened by the food proposal inspired to the other side of the “Pescheria”, that of traditional and genuine flavours that tell of countryside and farms, homemade preserves, bread and “”alivi cunzati” (seasoned olives), in oil, meats and chees, which in Via Gisira, in the butcher’s area, they are the main characters of the market. The Vuciata food format is characterized by refined proposals that celebrate the local food and the choice of raw materials and food products
coming from a controlled and traceable chain, as well as Slow Food presidia, organic cultivation, certified DOC, PGI, PDO denomination. New format in the choice of services too, the way of dispenses inspired to the market, where food products and meats show off themselves.

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Stand Florio

Stand Florio Contemporary Hub is today a new evolved space born from the recover of the homonym hystoric building realised in 1906. With its ductile and renovated spaces,
Stand Florio is today the ideal location for all kind of events, from the more innovative artistic performances to the big corporate meeting, from the re-call show to refined private events. The venue consists of three areas: the garden, the ground floor and the first floor. The Stand Florio hosts cultural events of great relief: shows, performances, presentations, concerts.

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Obicà Palermo

Obicà has restaurants in international gateway cities such as Rome, Milan, Florence, London, New York, Tokyo and Los Angeles, where it continues to delight fans of fine Italian food wherever it opens. Located in the very heart of the city on the last floor of la Rinascente building in Via Roma, the Obicà Mozzarella Bar in Palermo location offers an unparalleled view of the entire city. It consists of an indoor space that seats 72 and of an outdoor terrace that looks out over the amazing panorama of the Sicilian capital – with just one glance, our guests can take in the sea and the mountains, the Vucciria market and the Teatro Massimo. By reserving both the indoor restaurant and the terrace, this location can hold up to 300 guests for a buffet dinner.

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Ikebana

Villa Ikebana makes every event special. Birthdays, graduations, baptisms, company dinners, end-of-year dinners, meetings and much more you can celebrate at the ikebana restaurant. You can choose with our staff the type of event you’ve always dreamed of in a picturesque setting in the center of Catania. With us you can choose whether to celebrate your event in the new pool area, or in our indoor rooms. You will have a wide range of menus both served and buffet, an external service of entertainment with a projection for videos. A meeting room with relative bar corner for our coffee breaks and brunch with the possibility of lunch or dinner in another area bordered by greenery. Our kitchen brigade will create personalized menus with seasonal products, creating the right combination of tradition and culinary innovation. There are two interior rooms, the modern design Morocco Hall with 150 seats, and the rustic-style Moros Room with 150 seats. All immersed in a green oasis in the center of the city.

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Sanlorenzo Mercato

Sanlorenzo is an indoor market which collects the best food and wine realities from all over Sicily: 2,800 genuine products from 250 direct suppliers, selected according to the short chain philosophy.
The structure which now houses the market used to be a citrus derivatives factory in the 1940s. Here oranges were processed to produce essential oils and extracts for the food and cosmetic industry.
Today that same atmosphere relives among the fruit counters and the scented garden. We have chosen to preserve the identity of the old factory, combining tradition with innovation.
As a result, the details of the original finishes and the vintage furniture coexist with the modern equipment and technology, which make Sanlorenzo a “2.0 Market”.

Sanlorenzo Mercato is not just a market where to shop or eat at. It is a cultural hub where you can have fun, between cooking shows with excellent chefs and sommeliers, as well as concerts, movies, shows, cooking lessons, educational meetings, workshops and tasting routes between the shops. At Sanlorenzo you can either learn how to shop or taste the best foods, thanks to a guided tour and a tasting route. You can have anything you buy shipped with our national and international shipping.
You can also use our free Wi-Fi and pay for your purchases by credit card.

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Teatro Comunale di Siracusa

The City Theatre of Syracuse presents an elegant and stately entrance-front, a perfect frame for this place that represents the cradle of culture and intellectual entertainment. The ‘Portico’ is an ideal space for receptions and pre-dinners drink, readings and all those activities that require intimate rooms. The ‘Entrance Hall’ is enriched with two large Murano glass chandeliers and adorned with paintings in classical style. Its refined and exclusive atmosphere is perfect for exhibitions. The ‘Great Hall’ is embellished with fine paintings on the doors and on the ceiling, it is a great architectural setting for a meeting or a conference. The ‘Foyer’, thanks to the high windows that illuminate the interior, looks like a large bright space with two rooms, ideal for art exhibitions.

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