The History And Sea In Sicily
Best tour to discover The History And Sea In Sicily
2 Nights / 3 Days
Day 1: Taormina - Piazza - Armerina - Agrigento
After breakfast, we will drive all the way through the center of Sicily to arrive at the famous Villa Romana del Casale at Piazza Armerina, one of the most significant archaeological sites of Roman times covered by 3500 square meters of mosaics on the villa's floors, and some existing wall paintings.
Break for lunch.
In the afternoon departure for Agrigento. Here at our suggestion you will visit the Valley of the Temples, the temples of Juno, of Concord and Hercules built during the fifth century BC and declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
Dinner and overnight stay (Agrigento).
Day 2: Agrigento - Selinunte - Erice - Scopello
After breakfast, departure to Selinunte - the ancient âSelinusâ. Here you will have about 2 hours for a free visit to the site founded in 7th century B.C. on a site missing the Mediterranean Sea: Temple G, F, E, D, C, A, B, O and the acropolis. On the acropolis were four large Doric temples, two from the sixth century, two from the fifth, and a small shrine. None of these has been definitively attributed to specific deities, but are identified by letters (Temples A, C, D, and O; Shrine B). Defensive walls girded the acropolis; most of whose status remains can be dated to the late sixth or early fifth centuries B.C. To the north of the city lay a small archaic temple and altar.
We will then drive you to the medieval town of Erice located at 751 m, balanced on the mountain of the same name, built on a triangular plateau with a splendid view of the sea. Enclosed within justifiable bastions and walls, the town is a true labyrinth of little cobbled streets and alleyways wide enough to accommodate only one person at a time. Here we will take a picturesque walking tour and you can think highly of the 12 C Venus Castle, the main church - Chiesa Matrice, and also taste the well-known marzipan.
Break for lunch.
In the afternoon we will drive to the Zingaro natural reserve of Scopello, a small hamlet on the sea dominated by its 18C Baglio (a large fortified building) which faces onto the central piazza near the old tuna fishery and can be reached on foot.
Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Palermo - Monreale
After breakfast departure for Palermo, the capital of Sicily, where we will visit the Quattro Canti (four corners - a historical point of interest where the 2 main streets in Palermo meet), the Pretoria Fountain, better known as the "fountain of shame", and at our suggestion the Norman Cathedral and the Royal Palace which garnish the historic center of Palermo.
Then, we drive to Monreale; this is a medieval town famous for its Arab-Norman cathedral built in the twelfth century. A marvelous sight, inside, is the complex of mosaics with a golden backdrop, culminating in the great apse with the figure of Christ Pantocrator, dating between the twelfth and thirteenth century and showing the cycle of Old and New evidence, which is the most comprehensive cycle of the Byzantine tradition. Of great interest are the porphyry sarcophagi of William I and II, the 16th century Chapel of St. Benedict and the 17th century Chapel of the Crucified, through which you access the rich treasure of the Cathedral.
Finally, there is the outstanding 13th century Benedictine Cloister, within which there is a courtyard that contains a graceful fountain in Oriental style.
- Liability insurance
Important Notes and / or conditions of delivery
Private tour. Departures every Friday from Catania and every Monday from Palermo.
The tour can be also purchased as private with daily departures.
- Touring by air-conditioned deluxe motor coach, van or limo
- English-speaking Driver
- Local guides are provided in Palermo, Agrigento, and Piazza Armerina
Price Not Included:
- Cooking lesson
- Optional trip insurance
- Transfers from airport to Palermo or Catania Hotel
- Fees to the archeological area or monuments
- Tips to local guides, motor coach driver or driver/escort
All not specified in "Price included"