9-Nights The Sicilian
This tour of Sicily is packed with architectural treasures that have withstood the ages. Begin your "off the beaten path" tour with guided sightseeing in Palermo’s ornate city of piazzas, markets, and churches. Relish the baroque style of the city’s historic sights, and savor authentic Sicilian culinary specialties that have been handed down for generations. From panelle, arancini, and cannoli – to almond biscuits and Marsala wines – your escorted tour of Sicily is an epicurean’s dream when it comes to cuisine. You’ll also be treated to a tasting at Sicily’s oldest chocolate factory. As you tour the perimeter of the beautiful island of Sicily, enjoy escorted tours through Sicily’s centuries-old UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. From palaces to churches, you’ll encounter ancient works of art, architecture, and archaeological treasures. Visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento with its Greek structures that have miraculously endured 24 centuries, the iconic baroque St. George Cathedral and Ibla district of Ragusa, and the famous mosaic-tiled Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte in Caltagirone. Travel to Syracuse – birthplace of mathematician Archimedes – for a guided sightseeing tour that includes the 5th-century-BC Greek theater. See the Church of Santa Lucia – filming location of Michael Corleone’s wedding scene in The Godfather movie– then relax with a granita and brioche at a local bar. Your Sicily tour package concludes with an opportunity to visit Mount Etna – Europe’s largest active volcano. A sumptuous meal will put the finishing touch to your beautiful tour of the ancient island of Sicily – with new memories to cherish for years to come.
PALERMO Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Norman cathedral in Monreale and the cathedral in Palermo; [LF] lunch of Sicilian specialtiesERICE Visit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wineMARSALAVisit a salt millMAZARA DEL VALLOGuided sightseeingSCIACCA Take pictures from the panoramic viewpointAGRIGENTO Guided walking tour of the Valley of TemplesPIAZZA ARMERINA Guided visit of the Villa Romana del CasaleCALTAGIRONE See the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del MonteRAGUSA Guided walking tour of the Ibla district, visit St. George CathedralMODICA Orientation; [LF] chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto; dinner at a local restaurantNOTO Orientation<
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The east coast of Sicily is considered by many to be its most magnificent. Lovely Taormina was called "the greatest work of art and nature" by Goethe in his Italian Journey. Situated above the Ionian Sea with Mount Etna as a spectacular backdrop, this storybook town of sculpted gardens, stately palaces and ancient monuments is easily one of Sicily’s most striking sites. There is much to see and do here; the main attractions in Taormina are seen on foot. Incredible vistas are available from Taormina's Public Gardens which are filled with exotic flowers and plants. In Giardini-Naxos, close to the pier, the Bourbon fort contains a fine museum, Museo Archaeologico. The entrance is via a garden bisected by an ancient lava flow.
Palermo is a city and seaport in Italy on the northwestern coast of Sicily, on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is the largest city and chief port of Sicily. Many of the oldest buildings in the city date from the period when Sicily was a Norman kingdom and show Arab, Byzantine, Norman, and Spanish influences. Outstanding examples are the cathedral (1169-1185), the Palatine Chapel (1140), and the church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti (1132).
Sicilia is the favorite island of Gods in traditional poetry. The most powerful and biggest ancient city in Sicilia is Siracusa. Its name may come from the native word "Siraco", which means "marsh", due to the bogs which surrounded the city. Or it may derive from a Phenician etymology signifying the presence of seagulls on its rocky shores. Few cities of the ancient world had the importance Syracuse had in Magna Grecia, the ancient Greek settlements in Italy. The most spectacular monuments in the archeological area surrounded by colorful Mediterranean vegetation are the Greek amphitheatre and the Orecchio di Dionisio (Dionysius' Ear). Besides touring the Archeological Museum that contains beautiful objects, Ortigia Island, the heart of the old Greek city, is worth a visit. Outside the city limits is Eurialo Castle, an incredible structure built to protect the city from the Cathaginians, and Pantalica, the great rocky necropolis in Anapo Valley.
Agrigento is a small town on the Southern coast of Sicily. The beach is wonderful and the small streets of the old town are quaint and charming. Just outside the city, you will find magnificent Greek temples located in the Valley of the Seven Temples.
Mazara del Vallo
Mazara del Vallo is an ancient town on the bank of the Mazara River, in Sicily. An ancient bronze statue called the Dancing Satyr was found off the coast of Mazara in 1998 and has brought much attention to this small town. This statue and many other historic pieces are now on view in the town's museum. There are also beautiful examples of Norman architecture to view around the town, and a number of beautiful churches for visitors to explore.
Ragusa is a city located in Sicily that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Baroque city dates from 1693 and Ragusa (Superiore & Ibla) is a gem full of architectural delights.
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