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Temple of Juno
Arrive in Palermo and make your own
way to your hotel.
That night, have dinner in the hotel and rest up for the adventure that
Relax over breakfast, and then head out on a morning excursion to
Monreale an ancient royal town famous for its almonds, olive oil and
citrus fruits, as well as its fine Norman architecture. Visit the
elaborate Cathedral of Monreale or perhaps shop for local produce to
Back to Palermo and continue with a walking tour ot the city. Wander the
streets of the Old Town, hearing tales of Palermo’s 3,000-year history
and discovering attractions like Palermo Cathedral. Walk inside the
impressivelooking place of worship and marvel at its arches, cupolas and
mosaics – amassed from each of the city’s successive rulers. Enjoy free
time in the late afternoon and return to your hotel for dinner.
PALERMO/ERICE/ MARSALA/ AGRIGENTO
Rise early for breakfast and departure to Erice, a
medieval village stacked into the side of Monte San Giuliano. Many say
that little has changed in the village since the sixth century, and its
labyrinth-like twist of lanes make for a pleasant morning amble.Continue
to Marsala, a pretty coastal town on the esternmost point of Sicily.
Explore at leisure, perhaps shopping for a bottle of local Marsala
dessert wine to take home. Return to your
coach and travel south, passing Mazara del Vallo – the closest Sicilian
city to Africa – before stopping in the town of Agrigento, your final
destination of the day. Visit Ancient Greek monuments and ruins at the
Valley of Temples(admission included), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and
learn about archeological relics like the Classical Temple of Concord
the Temple of Hercules, and the Temple of Jupiter, one of the largest
Check in to your hotel in the evening. Dinner and overnight.
AGRIGENTO/NOTO /SIRACUSA / TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS)
Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Noto, a picturesque fishing town
that’s popular for its stately Baroque architecture.
Visit Cathedral of San Nicolò, a recently renovated structure, and then
stretch your legs on a walk around the center. Continue along the south
coast to Syracuse, on Sicily’s southeastern tip. Visit Parco
Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse’s famous archeological zone that’s
home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily.
Head inside to see impressive excavations such as the Greek theater,
Roman amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial limestone
cave. After the visit, cross one of the city’s bridges for a visit to
the island of Ortygia, home to a wealth of Baroque churches
and medieval palaces. In the late afternoon arrive in Taormina, check in
to your hotel and enjoy dinner.
TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS)
Breakfast at your hotel and then head off to Mount Etna, the largest
active volcano in Europe and the highest mountain in Italy. Learn about
volcanic activity and marvel at the old lava fields and black magma rock
that comprises Etna’s landscape. If weather permits, you have a chance
to climb to the summit (1800 m). After, return to Taormina, the
beautiful and romantic town located on Mount Tauro. Relax over dinner
and then get some well-deserved rest. Return to Taormina in the
afternoon and spend the rest of your day at leisure. Dinner and
TAORMINA (GIARDINI NAXOS) Savoca and Forza D’Agrò, Catania
After breakfast travel to Savoca and Forza D’Agrò a
pretty hillside villages where Francis Ford Coppola filmed some of the
immortal scenes of Godfather’s trilogy . A visit for lovers of this
movie but also even if you aren’t a fan, this stop is a fascinating way
to visit these unspoiled and typical Sicilian hill towns a real insight
into the island and the heart of its people. A stop for a lemon granita
at Bar Vitelli is a must for any visitor in town. It is still run by the
family who owned it at the time of filming and exhibits a collection of
photos taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot some scenes of The Godfather
We also leave you time to explore further and really soak up the
atmosphere of this hidden, not-for-tourists Sicilian hilltown.
Everything here is just like in the movie. After the visit depart to
Catania. Afternoon free time to explore Catania’s UNESCO-listed
historical center with his Baroque palaces and Roman ruins. See Piazza
Dante and the Fountain of the Elephant, carved from volcanic rock.
Dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Enjoy one final breakfast before the tour comes to an
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