Castello di Venere in Erice, Sicily, Italy

Culture, Tradition & Beauty of Southern Italy Tour

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Sorrento, Pompeii, Positano, Ravello...

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Suggested Duration

9 Days

This is the Italy of ruin and prestige, artistry and strongholds, an Italy steeped in culture deriving from ancient life. Your 9-day custom-tailored Southern Italy tour immerses you in majesty from Naples to Palermo, connecting the heritage of the past with the traditions of the present. Greek temples tower over rocky promontories. Roman villas provide insight into the wealth and opulence of emperors. Lush citrus groves grow on terraces stretching beneath limestone cliffs, and the Mediterranean...

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Trip Highlights

  • Discover the stunning preservation of ancient streets, frescoes, and architecture in famous Pompeii
  • Wander along the gorgeous shoreline of the Amalfi Coast for an unforgettable mixture of landscape and sea before witnessing the glowing Emerald Cave
  • Explore one of the best-preserved collection of Greek temples in all of Italy in the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento
  • Experience a town frozen in time at Forza d’Agro, where Sicilian tradition in both culture, architecture, daily life remains strong
  • Stroll through the combination of ancient foundations and contemporary culture in Syracuse
  • Tour the medieval cobblestone streets of the triangular shaped town of Erice, located at the top of a Sicilian mountain
  • Trek the trails of Capri for remarkable views of the undulating mountains and steep coastal cliffs
  • Linger amongst the beautiful baroque architecture in the towns of Noto and Taormina for insight into the history and culture of the past and present

Detailed Description

Southern Italy blends the cultures of the past, which has effortlessly shaped the contemporary traditions associated with the Campania region and Sicily. Your 9-day historical exploration is meant for amateur archeologists and enthusiastic anthropologists; whether a fan of Italian heritage or a lover of coastal landscape, you will discover charm in a daily life enriched by the stunning scenery and adorned with unforgettable history. Your discovery begins with your arrival at Naples International Airport. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to the entrance of ancient Pompeii. Meet your guide and follow the streets of the preserved city to find villas, restaurants, mosaics, and frescoes captured in time before continuing to the town of Positano.

The following day, you have a private driver available to take you along the scenic road traversing the Amalfi Coast. Visit the famous towns of Ravello and Amalfi, along with the lesser-known seaside towns of Vietri sul Mare and Conca dei Marini, for an encompassing image of the seaside culture and historical lanes around the coastline. Then, you board a ferry to the island of Capri. Discover the respective villas of emperor Tiberius and Augustus or trek the trails crisscrossing the island for views of the Faraglioni Stacks before returning to Positano. The following day, you have a private transfer to the Naples airport for your brief flight to Palermo.

Meet your guide and transfer at baggage claim to tour the historic city blending Norman, Arab, Spanish, and Italian cultures through architecture and tradition. Next, you travel to the medieval town of Erice, located on a mountaintop overlooking the shoreline. Wander the cobblestone streets, arches, and ramparts before visiting the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento. The archeological site contains one of the largest collections of Greek temple ruins outside of Greece. You discover the splendor of the Baroque period in Sicily by strolling the streets of Noto. Step back in history with the preserved ancient sites at the heart of Syracuse before settling in the seaside town of Taormina.

The day is at your leisure in Taormina to enjoy the surrounding possibilities. Venture to Mount Etna to hike the trails on the active volcano or visit the nearby beaches to relax in the Mediterranean sun. You could also linger around Taormina to bask in the café lifestyle of the vibrant streets. Then, your private transfer leads you to Forza d’Agro to experience the true, unspoiled culture of Sicily. Continue to the contemporary city of Catania to tour the baroque architecture. On the final day, your private transfer meets you in the hotel lobby and escorts you to the Catania airport for your flight home.

Starting Price

$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • In-country transportation
  • Some or all activities and tours
  • Expert trip planning
  • 24x7 support during your trip

Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.

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