Your view over the water brings an endless azure panorama sweeping upwards into the looming conical peak of Mount Etna. Ancient Greek temples decorate the valley floor, their pearl marble color standing out against the rugged hillsides. A Norman castle contains elements of Arabic décor and the Riace Warriors show bearded, muscular figures cut from bronze. Your custom tailored Sicily tour takes you through the unparalleled history...
Palermo – Cultures on Parade
Palermo’s beauty stretches from the glittering coastline to the jovial markets. The city encompasses a Norman palace and Arabian mosque, Spanish flair and elements of French cuisine. Your private transfer meets you at the airport upon your arrival and escorts you to your hotel situated near the heart of the city. You find the aroma of orange citrus blending with the salty sea breeze. Palm trees sway and linger alongside ancient cobbled streets.
The Cathedral was erected in the 12th-century with three apses, round arches, and a curved parapet on the east façade maintaining the original Norman attributes. The 15th-century entrance overlooks the central square where you find an Arabic inscription on a single column commemorating the mosque. Inside the cathedral, the grandeur continues, inspiring visitors and locals with the blending of international styles that somehow flow effortlessly together. The sarcophagi of the Hohenstaufen dynasty remain in the first two chapels you come across, constructed of large-grain crystalized Egyptian rock. In the 18th-century, the tombs were excavated, finding the opulent crown of Constance of Aragon, decorated with strings of pearls and precious stones that glisten in the light. The cathedral embodies Palermo and the entire island of Sicily, at once Italian, but also uniquely international.
Catania – Luminous Mosaics
Taormina – Heights and History
Siracusa – Moments of Ancient Splendor
Agrigento – When the Valley Opens
Palermo – Wonders of Antiquity
Palermo – Particularly Palermo
Palermo – History Continues
- Explore the tremendous history of Palermo, the capital of the island
- Visit the inspiring Norman Cathedral and medieval wash-house of Cefalu
- Discover the treasured Villa Romana del Casale, home to the best-preserved Roman mosaics in the world
- Venture to the edges of Mount Etna’s crater, the tallest active volcano in Europe
- Traverse the teardrop shaped cave carved into the Temenites hill known as the Ear of Dionysius
- Enjoy a guided tour of the largest city in Antiquity, Siracusa
- Witness the extraordinary Greek ruins at the Valley of the Temples
- Follow your guide on a tour of the Doric Temple of Segesta, what could have been the largest Hellenistic structure in the world
Sicily is an island that encompasses millennia and spans global cultures from coast to coast. Your 8-day Sicily tour takes you through the exceptional history around the island, from the Valley of the Temples to the bronze warrior statues in Reggio Calabria. Visit the largest city in antiquity and stroll through the open-air markets to find traditional cuisine and amalgamated culture between historic buildings. When in Sicily, it feels like you have arrived in the ancient and medieval center of the world, where the beauty of the past continues to influence the island today. Be sure to read the Sicily travel reviews on Zicasso for more information and ideas.
Arrive in Palermo, where your stunning historical tour of the island begins. The city showcases its past through the narrow streets and architectural designs etched into the buildings meandering to the natural harbor. Make your way out of the city, following the coastal road to Cefalu to see the Norman Cathedral and a medieval washhouse carved into the rockface. Near Piazza Armerina, you find the exquisite ruins of Villa Romana del Casale and the preserved mosaics decorating the interior of the Roman palace.
Your guide leads you to Mount Etna where you can venture up the mountainside to experience the view atop the largest active volcano in Europe. Continue onward to Taormina to see the Greek Theater and quaint, tiny cobbled streets of the city. The following day you make your way to Reggio Calabria, home to the Bronze Warrior statues. Next is a tour of the ancient and Baroque wonders remaining in the city of Siracusa. Ragusa maintains a proud connection to its Baroque architecture where you can wander through the lavish décor before discovering the breathtaking ruins at the Valley of the Temples.
Travel to Segesta to witness the remains of what could have been the largest Doric Temple ever erected, standing against the sloping landscape. In Erice, you find the luxuries of modern Italy hidden inside medieval structures. Once in Trapani, you can relax in the ancient town set on the hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Return to Palermo where you have a full day guided tour of the city’s remarkable highlights, from the Cathedral to the Royal Palace. On your last morning, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to the Falcone-Borsellino Airport for your flight home.
$2,859 per person (excluding international flights)
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