All roads lead to Rome, but your unique path begins in the fascinating heart of Sicily. Historic structures shimmer an aged gold. Emerald grapevines carpet the landscape beneath the shadow of Mount Etna’s peak. Ancient Greek temples speckle the landscape, overlooking olive orchards and orange groves. Cave dwellings honeycomb the walls of a ravine, and conical homes create a fairytale ambiance in the rolling hills of the southern Italian scenery. The radiance of Italy’s south bursts with life and...
Palermo - Start of the Path
Palermo is a city of wonder, containing cultures that have settled on the golden landscape and crossed the cobalt waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. You arrive at the airport, where your private transfer greets you at baggage claim. The city has a honey hue emanating from the cathedral located in the heart of Palermo. Arab characteristics embellish the Norman architectural design. Rounded arches and curved parapets create a dazzling effect. The structure was erected in the 12th century and maintains a sense of grace fit for kings. Royalty would appear in the west gate after coronations and face the crowd. The wealth of history springs from cobbled streets and rich mosaics displayed in the Archeological museum. A mixture of culture exudes from the Vucceria market, where bright vegetables and fruit shine beneath the tarps shading the length of the bazaar.
Palermo - Culture Thrives in Palermo
Palermo - Walking with Ancient Steps
Palermo - Wandering the Corso
Palermo - Baroque to Volcanic
Matera - Passing to the Mainland
Matera - Bordering Homes
Sorrento - On the Road to Stunning Shores
Sorrento - Heartwarming Coastline
Sorrento - Along the Ancient Steps
Sorrento - Unforgettable End of the Road
- Discover the wonder of ancient Greek life and tradition when visiting the Doric temples in the Valley of the Temples outside Agrigento
- Delight in the Mediterranean climate and exquisite combination of panoramic views and historical architecture in the seaside town of Taormina
- Experience the finest of Sicily travel packages and explore the preserved ancient avenues of Pompeii to witness the life and culture of antiquity
- Relish a scenic drive along the famous road hugging the Amalfi Coast
- View the unique ferry-like homes of Alberobello, along with the ancient and contemporary cave dwellings beneath the medieval town of Matera
- Indulge in the charming marketplaces and eclectic heritage of Pompeii, apparent in the local culture and fascinating architecture of the city
Italy is flush with thrills, from ancient ruins to extraordinary beaches, indulgent cuisine to a unique culture. Your 11-day Southern Italy and Sicily tour encompasses the splendor of the landscape and embraces the charms of local traditions, taking you on a unique experience that begins with your arrival in Palermo. Your private transfer meets you at the airport upon your arrival and escorts you into the heart of the city. The following morning, your guide escorts you on a majestic tour of Palermo and Monreale, highlighting the blend of Mediterranean cultures, ancient traditions, and architectural brilliance that spans civilizations
Travel to Agrigento to visit the stunning Valley of the Temples, home to ancient Doric ruins spread across the hillside. Continue to Giardini Naxos, known as the Garden of Sicily. Your guide leads you to the beautiful seaside town of Taormina to view the blossoming gardens, sensational historic architecture, and fabulous natural landscape along the Bay of Naxos. You make your way to Catania, the second largest city in Sicily, and home to baroque buildings and unquestionable charm. At Mount Etna, your guide leads you to the impressive national park to view the undulating hillsides.
Travel across the Strait of Messina. Spend time at a local boutique winery to sample the distinctive flavors and features of the wines produced in the region before reaching the hilltop town of Matera. Your guide leads you on an exceptional tour of the subterranean caves of Matera and the unique conical homes of the nearby town of Alberobello. Your private transfer escorts you to the enchanting seaside town of Sorrento, located on the Bay of Naples, by way of the coastal city of Salerno, home to a stunning medieval church.
Next, travel along the magnificent Amalfi Coast, enjoying the scenery and visiting towns along the way, from Positano to Amalfi itself. Explore the marvelous ancient streets and impressive ruins of Pompeii en route to Rome. On your final day, your private transfer meets you at your hotel and escorts you to the airport in Rome for your flight home. Instead of flying home, you could extend your time in Rome, and even continue traveling through Italy, this time venturing north to Venice.
$3,020 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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