Meeting with our guide and departure for the visit of Monreale, a beautiful town in a panoramic position on the city of Palermo, we will visit the Duomo (Cathedral), famous for the wonderful Byzantine mosaics that cover the walls and for Christ Pantocrator and the adjacent Benedictine Cloister. In the early afternoon we will begin the visit of the capital of Sicily overlooking the sea with its large port from which it derives its name “Panormus”: all port. Palermo was in ancient times a great Arab capital and the political center of the Normans in the Mediterranean. With its palaces, its gardens, its 250 churches was the living synthesis of the East and the West. We will start with an orientation tour of the city. We will reach the Cathedral where the Norman kings were crowned and which today preserves the tombs of Frederick II and Constance of Altavilla. Continue to visit the sumptuous Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel inside, known for its beautiful mosaics. Finally, the continuation of the visit of San Giovanni degli Eremiti.
Second Day: PALERMO
At the end of the tour of the historic center of the city of Palermo, we will reach the seafront with a stop at Piazza Marina where the ancient buildings of the city overlook. Afterwards we will go to reach the Park of the Favorita and the Reserve and from there Montepellegrino, famous because on top of the mountain is the ancient Sanctuary of Santa Rosalia, patron of the city of Palermo with the cave where the Saint lived. From the Mount you can enjoy a wonderful panorama, which goes from the city of Palermo to the Gulf of Mondello. Goethe called it “the most beautiful promontory in the world”. At the end, the continuation of the maritime village of Mondello, with its long beach and ancient Art Nouveau villas has always been a holiday destination for Palermo and tourists. Free time for a walk through small shops, bars, pastry shops where you can enjoy ice cream and the famous Sicilian sweets.
Departure for Segesta to visit the Archaeological Park with its magnificent Doric Temple of the 5th century BC and the theater in a valley with a splendid panorama; continuation to Eryx (Erice – official video in italian), a town located 750 meters above sea level, with a still medieval atmosphere, from which the view of Trapani and the Egadi Islands is of great emotion. We will visit the Matrice Church and the center with its small streets and craft shops. The town is known for the production of Ericini carpets and the production of special almond sweets that were formerly made by the cloistered nuns of the convent of Erice and the Genoese, baked goodness filled with cream of milk. Following walk to the center of Trapani, the ancient Drepanum, also called “the city between two seas”, as it extends over a strip of land between the Mediterranean Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea. The historic center of Trapani, with the countless ancient palaces and churches all recently restored, give the city the appearance of a real living room.
Departure for Agrigento. Guided tour of the beautiful Valley of the Temples, an archaeological area containing the remains of 20 temples, including the Temple of Concord, the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Juno and the Temple of Castor and Pollux. At the end, continue to Piazza Armerina for a visit to the Villa Romana del Casale, with its splendid mosaics floors inside.
Departure for Caltagirone. The town is located in the center of Sicily and has a beautiful old town with the Cathedral, churches, palaces and the famous staircase to the highest part of the city. Caltagirone is also known for its beautiful colored ceramics that we can admire along our walk in the many shops and laboratories. Continue to Enna where we will visit the historic center with the Castello di Lombardia and the Cathedral.
Sixth Day: CEFALÙ – PALERMO
Departure for Cefalù, to visit the famous Norman Cathedral in one of the most beautiful squares, the Arab Washhouse and the historic center of the ancient village overlooking the splendid beach. We will take a walk through the various craft shops, bars, pastry shops and local ice cream parlors. Continue to Palermo and lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon walk from the Teatro Politeama to the Teatro Massimo to admire the exterior of the two theatres, the ancient palaces and along the Ruggero Settimo street, the most central of the city, many shops, bars, pastry shops for shopping