First Day: ETNA – TAORMINA “Etna the great volcano and the charming Taormina” Meeting with our guide and departure for Mount Etna, a real experience, through its cultivated and wooded fiefdoms, to finally present itself with its heritage of craters, lava and ash. The bus can ascend up to about 1800 meters. In the afternoon transfer to Taormina to visit the pretty and quaint town, located on Monte Tauro, from which the view of the Gulf of Giardini Naxos and Mount Etna is particularly suggestive. We will visit the Greek-Roman Theater, which still hosts various shows and performances, Beautiful Island and will conclude the visit with a pleasant walk along Corso Umberto, full of shops, bars, restaurants, crafts.
Second Day: SYRACUSE – NOTO “Syracuse, the Greek colony and known Unesco heritage” Departure for Syracuse, ancient Greek colony where we will visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis which includes the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, the Latomies (among the most famous the Ear of Dionysius from acoustics that produces extraordinary effects). Visit of Ortigia, historical center of the city where our walk will lead us through the streets and the ancient palaces to the splendid Piazza del Duomo and the Fontana Aretusa. Continue to Noto, a Baroque town razed to the ground by the earthquake of 1693 and rebuilt according to the architectural style of the time. Today it enchants visitors with real perspective games, soft facade lines, important decorations, balconies with wrought iron railings. The majestic palaces are built of local limestone, tender and compact, which creates a magnificent golden tint and accentuates the atmosphere of enchantment.
Third Day: MODICA – Excursion RAGUSA “Ragusa and Modica, jewels of the Baroque” Departure for the visit of Ragusa Ibla, from the eclectic and allegorical baroque, it counts over 50 churches and numerous noble palaces. In a dominant position the valley, Ragusa Ibla is a real treasure chest with its small squares, the palaces decorated with the typical stone, the beautiful Basilica of St. George preceded by its imposing staircase. In the afternoon we continue with the visit of Modica from the exaggerated baroque and its historical center. Modica is also famous for the processing of a particular chocolate with ancient origins that you can discover in the many laboratories and pastry shops of the city.
Fourth Day: MODICA – PIAZZA ARMERINA – AGRIGENTO “Piazza Armerina and the Villa del Casale, Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples” Departure for Piazza Armerina, a splendid city of art located in the center of Sicily. Here we will visit the Villa Romana del Casale, which belonged to a powerful Roman family. The villa holds the enchanting mosaics, considered the most beautiful and best preserved in their kind. At the end continue to Agrigento, famous for the Valley of the Temples, an archaeological area containing the remains of 20 temples, among which: the Temple of Concord, the Temple of Hercules, the Temple of Juno and the Temple of Castor and Pollux .
Fifth Day: AGRIGENTO – SELINUNTE – SEGESTA – ERYX “Western Sicily between Selinunte, Segesta and the panoramic Eryx” Departure for the visit of the archaeological site of Selinunte, the most western Greek colony of Sicily, destroyed by the Carthaginians, today it is the largest archaeological park in Europe. Continue to Segesta, with its magnificent Doric Temple of the 5th century BC and the theater in a valley with a splendid panorama. In the afternoon visit of Eryx (Erice – official video in italian), a town located at 750 m. on Trapani, from the still medieval atmosphere, from which the panorama on Trapani and the Egadi Islands is of great emotion, we will visit the historical center with its small stone streets, the craft shops and those of the ancient almond sweets.
Sixth Day: PALERMO / Excursion MONREALE “Palermo, the Norman city” The visit of Palermo will begin with the discovery of the great Norman heritage. We will visit the Norman Palace and the Palatine Chapel, built by Roger II, one of the jewels of the city, known for its splendid mosaics. Continue to the Cathedral (with inside the tomb of Constance d’Altavilla, Queen of Sicily, mother of Frederick II), San Giovanni degli Eremiti, Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Continue to 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 its walls and for the Christ Pantocrator and the adjacent Benedictine Cloister.
Seventh Day: CEFALÙ – TINDARI “The village of Cefalù and Tindari with the Sanctuary” Departure for Cefalù, Borgo d’Italia, a short distance from the capital. The town on the sea has a beautiful old town and one of the most famous beaches of Sicily with enchanting views. Its historic center crossing Corso Ruggero leads to the famous Norman Cathedral and the Arab Washhouse. In Corso Ruggero, shops, craft shops, coffee shops and pastry shops. Continue to Tindari, located on the northern coast in the Gulf of Patti and which owes its name to Tindaro, king of Sparta. Here we will visit the archaeological area with the remains of the ancient city and the Theater. Beautiful view of the sea and the Aeolian Islands that let glimpse also the lagoon of Oliveri, an arm of the sea of exceptional beauty and nature reserve. On the promontory the famous Sanctuary of the Black Madonna of Tindari, destination of pilgrimages that preserves the wooden sculpture of the Virgin with child.
Eight Day: RIVIERA OF THE CYCLOPS “The Riviera of the Cyclops with Acicastello and Acireale” Departure for the east coast. We will reach the Riviera of the Cyclops, made famous by Homer in the Odyssey, when Polyphemus, overwhelmed by grief because he was blinded by Ulysses, flings three rocks at his ship fleeing: and here are the famous faraglioni; in reality it is huge lava rocks, even 70 meters high, that emerge from the sea. The whole Riviera of the Cyclops is characterized by a lava coast, created with the countless eruptions of Etna. We will visit Acitrezza and Acireale (known also for the famous Carnival), the latter also called the city of bells for the large number of churches and for the beautiful buildings where the Sicilian baroque triumphs.