Sicily, the largest Mediterranean island, sits just off the “toe” of Italy’s boot. Its lively cities and ancient ruins, hospitable people, and delectable cuisine are a feast for all the senses.
Your Sicilian sojourn begins in 2,700-year-old Palermo. Gaze upon the picturesque architecture of Palermo Cathedral, weave your way through the catacombs of Capuchin Monastery, and admire the golden frescoes of La Martorana.
Next, discover the medieval walled town of Erice, which boasts panoramic mountaintop views. Don’t miss the historic Castello di Venere—a 12th-century Norman fortress, built over an ancient Roman temple.
While in Trapani, learn about the famed salt pans still in use today, examine the ancient artifacts at Ligny Tower, and study the elaborate art of Museo Agostino Pepoli.
Stopping in Monreale, admire the celebrated Cattedrale di Monreale’s breathtaking mosaics, then browse the various vendors lining the streets before relaxing at the Belvedere—a public garden overlooking the orange groves of Conca d’Oro.
When you reach the hilltop city of Agrigento, “the most beautiful city of mortals,” explore the impressive Valley of the Temples. Hike through the stunning Jardin de la Kolymbethra, and immerse yourself in ancient Greek culture at the Temple of Concordia—one of the most well-preserved Greek temples in the world.
In Syracuse, tour the renowned Archaeological Park of Neapolis, featuring a fifth-century B.C. Greek theater, before taking a cruise along Sicily’s Ionian coast.
After an excursion to Mount Etna, one of Europe’s largest active volcanoes, enjoy lunch at a private farm. The final stop is Taormina, home to Teatro Antico di Taormina—an ancient Greco-Roman theater still in use today.
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Trip Name: Sicily in Depth
Date: Sept. 13–24, 2020
Tour Operator: ODYSSEYS UNLIMITED
Price: $4,274, per person based on double occupancy; includes airfare from New York
Prices subject to change.