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Welcome dinner; guided sightseeing, visit the Norman cathedral in Monreale and the cathedral in Palermo; lunch of Sicilian specialties
ERICE Visit the hilltop town and try the famous almond biscuits and Marsala wine
Visit a salt mill
MAZARA DEL VALLOGuided sightseeing
SCIACCA Take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint
AGRIGENTO Guided walking tour of the Valley of Temples
PIAZZA ARMERINA Guided visit of the Villa Romana del Casale
CALTAGIRONE See the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
RAGUSA Guided walking tour of the Ibla district, visit St. George Cathedral
MODICA Orientation; chocolate tasting at the famous Dolceria Bonajuto; dinner at a local restaurant
SYRACUSE Guided visit of the archaeological site
CATANIA See St. Agata Cathedral, Piazza Duomo, and Via Etnea
SAVOCA See the Church of Santa Lucia; taste granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli
TAORMINA Orientation, visit the Greek theater; farewell dinner at a local restaurant
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Welcome to Palermo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Discover the capital of Sicily with a Local Guide and enjoy a panoramic view of the Conca d'Oro. Visit the 12th-century NORMAN CATHEDRAL in Monreale, famous for its 50,000 square feet of precious Byzantine mosaics. Back in Palermo, see the major sites like the ornate Piazza Bellini, Capo Market, the baroque Church of Immacolata, and visit the magnificent CATHEDRAL. LF A lunch with Sicilian specialties like panelle (chickpea fritters), arancini (stuffed rice balls), and cannoli (fried pastry rolls with sweet ricotta cheese) awaits.
Join your Tour Director for an orientation of the hilltop town of Erice, ending at the well-known Pasticceria Maria Grammatico to savor the traditional almond biscuits and Marsala wine. Next, visit a traditional SALT MILL near Marsala. Then, arrive at your hotel, where dinner with local specialties will be served.
Today’s Distance: 99 mi / 160 km
Hear about the town's fascinating history from a Local Guide before continuing to Sciacca, to take pictures from the panoramic viewpoint. In Agrigento, your Local Guide will take you for a spectacular walk through the magnificent VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES. Even travelers who have visited Athens and Delphi are awed by the gigantic yet graceful Greek structures that miraculously survived 24 centuries of tormented history.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
Drive to Piazza Armerina for your guided visit of the VILLA ROMANA DEL CASALE, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, including the famous “Bikini Girls,” discovered in 1960. Before arriving in Ragusa, stop in Caltagirone and see the mosaic STAIRCASE OF SANTA MARIA DEL MONTE, covered with different tiles in a beautiful pattern.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi / 210 km
Guided sightseeing features a walk through Ragusa's oldest district, the IBLA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its beautiful palaces and churches. Walk through the Giardini Iblei, the pleasant public gardens laid out in the 19th century, then, visit the iconic baroque ST. GEORGE CATHEDRAL. Time on your own to further explore or maybe relax at an outdoor café! In the late afternoon, travel to nearby Modica with its steeply stacked medieval center and spectacular baroque churches. Wander along Corso Umberto I and stop at the famous LF Dolceria Bonajuto, Sicily's oldest chocolate factory, for a TASTING. End the day with a dinner at a local restaurant.
Today’s Distance: 68 mi / 110 km
The baroque town of Noto is renowned for its beautiful historic center that was almost entirely rebuilt in the early 18th century following the 1693 earthquake. Walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire the magnificent architecture and San Nicolò Cathedral. Continue to Syracuse, birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Enter the ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE for a guided visit of the 5th-century BC sparkling-white Greek Theater, the Garden of Paradise, the Ear of Dionysus, the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Cordmakers’ Cave. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional excursion.
Today’s Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
In Catania, see St. Agata Cathedral and spend some time on Piazza del Duomo and Via Etnea. In the village of Savoca, see the Church of Santa Lucia, made famous as a location for Michael Corleone's wedding in the movie The Godfather. LF Enjoy a granita and brioche at Bar Vitelli. Later, arrive at your hotel on the Taormina Riviera.
Today’s Distance: 112 mi / 180 km
In the morning, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Later, in hilltop Taormina, visit the ancient GREEK THEATER, dating back to the 3rd century BC. This evening, a farewell dinner will be served at restaurant Villa Antonio, an excellent way to say arrivederci Sicilia!
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. The nearest airport is Catania.
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