Siracusa, Ragusa, Selinunte / Mazara del Vallo, Cefalù, Taormina
On this tour you will discover some of the unknown beauties of Sicily as well as some of the most famous cultural attractions.
The first stop of the journey is Syracuse where you explore what was the most important Greek colony in the western Mediterranean. From here, we move further south to the city of Noto, home of the Sicilian Baroque architecture, and then continue towards Modica where you try the delicious traditional handmade chocolate. We will spend the night in the typical baroque town of Ragusa. Then the journey continues to another important testimony of Magna Graecia: Agrigento, the ancient Akragas, famous for its Valley of the Temples, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Driving along the south coast we reach Selinunte, a great archaeological excavation in an enchanting position on the seaside, and later the fishing harbour Mazara del Vallo with its museum of the “dancing Satyr”. A day will be dedicated to the west coast, Marsala, centre of the Sicilian wine production, and then a short boat trip through the salt pans of the lagoon to the island of Mozia and further on to the medieval hill top town of Erice. Not to be missed the Sicilian capital Palermo and Monreale, jumping from antiquity to the arab-norman period. The most important monuments are e.g. the Palatine Chapel in the Royal Palace or the Cathedral of Monreale. Leaving Palermo and the coast, we continue through the mountains of central Sicily and reach Piazza Armerina and visit the famous Villa del Casale with its wonderful mosaics floors representing mythological themes and scenes of everyday life of the rich Roman families. Our next stop is the most famous holiday resort in Sicily: Taormina. Nearby Mt. Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe. We will approach Mount Etna from its northern side, through the Alcantara Valley to Randazzo, the city built of lava stone, and not far the Castle of Lord Nelson. From here we start to climb the slopes of the volcano through fertile plantations, small villages and pine woods until a height of 1,900 meters above sea level. If you wish you can use the local off-road vehicles to reach the summit area near the observatory and enjoy a spectacular view.