1° DAY/TUESDAY: PALERMO (HOTEL IN PALERMO)
Arrive independently to the hotel in the charming city of Palermo (optional private transfer on request). In the evening you will meet our tour-leader and your travel companions and enjoy a welcome dinner. Overnight in hotel.
2° DAY/WEDNESDAY: MONREALE AND PALERMO (HOTEL IN PALERMO)
After breakfast in hotel, the morning will be spent visiting Monreale, its huge Norman Cathedral, proclaimed the Eighth Wonder of the World, and its splendid Cloister in Arab-Norman style: admirable masterpiece of art, sculpture, and semi-precious stones marquetry! Later we will discover the stunning Palermo, one of the richest towns in the Island for its history and art. Palermo stands on a bay at the foot of Mt Pellegrino, a headland described by Goethe as the loveliest he had ever seen. While the Baroque predominates, there is a profusion of different architectural styles reflecting the city’s multicultural past: Punic walls, Art Nouveau villas, noble residences, XVIIth century squares, including an elegant opera house. We will visit the wonderful Arab-Norman Cathedral, the astonishing Martorana Church and the amazing Cappella Palatina, mirable example from an historical and an artistic point of view, of how different cultures, religions and way of thinking apparently incompatible can coexist. Ruggero II in fact employed both Bizantyne, Muslim and Latin workers. Along the visiting day, we will have a stop for a food surprise in a local bakery. Free time for lunch. Continuing our walk we will admire the Teatro Massimo and the debated fountain in Pretoria Square, situated in the ancient Kalsa area and adorned with XVI century sculptures. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
3° DAY/THURSDAY: MARSALA SALT ROAD AND AGRIGENTO (HOTEL IN AGRIGENTO)
This morning the tour will continue along the charming and well-known town of Marsala, where Garibaldi went ashore in May 1860. Marsala is a Mediterranean modern city, divided between sea and land, featuring unforgettable colors: bright yellow, intense blue, strong red, dazzling white and natural green. It preserves several ruins of Phoenician, Arab and Norman dominations and a wide artistic heritage with sanctuaries and caves, hypogeums, underground roads, necropolis and thermal baths. We will discover the lovely city center and its aristocratic buildings, monuments and imposing Baroque churches. We will proceed to the West coast of Sicily to visit the popular Salt Road; here the salt marshes have given rise to one of the oldest salt-extracting industries in the world. Between Trapani and Marsala, the Salt Road is now protected, in part because of the interesting birdlife, and also as important sites of industrial archaeology. Time for lunch, wine and typical products tastings in a local winery. Transfer to Agrigento and visit of the Valley of the Temples stated World Heritage Site, where among hundreds of almond trees, the rests of the ancient Akragas rise. It was defined by Pyndar “the most beautiful city of mortals”. Once one of the most prosperous of the ancient Greek cities on the island, Agrigento presents a remarkable series of Doric Temples of the 5th century. You will see the “Temple of Hera”, the “Temple of Concordia” and the “Temple of Heracles”. Accommodation in hotel, dinner and overnight.
4° DAY/FRIDAY: PIAZZA ARMERINA AND RAGUSA (HOTEL IN CATANIA)
Today we will reach Piazza Armerina where we will admire the splendid polychrome mosaics of the famous Villa Romana del Casale, World Heritage Site. The complex includes some of the most extensive and most beautiful Roman mosaics known. This majestic villa, belonged to a member of the Roman Senatorial aristocracy, hosts prestigious mosaics representing mythological and historical episodes and scenes of hunting and entertainments! After free time for lunch, departure to Ragusa Ibla and visit of its historical centre cradle of Sicilian Baroque, with its Cathedral, situated in the beautiful square of the Dome and the “giardino Ibleo”. Used as a location of the extremely popular Police Inspector Montalbano Tv series, it is today stated among the 44 Italian World Heritage Sites. This little precious ancient city hosts more than 50 churches and many baroque architectural treasures. We’ll conclude the visiting day with a tasting of local products. Proceed to Catania for dinner and overnight in hotel.
5° DAY/SATURDAY: CATANIA
Breakfast in hotel and end of our services.
Rates And Information
RATE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE ROOM:
Single room supplement:
3rd bed reduction:
March: 24 30
April: 07 14 21 28
May: 05 12 19 26
June: 02 09 16 23 30
July: 07 14 21 28
August: 04 11 18 25
September: 01 08 15 22 29
October: 06 13 20 27
November: 03 10
From 90 to 45 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 10% penality,from 44 to 21 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 30% penalty, from 20 to 7 working days before the beginning of the Tour: 70% penalty, from 6 to days before to the beginning of the Tour : 100% penalty
NOTE: For organizational reason, the itinerary may be reserved or modified without notice. In any case BSS Travel & Events ensures the visits and excursion mentioned on the journey.