Travel Experiences - Sicily

Travel Experiences

Sicily

In Sicily you will find the world on one island. Point of contact of many civilizations, it has an unending list of attractions to suit all tastes and interests. Italy in Style has a wealth of experience arranging holidays to Sicily and can help you choose a holiday itinerary that suits you perfectly. Here are some examples of activities:

Cultural tours:

  • Taormina
  • Piazza Armerina
  • Siracusa
  • Ragusa, Modica and Noto
  • Temple Valley (Agrigento)
  • Palermo


Boat tours
Bike tours
Trekking tours (self-guided and group)
Pottery classes

Walking tours (click for more information)

Experience Sicily with the guidance of a Professional local guide. Walking tours, city and museum tours, gastronomic tours and more. Your guide will help you understand the Sicilian culture, escort you to the most important art treasures and the lesser known, give you insider tips. If you have a particular request, we will select an expert guide in the field of your interest and book her in advance for you. Personalizing your Sicilian experience is really simple!

Tours with private driver and guide (click for more information)

Add a private tour to your Sicilian stay. Take advantage of your guide and driver intimate knowledge of the area and live a great experience at your own pace.

From Palermo, Cefalù

  • Palermo and Monreale
  • Cefalù and Castelbuono
  • Monreale and Corleone
  • Segesta and Erice
  • The Salt Road
  • Selinunte and Agrigento

From Modica,  Siracusa, Taormina

  • Taormina and Castelmola
  • Cyclops Coast
  • Mt. Etna
  • Siracusa
  • Baroque towns: Modica, Ragusa, Noto
  • Agrigento and Piazza Armerina


Palermo and Monreale (click for more information)

Palermo is one of the most magical cities in the world, finally re-emerging as one of Europe’s great capitals. Its historic centre is noisy, chaotic and life enhancing, bursting with crumbling palazzos, churches and piazzas that are a joy to explore. You'll visit the city's main sights, including Quattro Canti (the Four Corners), Palermo's extravagant baroque square. Four buildings ring the square with baroque sculptures depicting the four Seasons, Spanish kings and the patron saints of Palermo's four old quarters. See the 12th century Cathedral of Palermo, which houses a pantheon of royal tombs. Proceed to Monreale and visit the Arab-Norman Cathedral built by King William II whose walls are entirely decorated by a splendid series of golden mosaics that constitute the most complete cycle in the Byzantine tradition with the majestic figure of Christ.

Cefalù and Castelbuono (click for more information)

Cefalù, an enchanting fishing village and summertime resort, sits on a rocky outcrop in the centre of Sicily’s north coast. It lies in a scenic locale between the massive peak and a long sweeping beach. Against this backdrop rise the lofty twin towers of the cathedral built by Roger II in 1131. This splendid cathedral is one of the finest examples of Arab-Norman architecture, and contains luminous mosaics. Proceed to Castelbuono, and visit one of the top Sicilian wineries, winner   of several awards. After a wine tasting and lunch with typical Sicilian dishes, visit the charming Abbey dating back to the 12th century .

Monreale and Corleone (click for more information)

Depart to Monreale and visit the Arab-Norman Cathedral built by King William II whose walls are entirely decorated by a splendid series of golden mosaics that constitute the most complete cycle in the Byzantine tradition with the majestic figure of Christ. Proceed to Corleone, the village considered the birthplace of Mafia. In the 1960s, Corleone became famous because it housed the headquarter of the family called “Corleonesi”. The name of the town was used as the surname of the main character in Francis Ford Coppola's movie “The Godfather”. Visit the town and the Anti-Mafia Museum for the promotion of the study of the anti- mafia movement. The tour ends with a tour of one of the most important Sicilian wineries and wine tasting.

Segesta and Erice (click for more information)

Segesta was one of the major cities of the Elymian people, one of the three indigenous peoples of Sicily. Visit the famous  Greek Theatre and the Doric Temple. Proceed to Erice, lovely medieval town that was in ancient times an important religious site associated with the goddesses of fertility. Wander through its’ cobbled streets and visit one of its famous pastry shops, world-renown for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries.

Taormina and Castelmola (click for more information)

Taormina is Sicily's most famous city. Dating from the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C., it is perched dramatically high on a rocky promontory overlooking the Ionian Sea. It's a charming medieval town with typical cobblestoned streets leading into spacious squares. A stroll on Corso Umberto will take you to an extraordinary classical Greco-Roman theatre from where you can enjoy amazing views of Mt. Etna and the bay. Along Corso Umberto admire Palazzo Covaja, the churches of Santa Caterina and San Pancrazio, the cloisters of San Domenico monastery and the Palazzo dei Duchi di Santo Stefano. Later, visit the hamlet of Castelmola, just 2 mi. north and enjoy the local almond wine produced by the unique Turissi Bar (www.turrisibar.it).

The Godfather tour (click for more information)

Francis Ford Coppola saga “The Godfather” was partly filmed in Sicily, in the villages of Savoca and Forza d'Agrò. Your  first stop is the village of Savoca with the famous bar Vitelli where Michael Corleone proposed Apollonia to marry him. The second stop is Fiumefreddo to visit the place where Micheal Corleone marries Apollonia, his first Sicilian wife who then gets killed in a car explosion in the courtyard you will visit. In the Godfather III Michael Corleone dies in this location. Your last stop is Taormina, the pearl of Sicily. A stroll on Corso Umberto will take you to an extraordinary classical Greco-Roman theatre from where you can enjoy amazing views of Mt. Etna and the bay. Along Corso Umberto admire Palazzo Covaja, the churches of Santa Caterina and San Pancrazio, the cloisters of San Domenico monastery and the Palazzo dei Duchi di Santo Stefano.

Cyclops Coast (click for more information)

Visit Acireale, the most important town of the Coast, and Acicastello, with its Medieval Norman Castle built in 1076 on a prehistoric lava terrace. From here you’ll admire the Rocks of the Cyclops, imposing, spiky shards of black lava that rise up from the water. It is here, as told in Homer’s Odyssey, that the Cyclop Polyphemus threw these rocks at the fleeing Ulysses, who had blinded him. Acitrezza, another village on the Coast, is the setting of the celebrated novel “I Malavoglia”(The House by the medlar-tree in English) by Giovanni Verga.

Mt Etna by Jeep  (click for more information)

Mt Etna is the biggest active volcano in Europe. Exploring Mt Etna with a naturalist guide will give you the opportunity to live a fun and unique adventure and see how thousands of people live on its slopes.

Siracusa (click for more information)

Discover Syracuse, wandering slowly among its gold-tinted palaces, bell towers and the archaeological area. You will visit the major archaeological sites, (transfer by car) including the famous Greek Theater, “The Ear of Dionysius,” and Ortigia Island where you’ll admire the architectural splendor of ancient medieval streets, baroque structures, and classic churches as the Duomo, built upon the old temple of Athena.
Also suggested: the Opera dei Pupi
The Sicilian marionette theatre, better known as Opera dei Pupi, found inspiration for the development of its very distinctive repertoire in the medieval cycles of legends, e.g. the Chronicle of Charlemagne and the Chanson de Roland. The adventures of the heroes of the epics of chivalry – the paladins of Charlemagne – are the main subject of the Opera dei Pupi.

Ragusa and Modica (click for more information)

Ragusa consists of two separate centres: the picturesque Ragusa Ibla (the older town) and Ragusa Superiore built in Baroque style. A long stairway of about 250 steps links the two parts. Continue to Modica, one of the capitals of Sicilian Baroque. Admire picturesque lanes and narrow streets, with plenty of old workshops and, St. George’s Church. Visit the oldest confectionary shop in Sicily: Antica Dolceria Bonajuto The characteristic of this chocolate - produced with a method close to the ancient Aztec - is the lack of cocoa butter. The only ingredients are cocoa and sugar.

Agrigento and Piazza Armerina (click for more information)

Explore the splendid Valley of the Temples, an archaeological park consisting of eight temples (and various other remains) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC: the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia - the world's best preserved Greek Temple -, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius (the God of Medicine). Proceed to Piazza Armerina for a guided visit of the magnificent Roman Villa del Casale one of the most outstanding archaeological testimonies of Roman Sicily. The villa, built in the middle of the 4th Century AD as a hunting lodge by a Roman patrician, is home to some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics.

 

 
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