Welcome to Egadi Islands

For centuries, the Egadi islanders have lived from the sea, as the prehistoric cave paintings on Levanzo illustrate. In 241 BC, when the islands were a key Carthaginian stronghold, one of the Punic Wars' most critical battles was fought at Cala Rossa (Red Cove, so named for the amount of Carthaginian blood spilt). When the Arabs took Sicily, they used the islands as a stepping-stone, fortifying them heavily to prevent anyone else following suit.

In 1874, Genovese bankers sold the islands to the Florio family, who established a branch of their lucrative tuna industry here, bringing great prosperity to the islands. Unfortunately, the surrounding waters have been terribly overfished, causing a dent in the local economy. The islands only became part of the Italian state in 1937.

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Egadi Islands activities

$102.76 Tours & Sightseeing

From the Mountain to the Sea:Erice and the Reserve of Monte Cofano

In the morning, meeting of participants at Sicicla venue to fulfil the paperwork and arrange their accommodation in the private van to begin our trip in the direction of Erice. Once reached the top of the mountain where Erice stands, there will be time available for your individual visits of the hamlet. Later, we will regain the street cycling down in the direction of Castelluzzo, while we admire enchanting views of the Gulf of Trapani and the Egadi Islands. On our bikes, we will continue the tour in the direction of the Nature Reserve of Monte Cofano, where we can also stop for a refreshing and restorative bath in the crystal-clear waters of one of its inlets. Stop for the lunch with packed lunch (not included). In the afternoon, taking advantage of the cooler temperatures, we will continue our ride to Cornino following the coastal trail of the reserve. We will finally arrive in Trapani, the last stage of our trip, from where we return back to Palermo. Arrival in the evening and end of our service.

$159.84 Cultural & Theme Tours

Visit Erice Medival City From Trapani

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Trapani Tourism Service, Trapani, Province of Trapani, SicilyPick up hotel. Departure from Trapani to Erice.Visit the medieval city, visit the many churches and castle of Venere.Free time for shopping and souvenir.Return to hotelDuration: 4 hours

$141.57 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Segesta, Erice, Salt Pans -Shore Excursion from Trapani with Local Guide

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Parco Archeologico, Calatafimi-Segesta, Province of Trapani, SicilyDisembark from your cruise ship and greet your Local Guide at the Port of Trapani. Take a scenic drive from Trapani to Segesta through the Sicilian landscape. Segesta is located on the isolated Mount Barbaro and, according to traditional legends, had a Trojan origin. Follow your guide on a walking tour of the well-preserved Greek Temple and Theater built in the late 5th century BC. Also see the remains of an Arabic mosque, a Norman church and the Forum Romanum at this fascinating archaeological site. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Castello di Venere, Erice, Province of Trapani, SicilyThe next stop on the tour is the medieval town of Erice. Time for a lunch break. Then take a stroll trough the quaint cobblestone streets of this ancient city to reach the public garden located near the ruins of the Norman Castle. With its unique location about 2,400 feet above sea level, Erice is cool even in during the hot Sicilian summer. Your guide will point out several medieval churches as you explore the town and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Trapani, its salt flats and the Egadi Islands below. Back to the port in Trapani. Duration: 2 hours

$48.52 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Boat Tour Favignana & Levanzo

9:30 - Departure from Trapani10:15 - Arrival to FavignanaThe 40 minutes of coastal navigation are pleasant thanks to the comfort of the ship and the experience of your Captain.First stop: Favignana. (2 hours stop)12:30 Coastal TourProceeding along the eastern part of the island, you will visit the famous Cala Rossa, Bue Marino and Cala Azzurra. Stops to swim and snorkel (according to meteorological factors). We guarantee at least one stop in the aforementioned coves, during which the on-board staff carefully supervises the bathing to ensure safety even for the less experienced bathers.Lunch on boardDuring the last stop on Favignana Island, lunch is offered on board. Only typical and fresh products on our boats! The menu includes: Pasta with Trapanese pesto and fresh seasonal fruit. The wine will be served during lunch and water will always be available for the duration of the excursion. Bar service available.14.45 Departure to LevanzoRelax and enjoy the beautiful view as we move away from Favignana en route to Levanzo. The arrival is expected after about 20 minutes of navigation.Second Stop: Levanzo (1 hour stop)Already from the arrival at the port of Levanzo it is possible to enjoy the enchanting sight of this Mediterranean village, the only inhabited part of the island. Levanzo is certainly smaller but not less remarkable than Favignana. It is characterized by the simple white and turquoise terraced houses, visible walking along the few quiet streets that lead inside the town.Coastal TourThe navigation proceeds to the famous Faraglione, one of the most suggestive views of the island. Here, a bathing stop. So we say goodbye to Levanzo sure to give you a wonderful memory of your first experience to Egadi Islands.17:30 Return to Trapani

$222.64 Cultural & Theme Tours

3-Days Tour to discover Western Sicily: Culture, Colors & Flavors, from Palermo

ItineraryDay 1: The first day will be dedicated to the visit of the Capital Palermo, the historic center, Monreale, Mondello beach.Stop At: Duomo di Monreale, Monreale, Province of Palermo, SicilyThe Cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova is the main place of Catholic worship in Monreale, in the metropolitan city of Palermo, the archbishop's see of the Archdiocese of Palermo.Built starting from 1174 at the behest of William II of Altavilla, king of Sicily from 1166 to 1189, it is famous for the rich Byzantine mosaics that decorate its interior.In August 1926 Pope Pius XI elevated it to the dignity of a minor basilica.From 3 July 2015 it is part of the World Heritage Site (UNESCO) within the Arab-Norman Route of Palermo, Cefalù and Monreale.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Cattedrale di Palermo, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyThe primatial metropolitan cathedral of the Holy Virgin Mary the Assumption, known simply as the cathedral of Palermo, is the main place of Catholic worship in the city of Palermo and a bishop's seat of the homonymous archdiocese of the cityDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Teatro Massimo, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyThe Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele, better known as Teatro Massimo, of Palermo is the largest opera theater building in Italy, and one of the largest in Europe, third by architectural magnitude after the Opéra National de Paris and the Staatsoper of Vienna. Representative environments, halls, galleries and monumental staircases surround the theater itself, forming an architectural complex of grandiose proportions.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Quattro Canti, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyI Quattro Canti, or piazza Villena, or Ottagono del Sole, or Teatro del Sole, is the name of an octagonal square at the intersection of the two main roads of Palermo: the Via Maqueda and the Cassaro, today Via Vittorio Emanuele (ancient street of Phoenician origin, connecting the acropolis and the Palazzo dei Normanni to the sea), about half of their lengthDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyThe construction of the unusual garden, without a prominent building or building, and the monumental fountain were commissioned by Pedro Álvarez to the Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani, a pupil of Baccio Bandinelli, who worked there starting in 1554. The fountain included 48 statues and had unusual dimensions, not being destined to a public space, and it was faced by a long pergola formed by 90 wooden columns put in place under the supervision of Bartolomeo Ammannati.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Spiaggia di Mondello, Mondello, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyMondello is a neighborhood and tourist area of ​​Palermo that is part of the VIII District, enclosed by Monte Pellegrino and Monte Gallo. Detached from the city by the Parco della Favorita, it can be reached by means of the many royal tree-lined avenues or by secondary links.The area is renowned for its beach, which is one of the most coveted beaches in Sicily, for its numerous Art Nouveau villas, known as the best expression of Art Nouveau in Italy, and for sites of historical interest. It is home to the World Festival on the Beach. In this locality, in 1975 the Mondello Prize was born, a literary festival today organized by the Sicily Foundation together with the Turin International Book Fair.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: The second day you will be dedicated to the visit of Segesta temple, Erice medieval village, Salt Flats & TrapaniStop At: Tempio di Segesta, Calatafimi-Segesta, Province of Trapani, SicilySegesta with its perfectly preserved Greek temple and theater, beautiful hills and lush vineyards.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Castello di Venere, Erice, Province of Trapani, SicilyErice, a unique medieval town located atop a mountain at 760 meters above sea level overlooking Trapani, a city full of churches, castles, watchtowers, narrow streets and breathtaking views of the Egadi Islands, Trapani and Monte Cofano. In Erice you can also taste the typical almond sweets of local production as well as delicious wines famous all over the world.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Museo del Sale, Paceco, Province of Trapani, SicilyThe oriented natural reserve of the Saline of Trapani and Paceco is a regional natural reserve of Sicily established in 1995, which extends for almost 1000 hectares in the territory of the municipalities of Trapani and Paceco.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bastione Conca Trapani, Trapani, Province of Trapani, SicilyTrapani is a city in western Sicily with a crescent-shaped coast. In the western tip, with a view of the Egadi Islands, is the 17th century Torre di Ligny watchtower, which houses the Museum of Prehistory and Marine Archeology. North of the port, the Church of the Purgatory preserves wooden sculptures that parade through the city during the Procession of the Mysteries at EasterDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 3: On the third day will be dedicated to the visit of Castelbuono Castle & Medieval Village, and Cefalù center & beachStop At: Castello dei Ventimiglia, Castelbuono, Province of Palermo, SicilyFollowing the 1997 restoration, the structures of a previous building emerged from the Ventimiglia castle, built in 1317 by Count Francesco I Ventimiglia. The current building is the result of numerous renovations, which make it difficult to reconstruct its original appearance. A simple quadrangular plan, it shows on the outside a mixture of styles that in that period influenced all Sicilian architecture. The cube volume recalls the Arab style; the square corner towers echo the Norman one; the round tower refers instead to the Swabian military constructions. In the earthquake of the early nineteenth century the battlements disappeared, of the Ghibelline form, swallowtail, and also city walls, towers and arches, now in ruins. Some defensive structures of the XIII century and some rooms of the XIV century have remained intact.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Castelbuono Paese in Provincia Di Palermo, Castelbuono, Province of Palermo, Sicily Castelbuono beautiful medieval village nestled in the Madonie park rich in history and traditions where you will visit the Castle of Ventimiglia rich in history and legends that houses inside a precious relic of St. Anna the Mother of Mary in addition to numerous other treasures.The visit will continue through the streets of the quaint Old Town, we will visit the Church of the Maria, we will also make a tasting of typical sweets, Panettoni, torroni, Cannoli Siciliani produced by a famous artisan pastry world famous "Fiasconaro". After the visit you will decide whether to have lunch at Castelbuono if you prefer a traditional rustic cuisine based on meat, cheese, salami, wild boarDuration: 1 hourStop At: Duomo di Cefalu, Cefalu, Province of Palermo, SicilyThe cathedral of Cefalù, the name with which the Basilica of the Transfiguration is known, is a minor basilica [1] located in Cefalù, in the metropolitan city of Palermo, and cathedral of the diocese of the same name.According to legend, it would have arisen following the vote to the Most Holy Savior by Roger II, who survived a storm and landed on the town's beaches. [2] The real motivation seems rather of a political-military nature, given its character as a fortress.The construction events were complex and were finally completed in the Swabian age. An ambulatory created in the thickness of the wall and the same covering, consisting of three roofs, of different epochs and construction techniques, testify to the changes that occurred in the project. The monument has a Romanesque style with Byzantine features.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Lavatoio Medievale, Cefalu, Province of Palermo, SicilyStairway in lava stone that leads to a wash-house where in the Middle Ages it conveyed the water of a river.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Cefalu Coast, Cefalu, Province of Palermo, SicilyCefalù (Ras Melkart in Phoenician, Κεφαλοίδιον in Greek, Cephaloedium in Latin, Gafludi in Arabic, Cifalù in Sicilian is an Italian town of 14,323 [2] inhabitants of the metropolitan city of Palermo in Sicily.It is located on the northern Sicilian coast, about 70 km from Palermo, at the foot of a rocky promontory. It is one of the major seaside resorts in the entire region; despite its size, every year it attracts a significant flow of local, national and foreign tourists who, in the summer period, triple the population, making the main squares and the most important streets of the country crowded.The town, which is part of the Parco delle Madonie, is included in the club of the most beautiful villages in Italy, the association of small Italian towns that stand out for their great artistic, cultural and historical importance, for the harmony of the fabric urban, livability and services to citizens. Cefalù is also part of the network of solidarity municipalities.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$1290.17 Multi-day & Extended Tours

SICILIAN CAROUSEL TOUR - Tour of Sicily 7Nights-8Days from Catania-Taormina

ItineraryDay 1: CATANIAStop At: Il Principe HotelIndependent arrival at the hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: hotel IL PRINCIPE in Catania. Accommodation. Welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in your hotel.Day 2: CATANIA – SIRACUSA - RAGUSA Sicilian typical products tasting Stop At: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyDrive to Syracuse to visit: the archaeological area; the island of Ortigia, the Cathedral and Fountain of ArethusaDuration: 4 hoursStop At: Ragusa Ibla, Ragusa, Province of Ragusa, SicilyTravel to Ragusa to admire its stunning baroque buildings before enjoying a pre-dinner tasting of typical products of the island on the wayDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel POGGIO DEL SOLE.Day 3: RAGUSA – CALTAGIRONE - PIAZZA ARMERINA - AGRIGENTOStop At: Villa Romana del Casale, Piazza Armerina, Province of Enna, SicilyDrive to Caltagirone, a town famous for its beautiful ceramics and pottery. Continue to Piazza Armerina to marvel at the Villa Romana del Casale’s rich mosaics. Eat lunch in a local restaurant Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Valle dei Templi, Agrigento, Province of Agrigento, SicilyVisit the Valley of the Temples including the Temple of Juno, Concord and HeraclesDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation and dinner at hotel DIOSCURI BAY PALACE. Overnight.Day 4: AGRIGENTO - PALERMO - MONREALEStop At: Cattedrale di Palermo, Palermo, Province of Palermo, SicilyTravel to Palermo, the Capital of Sicily and visit Monreale: the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister. Lunch on your own. In the afternoon, visit Palermo: the Palatine Chapel, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at GRAND HOTEL PIAZZA BORSA.Day 5: PALERMO – SEGESTA – ERICE – SALT ROUTE (Trapani area) - PALERMOStop At: Temple of SegestaDepart to Segesta to visit the Temple and the Theatre.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Duomo di EriceContinue the medieval village of Erice placed on the top of a hill overlooking the city of Trapani and the Egadi Islands before returning to Palermo via the unique salt windmills at Trapani. Dinner and overnight in your Hotel. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Dinner and overnight in your Hotel in PalermoDay 6: PALERMO - CEFALU’ - NEBRODI PARK - TAORMINA Stop At: Cefalù CathedralDrive to Cefalu to admire its well-preserved Arab-Norman Cathedral. Enjoy a walk to the city centre and down main street to visit the medieval wash-house built in the rock. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Parco dei NebrodiDrive through the Nebrodi Park and enjoy lunch in the Miraglia Forest. Continue to Cesarò and Randazzo to visit the north part of Mount Etna. Continue to Taormina, “the Pearl of the Ionian Sea”. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Accommodation, dinner and overnight at Hotel VILLA DIODORO, located near historic centre of Taormina. Day 7: TAORMINA - MT ETNA (OPTIONAL) - TAORMINAStop At: Craters Silvestri of Mount Etna, Nicolosi, Province of Catania, SicilyWeather permitting, you can join an optional morning excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano. You will reach a height of 1800 metres and enjoy a fantastic panorama over the Ionian Sea (supplement on the spot; the excursion will take place with a minimum of participants). Lunch on your own. Afternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own. Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ancient Theatre of Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyAfternoon in Taormina: enjoy time at leisure for shopping or walking through the tiny streets. Possibility to visit the Roman - Greek theatre on your own.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Return to the your hotel. Dinner and overnight.Day 8: End of the tourPass By: Piazza Italiaend of the tourMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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