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$63.52 Day Trips & Excursions

Valley of Temples, Villa Romana del Casale Tour from Taormina

Meet your guide in the center of Taormina and set off on your journey to Agrigento, on Sicily’s sunny south coast. The city’s main claim to fame is the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO-listed archeological site on a hill that’s home to ruins dating to 430 BC. After paying your entrance fees, head inside the site with your guide, and pick your way through the maze of awe-inspiring relics and ruins while learning about ancient Sicily.See the so-called temple of Castor and Pollux (not the temple, which is actually in Rome, but a composition of ruins devoted to the two Greek gods), as well as other countless highlights. Admire the Temple of Concord – a perfect example of a Classical monument – as well as the Temple of Juno, Temple of Jove and the oldest ruin, the Temple of Hercules.After optional lunch, (at own expense), and then travel inland to Piazza Armerina, to spend your afternoon at the town’s big-name attraction: Villa Romana del Casale. The ancient hunting lodge is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Roman mosaics that depict scenes from everyday life and mythological tales.Head inside at your own expense and explore its public rooms like the thermal baths, public hall, dining area and courtyard. Gaze in awe at the famous ‘bikini girls’ mosaic wall and listen to stories of the site’s history from your guide. Hear how the lodge was hidden after a 12th-century landslide before being discovered around seven centuries later. Its true magnificence was realized after later excavations and it was eventually given a well-deserved spot on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.After exploring the attraction, return to your coach and relax on your journey east to Taormina. Your day trip finishes back at the start point.

$124.15 Transfers & Ground Transport

Palermo to Taormina Transfer with UNESCO Sightseeing Stops

After pickup from your Palermo hotel, settle in to your comfortable private vehicle for a journey across the island of Sicily to Taormina. Without the stress that comes with navigating unfamiliar roads, you can relax and unwind as you travel and enjoy the scenery along the way.First, pull up at the UNESCO-listed archaeological area of Agrigento, an ancient Greek city that is set on a vast plateau overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. After paying your entrance fee, enter the Valley of the Temples and stroll down the main artery of Via Sacra. Get up close to the temple ruins and imagine how the Greek city would have appeared in its heyday. Look out for the Temple of Concordia, an immaculately-preserved temple that dates back to the 5th century BC.Head back out on the road for the next leg of the journey, which will take you to Piazza Armerina, home to the ruins of the UNESCO-listed Villa Romana del Casale. After paying a fee to enter, admire its stunning collection of intact mosaics, which include a 196-foot (60-meter) hunting scene and the famous Bikini Girls mosaic. After exploring, perhaps grab a bite to eat at the nearby restaurant (own expense).From Piazza Armerina, venture east toward Taormina, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel come late afternoon.Please note: Your driver will not accompany you into the ancient monuments and sites. If you wish to pay a surcharge for a licensed tourist guide, one can be arranged in advance.

$167.46 Day Trips & Excursions

Palermo Tour to Agrigento Temples and Villa Romana del Casale

Meet your driver at 8:30am in Palermo city center. Together, you’ll head toward the comune of Piazza Armerina, roughly 2.5 hours away. Here, you’ll visit Villa Romana del Casale on your own. Pay your entrance fee direct, and head inside to explore the 4th-century villa that was revealed in its entirety after 20th-century excavations. A great example of a luxury home for the ancient Roman elite, the villa is home to some well-preserved Roman mosaics that are spread around the site. After spending up to 1.5 hours inside the villa, you’ll travel onward to a local restaurant for a light meal including a first course, water, and coffee. More food is available at your own expense. Continue on a 2-hour journey to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Pay your admission direct, then head inside the UNESCO-listed archaeological site to wander amid the temples of Hera, Concordia, Hercules, and Zeus at leisure. According to legend, Agrigento was founded by the Greek myths of Daedalus and Icarus when they fled from Crete by air. Historically though, the site was founded by a Rhodian-Cretan colonist who named the city Akragas after the nearby river. Learn about the site’s history under different rulers and tyrants as you explore, and discover how Agrigento became a city of artists and other illustrious people, such as the philosopher Empedocles. After your tour, you’ll travel back to Palermo. Your tour ends around 7:30pm.Please note: If you are in a group of 6 people or more, a guide is provided at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.

$129.35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Catania Full-Day Sicily Tour with Agrigento, Piazza Armerina

For the Agrigento Piazza Armerina tour we provide for pick-up service at your accommodation or in the close vicinity, with comfortable and luxury 8-seats vehicle.First Stop: Driving to the southern cost of Sicily, you will travel across Sicily by comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle. The tour will begin with the visit of the majestic archaeological area of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pindar, the Greek poet and writer, described it as “one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals”. “Valle dei Templi” is  famous for its well-preserved temples, seven in total. Temple of Concordia is one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world helping the site to gain the classic UNESCO world heritage award. In the site, you can also visit the remains of many other temples dedicated to various divinity like Juno, Hercules, Hephaestus and Athena.Second Stop: After strolling to the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, we will stop to enjoy a delicious packed lunch made of Sicilian street food offered by Sicilydaybyday.Third Stop:  In the early afternoon we will be in Piazza Armerina, a city woven in the hearth of Sicily. In this city is located the splendid Villa Romana del Casale, majestic imperial villa originally the property of a powerful Roman family. Here you will find the best conserved in-situ roman mosaics in the world.The Villa Romana del Casale houses mosaic flooring – figurative and geometric – , wall mosaics, columns, stutues, capitals and coins. Since 1997 the city is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.Please Note that: our driver guide is not a touristic guide, so he cannot enter inside the historical places. He will give you information during the trip on the vehicle, before you will go inside.  A paper guide will be provided to be used inside the archeological areas.  

$124.15 Transfers & Ground Transport

Taormina to Palermo: Private Transfer with UNESCO Sightseeing

Meet your driver in the morning at your Taormina hotel, then take a seat in your private vehicle for a journey across the island. Relax as you set off into Sicily’s interior, safe in the knowledge that your private driver will ensure you have a stress-free experience.Stop near Piazza Armerina and hop out of the car for the first sightseeing stopover. Pay a fee to enter the Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO-listed 4th-century Roman villa that is known for its stunning collection of mosaics. Get a close-up look at the vivid tableaus, which are thought to have been produced by North African artists. Afterward, enjoy free time to refuel with some lunch at the nearby restaurant (own expense) before hitting the road once more.Next, roll up at UNESCO-listed archaeological area of Agrigento to see the Valley of the Temples. This site is packed with ancient Greek temples in various states of ruin. Pay an entrance fee to gain access, then begin exploring to get a feel for how this city would have appeared in ancient times.Settle back into your private vehicle for the last stretch of the journey, before pulling up at the final port of call: your hotel in Palermo.Please note: Your driver will not accompany you into the ancient monuments and sites. If you wish to pay a surcharge for a licensed tourist guide, one can be arranged in advance.

$1672.29 Multi-day & Extended Tours

North of Sicily Tour from Catania - 8 days

1st day: Arrival in Catania by your own car, accommodation in your hotel, encounter with the guide, dinner, evening walk in the city centre, and overnight stay2nd day: Etna, Catania and Riviera dei Ciclopi: pick up from your hotel you will head for Rifugio Sapienza where you can choose one of the following options: trekking up to 2000 m; Etna high altitude option; Etna quad tour. The excursion will continue with the visit of a lava cave with helmets and torches. Then in Zafferana, where you taste typical products. The day will continue with the visit of Catania's city center, Riviera dei Ciclopi and then Acicastello. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.3rd day: Giardini Naxos, Taormina, Castelmola: After Breakfast you will go to Giardini Naxos, the first Greek colony in Sicily. A stop at the wonderful “Isola Bella”, a Wildlife Reserve considered the “pearl of the Ionian” for its natural beauty. In Castelmola you will walk along the characteristics streets of the town. The last part of the excursion will be dedicated to visiting the picturesque town of Taormina. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.4th day: Siracusa, Ortigia and Noto: The tour will begin with the visit to the Archaeological park of Neapolis. You will then continue by visiting the Ortigia Island, the heart of Syracuse. After lunch (not included in the price), you will head for Noto, a unique town for its Sicilian Baroque style. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.5th day: Cefalù and Palermo: depart from the hotel towards Cefalù. You will visit the picturesque fishing town, free time for lunch. After you will move to Palermo and have a free afternoon to dedicate to shopping and relax. You will have dinner in your hotel in Palermo.6th day: Palermo and Monreale: you will dedicate the day to discover Palermo with a guide. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will go to Monreale for the guided tour of the Cathedral. You will return to your hotel in Palermo, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.7th day: Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone: you will depart by bus to Piazza Armerina and visit the beautiful Villa Romana del Casale. In the afternoon you will visit Caltagirone, the Sicilian pottery capital. You will also visit the famous staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, completely covered in Caltagirone majolica. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night.8th day: After breakfast at your hotel the tour will end.

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