Famous for its blue skies, warm spring, Greek ruins, cultural diversity, gastronomic delights and fabulous scenery, Sicily has so much to offer.
Due to its strategic position in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been influenced by the Greeks, Normans, Phoenicans and the Moors, each leaving their mark, and providing a rich collection of stunning temples, churches, medieval towns and hidden gems. By exploring along the lesser-known routes you will be rewarded with the “real” Sicily.
All tours are tailor made to suit the itinerary and budget of the society. However we highly recommend the following:
- Travelling April, May, September or October for 8 -12 days if you want to see as much as possible.
- A 2 or 3 centre tour will cover most of the island and reduce daily travelling times.
- Including a few meals and the local farmhouses and restaurants – the food and wine is wonderful!
- Including a day to enjoy the stunning countryside and small local villages.
- If a week is too long, a short break, to one region, can be organised.
What to Do
Western Sicily – Still undiscovered by mass tourism with a number of impressive sights. The most breath-taking coastal scenery of the island is at Castellammare del Golfo and San Vito Lo Capo. Closer to North Africa than the Italian mainland, this side of the island has the most exotic feel to it. With Arab inspired art, mosaics, palm trees and Moorish “bagli” (farmhouses) together with an impressive collection of Ancient Greek and Pheonician sites. Highlights of the area include: the exotic capital of Palermo and the mosaics of Monreale; The Sicilian Puppet Theatre; Selinunte, the ruins of the great cities of Magna Graecia; the 5th Century BC temple of Segesta, the hill top, charming town of Erice; and the rival to Siracusa, Agrigento & The Valley of the Temples; as well as modernism at Gibellina Vecchia.
The South East is definitely Sicily’s best kept secret, full of unspoilt and enchanting towns, and breath-taking baroque architecture.Here is found one of the most important cities of ancient Greece, Siracusa, (home to Caravaggio’s Burial of Santa Lucia) and the peninsula of Ortigia. The delightful towns of Noto, Scicli, Modica & Ragusa are all worth visiting and Catania offers some of Sicily’s most imaginative baroque buildings.
The North East can be considered the better known area of the island but has so much to offer the visitor. Taormina has retained much of its medieval charm, situated on a high balcony facing Etna and overlooking the sea. It is renowned for its beautiful gardens and charming atmosphere and its amazing 4th Century amphitheatre. Messina’s museum has art work not to be missed and is the gateway to Reggio Calabria where the warrior bronzes from 445BC are housed.
Central Sicily – From the beautiful medieval town of Cefalu on the north coast, to Piazza Armenia & Villa Romana del Casale, with its magnificent mosaics and the lesser known but the most fascinating Enna, and ceramic centre of Caltagirone.
As the island is large and the planning of the itinerary is crucial, we suggest you give us a call to discuss your requirements, in order that the very best tour can be tailored to the interests of your members.
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
For further details please contact one of the team on 01225 764205 or firstname.lastname@example.org