Visit Sicily's fine Greek temples,
exuberant Roman floor mosaics, Arabinspired
gardens and superb Norman
architecture with experts Olivia Dobell
or Thomas Abbott. Visit the island’s
principal sites, including the Valley of
the Temples, the Palatine Chapel, the
baroque town of Noto and Mount Etna.
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Fly from London to Catania with British Airways
and transfer to Syracuse. After a welcome
dinner, stay at Grande Albergo Alfeo (or similar)
for 2 nights. (D)
Morning tour of the Roman amphitheatre
and the great Hellenistic theatre, one of
the most important examples of an ancient
amphitheatre. Drive to the island of Ortygia to
visit the cathedral and the Temple of Apollo.
Afternoon visit to the Unesco-listed town
of Noto, renowned for its striking baroque
Morning drive to Piazza Armerina to see the
Unesco-listed Villa Romana del Casale. One
of the grandest late-Roman country houses
ever discovered, the villa has more than 50
rooms and beautiful mosaics. Continue to the
archaeological museum in Aidone and then
visit Morgantina archaeological site. Drive to
Agrigento and stay 2 nights at Hotel Dioscuri
Bay Palace (or similar). (B)
In the morning, visit the Valley of the Temples,
one of the most atmospheric sites of the
ancient world, with two almost complete Doric
temples. Next, visit the archaeological museum, which introduces the splendours of ancient
Akragas and offers an insight into the life of the
Greek settlers. Afternoon at leisure. (B)
In the morning, depart to the Archaeological Park
of Selinunte, the largest in the Mediterranean
area with impressive temples and acropolis. In
the afternoon, proceed to Erice, a medieval town
with several important churches and fortified
walls. Drive to Palermo and stay 2 nights at Hotel
Excelsior (or similar). (B)
Morning drive to Monreale to see the Norman
cathedral. Founded in 1172 it is considered the
pinnacle of achievement in Norman-Arab art.
Return to Palermo to visit the magnificent Norman-Arab cathedral, the Palatine Chapel – located
within the Norman palace and covered in
Byzantine-influenced mosaics – and the Church
of San Giovanni degli Eremiti. In the afternoon,
visit Palermo’s archaeological museum, with its
collection from all over Sicily. (B)
Drive to Cefalù, a charming coastal town and
former fishing village which is also home to a
breathtaking Norman cathedral with dazzling
mosaics. Take a stroll through the city centre to
the cathedral and the medieval wash-house.
Proceed to Taormina and stay 2 nights at Hotel
Villa Diodoro (or similar). (B)
Morning excursion to Mount Etna, the highest
active volcano in Europe (weather permitting).
Ascend the volcano to visit the extinct Silvestri
craters at 2,000 metres above sea level and for
panoramas of the Ionian Sea. Return to Taormina
to visit the Roman odeon and the Graeco-Roman
theatre. Evening farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day at leisure in the elegant resort town of
Taormina. Transfer to Catania for your British
Airways flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local guide.
Typically based in 3- and 4-star
This tour involves some long walks
over uneven ground and therefore requires a
good level of fitness.
Olivia Dobell studied art history at Cambridge University and has an MA in 18th-century drawings from the Courtauld Institute. Currently based in Rome, she specialises in Italian and French art and leads tours and lectures in both countries, as well as further afield.
Richard Wallace was
head of the Classics
Department at the
University of Keele. His
interests are in Greek
and Roman art and
architecture, classical heritage in art,
administration of the Roman empire, and
Greek mathematics. He has been guiding
groups throughout the Mediterranean for
more than 30 years.
Located on the promenade at San Leone, the Best Western Dioscuri Bay Palace is a 102-room property just a short distance away from the Valley of Temples. Facilities at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool (seasonal), American bar and the restaurant, Baia degli, which is situated on the first floor and offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Rooms are designed in a simple contemporary fashion and all have a balcony and wireless internet connection. There is a complimentary shuttle bus between the hotel and the...
The 4-star Grande Albergo Alfeo is located near Ortygia in the centre of Syracuse. The 39 rooms offer air conditioning, double glazed windows, satellite television, electronic safe, minibar, telephone and free wireless internet access. The hotel also features an interior courtyard, reading room, bar and...
The Hotel Mercure Palermo Excelsior is located in the city centre on the Viale della Libertà, a street known for its luxury boutiques and is within easy reach of the city's port. The art nouveau style building is surrounded by greenery, including the 'English Garden'. It offers 119 rooms, a 24-hour gym and a restaurant, which serves Mediterranean and international...
Close to the historical centre of Taormina, the Hotel Villa Diodoro is a century-old 4-star property with views of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna. The 102 rooms all have air conditioning, a safe and minibar. During the summer months the restaurant opens out onto a poolside terrace and offers alfresco dining. Leisure facilities include a swimming pool and wellness...
Richard Wallace was head of the Classics Department at the University of Keele. His interests are in Greek and Roman art and architecture, classical heritage in art, administration of the Roman empire, and Greek mathematics. He has been guiding groups throughout the Mediterranean for more than 30 years.
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