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The unique mixture of cultures that influenced Sicily over the centuries has ensured a rich legacy of art, architecture, food and traditions. Visit fine Greek temples, see Roman and Byzantine mosaics, as well as Norman and baroque architecture.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) 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. Visit the archaeological museum to see artefacts from the city and the rest of the island. Drive to the island of Ortygia, the historical centre of Syracuse, to visit the cathedral and the Temple of Apollo. Continue to the Church of Saint Lucia alla Badia to see the Martydom of Santa Lucia by Caravaggio. Visit the Museum of Syracuse Art Medieval to Modern in Palazzo Bellomo to see sculptures and paintings. By special arrangement, tour the Palazzo Borgia and learn about its history over a glass of prosecco. (B)
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. After lunch in a local restaurant, drive to Agrigento and stay 2 nights at Dioscuri Bay Palace (or similar). (B, L)
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 an acropolis. After lunch in a local farmhouse, proceed to Erice, a medieval town with several important churches and fortified walls. Visit the Antonio Cordici Municipal Museum to see archaeological finds and paintings. Drive to Palermo and stay 2 nights at Mercure Palermo Excelsior (or similar). (B, L)
In Palermo visit the magnificent Norman-Arab cathedral, the Palatine Chapel – located within the Norman palace and covered in Byzantineinfluenced mosaics. Visit La Martorana church and drive to Monreale to see the Norman cathedral. Founded in 1172, it is considered the pinnacle of achievement in Norman-Arab art. (B)
Drive to Cefalù, a charming coastal town and former fishing village that is also home to a breathtaking Norman cathedral with dazzling mosaics. Take a stroll through the city centre to the cathedral and the medieval washhouse. Visit Museum Mandralisca to see a fine collection of art and artefacts. 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 flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
A collection of expertaccompanied tours focusing on creativity in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required. All tours can be viewed at CoxandKings.co.uk
This tour is fully escorted throughout by the lecturer, as well as an experienced local guide where necessary.
This tour is based in 4-star accommodation. Please visit this tour on our website to see details of the hotels included.
This tour involves long walks over uneven ground and therefore requires a good level of fitness.
Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
He is a specialist in art and architectural history, studied Italian Renaissance and baroque art. He has conducted acclaimed cultural and art tours throughout Europe.
He is a lecturer in classics at the University of Cambridge, has written extensively on the history of art; titles include Greek Art, Enduring Creation and How Art Made the World (a major BBC / PBC television series).
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ISY2019: 8 Nights
At one time an Arab emirate and seat of a Norman kingdom, Palermo became...
Near the south coast of Sicily, the town of Agrigento is largely overshadowed by the nearby Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples)...
Located in southeastern Sicily, Syracuse was first settled by colonists from Corinth in...
Located on the terrace of Mount Etna and a cable car ride away from pretty beaches, once a former capital of Byzantine Sicily...