Syracusa & Piazza Armerina
After time in Syracusa, a town that once rivalled Corinth as the most important and beautiful in the Greek world, we take the road to Noto, a Baroque gem of outstanding beauty and, it is said, a city containing the island's finest architectural examples of this style. Then, from Piazza Armerina, a village that takes us back to a more ancient and even more influential civilisation - the Roman Empire - we have plenty of time to wander the Villa Imperiale to see the famous mosaics as well as travelling on to the remains of the 6th century BC Morgantina.
Beyond the Valley of the Temples
Agrigento's Valley of the Temples is a testament to one of the most prosperous centres of old and we enjoy a thorough exploration before driving to the lesser-know site of Heraclea Minoa. Next the Acropolis, fortifications and town of Selinunte prove to be yet another highlight en route to the old Phoenician island-town of Mozia and the beautiful mountain settlement of Erice, where alleyways thread through dramatic stone buildings. The island's capital, Palermo, is a melting pot of historical influences and we'll explore the city's vibrant heart as well as the nearby sites of Monreale and Solunto.
Next we head east along the spectacular coast and up into the mountains on our way to Sicily's celebrated resort, Taormina. Here we visit the Greek theatre and enjoy possibly the most famous view in Sicily - the snow-capped Mount Etna acting as a backdrop (often an active one, at that!) to the columned stage. The energetic can take a trip to walk on the slopes whilst a final free day allows us revisit the site or simply reflect on the sights we have seen.
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