Country Roads of Southern Italy and Sicily (Summer 2018)

About Palermo, Italy


Highlights


Additional Included Highlights

  • Rome: See the mighty Colosseum and Roman Forum as well as other medieval buildings, Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches, scattered through the city. Visit St Peter's Basilica.
  • Sorrento: See the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuius. Witness the art of intarsio wood inlaying.
  • Matera: Mel Gibson chose this town as the setting for his film 'The Passion of the Christ.'
  • Castellaneta: See the picturesque Great Ravine.
  • Taormina: Visit the courtyard of Palazzo Corvaja, seat of the first Sicilian parliament, and stroll along Corso Umberto to Piazza IX Aprile.
  • Straits of Messina: Cross to Sicily by ferry.
  • Agrigento: See the massive Temple of Concord and clifftop Temple of Juno.
  • Palermo: See Quattro Canti Square. Visit Palermo Cathedral.
  • Scenic Drives: Bay of Naples, Apennines, Calabria mountains, Sorrento cliff top road, Capri corniche.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Agrigento: A Local Expert will lead you through the magnificent remains of the Greek colony in the Valley in the Temples.
  • Palermo: With a local historian, walk through the Palace of the Normans to stand in the jewel-like Palatine chapel for an up-close look at some of the finest examples of Norman art.
  • Isle of Capri: Cruise to this famous isle and in the style of the jet-set, enjoy a ride by open-top taxi. Your Local Expert will show you around the narrow alleyways and exclusive boutiques.
  • Matera: Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site and see famous Sassi or cave dwellings, which were home to about 20,000 people until 1950.
  • Alberobello: With your Local Expert, explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site showcasing the Trulli of Alberobello. Circular structures with conical roofs that are domed within, built from local limestone and stacked without using mortar.
  • Taormina Riviera: Visit the ancient Greek Theatre with your Local Expert. Set on a cliff, open to the sky, take your seats and enjoy the view through the crumbling arches to snowy Mount Etna.
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