The island of a thousand faces, incredible landscapes and unique food...
It is the biggest region in Italy, the biggest island of the Mediterranean Sea and there is the highest active volcano of Europe. These are not the only qualities that define the marvelous Sicily and Rome and Italy Group wants you to know the best that this island can offer you. Our tours will guide you to the exploration of this amazing island, with its varied and pristine nature and its incredible historical past. The Arabians, the ancient Greeks, the Romans, the Normans, the Spanish and so on; all of them left something that leads to a harmonious cultural variety that you will discover in its art and food.
You will visit the stunning Valley of Temples, the most famous archeological site of the island; you will admire the eight temples that constitute, together with many other remains, this outstanding place (among them, just remember the well-known Temple of Concordia). You will discover the medieval town of Erice, whose view upon the seaside town San Vito Lo Capo and its promontory will let you without breath; and if you go to San Vito Lo Capo, you are able to eat its delicious couscous. You can also taste some of the most famous Sicilian pastries, such as marzipan, pistachio desserts, pastries made of paste of almond and the cassata, a really sweet pastry made of sugared ricotta and candied fruit.
You will go visiting the splendid Palermo, the main city of the region and the perfect mix of all the dominations in Sicily’s past. You will admire its celebrated Cathedral, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the ‘Arabian-Norman Palermo’ together with the Cathedral of Cefalù, a suggestive seaside town nearby the city, the Duomo of Monreale, which is the representation of majestic mosaic art, and many other Palermitan monuments! As well, you will go visiting other pearls of Sicily: Syracuse, where you will see its famous historic center Ortigia and the archeological site of Neapolis. You will admire Noto, the representative town of Sicilian Baroque. Then, you will go to Catania, the second city of Sicily, which offers you popular monuments such as Duomo Square, where you will admire its famous ‘Liotru’ statue and the Cathedral of Saint Agatha, and the Roman amphitheater, which was the second biggest one in Roman Empire. Obviously, you can’t miss the visit to the suggestive Taormina, where you will visit the famous Greek amphitheater and also taste an incredible granita!
Finally, if you are a nature lover, you can’t avoid the excursion on Etna Volcano: by walking or jeep, our guides will accompany you to discover this astonishing part of the island, made of lava flows and ancient craters. Furthermore, what about to go exploring Aeolian Islands? From the port of Milazzo, we will make a boat tour across the islands of Lipari, where you can visit the historical town center; Panarea, which is the most popular for its nightlife, and Stromboli, whose volcano is one of the most active in the world.
In addition, our activities will give you the opportunity to make unforgettable your Sicilian stay. Above all, with the food and wine tasting experiences, you will get the chance to try some of the dishes of the celebrated Sicilian cuisine: especially, the tasty arancino (or arancina, if you are in Palermo), stuffed and fried rice balls filled with delicious ragout, and the famous cannolo, with its creamy and sweet filling of ricotta, chocolate and pistachio. Another typical Sicilian plate you must try is Pasta ‘alla norma’, a pasta with tomato sauce, basil, fried eggplant and Ricotta salata (an authentic savory cheese of this island). You will discover all traditional recipes with the cooking class and the food tour, but if you want to take your time to relax, you can also enjoy a day of wellness center or you can go entertain yourself with varied art workshops.
So don’t miss this unique opportunity and come with Rome and Italy Group to discover the ‘Trinacria’! (historical name of this island).
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