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Syracuse is the perfect mix of Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque cultures that Sicily can present.
First of all we will visit the famous archaeological area, admiring the magnificent remains of Greek history that made Syracuse one of the most important cities of the time.
We will visit the largest Greek theater in Sicily and the incredible cave called Orecchio di Dionisio.
We will continue visiting the island of Ortigia, cradle and historical center with its majestic cathedral, all without losing elegant shops and cafes of the city.
Guided tour of the spectacular Valley of the Temples: Inserted in 1997 in UNESCO’s “World Heritage Site”, the archaeological area of Agrigento is an important historical testimony of Magna Graecia and of the following period. The remains of the Hellenistic and then Punic-Roman city, the imposing Doric temples – almost intact -, the agora, the pagan and Christian necropolis and the dense network of underground aqueducts, constitute the wealth of a site that covers about 1300 hectares and tells a millennial story begun in the sixth century B.C. with the foundation of the ancient Greek colony of Akragas. Arranged on terraces atop a plateau and with its urban chessboard layout, Akragas was one of the largest Greek cities in the Mediterranean.
A real heart of the archaeological area of Agrigento, the area of the Temples is a unique place to visit. The Temple of Zeus or Olympic Jupiter, of which only the foundations and main altar survive today, was one of the largest Greek temples of antiquity. The oldest temple in Agrigento is instead that of Heracles or Hercules, while the best preserved is certainly the Temple of Concordia: in all probability the most impressive Greek Doric temple nowadays after the Parthenon in Athens. Contemporary to the Temple of Concord is that of Hera Lacinia or Giunone, which was strongly damaged by a fire towards the end of the fifth century. a.C .. To visit are also: the Temple of the Dioscuri; the Sanctuary dedicated to the chthonic deities or “of the earth” – Demeter and Persephone – who were strongly revered by the women of the area; that of Efesto or Vulcano, separated from the previous by a swimming pool at the confluence of an ancient and articulated aqueduct; the Temple of Isis, of the late Augustan-Tiberian age; that of Demeter, connected to the Rupe Atenea, the ancient acropolis of the city; the Sanctuary of Asclepius or Esculapio, Greek god of medicine, center of therapeutic rites, and that of Athena, now part of the Church of Santa Maria dei Greci.
The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the most important sites of the Magna Graecia, cradle of culture that gave birth to the pre-Socratic philosopher Empedocle. The Temple of Concordia (430 a.C.) is imposing and excellently preserved, while on the highest point lies the Temple of Juno (450 BC) which also bears signs of the war with the Carthaginians. The Temples of Hercules (hero of the ancient Akragas), Zeus, Castor and Pollux, take you through the pages of the history books. Entrance ticket extra.
In addition to the Valley of the Temples we will also visit Piazza Armerina, a splendid city of art, boasting glorious monuments and sites of great archaeological interest. Pride of the town is the Villa Romana del Casale (4th century AD), a Roman residence full of architectural and decorative elements including the amazing mosaics famous all over the world. The Villa, protected by UNESCO since 1997, belonged to an exponent of the Roman senatorial aristocracy, perhaps a governor of Rome. Piazza Armerina is surrounded by the forests of the Ronza Park and from which to admire picturesque landscapes, for example near the Olivo dike or the archaeological site of Montagna di Marzo.
Our journey begins by visiting the highest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna. Once you reach the summit, after walking and doing various activities that offers the volcano from Rifugio Sapienza to about 1900 meters accompanied by authorized guides, you will visit the four craters up to 3000 meters high.
Afterwards we will continue to Taormina, pearl of the Mediterranean, suspended like a flowered balcony on the Ionian Sea to dominate the bay of Giardini Naxos. Taormina is known and famous for its climate, its rich vegetation, its superb buildings, its elegant squares and its panoramic position at about 200 meters above sea level, at the foot of Monte Tauro. The excursion includes the achievement of Porta Messina, the entrance to the city, and free time to visit the historic center also dedicated to shopping along Corso Umberto and the visit to the “Ancient Theater” still today, as 2300 years ago, a place of art and culture.
We will visit, accompanied by a local guide, the Cathedral of Monreale, an architectural masterpiece of the Norman age, in which expressions of Islamic, Byzantine and Romanesque culture contribute to create one of the highest creations of the Italian Middle Ages. Founded by William II in 1174 and quickly completed together with the abbey, the royal palace and the archiepiscopal palace, it forms a single organic complex with them. The façade in Piazza Guglielmo II is closed between two imposing square towers and preceded by an eighteenth-century portico. The interior, vast and solemn, is of great splendor and majesty. The walls of the naves, the sanctuary and the apses are all covered with mosaics with a golden background. In the median apse, high up in the basin, the colossal half-bust figure of the Christ Pantocrator.
Then we will continue to Palermo, provincial and regional capital, located at the foot of Monte Pellegrino. Walking through the historic center, you go to the discovery of the main monuments of the city, rich in Byzantine, Arab-Norman and Baroque architecture. We will visit Piazza Pretoria and the church of Martorana, one of the most renowned Norman style churches in Palermo. The Cathedral will visit the Cathedral with its spire-shaped towers, its mullioned windows, its twisted and pointed arches. Through the narrow streets of the typical “Capo” market, we will arrive in Piazza Verdi in front of the Teatro Massimo, the palpitating heart of the city. We will continue with a panoramic tour of the city with a stop at Piazza Marina (Villa Garibaldi) to conclude with the convent of the Capuchin friars and the optional visit of the homonymous “Catacombs”.
In the heart of the Madonie Park, 700 meters above sea level, about 10 kilometers from the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, we will visit the small and charming Gratteri. Because of its happy position, surrounded by small mountains and hills, it is located like an “eagle nest on the rock” that dominates from an endless and enchanting panorama. Become a destination for tourists, especially foreigners, we will appreciate the uncontaminated air, the boundless green, the climate of rural peace and proximity to the sea.
We will continue to the Sanctuary of Gibilmanna, located at an altitude of 800 m in the middle of a forest of oaks and chestnut trees. It was one of the six sanctuaries created by Gregory the Great in the 6th century, and is the result of numerous changes from the Baroque period. The façade dates back to 1907. In a chapel, an 11th century fresco, depicting the Byzantine-style Madonna with Child, deserves to be seen.
Later we will visit Castelbuono, which owes its origins to Ventimiglia, Lords of the County of Geraci, who, in the early 1300s, decided to build a castle on the hill overlooking the ancient Byzantine farmhouse of “Ypsigro”.
A few kilometers from the sea, Castelbuono has developed at the foot of the Madonie in a pleasant valley already inhabited in the Neolithic and full of Greek, Roman, Arab and Byzantine memories.
We will walk through the picturesque old town and stop for a tasting of specialties at the renowned Fiasconaro pastry shop.
Finally, the visit of the Ventimiglia castle, an ancient noble residence, is also included.