Sicily

«What makes it a land that must be seen and unique throughout the world is the fact that from one end to another it can be defined as a strange and divine museum of architecture ».

Guy de Maupassant, “Sicily”

Sicily, a historical crossroads of cultures, in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, is an island of incredible treasures with unique and intense sceneries and remarkable archaeological sites to discover.

Palermo

At the head of the bay of Palermo and surrounded by orange and lemon groves of the Conca D’Oro, the city is truly a charming site, especially the magnificent Arab-Norman buildings featuring ancient mosaics and its Baroque architecture famous for the rich stuccowork and interiors or its vibrant and colorful  markets.

Monreale and Cefalù

If you are planning a visit to Sicily, you should include the Arab-Norman itinerary in Palermo and the cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalù as part of your tour.
Monreale, located in a panoramic position overlooking the Conca d’Oro, is famous for the stunning Norman-Arab cathedral with its beautiful Byzantine-inspired gold mosaic.
Cefalù  is also a renowned touristic spot and a frequented beach resort on a small promontory. This medieval fishing village, is worldwide famous for the fine artistic legacy of its  Norman Cathedral.

Mount Etna and Catania

Etna, the greatest active volcano in Europe, dominating the landscape on Sicily’s eastern coast is closely linked to Catania. Its spectacular eruptions that have created unique landscapes over the centuries make this volcano and Catania itself one of the best attractions in the island.

Taormina

Taormina is a charming town internationally renowned for its magnificent position overlooking the Ionian sea. Its Ancient Theatre, one of the greatest of the Greek-Roman epoch, immersed in an expanse of olives, oranges and almond groves offers a great view of Etna.

Siracusa

Siracusa was one of the most important cities of antiquity. The vast archeological site, on the edge of the modern city, a rare treasure of Greek and Roman monuments, and the later Baroque churches on the island of Ortygia reveal the ancient grandeur.

Ragusa e la Val di Noto

Situated in southeastern Sicily, the Noto Valley with its gorgeous cities such as Ragusa, Scicli, Modica and Noto, were inscribed on the World Heritage List for its prestigious architecture representing the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art.
Noto, the cradle of Sicilian Baroque art, and considered a true “open air museum” is labeled the “Garden of Stone”.

Piazza Armerina

The Imperial Villa del Casale, near Piazza Armerina is considered the finest example of artwork from the Roman era, and has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The extraordinary mosaics depicting hunting scenes and athletes such as the famous sporting “bikini girls” offer an interesting insight into Roman life at the time.

Agrigento

The Valley of the Temples, a Unesco World Heritage Site, in the modern city of Agrigento is actually a piece of ancient Greek civilization in the heart of Sicily. The archeological site which occupies a magnificent panoramic position on a high plateau, at few km from the sea, contains some of the best preserved Doric Temples in all Greek world such as the Temple of Concord or the Temple of Juno.

Selinunte

Selinunte , on the southwestern shores of Sicily, is located in a very charming spot within a natural reserve overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The ruins of the colossal Greek temples looming over the territory, the acropolis and the other impressive remains are preserved in one of the most representative sites of Classical Civilization.

Erice

The medieval village of Erice from its mountainous height of approximately 800 metres above sea level dominates the natural harbour of Trapani on the island’s western coast. The walled historical centre largely intact with its cobbles streets it was known in ancient times as “the city of a hundred churches and convents”. The Chiesa Madre dating to the fourteenth century and constructed using materials from the ancient Temple of Venus and several historic buildings an amazing atmosphere out of time.