1st day: ARRIVAL
Arrival, accommodation in hotel in the area of Giardini Naxos/Letojanni, dinner and overnight.
2nd day: TAORMINA/CATANIA
After breakfast, departure to Taormina, "the Ionic Pearl". When nearby Naxos was destroyed by Dionysus, a group of survivors founded the Greek city at the summit of the Mount Tauro. the town expanded considerably in Roman times but was reduced to the level of colony by Octavian, until the Byzantines chose it as the capital of E Sicily. The Arabs destroyed it twice, in 902 and 962, after which they partially rebuilt it. Under the Norman domination the town developed further, becoming in the 19th century an internationally renpwned tourist resort. In the afternoon continuation towards Catania to visit the Aragonese Castle. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
3rd day: PALERMO/MONREALE
After breakfast, departure to the historical centre of Palermo, where the the Palaeopolis used to be and where the Normans built their residence, the Royal Palace or Norman palace, over the ruins of a pre-existing Muslim palace. Next to it there is the Palace Chapel, built by Roger II and immediately distinguished itself by the geometric purity of its shape. Then continuation to the Cathedral, which originally was a Byzantine church transformed into a mosque by the Arabs, and to the church San Giovanni degli Eremiti, , built in 1132 on the site of a pre-existing Muslim construction on the orders of Roger II. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight. In the afternoon visit of Monreale with its cathedral with gold mosaics and the close Benedictine monastery. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
4th day: AGRIGENTO/PIAZZA ARMERINA
After breakfast, departure to Agrigento to visit the Temples' Valley with the Temple of Concord, the Temple of Juno and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Then continuation towards Piazza Armerina to visit the Roman Villa del Casale, Unesco's heritage, with the world famous mosaics.
5th day: SIRACUSA/NOTO
After breakfast, departure to Siracusa, the biggest Greek colony in Sicily, which stretches out over the sea with the island of Ortigia, the nucleus of the ancient city. Visit of the Greek-Roman area with the Apollo temple, the Roman amphitheatre, the Greek theatre, the Altar of Hieron and the latomìe, great stone quarries among them the most famous one, that is the Ear of Dionysius with its pointed vaulted roof. It was given this name by Caravaggio, who created the legend that the tyrant Dionysius used to exploit the particular acoustics of the cave in order to eavesdrop on the whisperings of his prisoners. In the afternoon visit of the Baroque Noto with the cathedral, the churches of S. Corrado and S. Salvatore and the ruins of Noto Antica. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
6th day: ETNA
After breakfast, departure to the Etna (3.329 meters), the biggest active volcano in Europe, going up to 1500 mt. as far as the Sapienza refuge and, weather condition permitting, poissibility to get into the south-east crater (2900 mt.) by jeeps and with Alpine guide. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.
7th day: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, departure and end of our services.