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Italy - Holiday to Sicily

Palermo, Catania, Mount Etna, Taormina, Agrigento

9 days

from £1,595pp (excluding flights)

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean with Mount Etna dominating much of its skyline, is an incredibly beautiful and alluring destination for a holiday to Italy. During this self-drive tour of Sicily, visit Palermo, Catania, Mount Etna, Taormina, Piazza Armerina, Agrigento, Valle dei Templi and end the trip at the luxurious Rocco Forte Verdura Resort.

  • Explore the bustling labyrinthine streets of Palermo and its extraordinary mix of cultures, architectural styles, and intriguing fusion cuisine.
  • Visit the Greek Theatre in Taormina with its stunning backdrop of Mount Etna
  • Spend some time wandering through Catania, visiting the Baroque style, large wide open squares and avenues
  • Marvel at the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina
  • Complete the tour with a few days relaxing at Verdura Resort

Palermo

Your journey begins in the magnificent city of Palermo where you pick up your hire car and drive to your hotel. Palermo is one of those cities with its own very distinct atmosphere, a buzzing Mediterranean centre with a fascinating and colourful past. This past is reflected clearly in its vast range of architectural styles, the intriguing fusion of ingredients used in many local dishes and in many place names which are obviously not of Italian origin.

Visiting Palermo is a place for those who still love to adventure and discover, to be spontaneous and perhaps not quite end up where intended but end up somewhere extraordinary nonetheless. Some parts of the old town have remained untouched since they were bombed during the war. There are many back streets that are still difficult to find. Much of Palermo hasn’t given itself over to modern life and therefore wonderful treasures are there to be found.

Catania

An easy city to visit, Catania is Sicily’s second largest, overshadowed by Mount Etna. During your stay spend time exploring the beautiful squares and Baroque architecture that adorns the city. Make an excursion out of the city up to Mount Etna for some remarkable views and visits of the surrounding countryside.

Taormina

Include a visit to the hilltop town of Taormina on the east coast of Sicily. It sits near Mount Etna and is known for its ancient Greco-Roman theatre still used today. Near the theatre, cliffs drop to the sea forming coves with sandy beaches. It is a stunning spot and if time allows cross the narrow stretch of sand connecting the mainland to Isola Bella, a tiny island and nature reserve.

Piazza Armerina

Your journey takes you on to Agrigento via the extraordinary Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina. Villa del Casale houses 3’500 square metres of mosaics on the villa’s floors that are in splendid condition.

Agrigento

A trip highlight is a visit to Agrigento, a hilltop city known for the Valley of the Temples, a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples and the ruins of the ancient city of Agrigento, or Akragas as it was then known. The modern city itself is not worth visiting but the UNESCO listed Valley of the Temples is one of the most mesmerising sites in the Mediterranean. A private guide will accompany you around the site so that you make the most of your visit.

Beach Time

Spend your last few nights at the stylish and luxurious Verdura Resort, located on the rugged coastline of southern Sicily. The resort offers extensive grounds, first class facilities with Rocco Fort Spa and exceptional service. A perfect end to an amazing trip.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 1595 £ 200

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Palermo


Founded as the Punic city of Ziz in the eighth century BC, Palermo was a late-developer, not flourishing until the establishment of Emirate of Sicily in medieval times.

Benefitting from Muslim domination of the region, the city overtook Syracuse as the island's key port. Such was Palermo's grandeur that it was said to rival Cairo and Cordoba in terms of magnificence and importance during its heyday.

Reminders of the city's opulent Arab zenith still litter the streets, as well as significant amounts of Byzantine, Norman, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. These form a unique blend of styles and, although raw and lazily decaying in parts, Palermo is a city begging to be explored.


Collect your hire car from Palermo Airport on arrival. Drive to your hotel.


You will be staying at Grand Hotel Wagner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 2

Sightseeing in Palermo
Explore the highlights of Arabo-Norman Palermo. Visit the Capo ancient open air market, the Arab/ Norman cathedral, the Royal Palace with Palatine Chapel, Quattro Canti, Pretoria fountain and the Baroque Oratories of San Lorenzo, SS Rosario and San Cita. Afterwards, visit Palermo's International Puppet Museum and admire its impressive collection of 'Pupi', Sicilian puppets. Housing over 3500 different puppets, this peculiar museum displays examples from all over the world. Whilst there, attend the 'Opera dei Pupi', a musical show that takes place in small traditional theatre.


You will be staying at Grand Hotel Wagner, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Drive from Palermo to Catania (Road Journey)


Remainder of day at leisure to explore in your own time.


You will be staying at Hotel Liberty, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4

Half Day Tour of Catania
Explore the old city of Catania including the ancient Pescheria market, the Baroque Duomo of St. Agathe and the "Liotro" fountain, a black lava stone elephant, which is the symbol of the city.


Make a trip out of Catania to visit Etna and Taormina


You will be staying at Hotel Liberty, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Drive from Catania to Agrigento (Road Journey)


Make a stop at Piazza Armerina enroute to Agrigento


You will be staying at Villa Athena, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Half day sightseeing of the Valley of the Temples
Visit the immortal Valley of the Temples, one of the most atmospheric sites of the ancient world, including the perfectly preserved Doric Temples of Concordia and Juno, as well as the ruins of Hercules and Jupiter. Visit the rich Archaeological Museum, hosting among others a huge Telamone from the Temple of Jupiter.


You will be staying at Villa Athena, Bed & Breakfast

Day 7

Drive from Agrigento to Sciacca (Road Journey)


Sciacca is a historic fishing port on the southern coast of Sicily. A workaday town rather than a polished tourist destination, it is famed for its ceramics, its thermal baths and its religious festivals, as well as for its large fishing fleet. Sciacca's location on the sea between the two Greek archaeological sites of Selinunte and Agrigento makes it a good stopover on a tour of the region, either for an short visit or an overnight stay. The name Sciacca is pronounced 'shack-a'.


Remainder of day at leisure.


You will be staying at Verdura Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 8

Day at leisure


You will be staying at Verdura Resort, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Drive from Sciacca to Palermo (Road Journey)


Drop off hire car at Palermo Airport.

Fly Palermo to Gatwick

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Verdura Resort

Verdura Resort

Located on the South coast of Sicily near the pretty seaside town of Sciacca, the Verdura resort is just a 90 minute drive from Palermo airport and a short drive from The Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a UNESCO World heritage site....

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