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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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