Archaeology and Culture: little journey in the history of Sicily
Piazza Armerina, Agrigento and Caltagirone
Feel the allure of Sicily and discover the rich history of a land that has experienced centuries of domination
Sicily has a story of its own. Through this short tour, we will enable you to perceive its evolution and the contributions brought about by different people. You will experience Sicily ancient glory through a path between beauty and myth. In two days you will immerse yourself in the Greek and Roman worlds through the Baroque, on a journey to discover archeology and culture.
During the day we will reach the very heart of Sicily in order to lose ourselves into the colours of the Roman mosaics of the Villa del Casale, which is situated only few kilometers away from Piazza Armerina. Dating back to the fourth century, the villa’s mosaics represent scenes of Romans’ daily life, and they are incredibly charming with their beautiful, vivid colors that remained almost unchanged over the centuries.
After lunch we will reach Caltagirone, famous worldwide for its ceramics and UNESCO world heritage site since 2002. Completely rebuilt after the great earthquake of 1693, the city has a whole baroque charm. We will travel along the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, made up of 142 steps and built by local master potters with the typical colors of the area ceramics: green, blue and yellow. We will continue our itinerary in the city visiting the Cathedral of San Giuliano and the many handicraft local shops. We will then go for dinner and stay overnight in a farm or in a hotel.
After breakfast we move towards the southwest of the island to reach the City of the Gods: Agrigento.
Visiting the Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) is like going on a long journey backwards through the centuries. You will surely be amazed by the majesty of Tempio di Giunone (the Temple of Juno), Tempio della Concordia (the Temple of Harmony), and that of Ercole (Temple of Hercules), to then discover and analyze the archaeological site with the Tempio di Zeus (Temple of Zeus) and that of the Dioscuri (Temple of Castor and Pollux).
At the end of the day, after a break, we will take a quick look at another site: Luigi Pirandello’s house or in alternative a walk in Scala dei Turchi before saying goodbye.