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Sicily Tour of Italy

Sicily10 daysThe Sicily Tour in Italy, which starts and ends in Rome, has a duration of 10 days.

This escorted private Italy tour provides a comprehensive visit of Sicily, with escorted excursions in Palermo, Syracuse and Catania. A visit to the Greek ruins of Syracuse, as well as an exploration of the spectacular beauty of Mt Etna volcano are included in this tour. Sicily also features Roman ruins, Greek temples, Norman churches and castles, and Baroque churches and palaces. the mountains meet the sea, and Sicily indeed has a lot to offer to lovers of magnificent landscapes. As all our other tours, this one is all italy luxury private tour guideinclusive; so the fights from and to Rome are part of the price as well.

This privately guided and chauffeured tour of Sicily, Italy, can be redesigned to suit your specific interests, needs or timeframe. Unless you wish otherwise, your guide will take you to:

Rome - Tivoli - Palermo - Monreale - Segesta - Selinus - Agrigento - Ragusa - Syracuse - Catania - Volcano Etna - Taormina - Rome

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Sicily Tour of Italy - 10 Day Itinerary
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Our suggested itinerary begins and finishes in Rome (Sicily tour of Italy)
Rome - Tivoli:
porter 2 travelers minivan Your very own chauffeur picks you up from Rome international airport. On this first day, we drive to nearby Tivoli. We assume you have already visited Rome, but need just one night to rest in a pleasant area. Tivoli is an antique Roman town. Have a quiet stroll through the Villa d'Este, with its mannerist art features and allegorical statues. Its gardens are glorious. The Hundred Fountains, the marble nymphs and other garden features will have no secrets to you thanks to the explanations of your personal A La Carte Italy Tours guide. By visiting the Villa d'Este's gardens, you will have the feeling that you already saw these features in other gardens; this is because they have been copied all over the world ever since the villa's creation in 1572. Later, view the Villa Adriana. A totally different site, since Hadrian's Villa dates back from the 2nd century AD. Both sites are World Heritage. Overnight in Tivoli.
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View the Italian Renaissance architecture of the Villa d'Este. Travel to Tivoil and be guided through the luxurious Villa d'Este. View its mannerist artworks and allegorical statues, and explore its expansive gardens wherein you will find an array of fountains, marble nymphs, and grottoes.
minivan 2 travelers guide pisa Fly from Rome to Palermo (Sicily). This is the capital of Sicily, founded in 700 BC. In Palermo, visit Quattro Canti - a small square in baroque style with curved houses. Your A La Carte Italy Tours guide will tell you the stories of the Piazza Pretoria and its fountain. The Piazza Bellini has three churches; the Martorana church is from 1143 and offers fancy Norman-Byzantine mosaics. 2 nights in Palermo area.
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View the array of  Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture in Palermo. Enjoy a guided tour of Palermo, the capital city of Sicily and view the unique curved houses of the baroque style Quattro Canti. Explore the Piazza Bellini and view the Norman-Byzantine mosaics of the Martorana church.
sedan 2 travelers guide We keep discovering Palermo. The Palazzo dei Normanni was built in the years 800 AD. The Palatine Chapel has fantastic Byzantine mosaics. The Cala is the port district. Your A La Carte™ Italy Tour guide will show you the Oratory of the Rosary of St Dominic, decorated with stucco cherubs by sculptor Giacomo Serpotta (1656-1732). The Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita has equally impressive stucco decorations. The nearby Monte Pellegrino offers splendid views of Palermo. We drive to Monreale town, and visit the Cathedral and Cloister. The cloister features Romanesque column capitals and polychrome mosaics. 2nd night in Palermo area.
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Elements of Catholic, Byzantine and Islamic cultures can be found in the design of the Palazzo dei Normanni. Travel to the 9th Century Palazzo dei Normanni and experience its unique blend of Byzantine mosaics, Islamic images, and Arabic designs, and the upside down pyramidal structures which are suspended from the ceiling.
san gimignano 2 travelers guide Leave Palermo and head to Segesta, 50 miles away. This was the capital of the Elymians, an ancient people of the Iron Age. We visit a doric temple (5th century BC); it was a Hellenic temple, as a major part of the contemporary local population was Ionian Greek. Segesta was an arch-rival to Selinus Greek colony, so we'll drive to that other town, now an archaeological site. The historian guide of A La Carte Italy Tours will show you the details of the temples. Overnight in Agrigento area.
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Summer plays are performed at Segesta's historic Greek amphitheatre. Visit Segesta, the capital of the Elymians, and enjoy a private tour of its ancient, Greek doric temple (which is considered to be one of the best preserved in the world). Then, view the nearby amphitheatre where Greek plays are staged in the summer.
landscape mountains minivan 2 travelers guide Today, we visit the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. It is one of the most important attractions of Italy. The ruins of 7 Doric temples mostly date back to the 5th century BC. Your A La Carte™ Italy Tour driver takes you to Ragusa. Its origins can be traced back 2,000 years BC. We visit the Cathedral of St George (1738) with its newer Neoclassical dome added in 1820. The city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, and fully rebuilt in the style in vogue at that time, which was Baroque. See surrounding orchards and olive trees. 2 nights in Syracuse area.
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Visit the Valley of the Temples; one of the largest archeological sites in the world. Your tour of Agrigento will allow you to experience one of Italy's most important attractions, the Valle dei Templi. This archeological site is one of the largest in the world, and on it stand the remains of 7 doric temples which date back to the 5th century BC.
mountains lake birds 2 travelers guide sedan We spend the whole day sightseeing in Syracuse. The city was started by Greeks from Corinth and Tenea in about 733 BC. This is yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll see the Archaeological Park of Neapolis with the "ear of Dionysus" (Orecchio di Dionisio) man-made cave. We'll also see the Greek Theater, carved in the rock. Next to it is the younger (1st century AD) Roman Amphitheater. Ortygia island is the historic part of the city of Syracuse. See the Piazza del Duomo and the cathedral with its Baroque facade. Boat trip to the spring of the river Ciane. 2nd night in Syracuse area.
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Your trip to the Archaeological Park of Neapolis will allow you to view the 'Ear of Dionysius' cave. Your private trip to Syracuse will take you to view the Orecchio di Dionisio. This man-made cave is carved into the limestone rocks of Temenites hill, and, according to legend was named after the tyrant Dionysius, who used it as a prison for political dissidents as it had perfect acoustics for eavesdropping on secret plans.
gondola 3 travelers We leave Syracuse and drive to Catania. This city of 300,000 people can trace its roots to 729 BC. Vincenzo Bellini, who composed operas La Sonnambula and La Norma was born here in 1801. Together with your guide of A La Carte Italy Tours, visit the city. We start with the Piazza del Duomo with its Elephant Fountain. The origins of that sculpture are most likely as old as prehistory; it was later re-worked, but has always been the city's talisman. The town hall is also under the elephant's protection. In the afternoon, we take a drive to Acireale, some 15 miles away. The Aci castle is a Norman fortress made of volcanic rock. Acireale's neo-gothic cathedral (on the Piazza Duomo) is superb. We visit Aci Trezza, where Luchino Visconti filmed the poor fishermen's story in 1948 in his movie The Earth Trembles. 2 nights in Catania area.
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The cathedral of Siracusa is an adapted 5th century temple. Your tour guide in Syracuse will take you to view the Piazza Del Duomo. Originally a Greek temple to Athena and converted by the Byzantines into a church, this unique monument still contains ancient remains, including the Greek doric columns which are integrated into the walls.
Etna Volcano:
minivan guide 2 travelers vatican We climb the Mt Etna active volcano (by all terrain vehicle and cable car) via the South face. 30-mile drive to Taormina. The Teatro Greco offers another glimpse at the Mt Etna volcano, and shows the very ancient history of Taormina. The first known people here were the Siculi (or "Sicels" in English) between 1000 and 600 BC. They later disappeared or merged with the Greek settlers, who arrived in 832 BC. Your A La Carte™ Italy Tour guide will explain the history of the place and lead you through the Villa Comunale gardens, which offer a typically Mediterranean vegetation. That garden was established over 100 years ago by Florence Trevelyan, an English amateur ornithologist. 2nd night in Catania area.
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View Mt Etna, Italy's highest active volcano. Experience luxurious views as your chauffeur drives you along the South face of the city's greatest natural attraction, Mt Etna. This strata volcano was considered by the ancient Greeks to be the realm of the God of fire, Vulcan, and is Europe's highest active volcano.
minivan 2 travelers guide sea Before leaving Catania, we visit the Roman Villa of Casale with its mosaic pavements. It is a 100-mile round-trip. The villa houses the best Roman mosaics in the world, which are quite well preserved since they have been unearthed only recently. In the evening, we fly from Catania back to Rome. Overnight in Rome.
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View the array of mosaics that adorn the walls of the Villa of Casale. Your private tour of the Roman countryside will allow you to experience the luxury of the 4th century Villa of Casale which houses the finest, and largest display of mosaics in the Roman world, including works such as the 'Chamber of the Ten Maidens' and the 'Great Hunt'.
minivan 2 travelers driver 2 suitcases During the last hours of your stay in Italy, you may want to spend an hour or two shopping for souvenirs and gifts to take home. Your driver-guide can also show you some parts of the Eternal City that you don't know yet. Drop-off at Rome international airport. This is the end of your "Rome - Naples - Sicily Tour of Italy."
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Tour the Eternal city of Rome, capital of Italy. Experience a luxury, guided tour through the array of Piazze, Roman basilicas, churches, and ancient historic sights and architecture in the Eternal city of Rome.
Sicily tour of Italy in 10 days - prices
Type of Accommodation
If your party has
2-3 passengers
price per person is
US$ 12,410
US$ 19,990
If your party has
4-6 passengers
price per person is
US$ 10,600
US$ 16,990
To enquire or book this tour, please either fill out this form, or email us to at least 3-6 months ahead. Thank you!

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Our prices include:
  • private driver-guide all along during your travel in Italy
  • minivan (limousine) with A/C
  • luggage handling
  • domestic flights in Italy (if mentioned in the itinerary)
  • train rides 1st class (if mentioned in the itinerary)
  • all entrance fees
  • accommodation (2 categories to choose from: Boutique or Luxury)
  • if you select Luxury accommodation, you will also have the best available "room" in that establishment ("suites" or "apartments" upon request)
  • continental breakfasts
  • light lunches (lunch is usually kept light and short so we can sightsee more)
  • dinners in gourmet restaurants (for a Boutique tour); or in best overall restaurants (for a Luxury tour); in all cases, dinner is a la carte (you choose any three items)
  • 1/2 bottle per person of best local wine at dinner
  • all taxes and tolls

Our prices exclude:
  • international flights
  • insurance
  • optional activities
  • personal expenses

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  • please send us an email detailing your dates and wishes to
  • or, if you prefer, please fill out the enquiry form
  • once you are satisfied with the suggested custom tour that we will design for you, we will ask you to pay a 30% deposit (usually between 3-12 months in advance)
  • the balance of the tour price (70%) is payable 60 days before the start of the tour
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  • the 30% booking deposit is non-refundable
  • cancellations until 7 days before departure: 20% of balance refunded
  • no refund for cancellations received later

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