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Sicily & Southern Italy

The cities and landscapes of Sicily and Southern Italy are home to some of the best-preserved Classical archaeology in the Old World. The Greeks and Romans conquered this corner of the Mediterranean – leaving us aesthetically beautiful ruins which tell a long, complex and fascinating story.

October 6 – 21, 2018(16 Days)
$6,995 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $995
All meals included


Tour Description

Immerse yourself in rich cultural history, painted in vivid detail across the canvas of Sicily and southern Italy. Our 2018 tour offers the perfect combination of stunning landscapes and in situ archaeology.


  • Explore some of the world’s most beautifully preserved Classical Archaeology
  • Gain unparalleled insight into everyday Roman life at the eerily complete cities of Pompeii & Herculaneum

  • Discover fascinating sites located in glorious forested plateaux, sun-kissed landscapes and inviting coastal areas
  • Marvel at the mighty Riace Warriors – stunning life-sized Greek bronze status rescued from the sea

Meals: All breakfasts, 9 lunches & 6 dinners

Oct 2018
Dr Elisa Bonacini

2018 Itinerary

We arrive in Palermo on day 2. During the evening we will meet for our welcome dinner and an opening lecture.
Hotel: Piazza Borsa Hotel, Palermo.

We explore the many sites of Palermo today. Our day begins at La Zisa, a Norman-Arab castle housing the Museum of Islamic Art. This cultural gem, inspired by Moorish architecture, was built by Arabian craftsmen in the twelfth century. We continue to the Archaeological Museum, which contains fantastic architectural sculptures. Lastly, we view the Byzantine mosaics in the Cappella Palatina.
Hotel: Piazza Borsa Hotel, Palermo.

Our first stop is the Phoenician necropolis; we continue to Cefalù to visit its Cathedral and to stroll in this charming town before a seaside lunch. The full afternoon will be spent in Monreale, where we visit the single most important Norman monument on the island, the Cathedral and its cloisters.
Hotel: Piazza Borsa Hotel, Palermo.

We travel through the countryside to Segesta, where a pretty Doric temple and Greek theater nestle between the mountains. We visit the island of San Pantaleo to tour the Phoenician site of Motya. The day ends at the Marsala Museum, renowned for its reconstructed Phoenician ship.
Hotel: Baglio Oneto Resort, Marsala.

Our first stop today is the Museo del Satiro in the church of Sant’Egidio. Our touring continues at Cusa, site of stone quarries used in the construction of the magnificent Selinunte temples, which we next visit. We end our day at the Western Acropolis.
Hotel: Baglio della-Luna, Agrigento.

The Oratory of Phalaris and the temples of Akragas – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – get today off to an enchanting start. We begin with the oldest, Hercules, and continue to the well-preserved temples of Concordia and Hera. We also tour Agrigento’s National Museum, which has an outstanding collection of vases.
Hotel: Baglio della-Luna, Agrigento.

We start our day with a scenic drive through Sicily’s beautiful hills to Morgantina – a Greek city excavated by Princeton University. Later, we travel to the Roman Villa Imperiale at Casale, where mosaics of the Roman-African artistic school date fro the 4th century. The mosaics depict hunting scenes and myths.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Ortigia, Syracuse.

Beginning in the Archaeological Park, which has a wealth of remains that include a Roman ampitheater and a Greek theater carved out of rock. We enjoy a walking tour of the Old City, visiting the Temple of Athena and the Fountain of Arethuse, and finally take time to discover the Regional Museum.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Ortigia, Syracuse.

Today we explore Euryalus Castle, the Greek world’s largest military construction. Later, in the Medieval town of Taormina, where we visit a Greek theater and enjoy panoramic views.
Hotel: Monte Tauro Hotel, Taormina.

We experience the area at our own pace today as we have the full day at leisure. Interested travelers can join excursions to Mount Etna or just discover the hidden treasures of the town.
Hotel: Monte Tauro Hotel, Taormina.

After an early departure on a ferry from Messina to Reggio Calabria, we visit the amazing National Museum to view the iconic Warriors of Riace. Later, we enjoy a scenic drive through the spectacular Sila Massif.
Hotel: Savoy Beach Hotel, Paestum.

We travel to ancient Paestum to tour its well-preserved Doric temples and evocative ruins of the ancient city. We also tour the site museum before visiting Herculaneum, Pompeii’s sister city, which was buried by Vesuvius’ eruption.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Parkers, Naples.

Enjoy a full day in the unforgettable town of Pompeii. The remarkably preserved Roman villas and wall paintings capture the city’s spirit before the 79 CE eruption. We will have ample time to see the site in depth as our expert scholar brings the city to life. This evening we gather as a group for a farewell dinner.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Parkers, Naples.

The tour ends with a visit to the fantastic National Museum of Naples, where we can observe mosaics and wall paintings from Pompeii and Herculaneum, and an afternoon at leisure to absorb the Neapolitan culture.
Hotel: Grand Hotel Parkers, Naples.

Today we transfer to the airport and depart for our flights back home.



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2018 Accommodation


Piazza Borsa Hotel, Palermogrand-hotel-piazza-borsa-2

This hotel used to be a palace and it still feels like one! Step into the atrium-style lobby, once you’ve checked in you’ll feel the rooms are spacious and well equipped. You’ll be able to grab a drink and lounge in the large courtyard before exploring the historical gem of Palermo, and the waterfront is within easy walking distance. Don’t miss the hotel’s breakfast pastries which are highly recommended!



Baglio Oneto Resort, MarsalaMarsala-1

Set in an Italian vine yard, this hotel is an ancient building and still produces wine today! Hear the story of the old label over a glass (or bottle) of the fine wine while enjoying the Mediterranean sunset. The hotel keeps hold of its traditional Italian charm, with plush furniture, tiled floors, and terracotta-colored walls. The hotel has an equally charming team to ensure a wonderful stay at Baglio Oneto.



Grand Hotel Ortigia, SyracuseGrand-hotel-ortigia-Syra-1

The building, now over 100 years old, has been fully restored and yet still retains its beautiful original features. It’s in a great location, with stunning views over the traditional port on one side and the mountains on the other. To take full advantage of the views the hotel boasts a rooftop bar terrace where you can enjoy a drink after a stroll through the old port in the evenings.



Monte Tauro Hotel, TaorminaMonte-Tauro-Hotel,-Taormina-1

Built on a cliff top, this hotel has spectacular views of the Bay of Naxos and a dip in the pool is a must in this hotel! The cliff edge pool makes you feel suspended, floating in the air, above the sea. And the interior doesn’t disappoint either with exotic woods, sophisticated silks, and plants which give a truly luxurious finish.



Savoy Beach Hotel, Paestumsavoy-1

After exploring the ancient ruins on the tour, we arrive at this modern temple, built for statement & elegance. The gold, precious gem and glass chandelier fills the lobby with glittering light. The attention to detail continues throughout the hotel. The rooms are spacious with exquisitely carved furniture and stunning mountain views. Take advantage of the pool, tropical gardens and terrace, this hotel is a highlight of the trip.



Grand Hotel Parkers, NaplesGrand-Hotel-Parkers-1

 This hotel is Grand in all and name with the first-class elegance of Naples. Adored in crystals, marble finishes and the spectacular roof garden this hotel is decorated beautifully. The hotel will provide you with a unique experience with each floor decorated in one style: Charles X & Louis XIV. And the exterior of the hotel is just as stunning, with the hotel overlooking the old port and down the Amalfi coast.