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From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

1. From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

Follow in the footsteps of the Greeks and Romans on a day trip where your transport is taken care of for you. Discover some of the finest Roman mosaics in the world at the Villa Romana del Casale. Learn all about the Valley of the Temples archaeological site with a licensed local guide. Meet your driver in central Palermo and be taken straight to Piazza Armerina, where you will explore the Villa Romana del Casale independently. Marvel at the luxurious 4th-century villa, home to an influential Roman family. Take your time to examine its exquisite mosaic flooring. Continue to Agrigento for a guided tour of the magnificent Valley of Temples, built by the Greeks in the 5th century BC. See the ruins of temples, necropolises, houses, streets, and everything else you'd expect to find in an ancient city. Finally, return to the meeting point in Palermo.

Catania: Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Transfer

2. Catania: Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Transfer

Drive to the southern coast of Sicily in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle to explore and learn about the history, culture, and art found in Sicily in the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale.  Your tour will begin with the visit of the majestic archaeological area of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pindar, the Greek poet, and writer described it as “one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals”. Famous for its seven well-preserved temples, Valley of the Temples dedicated to various divinity including Juno, Hercules, Hephaestus, and Athena. The visit to the Valley of the Temples is a wonderfully memorable experience that allows you to delve into the Greek culture and history that has been woven into Sicily.  After strolling through the Valley of the temples in Agrigento, you will stop to enjoy a delicious packed lunch made of Sicilian street food, water, and wine before traveling to Piazza Armerina. Found in the heart of Sicily, Piazza Armerina is home to the splendid Villa Romana del Casale a majestic imperial villa originally property of a powerful Roman family. At the villa, you will find the best conserved in-situ Roman mosaics in the world.

From Catania: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina Full-Day Trip

3. From Catania: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina Full-Day Trip

Depart Catania and travel to the hilltop city of Agrigento, known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas. Discover the well-preserved ruins of the Valley of the Temples, including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Temple of Juno and Temple of Concordia. See the former theater used for the assembly of free citizens at the Ekklesiasterion, along with 3 sanctuaries and the necropolises of Montelusa, Moses and Pezzino. Continue to Piazza Armerina in the Erean Mountains and marvel at the stunning mosaics in the ruins of a Roman nobleman's residence at the Villa del Casale.

Piazza Armerina: Roman Villa del Casale Mosaics Tour

4. Piazza Armerina: Roman Villa del Casale Mosaics Tour

Discover the Roman Villa Romana del Casale in the town of Piazza Armerina in Sicily, one of the most precious jewels left by the Roman civilization in Sicily. Enjoy a guided tour of the villa, which probably belonged to Valerio Massimiano, a powerful patrician of the empire. Admire the spectacular mosaics as you relive the history of the greatest empire with scenes of daily life, depictions of heroes and deities, hunting scenes, and games.  Then stroll through the 48 rooms of the domus, of which the peristyle floor is made entirely from mosaic with drawings of European and African animals. Walk through the garden which is enriched by a large fountain composed of 3 pools, covered in marble on the outside and mosaics on the inside. Enter the Great Hall Corridor with 2 columns depicting female figures to symbolize the 2 peripheral provinces of the empire. Next, pass into the oval-shaped triclinium or dining room and see the private rooms which were reserved for domestic people. Continue the tour with a visit to the room that depicts 10 girls in bikinis playing various sports: throwing a discus, playing with a ball, exercising with weights, and cross country. Then marvel at the Basilica and its polychrome marble floors. Enter a bedroom with a rectangular alcove and mosaic decorations depicting theatrical masks and the famous central medallion with lovers. Access the domus baths with the Frigidarium and the Tepidarium. The guided tour ends in the Circus Hall which was used as a gym. Admire the mosaic reproduction of the Circo Massimo in Rome.

From Catania or Taormina: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina Tour

5. From Catania or Taormina: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina Tour

Leaving from Catania or Taormina, the first stop of the tour will be Agrigento, known for its Valley of the Temples, one of the most striking archaeological areas of Italy, as well as the largest in the world, which contains within it an extraordinary monumental heritage and landscape. Inserted by UNESCO among the World Heritage Sites, in 1997, for the excellent state of conservation of the temples, the Archaeological Park houses within it the remains of eleven Greek temples, including the Temple of Concord, one of the best preserved in the world. Afterwards, you'll head to Piazza Armerina, a city located in the heart of Sicily, where you'll visit the famous Villa Romana del Casale, a site of great artistic and archaeological interest, dating back to the fourth century. Inside, you can admire the largest collection of Roman mosaics best preserved in the world, characterized by the depiction of mythological stories, hunting scenes, banquets, moments of daily life: real encyclopedias of antiquity.

From Catania: Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina Full Day Tour

6. From Catania: Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina Full Day Tour

Start your tour with a visit to Caltagirone UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its production of pottery, dating back to Arab dominations, with characteristic colors.  Visit the historical center, the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, and the culture of pottery in the city. See the excellent colored glazes that adorn the streets, staircases, balconies, squares, fountains, churches, and palaces. In Caltagirone you will be offered the typical Sicilian snack "Tavola Calda" from Catania, Etna's red wine, and bottled water. In the afternoon, head to Piazza Armerina to see the huge UNESCO-listed Villa Romana del Casale, originally belonging to a powerful Roman family. Find the best conserved in-site Roman mosaics in the world, including the mosaic flooring, wall mosaics, columns, statues, capitals, and coins. Return to the starting point around 6:30 PM to complete your tour.

Sicily: Full-Day Car or Minivan

7. Sicily: Full-Day Car or Minivan

You will be free to explore everything you want in Sicily with just an easy step. Book this tour and write the number of the persons. Afterwards, you will receive a car or minivan with your driver. Everything is included and you will not have to pay anything as an extra fee. Of course at all the locations if you also require a guide or the entrance fee, these two things are not included but the driver can help you to arrange and book the same days and also the local guides. Regarding the entrance fees, you are suggested to pay directly on the spot at the ticket offices of the monuments and sights.

Piazza Armerina Full-Day Tour

8. Piazza Armerina Full-Day Tour

Piazza Armerina is a small town two hours by road from Palermo. The town is famous chiefly for its Roman mosaics in the Villa Romana del Casale, about 3 kilometers (2 miles) to the southwest. It has a range of significant architecture dating from medieval times through to the 18th century. The discovery and excavation of the well-preserved, highly refined mosaics has helped attract tourists. The Villa Romana del Casale is a Roman villa urbana built in the first quarter of the 4th century and located about 3 km outside the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily, southern Italy. It contains the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, and has been designated as one of 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. This tour is operated only with a Driver/Escort. The visit to the Roman Villa of Casale will be independent. The Driver/Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide. The Driver/Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide. Licensed Tourist Guides are the only professionals, with a regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city. The Driver/Escort cannot escort people inside the monuments, because this is not allowed by Italian law. However, they have the competences to promote the most important highlights providing basic historical and cultural information. This tour is operated with a Licensed Tourist Guide on the spot to visit the Roman Villa.

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

9. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

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What people are saying about Piazza Armerina

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4.8 / 5

based on 99 reviews

The mosaics in the ruins of the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina are truly beautiful and give you a glimpse into Roman life centuries ago. The information about the mosaics is informative, but not overwhelming. The raised walkway leads you through through the villa, so that you're looking at the mosaics from above. Luckily, the complex is covered to protect this Sicilian history from the elements (and you from the summer heat). After our visit here, we went to a restaurant in nearby Piazza Armerina for a wonderful lunch with delicious Sicilian food and wine. The next stage fo the day-trip was at the Valley of the Temples. The area is pretty extensive, and it also offers breathtaking views of the coast. There are informative plaques at each temple (or ruins of one that once stood there), but you also have the option to get an audio guide when you buy your ticket. It's a long day to visit both locations, but it's totally worth it.

Diana and Kacomo our driver were superb. Diana spoke English very well and had tremendous knowledge of Greek and Sicilian history and the archaeological finds. Highly recommend the tour. Get your guide forces solo travelers to buy two tickets which is discriminatory. I wanted to go so badly I purchased two tickets so I could secure a spot. That is my only criticism

Special thanks to our guide Maria Grazia and the driver who allowed us to live a wonderful day. We visited the valley of the Temples at the right times, fully enjoying the experience. Excellent stop for lunch and then the wonderful visit to the Villa del Casale. Highly recommended!

This is an outstanding trip - really two trips in one. The Valley of the Temples and the Villa Romana del Casle are both fantastic. Our guide really looked after us and was very imformative.

Very good service, very helpful guide! Everything according to the description!