The island of Sicily is located south of the Italian Peninsula with one of the most active volcanoes in the world as one of its famous landmarks, Mount Etna. It has a rich and unique culture, especially with regards to arts, music, literature, cuisine, and architecture. It boasts of 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a complex and distinctive history where some of the western world’s greatest civilizations have left their mark. You will find ancient Greek temples, stunning Norman cathedrals, Byzantine and Roman mosaics, Baroque palaces and Arabic influences in their language, food and architecture.

Private Tours

Palermo is a melting pot of Arab, Norman, Greek, Spanish and Byzantine culture and traditions. We’ll take you to explore the old Palermo with your own private guide, the square of the Quattro Canti, Piazza Pretoria with its giant fountain known to locals as the Square of Shame, the 12th century Church of San Cataldo with its Moorish-style architecture, the Church of La Martorana decorated with beautiful Byzantine mosaics and the Cathedral of Palermo built on the site of a Muslim mosque. Palermo is also a bustling city of lively markets, cafés and squares where you can easily try Sicilian cuisine and experience its famous street food culture.

Visiting the sun-worn ruins of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is highly recommended with our knowledgeable guide to help you gain insight into what made Akragas “the most beautiful of mortal cities”. Visit the Temple of Hera (Juno) built at the very top of the hill with dominating views over the landscape and coastline of the Mediterranean Sea. Admire the city fortifications and Byzantine arcosolia, the Temples of Concordia, Herakles and Zeus and the Sanctuary of Chtonian Deities (Temple of Castor and Pollux).

On the eastern coast of Sicily is Taormina, a small and picturesque town perched on a slope high above the Ionian Sea. The size and elegance of its town cathedral and many of its buildings are evidence of Taormina’s moderate prosperity over the centuries. We will visit among others the Palace Corvaja, the Odeon, the Church of Santa Caterina, the square of the IX April, the cathedral and the Jewish quarter. Certainly a must on the tour is the famous Greek theatre sitting on its beautiful scenic location with Mt. Etna and the bay of Naxos as its perfect backdrop.  The theatre of Taormina, initially built for dramatic and musical performances, was transformed in Roman times for games and gladiatorial battles. Stay engaged as your guide recounts fascinating stories and famous personalities that have kept this theatre alive to this very day.

The Neapolis Archaeological Park is Syracuse’s most celebrated historical site. Get crucial context on these ancient ruins during our private walking tour. Learn about the lives of everyday inhabitants in one of the city’s five residential quarters which include stops at the Ear of Dionysius—a limestone cave famous for its acoustics— Cave of the Rope-Makers, plus the Greek Theater and Roman Amphitheater. After immersing yourself in history, stroll through quaint little alleys, elegant squares and visit the harbour of the little island of Ortigia, Syracuse’s historical centre.

Custom Daytrips

From Palermo, we can take you for a day out to Cefalù to visit the other UNESCO monument, the impressive Cathedral of Cefalù located in a spectacular position under the cliff dominating over the medieval town. For beautiful views you can choose to climb up to the Temple of Diana or go even further up to the ruins of the Norman castle, La Rocca, but you may also decide to just find a good spot by the port to enjoy some fresh fish or take a swim at one of its many beautiful white and sandy beaches.

We can also go west of Palermo to Monreale where we will visit its stunning Cathedral and Cloisters with their spectacular mosaics. Then there’s Segesta, one of the finest surviving examples of Greek temples in Sicily, whose isolation gives it its mystical flair. We’ll take a scenic drive up to the hilltop town of Erice which offers some of Sicily’s most impressive views of the coast of Trapani and the Egadi Islands.

From Erice, you may spy the salt pans of Trapani which we can explore together. The salt of the Mediterranean Sea is particularly rich around this area hence the development of the local industry of white gold. Throughout the drive you will see huge mounds of salt and the outlines of ancient windmills. Continue on this route, we stop at Marsala for a wine tasting of Sicily’s famous fortified dry or sweet wine, Marsala.

If in Agrigento, you may be curious to see the famous white cliff made of soft limestone and dazzling white marl. The constant impact of the sea and wind through the millenia have slowly indented the surface to form lovely white terraces hence the name Scala dei Turchi (Stair of the Turks) – and referring to Arabs and Turks whose ships found shelter in this bay.

Enriching Transfers

On your way to/from Syracuse from/to Agrigento, you may want to stop in some of these beautiful UNESCO World Heritage cities of Noto, Modica, Scicli and Ragusa. Noto is the unquestioned capital of Sicilian Baroque, with its artistic heritage made of stunning churches and palaces. The city reveals its full splendour after its reconstruction following the catastrophic 1693 earthquake. We can also stop to do some shopping and discover some of Sicilian culinary sweet delights: cannoli (a crunchy dessert filled with sweet ricotta) or granita (slushie).

If Baroque architecture and chocolate is your fancy, then a visit to Modica is a must. Here you will find many churches including the beautiful Cathedral of St. George and the Chocolate Museum that explores the city’s history of chocolate-making. 

Rising in the Hyblaean Mountains is Ragusa that boasts of more than fifty churches and noble palaces. The city is divided in 2 sections: Ragusa Superiore (with the views) and Inferiore or Ibla. We will stroll through the beautiful gardens (Giardino Ibleo), see the fascinating sundial of San Vincenzo Ferreri and walk across the main corso to admire Piazza Pola, the setting of Montalbano detective series, and Piazza Duomo where the cathedral is situated.

Another extraordinary stop is a visit to the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, the ruins of a Roman villa famous for its highly-refined, well-preserved mosaics. This is one of the richest and largest collections of Roman mosaics in the world, earning it the distinction as another UNESCO World Heritage Site.