Sicilia in viaggio: 15 stage tours
Tour of Sicily in 15 stages. A journey to discover cities of art, nature reserves and beautiful beaches
The Sicilia on the road tour starts in Palermo, the city of contamination. Arab domes, baroque churches and historic markets coexist here. Among the attractions not to be missed are the Cathedral, the Palatine Chapel, the Norman Palace and the Teatro Massimo.
2. Monreale and Cefalù
The Arab-Norman itinerary continues with two examples of syncretism between Western, Islamic and Byzantine culture. On the slopes of Monte Caputo stands the Cathedral of Monreale, known for its magnificent mosaics and among the greatest examples of medieval architecture of southern Italy. The Cathedral of Cefalù is also of great importance.
It continues to Trapani, called “city of a hundred churches” for the rich heritage of religious buildings: from the Cathedral to the Complex of the Annunciation, to the Capuchin Church. Inalienable is a walk in Corso Vittorio Emanuele and a dip in the Lidi Paradiso and Rombo.
4. Erice and Segesta
Not far from Trapani, the medieval village of Erice is worth a visit. It is surrounded by cyclopean walls and houses the Castle of Venus, baroque churches and oratories in Rococo style. In Segesta there is a Doric Temple of the V century B.C. and an Archaeological Area with Acropolis, Theatre and Castle.
5. San Vito Lo Capo and Scopello
For sea lovers, a stop at San Vito Lo Capo is a must: the resort is loved for its white beach and crystal clear waters. Typical of the area are the Saracen towers and two unmissable events: the Reserve of the Gypsy and the seventeenth-century village of Scopello with a tuna trap of the thirteenth century.
6. Marsala and Mazara del Vallo
Along the road from Trapani to Marsala, the provincial road SP21, not to be missed is the spectacle of the Saline. Arriving in Marsala, you can admire the Cathedral of San Tommaso, Piazza Repubblica and the remains of a Phoenician ship in the Baglio Anselmi Museum. We continue with Mazara del Vallo, a town of Maghreb charm, known for its Dancing Satyr Museum, one of the most valuable works of Greek Hellenism.
A millenary city, Agrigento was one of the most important in Magna Graecia. In the historical centre, with its typical Arab shape, you will find the Cathedral, the Church of Santa Maria dei Greci and the birthplace of Pirandello. However, the majestic Valley of the Temples is a true jewel of the city.
8. Sciacca and Selinunte
About sixty kilometres from Agrigento, there is Sciacca. Among the most beautiful attractions are the Piazza Scandaliato, the Duomo of Norman origin and the Palazzo Steripinto with rusticated diamond point. After Sciacca, the tour stops in Selinunte, the largest Archaeological Park in Europe.
Depart for Ragusa, a city that enchants for the baroque charm of the oldest part (Ragusa Ibla), the collection of UNESCO treasures and beautiful beaches. The Cathedral of San Giorgio is considered one of the best examples of Sicilian Baroque in Italy and the Portal of San Giorgio is magnificent.
Another pearl of the Baroque is the city of Modica. Inserted among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it is worth mentioning the Cathedral of San Giorgio, the Church of Santa Maria di Betlem and the noble palaces. In the historic chocolaterie of Corso Umberto I, you can taste the famous chocolate, still prepared from a Aztec recipe.
Perched on a plateau overlooking the Asinaro Valley, it is part of the late Baroque towns of the Val di Noto, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Symbol of the city is the Basilica of St. Nicholas, but of great value are also the Church of St. Dominic and many civil buildings. Among the beauties also the Beaches and the Oasis of Vendicari.
After the visit of Noto, the following stage is Syracuse. It starts with the Archaeological Park of Neapolis and the famous Ear of Dionysus and continues with Ortigia, the old town built on an island. After Rome, the catatacombs of Syracuse are the largest in Italy.
Leaving Syracuse behind, the new stop is in Catania. Emblem of the city is the Fountain of the Elephant in the spectacular Piazza del Duomo where also stand Palazzo Chierici and the Cathedral of St. Agatha. The remains of Catania Vecchia and Catania underground are worth noting.
The penultimate stop of the tour is a trip on Etna. The popular volcano, with its centuries-old eruptions, has shaped a scenic Natural Park along its slopes. Today you can choose from a variety of excursions, from caves to the highest craters, depending on your pocket and level of difficulty.
The journey on the road ends in Taormina. Perched on a plateau of Monte Tauro overlooking the sea, is a concentration of art and nature. The Ancient Theatre is very visited, but the Cathedral and the bucolic municipal gardens are also very fascinating. In the case of renting the car you can depart with the ship from Messina.
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