The Sicily Tour 


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Sicily Tour

Explore the captivating city of Catania, nestled on the east bank of Sicily, at the foot of Mount Etna. Catania boasts elegant buildings, wide avenues, and a sparkling view of the Ionian Sea. Highlights include the historic Catania Cathedral Square and the ancient Castello Ursino. Sankt Agatha Cathedral, a baroque masterpiece, features prominently, with its patron saint celebrated in the renowned Sankt Agatha Festival. Venture to the spectacular Mount Etna, the Mediterranean’s highest volcano, and then to Taormina, famed for its ancient Greek Theater and Greek open-air Amphitheatre. Continue the journey to Syracuse, where the old city, Syracuse Cathedral, Apollo Temple, and Otiga City reveal the rich historical tapestry. The Baroque charm of Noto beckons with its rebuilt market towns. Agrigento showcases the Temple Valley’s ancient Greek ruins and the stunning Scala dei Turchi Cliff Beach. Conclude the Sicilian odyssey in Cefalù, a picturesque town, before reaching Palermo, a cultural amalgamation of eastern and western influences. Explore Palermo’s vibrant Wuqilia Market and marvel at the Arab-Norman-Byzantine-style Norman Palace. This condensed exploration promises a diverse and enriching experience across Sicily’s scenic and historic landscapes.


Day 1 - Catania

Catania: Located on the east bank of Sicily, Italy, it is the second largest city on Sicily. The city is located at the foot of Mount Etna, a volcano that has caused devastating damage to Catania in history, but it makes the soil here extremely fertile and suitable for growing grapes and wine. The entire city has elegant buildings, wide avenues, and faces the sparkling Ionian Sea, giving the city a different flavor.

Catania Cathedral Square: Castello Ursino is an ancient castle built from 1239 to 1250 A.D. It is a square castle with round watchtowers at four corners, making the whole castle look simple, soft and solid.

Sankt Agatha Cathedral: Sankt Agatha Cathedral is the main church of Catania, which was built in the 11th century. The original Norman structure still remains in the rear hall, and the rest was destroyed several times by earthquakes. The main part of the current cathedral was rebuilt in the 18th century, and it is a baroque building built from the black volcanic rocks of Etna Volcano and the white limestone of Syracuse. Sankt Agatha is the patron saint of Catania. The Sankt Agatha Festival on February 5 every year is the largest festival in Catania and the third largest Christian festival in the world. The center of the square is the famous elephant fountain, the most famous monument in Catania, and the symbol of the city.

Day 2 - Catania - Mount Etna - Taormina -Catania

Etna volcano: It is the highest mountain in the Mediterranean islands and the most active Stratovolcano in the world. Its eruption history dates back to 500000 years ago, and it still continues to erupt today. View ancient volcanic craters, remnants of magma, and bizarre volcanic landforms. After that, go to Taormina and check in at the seaside hotel.

Taormina is the scene selection site for the third season of the Chinese restaurant, as well as the scene selection site for many films such as “Sea King”, “The Beautiful Legend of Sicily”, “The Godfather” and so on.

Taomirna Ancient Greek Theater: built in the 3rd century BC, it is the second largest theater in Sicily. The theater was built on the cliff. The theater is U-shaped, suspended between the sea and the sky, with grand scenes. It is also the most distinctive theater in the world.

Greek open-air Amphitheatre: The Greek open-air Amphitheatre is a U-shaped theater built in the third century BC, suspended between the sea and the sky, and is the second largest theater in Sicily after Syracuse. Because of its unique location, it has become a distinctive Greek theater in the world. In summer, the theater is the venue of the Taormina Art Festival.

Day 3 - Catania- Syracuse - Noto- Catania

Although Syracuse is a small town like a hermit, its rich and glorious historical accumulation gives it a wild inner temperament, just like the scene I see now. This easily indescribable temperament may be exactly what sets off the female protagonist “Marina” in “The Beautiful Legend of Sicily”.

The Old City of Syracuse: Syracuse mainly looks at the sea view, and visiting the old city is to find traces of the beautiful legends of Sicily. There is a faint salty taste of seawater and scattered small shops in the old city area, with a strong Sicilian flavor.

Syracuse Cathedral (appearance): Syracuse Cathedral is a unique building. The front of the church has an unusual Baroque facade, which cannot hide its identity in the Greek rule period – Athena Temple. The transformation of Ancient Greek temple by Christianity is not rare in Sicily, which makes people feel that the Dorian colonnades and foundations in the 5th century BC BC can stand up to now.

Apollo Temple: The Apollo Temple located in Pankali Square is definitely one of the most important buildings on Ortega Island, facing the part connecting the island and Syracuse. In the sixth century BC, it was born here as the world’s earliest stone pillar Doric temple, showcasing the characteristics of a transitional period from a wooden structure to a stone structure in Greek temples. Otiga City: There is nothing more beautiful than the old town area on Otiga Island in Syracuse. This is a charming Baroque town in Europe, with low-key, dilapidated, and thought-provoking ancient streets. All houses have an extremely long history. On the coast of Otiga Island, the cold Mediterranean sea breeze, the rough and rocky coast, the rolling thick clouds, and the brightly lit Baroque town face each other.

Baroque Town – Noto: On January 11, 1693, the earthquake completely destroyed the northern part of Noto’s old city. With the ingenious design of urban planning and architects, local residents rebuilt 8 new Baroque style market towns here. In 2002, Noto and his church were listed as World Heritage sites due to their beautiful late Baroque architectural style.

Day 4 - Catania- Agrigento

Agrigento was built in 581 BC, and the town reached its peak in the 5th century BC BC. The ancient Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Arabs successively ruled here. The Temple Valley of Agrigento is a true reproduction of Agrigento’s ancient and splendid civilization. These nearly 2500 year old ancient Greek ruins still stand tall in front of the world today.

Temple Valley: La Valle dei Templi is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world since 1998 and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many Greek temple buildings on the ridge, which were built in the fifth century BC and have stood on this land for 2000 years. It is also one of the most famous Ancient Greek architecture outside Italy. The temple is located on verdant mountains, overlooking the blue sea and the boundless sky from afar. Among them, the Tempio della Concordia is currently the only temple in this area that is relatively well preserved. The Temple of Zeus (Tempio di Giove) is now in ruins, but the massive wreckage still allows one to imagine its former glory.

Scala dei Turchi: Scala dei Turchi Cliff Beach is located on the Mediterranean coast 13 kilometers away from Agrigento. It is one of the few chalk cliffs in the world. It is famous for its different cliff colors, like steps. As the sunset sets, the white limestone cliffs gradually turn golden, like a fairyland. The seawater next to the steps is so clear that we can clearly see the plants and active fish in the water. Nowadays, it attracts millions of tourists every year, and these steps have become excellent natural diving platforms.

Day 5 - Agrigento- Cefalù- Palermo

Cefalù. Backed by the cliffs of Mount Loka, which are over 150 meters high. Traditional Sicilian houses are built facing the sea, with white walls and red tiles, making them a standard postcard town. Cefalù has gradually developed into a tourist resort in Sicily, where the film Paradise Cinema by Italian director Giuseppe Tonadore is set. The crescent beach in Cefalù is the hottest beach in Sicily, so we must seize a good place as soon as possible in summer.

Later, we will go to the capital of Sicily, Palermo, the wonderful port city, as if it was located in the “golden basin” of the natural Amphitheatre. The Romans, Arabs, Byzantines and Normans all left their footprints here. The whole city has integrated eastern and western cultures, and exudes unique and charming customs;

Day 6 - Palermo city tour and back home or Overnight Cruise - Naples

Wuqilia Market: Experience the deep Urban culture of Italy and walk into this bustling morning market together. This used to be the territory of Palermo and the Mafia. It is said that today the street vendors have to pay “Protection racket” regularly. It is precisely because of the existence of the Mafia that adds a bit of mystery to this place. People come here with a mindset of “exploration”. The market is filled with various fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, meat, and spices, many of which come from distant Arab countries across the sea. This is a very vivid and direct experience of experiencing the diverse culture and local customs of Sicily

Palazzo dei Normanni and Palatina Chapel: Palazzo dei Normanni is the king’s bedroom. During a period of the Middle Ages, this was the center of the entire Sicily. The Norman Palace was rebuilt on the basis of the original palace, and the Norman king transformed the original Arabic style palace into a composite palace with administrative and sleeping palaces, connecting all buildings together through corridors and internal gardens. So far, the Norman Palace is the best example of the so-called Arab Norman Byzantine style. This style is a combination of three styles, which became popular in Sicily in the 12th century and has become an important feature of Sicilian culture today.

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