Taormina with Castelmola and its astonishing surroundings. Taormina is perched on Mt. Tauro in a charming scenary, it was already inhabited by the Siculi and Sicani people since from XV.C. B.C. then become "Ancient Greece" after have had different settlements until at Bourbonic period. We prefer to start whit sightseeing tour, to enjoy the picturesque Taormina water front; Isola Bella bay, we continued by visiting some unique panoramic views of Mt. Etna, Naxos and Italian Peninsula, afterwards we'll drive up-hill towards Castelmola Village, here also breathtaking scenes, in same time you can stroll around for the alleys of this quaint and idyllic center, on way back to Taormina we stop to visit Madonna della Rocca XVI.C. chapel sculpted in rock and more fabulous views right from the top of Taormina, afterwards you'll be left on your own at the pedestrian area to explore the historical center. I will give you some information of the most important site -The Greek-Roman amphitheater ;Palace Corvaja XIV.C.; St. Catherine of Alexandria Church XVI.C.; Roman Odeon; Square IX April; Baroque Fountain whit Taormina mythological emblem,Centuripe. Along the way you can admire a variety of narrow stairways adorned by flowers and fascinating corners that depicts part of Sicilian life style.
The Greek Syracuse & Ortigia Island plus local market. This city was founded by Greek Corinthians around 700BC. Syracuse it was one of the most important colonies of " Magna Grecia ". Cicerone had descibed as " the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all". I suggest to start from The Greek amphitheatre with the Ear of Dionysus, the small Roman Coliseum, L'ara di Ierone and Latomie. Nearby to this area, time permitting we can go to visit the Catacombs of St. John. After this we drive towards the Island of Ortigia charming and picturesque site, we begin a visit from the Local Market, where you still can see the oldest customs Arab-Sicilian, here its possible to enjoy your lunch, in a nice way to meet our typical street food, with some charming and unsual atmosphere, where sellers scream and sing to sell their products ! well... with an appetite satisfied, you will follow the visit to meet other curiosities and historic sites like the Apollo Temple ruins, from where you stroll in the oldest alleys of this quaint centre . Once will reach Duomo square where found Cathedral that was in origin a majestic temple dedicated to the Greek Athena God, this temple was transformed to a Christian Basilica, today is a brilliant example of baroque architecture. In this square you can also visit a St. Lucia chapel which treasures a painting by the famous Caravaggio, which representing the dramatic burial moment of St.Lucia, she was beheaded in 304 after Christ, then visit at water front to enjoy the Arethusa Fountain with Papyrus, afterwards will show you how the artigians produce handcrafted the paper from the Papyrus,and finally a ride with the car to show the waterfront before the drive back towards Taormina.
On demand the Baroque city of Noto in the morning and Syracuse Town with Ortigia afternoon. - duration 8/9 hours. For this pick up at 08am. to be in Noto at 10am. here 2 hours for visit the historical center, after we drive to syracuse where we can be at 13pm. to enjoy here 3 hours and then we go back at your stay!
The Southern Sicilian Baroque of Noto, Modica & Ragusa Ibla. This tour is a full-immersion inside three Unesco Heritage Site in Sicily, where we will found the real Sicilian Baroque in the eastern Southern part of our Island among this wonderful charming Towns. We'll begin from the oldest centre of " Ragusa Ibla " where a wide scenery of Baroque architecture, one of the most fabulous site is the Square with The Cathedral of San Giorgio where still can admire the Catalan-Gothyic style portal, then on a narrow winding street you can enjoy many different palaces and churchs, included the ancient arch of Saint George nearby the garden, before leave this town we can also enjoy some typical cheese tasting (Caciocavallo the most famous), after this we drive to Modica, this ancient Baroque town famous in the world for it's special unique chocolate, absolutely you must enjoy an delicious chocolate tasting to Bonajuto Antique Chocolates.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdWIxqae3so , after this we will bring you to Apostles church, just in front the Pastry, without forget to show you the oldest Modica before traveling to Noto,The antique town was built in 1703, we go inside from the gate "Porta Reale" from there you go inside the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele along which we can admire numerous 18th century beautiful palaces of incredible architectural value. We start with Palace Ducezio where you will enjoy the mirrors hall with huge paintings in 3D. then the restored big Cathedral and the Theatre,honestly many palaces and churchs awaiting for your visit in this town. the list can goes on we will see on time if continue! Dur. 9/10h.
The Baroque Tour in the Castle of Donnafugata(close Ragusa) and the Gorgeous Town of Scicli, We will enjoy also Olive Oil Tasting in Frantoi Cutrera in Ragusa. Pick up at 08am. from your stay and return in the afternoon - duration approx. 8/9 hours. We will drive towards southern part of the Island in search of the undiscovered part of Sicily in the Baroque Sicilian areas like Donnafugata Castle and Scicli we will start from Donnafugata Castle belongs to Ragusa town council, and is open to the public (and well worth visiting). then we drive towards FrantoiCutrera Oil Factory in Ibla hills, after have enjoy it we took a route towards The City of Scicli is an important symbol of our Baroque http://www.barocco.biz/html/history_scicli.html. The origins of the city are uncertain. It seems that the name name of the city derives from the Siculi, the tribe who inhabited the island in about 1000BC. Like Modica, the first settlements were high up on the rocks, the zone of San Matteo, but the city grew with the Hellenic invasion, swiftly followed by the Carthaginians, and then the Romans. After the fall of the Empire, Scicli fell under Byzantine rule. When the Arabs invaded, the city took the name Sikla, and slowly developed an agricultural development that survives to this day, despite the feudal system introduced by the Saracens who succeeded the Normans. Perhaps it was the feudal privilege of ‘demesne’ that helped Scicli to survive this tumultuous period. The city came under Modicas boundaries under the Aragonese domination.
The Agrigento Greek Temples Valley ( Akragas ) Agrigento is far 3h. from Taormina, ususally i suggest to start at 08am, during a leisurely transfer we will take care to show and described our fabulous landscape, with the various agricultural growing areas, (Almond, Olive, Grapes, Lemmon, Orange ect...! ) in the spring time it will be wonderful to see the trees in blossom. The Greek colony of Akragas was founded in 580BC. This domination lasted about 370 years, during which, Akragas acquired great power and glory. Pindar had described as " The most beautiful city of mortals". This area has bee listed as UNESCO HERITAGE. You we'll enjoy the extraordinary treasures are situated in this area; ConcordiaTemple is the best preserved of ancient times, although we don't know exactly to whom it was dedicated, we'll appreciate its full elegance. This Temple reached us in such a good condition because in the sixth century was transformed to a church, then follow to visit the Temple of Juno, Hercules, Castor,Pollux ( Agrigento Symble) Built in honor of the twin sons of Sparta and Jupiter this visit usually require 2 hours and 30 minutes to enjoy a nice walk from the top to the bottom, after if you would like can enjoy also one of the most important Archeological museum in mediterranean area " Pietro Griffo ". On request we can suggest for your lunch, after this pleasure approx. 15pm. we start to drive back towards Taormina where we will be at 18pm. approx. ( duration 9 hours ) On Request we can add in the same day of Agrigento a visit to Villa del Casale to enjoy the Ancient Roman Mosaic in Piazza Armerina. This two site require a long day trip. - Duration 11/12 hours
Catania & It's unique Lavic-rock Baroque centre, Fish Market & Cyclops Coast in Acicastello and Acitrezza. Catania is an amazing city situated along the Jonian coast of Sicily under the magnificent Mt. Etna, a devastating volcanic eruption in 1669 destroyed part of the city and 1693 a catastrophic earthquake completed it. Although this bad event, the inhabitants were ready to rebuild Catania, this time in Baroque style to instruct the architect G.B. Vaccarini. Here can visit the Duomo Square and its Cathedral, where can enjoy also the Symbol of this town an Elephant carved in lava rock very close also the huge Typical FISH MARKET,Sunday closed. after the Roman amphitheatre and in sightseeing views Ursino Castle, Bellini Theatre, Via Crociferi or the way of the convents as it is better know. After, we drive to the nearby village of Acicastello to enjoy gorgeous see landscape with its castle built by the Normans on top of the dark basalt rock in the second half of the XI century. Acicastello a terraced slope of Volcanic origin, from here we'll continue to the village of Acitrezza to see the scenic three rocks of the Cyclops Coast... were Mt. Etna generate first eruption 600.000 years ago. After St. Maria la Scala a fishing village with a view of the Park "La Timpa".Dur.7H.
On demand we can do in the morning Catania with a fish Market and the Duomo Square and its Cathedral, where can enjoy also the Symbol of this town an Elephant carved in lava rock Afternoo Syracuse Town with Ortigia - dur. 8h./9h. For this pick up at 08.30am. to be in Catania at 09.30am. here 2 hours for visit the historical center, after we drive to syracuse where we can be at 12pm. to enjoy here 3 hours and then we go back at your stay!