• Step into the Villa del Casale to view its stunning Roman mosaics, widely regarded as one of the richest collections in the world
• Uncover remarkable architectural fusions, from William II’s Norman-Byzantine cathedral of Monreale to the Palatine Chapel in Palermo, resplendent with Byzantine mosaics
• Syracuse offers a wealth of cultural delights including a Greek temple converted into a cathedral and the Archaeological Park with its Roman amphitheatre, Greek theatre and forbidding quarries
classical archaeologist and author
Depart London Gatwick 1145 on Easyjet, arriving Catania 1555. Transfer to Palermo for three nights at Eurostars Centrale Palace Hotel.
Introductory lecture. Morning: churches of La Martorana and San Cataldo, Palermo Cathedral, Palazzo dei Normanni (Palatine Chapel). Afternoon: Monreale Cathedral (including cloister).
Morning: Oratorio del Rosario di Santa Cita, National Archaeological Museum. Afternoon excursion to ancient site of Solunto followed by Sicilian puppet show (recognised by UNESCO as part of World Intangible Cultural Heritage).
Morning: Segesta, including temple and theatre. Continue to Marinella for visit to Selinunte. Transfer to Agrigento for two nights at Colleverde Park Hotel.
Morning lecture followed by visits in Agrigento: temple ridge, Museo Archaeologico and adjoining excavation areas.
Transfer to Piazza Armerina for Villa del Casale (famous for its remarkable mosaic floors depicting hunting scenes, mythological characters and sporting events) and Morgantina archaeological site. Continue to Syracuse for four nights at Hotel Livingston. Free evening.
Syracuse: Catacomb of San Giovanni, Museo Archaeologico Paolo Orsi, Archaeological Park. Optional early evening walking tour of Ortygia including sacred spring of Arethusa and Piazza Duomo (Temple of Athena).
Visit to Temple of Apollo followed by excursion to town of Noto (fine example of Sicilian Baroque architecture). Afternoon: Villa del Tellaro (4th century with fine mosaics). Free evening.
Whole day excursion to ancient Naxos (early Greek colony) and Taormina (Greco-Roman theatre with superb coastal views).
Transfer to Catania for 1135 departure, arriving Gatwick 1330.
20 May — 29 May 2019
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What did you particularly enjoy?
"To be in the centre of Palermo and Syracuse was magical - it enabled us to wander around."
ACE particpant May 2016
Cost of £2745 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, seven dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £445.