Private Tour to Piazza Armerina and Valley of the Temples from Catania
Private Tour to Piazza Armerina and Valley of the Temples
Departure available from Taormina, Catania, Syracuse, Ragusa and other towns in the Eastern Sicily.
The same tour is available from Palermo (West Sicily) with a similar itinerary.
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Today you are greeted at Your Accommodation. The driver will pick you up and will start driving in direction of Agrigento (approximately 2 hours and half from East coast of Sicily).
Upon arrival, you will reach the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento (Admission fee not included. At the moment the price is Eur 10 per person for Adult). This archaeological site belongs to the Unesco World Heritage since 1997. The visit of the Valley of the Temples covers the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Hercules and the Temple of Zeus.
Agrigento, according to legend, was founded by Daedalus and his son Icarus after they had fled from Crete “by air”. Historically, however, its origins date back to 582 B.C. when it was founded by Rhodian-cretan colonist from the neighbouring Gela who named their city Akragas after the nearby river of that name. Agrigento was a city of artists and illustrious personages, amongst whom the philosopher Empedocles. Pindar defines it as “the most beautiful of mortal cities” and, in fact, in the Vth century B.C., those famous temples, whose beauty we still admire today, were built. The walking tour of the Valley of the Temples will be done independently.
Free time for a light lunch, then departure to Piazza Armerina, approximately 1 hour and half driving. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy the visit of the amazing Roman Villa of Casale, that belongs to the Unesco Heritage. Built on the 4th century AD, the Villa was later forgotten and only in the 20th century excavations revealed the whole building. It is the supreme example of a luxury Roman villa (about 3500 square meters of floor mosaics) and was probably the residence of a member of the upper class of the Roman Empire. The mosaics discovered here are celebrated among scholars of antiquity. The visit inside the Roman Villa will be done independently. Every room has information boards. Admission fee not included (at the moment the price is Eur 10 per person for Adult).
Later we will drive back to your hotel (approximately 1 hour and half or 2 hours driving, based on your destination on the East coast of Sicily).
This tour is operated with English speaking Driver.
Licensed Local Guide is not included.
This is a long full day tour, driving distances are only estimated.
LICENSED LOCAL GUIDE (Service is available on request)
This excursion doesn’t include Licensed Local Guide.
Piazza Armerina: Villa Romana del Casale and its Mosaics
Agrigento: Valley of the Temples
TOUR CODE: CTAPIAAG