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From Catania: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina Full-Day Trip

1. From Catania: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina Full-Day Trip

Depart Catania and travel to the hilltop city of Agrigento, known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas. Discover the well-preserved ruins of the Valley of the Temples, including the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Temple of Juno and Temple of Concordia. See the former theater used for the assembly of free citizens at the Ekklesiasterion, along with 3 sanctuaries and the necropolises of Montelusa, Moses and Pezzino. Continue to Piazza Armerina in the Erean Mountains and marvel at the stunning mosaics in the ruins of a Roman nobleman's residence at the Villa del Casale.

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Sicily: Full-Day Car or Minivan

2. Sicily: Full-Day Car or Minivan

You will be free to explore everything you want in Sicily with just an easy step. Book this tour and write the number of the persons. Afterwards, you will receive a car or minivan with your driver. Everything is included and you will not have to pay anything as an extra fee. Of course at all the locations if you also require a guide or the entrance fee, these two things are not included but the driver can help you to arrange and book the same days and also the local guides. Regarding the entrance fees, you are suggested to pay directly on the spot at the ticket offices of the monuments and sights.

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Catania: Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Transfer

3. Catania: Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Transfer

Drive to the southern coast of Sicily in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle to explore and learn about the history, culture, and art found in Sicily in the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale.  Your tour will begin with the visit of the majestic archaeological area of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pindar, the Greek poet, and writer described it as “one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals”. Famous for its seven well-preserved temples, Valley of the Temples dedicated to various divinity including Juno, Hercules, Hephaestus, and Athena. The visit to the Valley of the Temples is a wonderfully memorable experience that allows you to delve into the Greek culture and history that has been woven into Sicily.  After strolling through the Valley of the temples in Agrigento, you will stop to enjoy a delicious packed lunch made of Sicilian street food, water, and wine before traveling to Piazza Armerina. Found in the heart of Sicily, Piazza Armerina is home to the splendid Villa Romana del Casale a majestic imperial villa originally property of a powerful Roman family. At the villa, you will find the best conserved in-situ Roman mosaics in the world.

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From Taormina: Valley of The Temples & Piazza Armerina Tour

4. From Taormina: Valley of The Temples & Piazza Armerina Tour

Join this tour of Agrigento and Piazza Armerina so you can see two of Sicily’s most famous historical features: the Valley of the Temples and the Villa Romana del Casale. Situated just outside Agrigento, the splendid Valley of the Temples archaeological park consists of 8 separate temples and various other ruins built between about 510 BC and 430 BC including: the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius. Aside from the latter, found on the banks of the Akragas River, all are situated in the same area on the rocky crests south of modern-day Agrigento - not really in a valley at all. Your second stop is Piazza Armerina, situated deep in the Sicilian hinterland, at 721 meters above sea level, this is one of Sicily’s most frequented tourist spots. This area is known for the famous Villa Romana del Casale, which was originally intended for use as a hunting lodge in the middle of the 4th Century AD by a Roman patrician but is now home to some of the best-preserved examples of Roman mosaics. These extraordinarily vivid and intricate mosaics, probably produced mostly by North African artisans, deal with a range of subjects, ranging from Homeric escapades and mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life, including the famous tableau of girls exercising in their ancient bikinis. It's a must do stop on your trip to Italy.

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From Catania: Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina Full Day Tour

5. From Catania: Caltagirone and Piazza Armerina Full Day Tour

Start your tour with a visit to Caltagirone UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its production of pottery, dating back to Arab dominations, with characteristic colors.  Visit the historical center, the famous Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, and the culture of pottery in the city. See the excellent colored glazes that adorn the streets, staircases, balconies, squares, fountains, churches, and palaces. In Caltagirone you will be offered the typical Sicilian snack "Tavola Calda" from Catania, Etna's red wine, and bottled water. In the afternoon, head to Piazza Armerina to see the huge UNESCO-listed Villa Romana del Casale, originally belonging to a powerful Roman family. Find the best conserved in-site Roman mosaics in the world, including the mosaic flooring, wall mosaics, columns, statues, capitals, and coins. Return to the starting point around 6:30 PM to complete your tour.

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Piazza Armerina: Roman Villa del Casale Mosaics Tour

6. Piazza Armerina: Roman Villa del Casale Mosaics Tour

Discover the Roman Villa Romana del Casale in the town of Piazza Armerina in Sicily, one of the most precious jewels left by the Roman civilization in Sicily. Enjoy a guided tour of the villa, which probably belonged to Valerio Massimiano, a powerful patrician of the empire. Admire the spectacular mosaics as you relive the history of the greatest empire with scenes of daily life, depictions of heroes and deities, hunting scenes, and games.  Then stroll through the 48 rooms of the domus, of which the peristyle floor is made entirely from mosaic with drawings of European and African animals. Walk through the garden which is enriched by a large fountain composed of 3 pools, covered in marble on the outside and mosaics on the inside. Enter the Great Hall Corridor with 2 columns depicting female figures to symbolize the 2 peripheral provinces of the empire. Next, pass into the oval-shaped triclinium or dining room and see the private rooms which were reserved for domestic people. Continue the tour with a visit to the room that depicts 10 girls in bikinis playing various sports: throwing a discus, playing with a ball, exercising with weights, and cross country. Then marvel at the Basilica and its polychrome marble floors. Enter a bedroom with a rectangular alcove and mosaic decorations depicting theatrical masks and the famous central medallion with lovers. Access the domus baths with the Frigidarium and the Tepidarium. The guided tour ends in the Circus Hall which was used as a gym. Admire the mosaic reproduction of the Circo Massimo in Rome.

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Piazza Armerina Full-Day Tour

7. Piazza Armerina Full-Day Tour

Piazza Armerina is a small town two hours by road from Palermo. The town is famous chiefly for its Roman mosaics in the Villa Romana del Casale, about 3 kilometers (2 miles) to the southwest. It has a range of significant architecture dating from medieval times through to the 18th century. The discovery and excavation of the well-preserved, highly refined mosaics has helped attract tourists. The Villa Romana del Casale is a Roman villa urbana built in the first quarter of the 4th century and located about 3 km outside the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily, southern Italy. It contains the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, and has been designated as one of 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. This tour is operated only with a Driver/Escort. The visit to the Roman Villa of Casale will be independent. The Driver/Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide. The Driver/Escort is not a Licensed Tourist Guide. Licensed Tourist Guides are the only professionals, with a regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city. The Driver/Escort cannot escort people inside the monuments, because this is not allowed by Italian law. However, they have the competences to promote the most important highlights providing basic historical and cultural information. This tour is operated with a Licensed Tourist Guide on the spot to visit the Roman Villa.

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From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

8. From Palermo: Villa Romana and Valley of the Temples Trip

Follow in the footsteps of the Greeks and Romans on a day trip where your transport is taken care of for you. Discover some of the finest Roman mosaics in the world at the Villa Romana del Casale. Learn all about the Valley of the Temples archaeological site with a licensed local guide. Meet your driver in central Palermo and be taken straight to Piazza Armerina, where you will explore the Villa Romana del Casale independently. Marvel at the luxurious 4th-century villa, home to an influential Roman family. Take your time to examine its exquisite mosaic flooring. Continue to Agrigento for a guided tour of the magnificent Valley of Temples, built by the Greeks in the 5th century BC. See the ruins of temples, necropolises, houses, streets, and everything else you'd expect to find in an ancient city. Finally, return to the meeting point in Palermo.

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From Catania: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina Audioguide Tour

9. From Catania: Agrigento and Piazza Armerina Audioguide Tour

Enjoy two of the most iconic spots in Sicily on a full-day tour. Accompanied by an audio guide, explore the Valley of the Temples housing the ruins of sacred Greek temples. Visit the Villa Romana del Casale to see extensive examples of vivid Roman mosaics. Start from the center of Catania, where your driver will welcome you in a comfortable air-conditioned van. Head to your first stop, the Valley of the Temples Archaeological Park in Agrigento. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its well-preserved Doric temples dedicated to Greek divinities. Wander back into ancient times as you walk through Greek ruins during your 3 hours at this site. Next, head to Piazza Armerina, yet another UNESCO-listed site. Visit the Villa Romana del Casale, an imperial villa with the world's best-preserved Roman mosaics. Marvel at its mosaic floors, walls, columns, and coins. Over the course of 1.5 hours, explore this historic masterpiece.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 103 reviews

Alessio is an AMAZING Tour Leader! He has a wealth of knowledge about everything you'd ever want to know (if I recall correctly, he is basically a history professor) and he speaks English fluently/perfectly. The pick up/drop off is convenient and his transportation is great. I HIGHLY recommend his tours!! I wish I had more time in Sicily to take more day tours with him!

Really enjoyed this trip. Full of culture, history and alot of significance. Our driver Alessio and his colleague Natalie were absolutely amazing. Friendly, experienced, very knowledgeable and welcoming too. I learnt alot from Alessio; his local knowledge is unbeatable. He made sure we enjoyed the whole experience and looked after us from beginning to end. Thank you.

Really spectacular Greek temples in a beautiful panoramic setting. Our guide was very helpful getting us there and back and served us a lovely lunch of local fare up on the hill in a park in the town with a view. Later we went to an ancient Roman villa with beautiful mosaics that was only discovered in 1950.

The tour is great and really worth a visit. Our guide Alessio is just the best, perfect English, intelligent answers to each and every question, charismatic, funny and entertaining, warm and friendly. Like a friend who is also a great and safe driver, professional and well-timed!

We had an awesome day at Agrigento and Piazza Armerina thanks to our guide Alessio, who was very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone interested in Sicilian culture and history.