Short Tour of Eastern Sicily for Students
4 days / 3 nights Short Tour. Departure and arrival: Catania.
Discovering Verga hometown, mount Etna, greek theatres and sicilian baroque.
Day 1: Riviera dei Ciclopi and Verga hometown
The tour will start visiting the amazing Riviera dei Ciclopi, famous for its mythological origins and also known for being the town where Giovanni Verga’s novel “I Malavoglia” is set. The Sicilian writer in fact set his novels in Aci Trezza where you still can find the ancient Medlar Tree House, its tiny streets, the church, the central square and the fountain.
Aci Castello as well is a nice fishing village which takes its name from its Norman Castle where the writer Giovanni Verga set his novel “Le Storie del castello di Trezza”.
Guided visit 4h
Arrangement: Free lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel near Acireale/Giardini Naxos
Day 2: Mount Etna – Catania
The day will start with the visit of Etna the highest active volcano in Europe and now Unesco World Heritage Site. Departure from the Sapienza refuge, we will reach the “Crateri Silvestri”, small volcanic cones now inactive, surrounded by ancient lava flows. It will be a unique and breathtaking experience!
Later Catania will astonish you with its marvelous city centre made of black lava stone decorated with baroque details. Its magnificent Cathedral the symbol of devotion to the patron Saint Agata, the famous Duomo Square where the “Liotru” statue (a black lava stone elephant statue) is set, symbol of the city. Not far from there the University Square and the splendid baroque Via dei Crociferi, where we will admire the famous S. Benedict Monastery, Unesco World Heritage Site.
Guided visit 7h
Arrangement: Free lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel near Acireale/Giardini Naxos.
Day 3: Syracuse – Noto
Visiting Syracuse is important to understand how Greek domination influenced the Sicilian culture. We will start with the visit of the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, with its Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie of Paradise and the Dyonisios “Ear”. Noteworthy, Ortigia a small island which is the historical centre of Siracusa and cradle of the beautiful Cathedral and the famous Arethusa’s Fountain.
We will proceed to Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque, famous for its fine buildings of the early eighteenth century and declared Unesco World Heritage Site. Noto’s Baroque is in fact a game of elegant curves, floral weaves, perspective views palaces and gardens, capitals and ornaments that adorn the facades of churches and monasteries. We will visit Palazzo Nicolaci, beautiful noble residence in Baroque style.
Suggested guided visit 4h – 8h
Arrangement: Free lunch. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel near (dinner box in case of the group will go to the Classical representations in the ancient Theatre).
Day 4: Taormina
Taormina, the pearl of the Ionic bay and on the charming Mount Tauro, overlooks the sea and the volcano Etna. We will visit Taormina’s fascinating Greek theatre, the ancient Cathedral and Palazzo Corvaja.
Departure and end of our services.
Suggested guided visit 2h
Arrangement: Free lunch.
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