Short Tour of Western Sicily Self-Drive
Discover the West side of Sicily by car with this 4 days and 3 nights route
1st Day: Palermo and Monreale
Arrival at the Palermo airport and car pick up at the rental office. Palermo, the Sicilian capital, is one of the most ancient cities; a chest full of art and architecture treasures, that reflects its several dominations.
Punic ruins, Art Nouveau villas, 17th century buildings and squares, Baroque churches, Neoclassical theatres, Arabian residences and Norman churches.
The most important sites are: the Chiesa della Martorana, fascinating Byzantine churches of the Middle Ages, the Cappella Palatina, the highest example of a Byzantine, Muslim and Latin melting-pot, during Ruggiero II kingdom. You can also admire Teatro Massimo and the fountain in Piazza Pretoria, adorned with 16th century sculptures located close to the old quarter “La Kalsa”.
The visit continues to Monreale: here you will be enchanted by the stunning Arab-Norman Cathedral, as known as the eighth Wonder of the World. Also its cloister is a wonderful masterpiece. Overnight in Palermo.
2nd Day: Segesta, Erice and Saline of Trapani
The mythical Segesta houses the beautiful Tempio Solitario, an intact Doric style temple with an amazing theatre. According to Virgilio, Segesta was founded by Aeneas to give rest to his companions.
Time has stayed still in Erice; the small medieval town, which stands on Monte San Giuliano, which surprises with its charm.
Its intact medieval old town is perfectly integrated with the morphology of the mountain and it is harmoniously blended with surroundings. In Erice there are more than 60 churches, some of which have a great artistic value: among them is the Church of San Martino, San Cataldo, San Giuliano and San Giovanni Battista. A pure white colour marks the extreme part of Western Sicily. In this area traditional salt pans are still a thriving business, well documented by the Salt Museum.
Guests can admire the beautiful view from Mothia island, located in the middle of Lagoon of Marsala, a stretch of coast between Trapani and Marsala. Overnight in Marsala.
3rd Day: Selinunte and Agrigento
Moving to the Southern area, you will discover Selinunte and its large archaeological site. The park proudly exhibits precious Greek ruins, surrounded by a typical Mediterranean landscape.
Agrigento shows its famous Valley of Temples, Unesco World Heritage Site; among almond and olive trees, you can admire the remains of Akragas, the ancient city, defined by Pindar “the most beautiful city built by mortals”. Make sure to visit the Temples of Juno, Concord and Hercules. Overnight in the Agrigento area.
4th Day: Cefalù and Palermo
You can not leave Western Sicily without visiting the beautiful Cefalù! A beautiful sea village with medieval features, overlooks the Mediterranean bay. Here you can see the rich Norman and the Mandralisca Museum, which houses the famous Antonello da Messina’s self-portrait.
Departure to the airport, car drop-off and end of services.
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