THROUGH THE MIDDLE GOING SOUTH
You will be collected from your desired pick up location and our journey begins. At 931m above sea level, Enna is the highest Italian province capital located close to the centre of Sicily and towering above the surrounding countryside. This ancient city has earned its nickname Belvedere (panoramic viewpoint). We will make a brief refreshment stop and take in the outstanding scenery; on a clear day it allows you to see most of Sicily.
Piazza Armerina awaits us. Piazza Armerina is home to the most magnificent Roman mosaics in Western Europe. A landslide in the 12th Century meant that the "Villa Romana" home to the mosaics lay beneath 10 metres of mud for 700 years and thus protected from the damaging effects of air wind and rain.
In the 1950’s excavation works brought the mosaics back to life. We drive through the heart of Sicily, taking in dramatic landscapes and various towns on route. On arriving at Piazza Armerina we visit the Roman “Villa del Casale”.
The mosaics will leave you mesmerised and prepare you for the huge Baroque Cathedral standing in the Duomo.
Time will be allocated for lunch, your driver will advise depending on your requirements. Our journey continues to Caltagirone,
an attractive hilltop town home to the art of producing hand crafted colourful ceramics.
We visit the museum of ceramics, stroll around and view some of the 120 ceramic shops selling original pieces by renowned local artists. Wander around the perfectly manicured public gardens and take a leisurely walk up the emphatic Scalinata di Santa Maria Del Monte (the town’s celebrated ceramic inlaid staircase). Our drive towards the Southern coast takes us to Realmonte, close to the UNESCO heritage listed Turkish steps.
Accommodation and evening meal will be arranged for you. Your morning will be spent wandering these fascinating white step recently featured in the detective stories Montalbano. We move along the Mediterranean coast to Agrigento the home of the temples. Agrigento has one of the most important archaeological sites in the world “Valle dei Templi” or Valley of the Temples. Part of the ancient city of Agracas, the Greek writer and poet Pindar described it as “one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals”. Today its former grandeur is still apparent in the valley’s seven temples of these; The Tempio della Concordia (Temple of Concord) is one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world helping the site to gain the classic UNESCO world heritage award. On our journey back to our chosen final destination a final stop at a renowned Sicilian winery can be arranged.