NORTHERN COASTLINE AND THE CAPITAL
You will be collected from your desired pick up location and our journey begins. We drive the scenic coastal road towards Messina the third largest City in Sicily. We stop at the fantastic Sanctuary of the Montalto Madonna, offering probably the best views in Messina; take in the Cathedral and of course the Astronomical clock.
Perched precariously above the northern coastal road, Tindari was one of Sicily’s last Greek Colonies and is home to the legend of the black Madonna. The sculpture of the Virgin and Child in citron wood is said to have reached Tindari in the 8th Century and still worshipped today.
After visiting the sanctuary you will have the opportunity to wander around the Greek ruins and admire the majestic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, The Aeolian Islands and the Oliveri-Tindari lagoon.
Time will be allocated for lunch, your driver will advise you according to your requirements.
Back along the very scenic coastal route our next stop is Santo Stefano di Camastra, this colourful town is home to the traditional art of ceramics.
Modica was badly damaged in the 1693 earthquake and largely rebuilt in Sicilian Baroque style. It is divided into two parts, “higher” Modica and “lower” Modica.
This pretty coastal town is full of winding Medieval streets and home to a unique Norman cathedral, we will visit the cathedral where you will have the opportunity to walk up to The Rocca with an altitude of 270m these spectacular remains of the Cefalu Castle are worth the climb. Accommodation and evening meal will be arranged for you.
At your leisure we leave Cefalu and head for Monreale, hosting one of Europe’s supreme cathedrals. Our journey takes us into the centre of Palermo; this colourful bustling city holds some of the most important baroque architecture in Italy: The Norman Palace, The Palatina Chapel, and the Church of Santa Chiara not forgetting the renowned Piazza Quattro Canti. We will spend the rest of our day visiting the City. Our journey back to your chosen destination will cut us through the centre of Sicily taking in some fantastic countryside and small towns perched above. There will be the possibility of a final stop at a renowned vineyard for wine tasting.