TOURS AND EXCURSIONS
Discovering a destination with an organized tour allows for detailed information about the history and culture of the city or site visited, offered by professional and expert local guides. Time is optimized with the assurance of having seen the main attractions without worrying about personal planning. In an unknown city, an organized tour can provide a sense of security and comfort, especially when traveling alone.
Furthermore, some organized tours can offer authentic and non-touristic experiences, such as visiting local markets, tasting local food, or participating in cultural events.
We have selected for you some of the best tours managed by our partner Getyourguide to discover the World Heritage Sites of Sicily and Sardinia departing from Catania, Palermo, and Cagliari.
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EXCURSIONS AND TOURS FROM CATANIA
MORNING EXCURSION ON ETNA
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A 6-hour guided excursion from Catania in a jeep or minivan to Mount Etna. At an altitude of 2000 meters, a guided walk through ancient craters and the most recent lava flows. The tour then continues to explore a lava cave and a viewpoint with a panorama of the Valley of Bove. The trekking is easy and suitable for all, including older participants and families with children.
1 DAY TOUR TO AGRIGENTO AND PIAZZA ARMERINA
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AGRIGENTO AND PIAZZA ARMERINA
The tour departs from Catania and heads to Agrigento, known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas in the Valley of the Temples, which includes the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Juno, and the Temple of Concordia. Additionally, there are three sanctuaries and the necropolises of Montelusa, Mosè, and Pezzino. The tour then proceeds to Piazza Armerina in the Erei Mountains to admire the mosaics in the ruins of a Roman noble residence at the Villa del Casale.
ONE DAY TOUR TO SYRACUSE ORTIGIA AND NOTO
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SIRACUSA, ORTIGIA AND NOTO
Full-day sightseeing tour of the Neapolis Archaeological Park, home to classical monuments of Greek and Roman Syracuse. Departure from Catania to the ruins of Syracuse, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the Roman roads, monuments such as the Greek Theatre, the latomie, the limestone cave known as the "Ear of Dionysius" and the Christian Church of San Nicolò ai Cordari. Continue to the island of Ortigia, the historic center of Syracuse, rich in Greek temples, Christian churches, and Arab streets. Visit: the Aretusa Fountain, Cathedral Square, and the baroque palaces, such as Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco and Palazzo del Senato. Proceed to visit Noto and Sicilian baroque architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.
PRIVATE 2 HOURS WALKING TOUR OF CATANIA
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A private tour to discover the main attractions of Catania: Piazza Stesicoro, the ruins of the Roman amphitheater, Via Etnea, Piazza Università, the Alessi Staircase, Via dei Crociferi, the 16th-century churches, Piazza San Francesco with its church, the monument dedicated to Cardinal Dusmet, Piazza Duomo with the cathedral and the town hall.
EXCURSIONS AND TOURS FROM PALERMO
HALF DAY TOUR TO MONREALE AND CEFALÙ
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MONREALE AND CEFALÙ
The Norman church of Monreale is located on the slopes of Monte Caputo. With a six-hour tour from Palermo, start visiting Monreale and the historic city of Cefalù with the local attractions of the Mandralisca Museum and the Cathedral.
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STROMBOLI, LIPARI AND VULCANO
Guided tour from Tropea for a day trip to the Aeolian Islands of Stromboli, Lipari, and Vulcano, declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A two-hour cruise on the Tyrrhenian Sea to the coast of the Aeolian Islands of Stromboli. Visit to Stromboli with the village of San Vincenzo, with its white houses and Aeolian architecture. Free time to walk, admire Mount Stromboli or swim in the black sand beaches. Cruise to Lipari and a sightseeing tour of the Acropolis and the Cathedral of Lipari, with a view of the ocean at Marina Corta and Marina Lunga. The tour continues to the island of Vulcano with the steam jets of the volcano to walk along the volcanic path with a view from the crater.
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EXCURSIONS AND TOURS FROM CAGLIARI
SU NURAXI IN BARUMINI
Su Nuraxi in Barumini, Sardinia. Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Shutterstock
The nuragic village of Su Nuraxi, one of the most important architectural works in Sardinia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The archaeological area of the Barumini nuragic complex includes nuragic architecture and parts of a nuragic village. The Polo Museale of Casa Zapata offers an archaeological and ethnographic collection about the life of the early Sardinian civilizations and the technologies of the protohistoric populations. Su Nuraxi is located about 50 km from Cagliari.
CRUISE TO THE GULF OF OROSEI
Golfo di Orosei, Sardinia. Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Shutterstock
Departure from Cagliari for a cruise to the Gulf of Orosei on the northeastern coast of Sardinia. Boarding for a mini-cruise admiring the sea and sunbathing in dreamy bays and beaches: Cala Mariolu, Cala Luna, and Cala Beriala. In addition, sighting of birds in their natural habitat such as the queen's falcon and the cormorant that nest in the Gulf of Corsica and optional visit to the Bue Marino Caves.
DAY TOUR TO VILLASIMIUS
Villasimius, Sardinia. Copyright © Sisterscom.com / Shutterstock
An excursion that departs from the port of Cagliari and passes along the Molentargius pond with pink flamingos and the Sella del Diavolo, a rocky formation overlooking the Poetto beach. Stop at Campulongu beach for swimming or snorkeling in the protected marine area while at the famous Porto Giunco beach, one can walk on the white sand and admire the granite rocks.
Avion Tourism Magazine N10/2022
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