Day trip

Catania: Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Transfer

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Activity provider: Sicily Day BY Day

Catania: Valley of the Temples & Piazza Armerina Transfer

Activity provider: Sicily Day BY Day

From US$ 145.78 per person

Avoid the stress of driving and the hassle to find parking by taking this guided transfer in a comfortable and luxury van or sedan to go to Valley of The Temples and Villa Romana del Casale. Discover the Greek culture and the famous Roman mosaics!

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
French, English, Italian
Pickup included
Pick-p available at all the hotels in Catania or nearby areas.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Treat your eyes to the beauty of the Valley of the Temples in Sicily
  • Experience the unique history, art, and culture of the preserved temples
  • Savor the bright flavors of local Silician packed lunch during the tour
  • Travel in a comfortable luxury van with a professional driver and guide
  • Marvel at the best conserved in-situ Roman mosaics in Piazza Armerina
Full description
Drive to the southern coast of Sicily in a comfortable and air-conditioned vehicle to explore and learn about the history, culture, and art found in Sicily in the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale.  Your tour will begin with the visit of the majestic archaeological area of the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pindar, the Greek poet, and writer described it as “one of the most beautiful cities of those inhabited by mortals”. Famous for its seven well-preserved temples, Valley of the Temples dedicated to various divinity including Juno, Hercules, Hephaestus, and Athena. The visit to the Valley of the Temples is a wonderfully memorable experience that allows you to delve into the Greek culture and history that has been woven into Sicily.  After strolling through the Valley of the temples in Agrigento, you will stop to enjoy a delicious packed lunch made of Sicilian street food, water, and wine before traveling to Piazza Armerina. Found in the heart of Sicily, Piazza Armerina is home to the splendid Villa Romana del Casale a majestic imperial villa originally property of a powerful Roman family. At the villa, you will find the best conserved in-situ Roman mosaics in the world.
Includes
  • Multilingual driver
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan
  • Gas, parking fees, and tolls
  • Food and drinks (Sicilian street food, water, and Etna wine)
  • Guide booklet and maps
  • Entrance fees
  • Touristic guide inside the historical places

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4.8 /5

based on 44 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
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4th. October 2022. Excellent tour and driver/guide (Carlos). The Valley of the Temples is fascinating and the Temple of Concordia awe inspiring. This tour allows time for only a taste of the site but is well worth it, leaving me wanting to return and explore for longer. While we were travelling to the sites, Carlos explained the historical and cultural context of what we were going to see in great depth and with passion and humour. He did not accompany us into the sites: I found this approach ideal for me. Instead of going at the pace dictated by a guide, I was able to linger where I wanted and my imagination was free to wander. The Villa Romana del Casale is fabulous. It is alive in a way that some historical sites are not because so much is left intact. It is almost possible to see and hear the people going about their lives and to watch the craftsmen laying the superb mosaics. It is truly ‘not to be missed’. Sicily Day by Day are the best. Grazie mille Carlos.

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October 6, 2022

Our driver gave incredible history and background while enroute to the Valley of Temples. He then gave advice on what to see and how to pace ourselves for time. On arrival we explored at our own pace by ourselves. He was very good, knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. It was a long day and money well spent.

October 6, 2022

The mosaics in the ruins of the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina are truly beautiful and give you a glimpse into Roman life centuries ago. The information about the mosaics is informative, but not overwhelming. The raised walkway leads you through through the villa, so that you're looking at the mosaics from above. Luckily, the complex is covered to protect this Sicilian history from the elements (and you from the summer heat). After our visit here, we went to a restaurant in nearby Piazza Armerina for a wonderful lunch with delicious Sicilian food and wine. The next stage fo the day-trip was at the Valley of the Temples. The area is pretty extensive, and it also offers breathtaking views of the coast. There are informative plaques at each temple (or ruins of one that once stood there), but you also have the option to get an audio guide when you buy your ticket. It's a long day to visit both locations, but it's totally worth it.

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July 26, 2022

Product ID: 177561