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Our most recommended Sicily Museums & Exhibitions

Taormina: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to the Ancient Theater

1. Taormina: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to the Ancient Theater

Pre-book your entry ticket to the Ancient Theater of Taormina and enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry privileges. Take a stirring journey through the archaeological ruins and enjoy the freedom to explore at your own pace. After the one of Syracusa, the Ancient Theater of Taormina is the largest building for shows in the Italian Peninsula. The archaeological site offers the opportunity to step back into the past as well as enjoy the views of the surrounding landscapes. The Greek building, built in a dominant position, dates back, by layout, to the III-II century B.C., but the monument you can admire today appears in the forms acquired in the roman imperial age under the emperor Trajan or Hadrian. It becomes an amphitheater under the emperor Caracalla and, in the same period, the orchestra was converted into an arena to host gladiator fights. After centuries of neglect, in 1465, part of the monument was used as a palace of residence of the Zumbo family.

Trapani: 2-Hour Salt Flats Tour

2. Trapani: 2-Hour Salt Flats Tour

Nature and tradition come together on this 2-hour guided tour of the Trapani salt flats. Join a local guide who will explain the tradition of salt-making while exploring a family-owned salt pan. Enter the salt museum inside a renovated old mill to see the tools and even try some samples of flavored salt. Visit 3 different salt plans while keeping an eye out for flocks of flamingos. These migratory birds change color over time and have been known to make the flats their temporary home. At the end of the day, walk along the edge of the flats and admire the reflection of the afternoon sun in the salt pools. The tour ends with a return transfer to the meeting point.

From Palermo: Guided Mafia Tour of Corleone & Hotel Pickup

3. From Palermo: Guided Mafia Tour of Corleone & Hotel Pickup

Excursion program: meeting with your driver at your hotel, B&B, cruise ship in the morning at 08.30 am, departure with New and comfortable van from Palermo. First stop Portella della Ginestra: visit places of the first Mafia massacre by the bandit Giuliano. Second stop Piana degli Albanesi where you can taste the famous Sicilian typical sweet Cannoli. Afterwards we will continue to Corleone, arrival scheduled for 11:30 am, visit to the Anti-Mafia Museum and to the places that inspired the protagonist of the famous novel by Mario Puzzo and the film Don Vito Corleone. The museum guide will explain everything from the birth of "Cosa Nostra" in America to the present day, you will see a part of the museum dedicated to the Maxi Trial and to the judges Heroes Falcone and Borsellino. You will have lunch if you want in a local restaurant or bar. If possible you will assist to the preparation of ricotta and sheep cheeses in a local dairy. After lunch departure for the Ficuzza wood reserve, visit of the reserve. Return to the hotel in the afternoon around 16:30.

Syracuse: Neapolis Archaeological Park Entrance Ticket

4. Syracuse: Neapolis Archaeological Park Entrance Ticket

The Neapolis Archaeological Park is a must-do for anyone interested in archeology and the classical world. Skip the lines with this entrance ticket and discover its many ancient wonders for yourself including the Greek theater, the Ear of Dionysius, and the Altar of Hieron II. Check out the Greek theater, one of the park's most famous attractions and a truly impressive example of classical civic architecture. Another one of the park's most iconic sites is the Ear of Dionysius, a man-made cave named by the painter Caravaggio. Continue on and discover the fascinating history of some of the park's other key sites. Visit the Roman amphitheater that dates back to the 3rd-4th century AD, the Cave of the Cordari, and the Altar of Hieron II which is dedicated to Zeus Eleutherios.

Palermo: Teatro Massimo Opera House Guided Tour

5. Palermo: Teatro Massimo Opera House Guided Tour

Get to know Palermo's famous opera house on this 30 minute guided tour. Explore the stunning auditorium and other rooms of the third largest opera house in Europe. Start your tour in the foyer. Admire the sculptures and bronze-decorated candelabra in this opulent place. Next, move to the auditorium and enjoy the golden stuccoes, wooden decorations, and features in velvet and glass. Visit the stage and see what happens to enable the staging of an opera. Admire the gorgeous royal box, as well as other areas like the Coat of Arms and Pompeian Rooms. Learn fascinating facts about the opera house, and enjoy breathtaking views of Palermo from the building's top.

Cefalù: Guided Walking Tour & Cefalu Cathedral Mosaics

6. Cefalù: Guided Walking Tour & Cefalu Cathedral Mosaics

The guided tour of Cefalù, near Palermo and the Madonie Park, begins by discovering the ancient Jewish quarter, just outside the historic center of the town, where there are still traces of the Jews who populated this area for almost 200 years. History and tradition mix with architecture and buildings now inhabited more by fishermen, given the proximity to the sea and the ancient Porta Giudecca gate, through which you entered the neighborhood. From here, where you can admire the lighthouse, we continue our walk through the suggestive Sicilian alleys until we reach the small fishing port, framed by the ancient medieval Porta Pescara gate. This enchanting place with the colorful fishing boats has been chosen as a film set for important films such as New Cinema Paradiso and the latest Indiana Jones 5. The tour continues with a visit to the medieval wash house, in the atrium of Palazzo Martino, once a wash house. public with a lava stone staircase and a series of basins where the waters flow from mouths in the shape of a lion's head with supports that were used to rub clothes. Exploring the town you can admire the Palazzo Mandralisca externally which houses the museum famous for Byzantine icons and the portrait of the Unknown painted by Antonello da Messina. The tour ends with a visit to the most beautiful jewel of Cefalù, its Cathedral, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Basilica of the Transfiguration, in Norman style enriched by Arab influences, amazes with its imposing facade with a marble portal and two towers on the sides that represent one the power of the Church with a square plan and the other the power of the Kings and the nobility with octagonal plan. Inside the cathedral we will visit the Christ Pantocrator overlooking the apse facing the many faithful who flock to the Basilica to admire its splendor, surrounded by bright gold mosaics and paintings on a golden background in the Byzantine style.

Enna: Historical Walking Tour with a Guide

7. Enna: Historical Walking Tour with a Guide

The guided tour of Enna will make you discover the navel of Sicily due to its strategic position in the center of the island, preserving real treasures in the highest part where the historic center is located. We begin the guided tour with a visit to the castle of Lombardy, the huge fortress built by the Normans on the highest point of the town in medieval times to defend itself from enemy attacks; it is one of the most important and largest castles in Sicily and of the 20 original towers today only 6 remain perfectly preserved, one of which, the Pisana Tower, can be visited. Inside the castle you can admire the three large courtyards, the walls and the gardens and it is one of the symbols of Enna for the breathtaking view over the valley and the Rocca di Cecere. From the castle we enter the heart of the historic center of Enna along the ancient main street to the Cathedral of Maria Santissima della Visitazione, the city's mother church and national monument, surrounded by elegant eighteenth-century buildings. Built in medieval times by the wife of Frederick II of Aragon, over time it has been enriched with baroque decorations and precious works of art, including frescoes by Borremans, becoming one of the major artistic expressions of the area with an imposing facade and precious access portals. The guided tour continues by visiting historic buildings such as the Town Hall and the Garibaldi Theater until the next stop with a visit to the Church of San Francesco d 'Assisi. The fourteenth-century building, which stands on one of the main squares of Enna, incorporates the Convent of the Friars Minor in the ancient Palazzo Chiaromonte and is characterized by a Gothic-style facade embellished by the bell tower obtained from an ancient watchtower. Inside we will visit precious paintings and a suggestive crypt in the basement of the church, carved into the rock. The guided tour ends at the nearby Belvedere of Enna, one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the town where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Madonie Park, indulging in some relaxation and some photos of the beauty of Sicily.

Valley of the Temples: Kolymbethra Garden Entry Ticket

8. Valley of the Temples: Kolymbethra Garden Entry Ticket

Visit the very special Kolymbethra Garden, a part of the Valley of the Temples. Learn all about its long history as you soak up the tranquil atmosphere. Opt to add on an underground tour and discover the hypogea underground chambers. Located in Agrigento, Kolymbethra Garden is a shaded corner of paradise, where centuries-old olive trees prosper and where the citrus fruits flood the Valley of the Temples with their fragrances. An embodiment of the promised land and an exceptional garden, where nature is fused with history, this little valley is a significant part of Akragas. The garden is a worthy addition to a visit to the Archaeology Park nearby, and a thrill for the five senses: from the aroma of the orange blossom to the flavor of the almonds, from the silvery tint of the olive trees to the moisture of the soil, all accompanied by the delicate sound of water constantly flowing in the background. No visit is complete without a trip along the new routes to the hypogea underground chambers, which are of great interest in terms of archaeology, speleology, and the natural environment. Select the option to add on a guided tour of the hypogea for a unique experience while at the Valley of the Temples.

Syracuse: Museum Guided Tour with Sicilian Puppet show

9. Syracuse: Museum Guided Tour with Sicilian Puppet show

Watch the Opera dei Pupi, a theatrical puppet performance of Frankish romantic poems such as 'The Song of Roland' or 'Orlando furioso.' Let the traditional art of puppet theatre transport you into a bygone era. Witness stunning wooden puppets dressed in gorgeous detailed costumes. Enjoy a show filled with intense emotions, fast-paced battle scenes, musical accompaniment, and fierce animals like dragons and alligators entering the story. Get deep insights into the history of this art and why it plays a significant role in Sicily's culture and identity.

Agrigento: Valley of the Temples and Archaeological Museum

10. Agrigento: Valley of the Temples and Archaeological Museum

Learn more about the ancient culture of Sicily on a private tour of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, and get a closer look at the Doric temples of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the remains of the Temple of Hera, Temple of Concordia, Temple of Herakles and Temple of Zeus. Go to the sanctuary of chthonic deities and get a better understanding of the ancient culture revealed in the majestic structures. Learn about the different characters that made the historical settlement of Akragas the most beautiful city of mortals. Visit the archaeological museum of Pietro Griffo in the remains of the ancient Agora and look at an impressive collection of vases, marble statues and sarcophagi from the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman periods of Sicily. See one the original telamons of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and get a better understanding of everyday life in Ancient Greece.

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What people are saying about Sicily

alessio, our guide was perfect. he explained everything very detailed and created a very pleasant atmosphere like with friends. it was an extraordinary evening. Thanks for all!

everything was super ok, but as an advice: try to go there at 9 am because is less crowded and the heat is beareble :)

It was great not having to wait in the very long line - we’ll worth the cost!

We spent a wonderful evening led by the competent and friendly Alessio

We recommend this tour to other travellers. Excellent guide.