The crossroads of Mediterranean history lie on the triangle-shaped island at the end of Italy’s boot. Sicily, also the Mediterranean’s largest island, has a strong regional identity. With cuisine, history, and architecture all its own, Sicily’s quaint coastlines and lush wine country make for a vacation like no other.
We feel privileged to be able to provide an opportunity to visit this charming island. This getaway to Sicily is made even sweeter with additional days of extraordinary sightseeing and attractions in the Eternal City itself – Rome.
Read on and learn about some of the things we’re most excited about in this all-new Rome, Sicily, & the Mediterranean tour.
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and a magnificent cornerstone to Italian history, art, culture, and cuisine. Since antiquity Sicily has been home to several civilizations and the timeless art and architecture we see on this tour will tell the story. The people are very hospitable and outgoing! In Rome, we’re immersed in the capital of the greatest empire of the ancient world, where every street, plaza, and structure have a story to tell.
In Rome, experience the majesty of the Pantheon, Colosseum, and more. Join a narrated tour of the Roman Forum where our guide brings these ruins to life with fascinating stories. On Sicily, the inland city of Caltagirone has been famous for its pottery for thousands of years. Elsewhere on the island, explore the fascinating Valley of the Temples, Villa Romana del Casale, and Monreale’s Norman Cathedral.
Before we’re off to Sicily we spend two days in Rome and the Vatican City. Tour the famous Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums, featuring to some of the most famous Renaissance art and sculptures in the world. We’ll also visit St. Peter’s Basilica, home to historic Christian relics including the Altar of the Sacred Heart, the Chair of St. Peter, and the Pietà.
Look forward to the Nero d’Avola wine tasting alongside a lunch of almonds, honey, marmalades, and preserves. In Caltagirone enjoy a traditional lunch of homemade pasta, ricotta cheese, and other fixings. Dine on delicious Sicilian specialties from street vendors in Palermo, serving classics such as arancini, pani ca meusa, panelle, and cannoli.
Relax in the Mediterranean climate and witness the sparkling sea from beautiful coastal cities. Relax each night in comfortable accommodations in excellent hotels. Stroll the beautiful hilltop town of Taormina, and in Rome toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. According to the legend, if you toss a coin into the fountain, you are certain to return to Rome one day.