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Day 1 Palermo
Arrival in Palermo, accommodation in 4-star hotel.
Meeting with the guide at the hotel for a half-day guided tour of Palermo (Cathedral, Palazzo dei Normans, Palatine Chapel, San Giovanni degli Eremiti). There your guide will show you the highlights of historic Palermo, the capital of ancient Sicily colonized by the Phoenicians, boasts a rich 3000 years of history, particularly thriving under Arab and Norman rule. The many great empires that once they ruled the capital of Sicily left behind the wonderfully diverse architecture, from Roman to Byzantine to Arab-Norman, which will be displayed in palaces, churches and crypts of the city. Overnight in 4-star hotel

Day 2 Botanical Garden of Palermo, Villa Malfitano, Monreale
Departure to visit the botanical garden. The botanical garden greatness of species, the monumentality of many of its elements, and the strong tropical and subtropical components present in which the elements of exotic and indigenous flora merge favor this special combination of local and international cultures. This garden wants to be free from canonical constraints, instead its designers wanted to express a universal sense of harmony and creativity guided by nature and beauty. In the afternoon we will visit Villa Malfitano. One of the great palaces of Palermo, built in style Liberty, is located in a spectacular garden. The villa was built in 1886 by Joseph Whitaker – nephew of the famous English gentleman and merchant of wines, Ingham, who moved to Sicily in 1806 and made a fortune producing Marsala wine. Whitaker had trees sent to Palermo from all over the world to plant around his villa. These included such rare species as the Dragon Blood, a huge banyan tree that appears to be the only one found in Europe. local high society crowded here for lavish parties, and even royal English visited.
World War II, General George Patton temporarily stayed here as he predicted the invasion of southern Italy. The villa today is richly furnished with antiques and artifacts from all over the world. The Summer Room (summer room) is particularly striking, with trompe l’oeil frescoes covering the walls and ceiling.
In the afternoon excursion to Monreale. One of the largest and most interesting covered mosaic surfaces in the world can be admired in the Cathedral of Monreale. Funded and created by the Norman-Sicilian king William II, called “Il Buono” (the Good), the artistic area that we are
to visit takes us to cultural and religious worlds that can also help us understand our 21st century even if it is nine centuries. I’m going back to the hotel, evening available. Overnight at the hotel in Palermo

Day 3 Agrigento and Kolymbetra Garden
Departure for Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples half day visit with a local guide, famous for his five Doric temples. Not even in Athens will you see Greek temples so finely preserved. Our guided tour will take us through the spectacular ruins of the archaeological park, where numerous temples, burial places, houses, and other artifacts give us clues to how the ancients lived. Then we will visit the Kolymbetra Garden, a small valley which, thanks to its surprising fertility, reminiscent of the Garden of Eden or a corner of the promised land within the archaeological and landscape park of the Valley, the garden features wild over about five hectares; is enclosed by limestone tuff walls between the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the symbol of Agrigento, and the temple of Vulcano in a scenario of hills, hills and the infinite sea that separates Sicily from Africa. The favorable microclimate that protected the earth from the cold winter winds and the heat in summer, the fertility of its alluvial soil and its abundance of water have allowed one extraordinary vegetation to thrive over the centuries In the bottom of the valley today, this vegetation is made up of citrus garden with lemons, cedars, mandarins and ancient varieties of orange; of reeds, poplars, tamarisks and willows that grow luxuriantly near rivers; of almond and olive trees spread over non-irrigated areas; of vegetable gardens and vineyards, and finally a dense scrub Mediterranean (myrtle, mastic, terebinth, phyllyrea, spurge, broom) which grows throughout. , Accommodation in 4-star hotel in Agrigento

Day 4 Donnafugata Castle Gardens and known
In the morning departure for Ragusa-Ibla. Ragusa is a fascinating city, Ragusa’s baroque architecture has earned UNESCO World Heritage status. It is an unusual city, divided into two parts – the Upper Town and Ibla. After the earthquake of 1693 destroyed much of the city, half of the people decided to build on the ridge above the city and the other half renovated the historic center. ibla, the lower town, is within walking distance. In the afternoon we will have an excursion free visit of the Donnafugata Castle and the garden. The large garden, shaded by large trees first ficus magnolioides then by other Mediterranean and exotic species (succulents and maritime pines) hides several follies destined to charm and confuse its visitors. Like the round temple and a coffee house, the stone labyrinth and several artificial caves encrusted with fake stalactites (under the Temple) – Visit of Ibla, the historic center of Ragusa Ragusa Ibla has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco it is a land of great architecture and in any case it is the Baroque style that most characterizes the area for its decorated churches and noble palaces that line the streets and alleys of Ragusa Ibla. Continuation to Noto: Overnight in hotel in Noto

Day 5 Syracuse, Biviere di Lentini Garden and Catania
In the morning visit with local guide of Syracuse half day Syracuse still has some of the best examples of Baroque art and architecture, along with fantastic Greek and Roman ruins. Syracuse is definitely one of the most beautiful places to see in Sicily. A local guide will take us on a guided tour of this city and its sites archaeological sites, including a Roman amphitheater, beautiful Greek temple, a famous cave called the Ear of Dionysus, and the most complete Greek theater surviving antiquity. Then we will visit Ortigia, the oldest part of Syracuse, located on an island. We will explore the alleys, beautiful shops and cafes of the beautiful island.
The ancient Greek colony founded on Ortigia was like this important as Athens or Rome in the Mediterranean. Today it is a lively mix of temples, churches, seaside bars, and shops.
Afternoon we recommend a visit alone of the Biviere di Lentini estate. The Bivieredi Lentini estate became the residence of Scipione and Maria Carla Borghese in 1968, once a desolate place surrounded by stones and dust, today it has become – thanks to a passion for beautiful plant life – a unique and very special Mediterranean garden. The dusty stones have given way to the fertile land that has held the waters of the lake for thousands of years. Memories of the past they have taken a different turn, it is no longer devoid of feelings; Rather, they are inextricably linked to the reality that surrounds them. The ancient port facing south, now closed by huge hand-cut boulders, has become a fascinating green space, an invitation to the main entrance of “Case del Biviere.” On the restored pillars, which have been made with particular care and attention to detail, there is an extraordinary collection of succulents – imported from different and distant countries – which almost forms a walkway of botanical statuary. Visitors can immerse themselves in open spaces, in harmony with the colors and scents of oranges, jasmine and the poetic flight of fantasy known for centuries only to those who have loved this land. Perhaps elsewhere the rapid passage of time may be justified, but here, among these glorious fragrances and colors, which finds reason and joy in a slower pace, basking in the intensity of moments full of beauty and tranquility. Here too, we find that we have discovered a very special place, lost somewhere between reality and history. It is almost as if the goddess Demeter itself has decided today to make “Case del Biviere” his divine home once again. Overnight in Noto

Day 6 Catania and Villa Trinità Garden
In the morning visit alone of Catania: with the name of Katane, it was one of the first Greek colonies, founded in the VIII century BC Conquered by the Romans in 263 BC, the architectural debris from the Augustan period still remains. The 19th century was a period cultural flourishing for Catania, with a wonderful panorama literary, musical and theatrical. The city has an 18th century style because it was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693. After the reconstruction, the streets were wide and regular with large squares and beautiful noble palaces of a late Baroque style.
If you have time in the afternoon we will visit the private Villa Trinità Garden, a garden that was born on lava, rich in autochthonous and exotic species, an example of sophisticated Botanical Garden. It is an extraordinary collection of Mediterranean and exotic plants which houses, among the others, numerous species of agave, aloe, iris, palm trees, and many unusual trees such as Chorisia, a species with a trunk studded with large thorns, or the false soft pepper tree Schinus, many varieties of oaks, mastic trees, ancient roses, wise plants, lavender, golden narcissus, native trees and shrubs such as rowan, strawberry tree (strawberry tree), and Crataegus azarolus, countless types of climbing plants and a rich collection of citrus trees and plants. Also there is a number of Mediterranean shrubs and fruit trees, such as Indian Fig Trees, Kakhi, walnut, chestnut, pear and apricot trees, as well as exotic trees such as acca sellowiana, macadam, gujava (guava, and jambos Eugenia).
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Overnight stays in b & b and 3 * hotel (Standard)

Breakfast

Daily luggage transport

GPS rental (1 every 2 bikes) with the tracks of the route

Maps and road book in Italian 24 hour medical / baggage insurance

Emergency telephone support

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entrances, lunches and dinners.

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