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Sicily Ancient & Modern

Sicily Ancient & Modern

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Complex Crossroads: Sicily Ancient & Modern from CICERONI Travel. Comprehensive overview of Sicily’s major treasures - wonderful Greek Temples, the famous Roman Villa Piazza Armerina with its marvellous mosaics, and major Norman churches & palaces with their Byzantine treasures. Private visits to remarkable Baroque palaces included.

Complex Crossroads: Sicily Ancient & Modern

Tour Lecturer: Christopher Smith

Sitting in the centre of the Mediterranean, Sicily has been a strategic resource fought over for millennia. The original settlers were overcome by the Phoenicians from Carthage; then came the Greeks, attracted by the great natural resources of the island; finally, in classical times the Romans arrived.

During the so-called Dark Ages Sicily continued to prosper, particularly during its period as part of the Byzantine Empire, a heritage reflected in the fine mosaic cycles later made for the Normans after Byzantine traditions. Finally, from the ninth century onwards Arabic, or “Moorish” culture added to this heady mix.

It was the arrival of the Normans which initiated a period of great wealth and sophistication, a golden age when the cultures of east and west fused. In more modern times Sicily saw a succession of foreign dynasties, particularly French and Spanish, rule the island with sublime indifference. However, their resident aristocracies have given the island a rich heritage of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical monuments of great power and beauty.

We shall spend four nights in Palermo at the Hotel Plaza Opera, two nights just outside Agrigento at the Baglio della Luna and three nights in the centre of old Syracuse on the “island” of Ortygia at the newly restored and comfortable Hotel des Etrangers. All three are decent, locally rated 4* hotels and that on Ortygia is of architectural interest with many rooms enjoying splendid harbour views.
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Reviews of this holiday

Sicily Ancient & Modern by William, 1 Nov 2017
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The tour was well planned and conveyed expert information in a very accessible manner.. I feel I learnt a great deal about ... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by Mrs H F 17, 25 Oct 2017
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it was an excellent tour covering three destinations in Sicily and allowing the group to encounter Greek, Roman, Byzantine,and ... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by Tony B, 25 Oct 2017
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I was a member of a group of 23 visiting some of Sicily’s cultural, archeological and architectural attractions. We were ... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by Mr R S 16, 18 Nov 2016
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Our resident guide and leader was, as usual, outstanding and the local guides very informative. The administrative arrangements ... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by Susie, 14 Nov 2016
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It was inspiring to be guided through some of the many wonderful sights of Sicily by Tom Duncan and James Hill of Ciceroni... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by Cary, 13 Nov 2016
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This was a marvellous tour of the beautiful island of Sicily in the company of an excellent and knowledgeable lecturer... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by Ricardo, 7 Nov 2016
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Ciceroni arranged a succession of wonderful places in Sicily for us to visit, always accompanied by our two superb Ciceroni ... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by Lara, 12 May 2014
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A ten day tour of Sicily staying in Palermo, Agrigento and Syracuse. We learned about the settlers from the Phoenicians, ... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by JERM, 8 May 2014
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Once again an excellent cultural tour of 9 days with some 22 clients covering all the major historic sites in Sicily by coach ... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by Bangorian, 7 May 2014
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We stayed in three equally well-appointed hotels in Sicily - in Palermo, Agrigento and Syracuse in order to explore the ... read more

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Sicily Ancient & Modern by William, 1 Nov 2017
Traveller rating:

The tour was well planned and conveyed expert information in a very accessible manner.. I feel I learnt a great deal about ... read more

Sicily Ancient & Modern by Mrs H F 17, 25 Oct 2017
Traveller rating:

it was an excellent tour covering three destinations in Sicily and allowing the group to encounter Greek, Roman, Byzantine,and ... read more