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Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone Private Tour from Catania – Sicily

Piazza Armerina, IT
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Experience the ancient splendor of the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, a breathtaking example of Roman architectural and decorative mastery. Explore the mosaic-adorned halls of this magnificent villa, once owned by a powerful Roman family. But the adventure doesn't end there. Hop on a Piaggio TriVespa and ride through the charming town of Caltagirone, known for its vibrant pottery and intricate designs. Marvel at the iconic Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, a staircase adorned with 142 steps and discover the town's rich artistic heritage. Immerse yourself in the flavors of Sicily as you indulge in delicious arancino and cannolo. This private tour from Catania promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Sicilian history and culture.

About this experience

  • Non Refundable There is no return, refund or cancellation possible with this product
  • Admission Included
  • 8 hours - 9 hours
  • Suitable for 1-7 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Captivating mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale
  • Vibrant colors of pottery in Caltagirone
  • Swirling patterns in the town of Caltagirone
  • Taste of typical Sicilian food
  • 142 steps of the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte
  • Free time in caltagirone famous for its ceramics
  • Pick-up and drop off with luxury transportation and private chauffeur
  • Tasting of typical sicilian food (arancino and cannolo) in caltagirone
  • City tour with trivespa (one hour) in caltagirone
  • Private professional guide inside the archeological area of piazza armerina
  • Entrance ticket at the villa romana del casale (mosaics)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and beverages unless specified

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Introduction:

Experience the splendor of Sicily with the Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone Private Tour from Catania. Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of this stunning region as you embark on a journey full of architectural wonders and mouthwatering cuisine. This tour showcases the Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, an exquisite ancient residence renowned for its elaborate architecture and mesmerizing mosaics. It is believed to have belonged to a prominent Roman figure, boasting intricate designs that have withstood the test of time.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can expect a total duration of 480 to 540 minutes, providing ample time to explore and indulge in the highlights of this remarkable region. You will first visit the Villa Romana del Casale, where you can marvel at its well-preserved mosaics and gain insight into the opulent lifestyle of the ancient Romans. The tour then takes you to Caltagirone, a charming town famous for its pottery and ceramics. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and intricate patterns found throughout the town, culminating in a visit to the iconic Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, featuring 142 stunning steps.

Who is this for?

This private tour is perfect for history enthusiasts, art lovers, and those seeking an off-the-beaten-path exploration of Sicily's ancient sites. Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple, or a small group, this tour caters to all. It offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of the region while enjoying the picturesque landscapes and delectable Sicilian food.

Why book this?

This private tour allows you to discover Sicily's hidden gems with the guidance of a knowledgeable local guide. Explore the breathtaking Villa Romana del Casale, with its exceptional mosaics that transport you back in time. Stroll through the streets of Caltagirone, admiring the exquisite pottery produced by skilled local artisans. The highlight of the tour, the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, offers a picturesque setting for unforgettable photographs. Indulge in authentic Sicilian cuisine, savoring the flavors of arancino and cannolo. This tour offers a unique and immersive experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty and culture of Sicily.

Good to know:

When booking this tour, keep in mind that it provides a total duration of 480 to 540 minutes, giving you ample time to fully immerse yourself in each destination. The tour includes visits to the Villa Romana del Casale and the town of Caltagirone, where you can witness the rich history and artisanal traditions of the region. Arrive hungry, as you will have the opportunity to taste typical Sicilian food, including the famous arancino and cannolo. Be prepared to take in the vibrant colors and intricate designs that characterize the pottery found in Caltagirone. This tour offers a unique blend of history, art, and cuisine, creating an unforgettable experience.

Reviews:

Travelers who have embarked on the Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone Private Tour from Catania have been captivated by the beauty and historical significance of the Villa Romana del Casale. The well-preserved mosaics have left visitors in awe, with many describing them as breathtaking and a true testament to the artistry of the ancient Romans. The tour of Caltagirone has delighted travelers, especially the visit to the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte, where the vibrant colors and intricate designs painted a vivid picture of a town steeped in tradition. The opportunity to taste authentic Sicilian food only added to the overall enjoyment of the tour. Travelers highly recommend this private tour for a unique and immersive experience in Sicily's fascinating history and culture.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Villa Romana del Casale

Piazza Armerina, splendid art city woven into the heart of Sicily, boasts a slew of monuments that tell of its glorious past. Meanwhile, the apple of the citizens' eyes is the Villa Romana del Casale; originally the property of a powerful Roman family, it dates back to the 4th Century A.D. This majestic Imperial villa, standing tall in the Province of Enna, is a magnificent rural abode, fascinating, above all, for its captivating mosaics, considered the most beautiful and best-preserved of their kind. The fruits of meticulous labor, these precise yet moving images make for a significant adornment to what remains of this extravagant residence – made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

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Caltagirone

The people of Caltagirone produced pottery already ten centuries before Christ. Under the Arab rule the town took the name of Qal ‘at al Gharùn meaning “Fortress of Jars” with reference to the processing of clay. The local artisans had the luck to get the raw material directly from the clay caves and to collect the firewood for their furnaces from the near wood Santo Pietro, so they quicly became the most important ceramics producers of the Island. The pottery decorums seem to be inspired to the splendid art of weaving and to the Sicilian embroidery.

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