18212
Italy

Treasures of Sicily

Immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of Sicily as you learn about important archaeological sites, ancient towns, historic monuments and savor a meal on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
Rating (4.88)
Program No. 18212RJ
Length
16 days
Starts at
4,599
Flights start at
650

At a Glance

Experience the dizzyingly diverse cultural influences that combined to create something totally unique in Sicily. Examine the ruins left behind as evidence of Magna Graecia, “Greater Greece,” including some of the most beautiful structures ever built by the Ancient Greeks; learn about the surprising, sometimes spectacular results of the clash between Norman and Arab civilizations; meet the proud, friendly Sicilians who are eager to share their villages, their cuisine and the beauty of their land.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 4 miles a day; uneven and hilly terrain at historic sites. Extended periods of standing.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Norman Cathedral in Monreale; the Byzantine-style mosaics rival those of St. Mark's in Venice.
  • Explore 8th century B.C. Greek amphitheaters and temples.
  • Discover the diversity of Etna National Park from barren craters to orchards and terraced vineyards and enjoy a lunch of freshly prepared Sicilian dishes at an agriturismo.
Featured Expert
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Enrico Nucci
Enrico Nucci has led Road Scholar programs in Italy and Sicily for many years. He very much enjoys sharing his knowledge of the country. Born and raised near Naples, he studied at the University of Maryland where he earned a BA in Psychology. He has worked at the Embassy of Italy, the World Bank and Auto Europe, spending several years in Maine. His interests include volcanoes (especially Vesuvius and Etna), books by the Sicilian author Andrea Camilleri, motorcycles and farm-to-table ingredients for healthy meals.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Laura Lanza
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Enrico Nucci
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