18212
Italy
Treasures of Sicily
Immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of Sicily as you learn about important archeological sites, ancient towns, historic monuments and savor a meal on the slopes of Mt. Etna.
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Program No. 18212RLR
Length
16 days
Starts at
3,790
Flights start at
950
Getting There
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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
Active
Walking up to two miles a day; uneven and hilly terrain at historic sites. Extended periods of standing.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Norman Cathedral in Monreale; the Byzantine-style mosaics rival those of St. Mark's in Venice.
  • Ferry across the Strait of Messina to Reggio to admire the bronze Riace Warrior statues.
  • Discover the orchards and farms of the rich-soiled Mount Etna plains and share a lunch of freshly prepared Sicilian dishes at an agriturismo.
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Enrico Nucci
Enrico Nucci has been leading Road Scholar programs in Sicily and the Bay of Naples for more than a decade. He also serves as an Italian guide for the United Service Organizations (USO). Enrico graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Psychology and has worked at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. He has a special interest in volcanoes, developed early as a young boy who went to school in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius in Naples.
Angelo Fanara
Laura Lanza
Domenico Cuomo
Catherine Paige
Enrico Nucci
Michele Gallo
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