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Italy

Treasures of Sicily

Program No. 18212RJ
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.

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At a Glance

Experience how dizzyingly diverse cultural influences combined to create something 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
Varies by date
Walking up to five miles a day. Extended standing during site visits with limited or no public seating. Uneven terrain, limited public handrails, unavoidable stairs, marble and terracotta flooring, cobblestones, steep inclines, loose gravel, dirt paths. Elevator use is limited or restricted in historic sites. Expect crowded conditions in pedestrian centers and museums. Dress accordingly for visits to open-air archeological parks. Program-related travel and transfers will be via bus and boat. Sheltered waiting areas may not be available at docks.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 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 BCE Greek temples.
  • Discover Etna National Park, from barren craters to orchards and terraced vineyards, and enjoy a lunch of freshly prepared Sicilian dishes.
Featured Expert
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Angelo Fanara
Angelo Fanara graduated from the Università degli Studi di Messina. A retired high school English teacher, he continues his love of teaching by leading groups on a freelance basis in the most important archaeological sites and museums in his native Sicily and southern Calabria.

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

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Angelo Fanara graduated from the Università degli Studi di Messina. A retired high school English teacher, he continues his love of teaching by leading groups on a freelance basis in the most important archaeological sites and museums in his native Sicily and southern Calabria.
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Laura Lanza View biography
Laura Lanza received her degree in literature and philosophy from the University of Palermo. She taught Italian, Latin and Greek in local high schools and enjoys her present role as an excursion leader in the province of Palermo. Laura enjoys traveling to European destinations as well as other continents with her family, and resides in the city of Palermo.
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Michele Gallo, a licensed excursion leader in Sicily, shares his knowledge of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. He has contributed to BBC and TBS documentaries featuring UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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Domenico Cuomo nearly completed law school at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, but then fell in love with leading cultural travel groups. Mimmo has over twenty years of experience working on educational tours throughout Europe. He grew up and still resides in the Campi Flegrei, situated to the west of Naples. He loves working with Road Scholar participants as it offers him the opportunity for cultural exchange and sharing his knowledge of European cultures. Mimmo is fluent in English and Italian.
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Lucia Iacono View biography
Lucia Iacono was born and raised in Siracusa, Sicily, and went on to study foreign language and literature at the University of Catania. She is a licensed expert for southeast Sicily and takes great pride in introducing the art, history and culture of her native island to visitors. A true foodie, Lucia enjoys traveling, photography and a good read.
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Laura Cassataro is an archaeologist and licensed expert in the city and province of Syracuse. She was born and raised in Sicily at Termini Imerese and earned her PhD in classical literature from the University of Catania with a dissertation on the ancient routes of communication between Syracuse and Agrigento. Laura has curated cultural events in the area, most notably a photography exhibit (and catalog) on Syracuse in the Middle Ages, and an exhibition on Falconry at the Maniace Fortress.
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Vera Mazzara View biography
Vera Mazzara was born in Naples; her mother came from Naples and her father was from Sicily. She has a degree in foreign languages from the Università degli Studi di Messina and started working as a teacher and a group leader in 1995. A few years later, she started lecturing. She has lived in Sicily for most of her life as well as several years in Naples, a year in Spain, and half a year in England.
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Jacqueline Alio, born and raised in California to Sicilian parents, moved to Sicily with her family as a child, fueling her enduring passion for the island. Her career revolves around promoting Sicily's history and traditions. As an author of numerous books and online articles, she lectures extensively on the island's rich heritage, encompassing its history, people, cuisine, and wines. Jacqueline has nearly three decades of experience and is a certified local guide specializing in Palermo and Sicily.
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Franco D'Angelo View biography
Franco D'Angelo, an ardent traveler and architecture graduate, combines a passion for exploration with a deep love for Sicilian culture. Years of documenting his journeys and honing his photography skills have culminated in a fervent commitment to leading visitors through his homeland's treasures. Franco believes a trip to Sicily is more than a vacation; it is an enriching experience. His mission is to share Sicily's art, history, flavors, and aromas, ensuring every visitor appreciates this captivating region.
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Giusi Belfiore, born in Catania, holds a bachelor's in political science with an international focus. Her thesis, "Aspects and Issues of Tourist Development in the European Community: Towards a European Tourism Policy," earned top marks. She has completed training in tourism and hospitality management. Giusi has worked in banking and has a background in travel agencies, translation, swimming instruction, and tourism animation. Fluent in English and French, with basic German, she is a licensed travel leader in several Sicilian cities.
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Katerina Proftova View biography
Katerina Proftova, based in Piedimonte Etneo, Sicily, boasts extensive experience as a travel manager and local expert, specializing in destinations like Sicily, Tuscany, and Rome. With a background in hospitality, including roles with travel companies and cruise lines, she offers exceptional customer service. Katerina holds a bachelor's in international studies from the University of Florence and is certified as a licensed group leader in multiple regions. Katerina is fluent in English and Italian with intermediate German skills.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Sicily Map
by Touring Club Italiano
A detailed map of Sicily (1:200,000) printed on water- and tear-resistant paper.
A House in Sicily
by Daphne Phelps
An old-fashioned memoir of life at Casa Cuseni, the pensione and garden in Taormina run by the indomitable Daphne Phelps, which has been a sanctuary for such guests as Tennessee Williams, Betrand Russell and others, famous and infamous, since 1947.
Seeking Sicily, A Cultural Journey Through Myth and Reality in the Heart of the Mediterranean
by John Keahey
Taken with Sicily, its culture and its literature, Keahey explores the food, history and pure pleasure of the place, using his heroes Giuseppe di Lampedusa, Leonardo Sciascia and other Sicilian literary greats as guides.
The Shape of Water
by Andrea Camilleri
The first of Camilleri's wildly popular Inspector Montalbano mysteries, nicely translated and shot through (pun intended) with not just memorable characters but also with Sicilian lore and politics. If you like the series, it continues in 19 more installments -- and counting.
The Mask of Apollo
by Mary Renault
Master of historical fiction Mary Renault centers her novel in the turbulent world of fourth-century B.C. Greece, where a tragic actor finds Plato and his friend trying to subdue the tyrannical ruler of Syracuse.
Ancient Sicily, Monuments Past & Present
by G. Messineo, E. Borgia
In this illuminating overview, ingenious overlays depict 17 important sites as they appear today and how they may have appeared in the past.
Sicily, Through Writers' Eyes
by Horatio Claire (Editor)
Homer, Herodotus, D.H. Lawrence, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Elio Vittorini and Peter Robb are represented in this magnificent tour of Sicily, its history, culture and allure.
Between Salt Water and Holy Water, A History of Southern Italy
by Tommaso Astarita
Astarita captures the fanfare, rivalry and changing fortunes of Sicily from antiquity through Norman, Spanish and Bourbon rule to unification and the 20th century.
Palmento, A Sicilian Wine Odyssey
by Robert V. Camuto
An American journalist living in France, Robert Camuto roams the vineyards and visits with vintners from Palermo to Marsala and the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna in this year-long celebration of the culture and spirit of Sicily, Italy's largest and oldest wine region.
The Leopard
by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa
Evoking a lost world of privilege and tradition, Di Lampedusa's memorable tale, set on a rural Sicilian estate during the days of independence, follows the world-weary Don Fabrizio, Prince of Salina. A classic, now in a 50th anniversary edition.
Sicily, An Island at the Crossroads of History
by John Julius Norwich
Norwich delivers a page-turning account of Sicily, from the Classical period through the Mafia, highlighting the crucial role the island has played in world politics.
Syracuse, City of Legends: A Glory of Sicily
by Jeremy Dummett
Dummett covers the history, architecture and archaeology of Syracuse, which Cicero dubbed the greatest and most beautiful Greek city, in this lavishly illustrated book.
Sicily, An Illustrated History
by Joseph Privitera
Privitera covers the scope of Sicily and its diverse civilizations in lively prose and well-chosen illustrations in this succinct history.
Palermo
by Roberto Alajmo
In this charming little book, Alajmo offers a wry, lyrical portrait of his native city, its people, charms and "big problems." What follows is a rollicking, odd journey through the peccadilloes of the Sicilian city.
On Persephone's Island
by Mary Taylor Simeti
Strong on the delights of rural life, Simeti's portrait of Sicily takes the form of a year-long journal, capturing the spirit of the people, daily life, traditions and the land.
The Day of the Owl
by Leonardo Sciascia, Archibald Colquhoun (Translator), Arthur Oliver (Translator), George Scialabba (Translator)
A mesmerizing description of the Mafia at work, Sciascia's beautifully paced novella traces Captain Bellodi's investigation of a man shot dead as he runs to catch a bus in a small Sicilian town.
Bitter Victory: The Battle for Sicily 1943
by Carlo D'Este
From Amazon: Using a wealth of original sources, D'Este paints an unforgettable portrait of men at war. From the front lines in Sicily and Northern Africa to the councils of the Axis and Allied high commands, Bitter Victory offers penetrating reassessments of the men who masterminded the campaign. Thrilling and authoritative, this is military history on an epic scale.
Midnight in Sicily, On Art, Food, History, Travel and La Cosa Nostra
by Peter Robb
Combining interviews, research and essays on Sicilian history and culture, this vivid report by journalist Robb is a superb introduction to Italy's glorious, corrupt and troubled south.
Behind Closed Doors
by Maria Messina
Translated from the Italian by Elise Magistro. From Amazon: "A cultural album of 10 short stories that captures the lives of peasant, working-class, and middle-class women, this volume will appeal to millions of Italian descendants and readers everywhere fascinated by Italian history."





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