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Valley of Temples, Agrigento, Sicily

The Sicilian Baroque & Inspector Montalbano Tour

8-day tailor-made journey from £2,550 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Experience highlights of the Sicilian Baroque and an Inspector Montalbano tour, visiting Syracuse and Ragusa

In Brief

  • 3 Nights in Syracuse
  • 4 Nights in Ragusa

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Recommended for:
Food & wine | History & culture | Relaxation

Start your tour in Syracuse, a beautiful town with Baroque architecture crafted from honey-coloured sandstone that glows in the sun. Whilst there, get your fill of the area's incredible history, dating back to the Roman Empire. Explore some other Baroque highlights, including Noto, the Villa del Tellaro, and the town of Modica.

For the second part of the tour, you will be based in the fabulous Relais Antica Badia Hotel in Ragusa. Explore the actual setting of the detective series Inspector Montalbano, with the towns of Scicli and Ragusa Ibla used as Viagata. Visit the police station, town hall, the Inspector's home, and the staircase of the Duomo of San Giorgio that regularly features in the programme.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Syracuse

Arrive at Catania Airport with British Airways. Meet your driver at the airport, and transfer to Syracuse to your centrally located hotel in Ortygia, a 1sq km island joined to the mainland via three bridges. Enjoy the town's charming baroque houses and delightful narrow streets: it's certainly one of the most pleasant places to stay in Syracuse. Spend the afternoon at your leisure.

Stay: Des Estranges Hotel

Breakfast included

Day 2
Syracuse

Embark on a half-day guided tour of Syracuse's Archaeological Park and learn about some of the historic town's marvels. Visit the Latomia del Paradise and the Ear of Dionysius, the Greek Theatre and the Roman Amphitheatre, and of course Ortygia's treasure, the Duomo - a 480 BC Doric temple dedicated to Athena and the Fonte Aretusa.

Stay: Des Estranges Hotel

Breakfast included

Day 3
Syracuse

Today you will have a guided tour of Noto, before your driver continues on to the Roman Villa del Tellaro, and returning to Syracuse. Dubbed the 'Stone Garden' - Noto is one of the eight towns listed by UNESCO in southeastern Sicily. It was destroyed by an earthquake in 1693, and then rebuilt in the late Baroque style. Enjoy a half-day guided tour of this fascinating 18th century town, and then explore independently.

Stay: Des Estranges Hotel

Breakfast included

Day 4
Syracuse, Modica & Ragusa

Meet your driver to travel from Syracuse to Modica, one of the oldest towns in Sicily and a stunning example of the baroque that was also rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693. Modica is a centre for cheese, chocolate and almonds. Stop off at the chocolate factory of the Bonaiuto family to learn about the chocolate production process.

Stay: Relais Antica Badia

Breakfast included

Day 5
Ragusa Ibla & Donnafugata

Take another guided tour, this time heading inland to the second town staging as Vigata, Ragusa Ibla. Many scenes from the television show have been filmed in Ragusa Ibla, including the staircase to the Duomo of San Giorgio and to Santa Maria della Scala Church.

Have lunch at the Trattoria San Calogero, actually the Restaurant La Rusticana, before continuing to the Castello di Donnafugata, the home of the local mafia boss Balduccio Sinagra.

Stay: Relais Antica Badia

Breakfast included

Day 6
Scicli & Punta Seca

Take a guided tour of the town that Inspector Montalbano is set within - Scicli, known as Vigata in the television series. Visit Montalbano's office - the Scicli town hall, and the police station that's also Scicli's town hall. Continue to the Marinella of Vigata, and the home of the Inspector in Punta Seca.

Have an optional delicious lunch at the seaside restaurant Enzo a Mare - The Chalet in the show. On the way back, call at la Mannara, the tuna fishery used in the series.

Stay: Relais Antica Badia

Breakfast included

Day 7
Ragusa

Have a relaxed day, and explore Ragusa at your own leisure. The heritage of the town can be traced to the 2nd century BC, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city is split in two halves: the older town of Ragusa Ibla, and the upper town of Ragusa Superiore. Visit the beautiful cathedral of San Giovanni Battista in the Ragusa Superiore, and explore the narrow streets and stunning baroque architecture.

Stay: Relais Antica Badia

Breakfast included

Day 8
Departure

Transfer to Catania airport for your British Airways flight to London.    

Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior

8-day tailor-made journey from £2,550 incl. flights

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