Sicilyis unbelievably rich in beauty, in history, in arts, in culture. Walkamong the greatest Greek ruins anywhere, see incomparable Roman andNorman mosaics; explore remote hilltop villages and spectacularlandscapes; visit sites of Mafia and anti-Mafia activities; climbsmoking, fuming Etna (if she lets us). Siracusa, Agrigento, Taormina,Palermo, Monreale, Piazza Armerina, Marsala, Erice, Segesta, we touch everycorner of the island. Enjoy a Sicilian cooking class, traditionalcheese and pastry-making demonstrations, winery visits, wine tastings,and some of the best restaurants in Sicily.
August (possible, if you're a group of 6
or more, email us),
September 28~October 8 (our ***Full-Monty
Special***: more of Sicily,
more of us, & more of you, all at a 10 % discount. See below.*)
if you are a group of 6 or more; email us) 2016: March 19~29(our popular Easter Festivals tour), April 15~25 May 20~30 (incl. optional Greek Theatre
Performance), June 10~20 (incl. optional Greek Theatre
Performance), July 8~18 (incl. Palermo Santa Rosalia
festival), August (possible if you're a group of 6
or more, email us), September 9~19 October 7~17 November 4~14 December (possible
if you are a group of 6 or more; email us)
Tours will run if at least 6 people sign up. Tours fill at 15~16, so additional tours may run in any month when there is enough demand. Check with us.
* Full Monty Tour: Normally, only one of us lead a Sicily Highlights Tour (of up to 15 people). But each of us has different qualities, different emphases, and it occurred to us why not join forces and offer one tour with all three of us--Lucia, Stephen, and Douglas? Hence a "Full Monty". The number of you will now go up to 30 maximum (thus 1 of us / 10 of you, still a cozy ratio). All at a 10% discount. However, if the number of people who sign up does not exceed 15, then the Full Monty tour reverts to a normal Sicily Highlights Tour.
10 Days (day before Palm Sunday to day after Easter Monday)
one does Easter week with the same spectacle and deep feeling of
Sicilians. This is Catholicism with all the splendor of the
Resurrection with more than a splash of pagan devilment. We will cross Sicily, from festival to festival, discovering regional festival
foods, and seeing the major tourist sites along the way.
These two cities display the urban life of the
ancient Roman world in the two greatest open-air archaeological museums in the
world: Rome, the metropolis, the father of our sense of what it means to be
civilized and urban. Rome, the center of Western Civilization in the ancient
world and in the medieval Christian world. Rome, the incomparable, the Eternal.
And Naples, where ancient city life is displayed more clearly than anywhere else
(Pompeii and Herculaneum), with stunning Bourbon palaces, and the most amazing
vibrant street life in Italy.
This tour is being organized by the Fromm Institute of the University of San Francisco, USA, based on our two adult lecture series this spring on the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. Of course, it is open to anyone interested in an intellectually challenging tour of Ancient Rome and Naples.