Spend time on your own in Syracuse,
the ancient Greek city that once rivaled Athens
as the most important in the Greek world. Today, Old Syracuse is listed as a
UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Archeological site, featuring the Ear of
Dionysius, the Roman amphitheater, and one of the largest Greek theaters in the
world. In Ortigia, walk to the Fountain of Aretusa and visit the cathedral and
piazza. Take an evening stroll along Ortigia’s seaside promenade, and then dine on
seafood or pizza at a local restaurant. The city’s ancient and medieval
structures will both awe and fascinate you.
Today meet your local guide at the hotel and settle for a
full day excursion to Piazza Armerina to see the amazing mosaics of Villa del
Casale. The 3,500-square-meter Villa was the country home of a high-ranking
member of the Roman Empire and was built between the third and fourth centuries.
At that time Sicily was a strategic outpost for the supply of cereals, and was
therefore extremely powerful and privileged. The villa is world-famous for its
huge and well preserved floor mosaics representing heroes of mythology and
episodes of everyday life during the time of Diocletian. The most famous mosaic
represents young women wearing bikinis (in fact they are wearing garments for
the gymnasium, as they are exercising and having fun)…certainly one of the very
first bikinis in history! Villa del Casale is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and
one of the most popular destinations in Sicily.
Day 2 - Independent exploration of Syracuse
Continue your independent exploration of Syracuse and nearby
sites. In the summer, you may enjoy swimming in the ocean. Our hotel is just
across the only pebble beach of the city.
Day 3 - Depart for U.S.
After breakfast* this morning transfer to the Catania
airport (approximately 50 to 60 minutes depending on traffic) for your departing
flight. Please ensure you are ready in the hotel reception area at the
*Please note: For guests with early-morning departures,
breakfast at the hotel may not be available. Please check with the front desk
to verify the times that breakfast is served.
**Please note: VBT recommends that you check your transfer
time in your “Transfer Reminder.” VBT transfer times and departure points are
finalized in advance and cannot be modified for individual guests. If you
extend your stay beyond the scheduled program dates, return transportation to
the airport will be at your own expense.