After our day in ancient life in Pompeii and Herculaneum, we board a ferry boat which takes us on an overnight cruise to Palermo, Sicily. Here we are in the lounge, having a cocktail before dinner.
We wake up on the ferry in Palermo and meet our local guide, Giusi, at breakfast. Giusi gives us a guided tour of Palermo and Monreale. This is the mosaic covered cathedral of Monreale, dating from the 12th century. It was built by the Norman King, William II.
Our hotel is right in the center of Palermo, a great starting point for our excursion the next day to the 3,500 year old Greek temple in Segesta, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the best preserved Greek temples in the world.
We have a picnic lunch in Erice, with a spectacular view. During our picnic lunch, an accordion player entertains us! After all that wine, it makes you feel like dancing! Why not? This is Sicily!
We leave Palermo and take a scenic drive along Sicily’s northern coast to the charming seaport of Cefalu, where we have lunch. Every day I have a hard time deciding between pizza and octopus salad.
We settle into our hotel in Agrigento for the night, but not before exploring Sicily’s most famous historical site, the Valley of the Temples.
Sicily’s history is incredible. The whole group is looking forward to the last few days of our Italy tour, which will be spent in beautiful Taormina! Hard to believe this 6-week adventure is coming to an end soon…