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Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale Day Trip from Taormina

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    What to Expect
    After meeting your guide in the center of Taormina, head off to Agrigento, located on Sicily's sunny south coast. Pull right up to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valley of the Temples, an incredible archeological spot on a hill that dates back to 430 BC. Pay the admission fees and then begin strolling around with your guide, navigating the labyrinth of relics and ruins.

    Drink in the numerous sites, including the temple of Castor and Pollux and the Temple of Concord, an exemplary Classical monument. Then stop and marvel at the Temple of June, Temple of Jove, and the most ancient ruin on the site, the Temple of Hercules.

    Take a break for lunch inside the Valley of the Temples (at own expense) and then hop back on the coach for the drive to Piazza Amerina to see the incredible Villa Romana del Casale, an old hunting lodge that is home to the planet's biggest collection of Roman mosaics. Take some time to study the mosaics, some of which depict every day scenes from centuries past.

    Go inside the hunting lodge (at own expense) and wander around the rooms. Linger in the thermal baths for a while trying to imagine what daily life was like here over 2,000 years ago. Walk through the dining hall and courtyard. Gawk at the awesome mosaics, especially the 'bikini girls,' which your guide will offer an intriguing explanation about. Learn about the history of the lodge and how it was hidden thanks to a 12th-century landslide that buried it.

    Stroll around the lodge, taking in the preserved art and architecture and then hop back on the coach for the journey back to Taormina.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicily
    Duration
    12h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Local guide in Agrigento
    • Tour escort/host
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Entrance fee to the sites (approx 20 euros) - (free for EU citizens under 18 years with a valid ID)
    • Entry/Admission - Valle dei Templi
    • Entry/Admission - Villa Romana del Casale
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Multilingual guide
    • During winter minimum of 12 people .There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    What a beautiful place to visit. Even my kids enjoyed this (7 and 9). It was a warm day and a long drive al the way from Taormina but it was worth it!

    Thank Jaroedel
    Traveler57455648382, Guest Relations Manager at SAT Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Hello Jaroedel, thank you for sharing. We suggest you to come and visit in a different season less warm than summertime. All the best, Guest Relations Manager SAT Group

    Reviewed 7 June 2019

    Visiting in Febuary was good it was warm but not hot, even then a hat was required. The whole area was stunning. My husband and I were gobsmacked by the views, the architecture, and the technical skills to build such huge monuments. It was certainly...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank margaretl445
    Reviewed 22 October 2018

    Such history! What magnificent structures! I don't think I have to visit Greece after seeing all the Greek artifacts in Sicily. Amazing! So glad we got to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site!

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank 4bellaarte2
    Freetraveller39, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at SAT Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2018

    Hello MaryAnn E, thank you, thank you, thank you! Guest Relation Manager SAT Group

    Reviewed 5 October 2018

    We had a long bus trip from and then back to Taormina , bus was comfortable, tour guide on bus efficient, friendly and informative. The valley of the temples and the view from there was breath takingly beautiful. Only down side was that the local...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank Doris W
    Freetraveller39, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at SAT Group Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 November 2018

    Hello Doris W, we have taken note of your difficulties in hearing our local guide. The rain made ieverything difficukt because normally we do not have these kind of problems. In any case we would have appreciated that you have called us or come to...More

    Reviewed 1 August 2018

    Absolutely worth the drive, one of the most amazing places to see in all of Sicily. Rent a car and take the two hour drive from Palmero, you won't regret it. Some of the most amazing ruins can been seen here from early greek settlers....More

    Date of experience: July 2018
    Thank JonPallock
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    Surely it is possible. But Will cost some money and you will probably lost your trip back to Taormina.
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