Valley of Temples, Agrigento

Full-Day Bus Tour of Sicily's Agrigento and Piazza Armerina

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Highlights

  • Enjoy a bus excursion through beautiful Sicily
  • See the ancient Valley of the Temples near Agrigento
  • Explore ancient domestic life at the Villa Romana del Casale Piazza Armerina
  • Helpful, knowledgeable guide

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Key Details

Tour Duration
12 hours
Mobile voucher accepted
Live guide
English, German, Italian

Meeting point

Meet at the Taormina Terminal Bus at Via Pirandello. Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time. Pick-up is also available in the areas of Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Recanati and Letojanni. Please contact SAT Group office (office opening hours: 08:30 - 13:00 /16:00 - 19:30) to reconfirm the excursion at least the day before and to get more information about the closest pick-up point.

Overview

One day excursion through Sicily by bus with tour leader. Arriving in Agrigento, we will visit the Valley of the Temples. After lunch (optional), guests will depart to Piazza Armerina and visit of the Roman “Villa del Casale” with its famous mosaics.

Description

Make sure to join this tour of Agrigento and Piazza Armerina so you can see two of Sicily’s most famous historical features: the Valley of the Temples and the Villa Romana del Casale.

Situated just outside Agrigento, the splendid Valley of the Temples archaeological park consists of 8 separate temples (and various other ruins) built between about 510 BC and 430 BC: the Temple of Concordia, the Temple of Heracles, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Temple of Hephaestos, the Temple of Demeter, and the Temple of Asclepius (the God of Medicine). Aside from the latter, found on the banks of the Akragas River, all are situated in the same area on the rocky crests south of modern day Agrigento - not really in a Valley at all!

Situated deep in the Sicilian hinterland, at 721 meters above sea level, stands Piazza Armerina, one of Sicily’s most frequented tourist spots.

However, it is not the town that most people come to see, but the famous Villa Romana del Casale. It was originally intended for use as a hunting lodge in the middle of the 4th Century AD by a Roman patrician but is now home to some of the best-preserved examples of Roman mosaics.

The Villa Romana's mosaics spread over an area around 3500m2 in size. These extraordinarily vivid and intricate mosaics, probably produced mostly by North African artisans, deal with a range of subjects, ranging from Homeric escapades and mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life, including the famous tableau of girls exercising in their ancient “bikinis.”

What's Included

  • Transportation with bus
  • Tour leader service
  • Local guide in Agrigento
  • VAT
  • Taxes

What's Not Included

  • Drinks, Meals and extras in general
  • Entrance fees (free for EEC passengers up to 18 years and more than 65 years with valid Y.I.D)
  • Tips in general
  • What is not included above

Good to Know

Cotton clothes and hat are advisable
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Customer Reviews

(2 Reviews)
5/5 stars
Long day but worth it to see mosaic masterpieces and temples

Disappointed that Alfredo, bus tour guide only gave abbreviated info in English and didn't use bus time to share historical tidbits. Cost to sites and ear phones should be INCLUDED. Too much time wasted on waiting for group to obtain tickets. Local tour guide was good at Agrigento.

3/5 stars
Die Tempel und die Villa waren sehenswert.

Wir saßen in einem Reisebus mit Leuten, die englisch, italienisch, deutsch oder französisch Sprachen. Die Reiseleiter verstehen diese Sprachen und informieren entsprechend. allerdings muss man lange warten, bis die eigene Sprache dann mal drankommt, das kann auf einem dreizehnstündigen Aufenthalt sehr anstrengend sein. Die Örtliche Reiseleiterin bei den Tempeln beherrschte die Sprachen sehr gut, und wir erfuhren sehr viel. Der Reiseleiter des SAT - Reiseunternehmens konnte auch in allen vier Sprachen informieren, aber gerade in der Villa Romana kam deutsch ganz ganz kurz, wir erhielten klägliche Informationen, dagegen dauerten die Erklärungen in den anderen Sprachen sehr lange. Wir schalteten unseren Kopfhörer, den man für 2,00 € zusätzlich im Bus erwerben kann, dann aus, weil wir ohnehin nicht mehr informiert wurden. Das ist leider ein negativer Beigeschmack, der diesen ansonsten schönen Tag trübt. Kleine, höchstens zweisprachige Gruppen, wären die Lösung.

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