Catania
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4.4 / 5

based on 43 reviews

A very full day at excellent historic sites

Allessio is a very good driver and extremely well informed guide. Information about sites to be visited is provided en route to sites and at the Valley in Agrigento, visitors are dropped at one end and met at Gate V at the other end. The trip from Catania takes about two hours. The Greek temples are fabulous and it is an easy, if quite long walk, with a drink/food stop in the centre (pricey). We were fortunate that we were the only guests and negotiated to go to the museum rather than having a lunch stop. The museum has a well curated collection. The Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina are spectacular. We were unfortunate that a thunderstorm had taken out the villa’s lights and we had to view them in gloomy conditions but they gave a wonderful insight into 12th century daily life and are the most extensive, well preserved mosaics we have seen. We had only a week in Sicily and were delighted to find this tour, the only one that visits both sites in the one day. Great day, great guide!

Discover two wonders in a comfortable vehicle with the nicest driver!

I booked this tour because I wanted to visit the incredible Villa Romana del Casale and found out this is the only available tour from Catania. The tour also includes Agrigento amazing Valley of Temples, which I also wanted to see, though perhaps it's a little too much for one day if you want deeper experiences. The places to visit are very rich and may deserve a little more time, especially if you have some problems of mobility and can't go to and fro too quickly. The Valley is big and you must try to cross it in 75 minutes. La Villa Romana is not that big and 75 minutes visit is more than enough. Anyway, quite a recommandable experience, especially due to the professionality, knowledge and experience of the warm and nice driver Alessio, who knows and loves Sicily and its history very much and who will surely be totally disposed to help all your needs to make this tour unforgettable! He also runs other tours you should also check out! Thanks Alessio for that magic Sunday!

Well worth the visit to the Valle dei Templi and Villa Romana del Casa

Used Sicily Grand Tours for this trip. Alessio, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and his English is very good. He gives you a bit of the history of Sicily on the journey to Agrigento and the first stop at the Valle dei Templi where you get an hour and a half to explore on your own. We found this sufficient time including grabbing an arancino for lunch. Then it's off to the Villa Romana del Casa near Piazza Armerina where you again have sufficient time to view the well preserved mosiacs. Then back to Catania. Expect a long day as it is not a short journey from Catania but both sites are well worth visiting.

Alessio, our guide, was a gem. He was efficient, friendly and clear, and engaged the tour participants in generous conversations, with real skill. He took us to the temples at Agrigento and to the mosaics at the Roman Villa del Casale. On the way he gave us fascinating background information about where we were going and about the story of Sicily more generally. We found this very informative and stimulating. We greatly enjoyed his company, his help and his advice, and thoroughly recommend his service to anyone seeking a great day out from Catania or nearby accommodation.

Definitely a tour worth doing in Sicily!

Our tour guide, Alessio, picked us up at 9 am at our hotel, which was great because we had not rented a car in Catania, Sicily. Two other couples, who spoke only Spanish, were on the tour with us. Alessio was fluent in both English and Spanish and did a great job alternating conversations between us. My husband and I really liked Alessio! He is a great tour guide and we highly recommend this excursion! The drive through Sicily was an added bonus, on top of seeing the Temple of the Gods and Villa Romana. The country side is beautiful! Tip: wear sunscreen!