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

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Taormina, Italy
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Overview

Explore two of Italy's greatest archeological sites on this exciting guided tour of the Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale. Leave Taormina with a local guide and be prepared to get very acquainted with Ancient Greek statuary and architecture, as well as, as centuries-old monuments from the Roman Empire. See the amazing collection of mosaics and even an ancient hunting lodge.
  • Day trip to the UNESCO-listed Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana del Casale
  • Leave Taormina and discover Sicily’s finest ancient Greek and Roman ruins with a guide
  • See monuments like the Temple of Juno inside Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples
  • Spend an afternoon at Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina
  • Admire one of the world’s largest collection of Roman mosaics including the famous 'bikini girls' wall
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Valle dei Templi
Visit the Valley of the temples with a local guide
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Villa Romana del Casale
Visit the Villa Romana del Casale
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included

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Temples and Villa Romana- mosaics not to be missed!
257lizzieg
, Oct 2019
A very long day- and tiring as we did a lot of walking. Give yourselves a day off after doing this! It was a long drive from Taormina to the south of Sicily. Our guide gave us some information about the country. We had beautiful weather, so the temples were stunning. Our local guide was good, although there were long delays as she had to do each talk twice, once in German, then in English. We had some free time after the guided tour. Then we drove to the Villa Romana del Casale, which was a delight. Not to be missed if you like Roman archaeology. The mosaics are so well preserved and tell so much about the owner of the villa. Stunning. A very long journey home- returned to hotel about 8. traffic round Catania is very slow. Nevertheless, an excellent day out, and stunning scenery.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello, it is true Sicily is huge and transfers between the destinations are sometimes long, but worthed. Our guide service is multilingual in order to satisfy several nationalities. We thank you for your feedback and send you our warmest regards. Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Terrific temple tour
thielteacher
, Oct 2019
Temple guide was excellent. However, time was wasted when she had to keep switching languages. Could have lengthened the tour to see more of the area if she did not have to do that. Would have preferred a tour conducted in one language. . Also saw other tour groups with individual Head sets -making it easier to hear when in a big group. This would have been helpful.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hello, all our tours are guided in three languages so that everybody can understand, we are sorry if that was not so appreciated, but as per our tradition we like to be multilingual. HeadsetS can Be rented at an extra cost. Warm regards from Sicily, Guest Relation Manager SAT Group
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Long day but worth it
Bronwen K
, Oct 2019
The Roman villa is outstanding, the mosaic floors exquisite. We also loved the countryside we saw during the bus ride and felt very safe with our bus driver. Thankyou!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello Customer, thank you for sharing your positive experience during our tour to Agrigento and Piazza Armerina. Warm regards Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Excellent
lunasa_8
, Jul 2019
I feel too much time was spent at the valley of the temples with overly long descriptions by the guide. It was too hot and unshaded for such length. My rating is for the Piazza Armerina which was breathtaking but our visit was too short.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hello lunasa_8, thank you for your review. We do feel that your opinion is regarding a preference of destination, rather than our company's organization, in any case we appreciate you have shared the experience. We hope you will have the chance to explore Sicily with a milder climate. All the very best, Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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good guide
Relax68589731573
, Jun 2019
guide is so nice and explain well valley of temple and romana del Casale. It is hot day but take a rest get to something drink , something to eat
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hello Relax6, yes, the tour to Agrigento & Piazza Armerina is a long one but really worthed! Good tips about food & beverages, thank you! Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Valley of Temples and Villa Romana del Casale
Roving13418712930
, Jun 2019
We stopped by at the SAT office in Taormina to confirm the booking and received excellent help there. The trip was excellent and well worth the money; the bus was comfortable, the driver, and guides were all professional and courteous in every way.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
We wish to say thank ! Thank you ! Thank you !
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Long drive from Taormina and crowded site
hashihime
, Apr 2019
The valley of the temples is quite far from Taormina, and the site itself is extremely crowded, not making for a great experience. The entry into the site was also inefficient, with most people giving the guide the entry fee and others buying their own ticket. The latter took time, as did the security check to get in. The guides were informative but did not have the time for personal engagement. The Villa Romana is, however, incredible, and perhaps because we arrived later than scheduled it was less crowded than it could have been. Still, it was a walk through.
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Yes, this is a long day, but so worth...
Frances C
, Oct 2018
Yes, this is a long day, but so worth it! The Valley of the Temples is breathtaking. Our guide there was a wonderful historian and we learned so much. Lunch was great and then on to Villa Romana. Admittedly I am a mosaic artist, so this was very special for me! However, anyone would be awed by it's magnificence!
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Great mosaics and temples
Globaltravellers77
, Oct 2018
We enjoyed visiting the incredibly well-preserved mosaics at the Villa Romana del Casale. However, it would have been better to have a local guide to explain more about the site. We did have a guide at The Valley of the Temples, who was very knowledgeable. Both are very worthwhile places to see. Be prepared for a long bus ride from Taormina, through lovely countryside. The roads were good.The only negative was that our tour (though advertised as an English speaking tour) was also in Italian and German, so everything was explained in 3 languages.
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Don't Miss This Tour!
David S
, Oct 2018
This was a fantastic tour. It was long but the Valley of the Temples was very interesting and informative to see. After the Valley of the Temples, we stopped for a local lunch(at own expense) at a great restaurant. This provided the opportunity for every participant to order what they wanted and the food was fantastic! After lunch, we stopped at the Villa on the return. The floor mosaics were amazing. You must see them to believe it! I highly recommend this tour!

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