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See 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

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Walking through the Valley of the Temples always makes me feel surrounded by history. The columns of the temples were originally decorated, and your guide will point out some of the carvings that have remained visible for centuries; it’s a magical experience!

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What You Can Expect

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

Admire mosaics inside Villa Romana del Casale!

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour, with a wonderful local guide named Vittorio who made it lively and interesting

diana s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

A Truly Rewarding Experience!
We enjoyed an entire day with travel time at Villa Romana and the Valley of the Temples, The Villa is a treasure which should definitely not be missed. The mosaics are superbly designed and executed. We have visited Roman excavations before but have never seen anything of this artistry and quantity. The Greek temples are in excellent condition and set in a beautiful location. Our Viator guide, Alfredo di Mauro, was outstanding. He thoroughly researched the history of these sites and gave a fascinating presentation. We felt fortunate to spend the day with him.

We scheduled a number of Viator trips in Spain and Portugal last year and continue to be favorably impressed by this agency in Italy.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The Temples are extraordinary, the local guides bring them to life. The mosaics are also one-of-a-kind. Both sites are mysterious, many details lost in time. Buy a Sicilian lemon squeezer at the mosaics, not available anywhere else!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The Valley of the Temples and Villa Romana are amazing places to visit and should not be missed. It is a long way to travel and the driving part of the trip was slowed due to numerous road works underway but this will make the driving part of the trip much better in the very near future. Despite it being a long day we would still make the effort as the Temples and Villa were well worth it.

Shane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A long time on the bus from Taormina, and a long day, but worth it. The Valley of the Temples was fascinating, and the mosaics at Villa Romana deserved more time to view them. The lunch break was too long, and in an area where there was very little to see.

Susan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the temples, ruins and Villa Romana mosaics. The bus trip is a long one though. Be prepared for delays in pick ups and drop off times due to traffic conditions.

kristyn m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

You just have to see this when you're in Sicily


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was a great tour and the guides were wonderful! It was a full day, so take water and snacks for the bus ride. It was very nice to have someone else do the driving because it was a long trip and a lot of walking once you got there but sooo worth it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great guide - loved Alfredo! Very good tour and well managed. Enough time and detail at each place without feeling bored and rushed. Definitely recommend.

Christine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

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