• Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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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

coluccio

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a great and long day trip from Taormina to see the ruins in Agrigento and the beautiful mosaics at the villa at Piazza Armerina. The bus ride was comfortable the guide leading the group was very knowledgeable and the local guide in Agrigento, an Italian lady sporting a Mickey Mouse umbrella so we could easily identify her in the crowds, was excellent. The trip covered a large area, but it was worth the effort.

Steven P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

As adveritzed the Valley of the Temples and the Villa Romana tour was very good. You get to meet some people and take some great pics and the Villa is especially great in the sense that you do not often get to see mosaic floors in such good condition. It is a long and tiring day but worth it.

Rosemary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

An amazing trip . Really well organised . A long day but fantastic

jaynegw

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Good tour temples very interesting. Good pace not too slow. Highlight was the mosaics ...really beautiful and so many of them.

pearson.s12

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We were very surprised that we had Santo and his driver again for this trip, as we had them the day before on our Syracuse excursion. We couldn't have had a better day, so informative and friendly, he is a treasure for SAT tours.

raymond m Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

An excellent tour well worth the very long day out which also allowed us to see much of the Sicilian countryside. The Valley of the Temples was absolutely stunning and the local guide was extremely knowledgable. The mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale were well preserved and gave an insight into life when the Romans occupied Sicily.

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a very good tour, but it was about 14 hours in total, instead of the approx. 12 hours stated.

James M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was a very good tour, but it was about 14 hours in total, instead of the approx. 12 hours stated.

Kerry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This is a trip you must do. If you are staying in Taormina lucky you as it is the most beautiful place in Sicily, and this trip will add to your most wonderful experience. Do it. It is worth it and worth the money.

Laura L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was a great way to see these Greek colonial ruins. The bus ride was long, but we stopped for a snack and bathroom break midway. The guide told us about the history of Sicily and other interesting facts along the way in English, German, and Italian. Once at the Temples, we were met by a woman who gave us a private tour of the monuments, stopping at each one to give us some history also in three languages. We were then taken to the coast for a no-host lunch - great restaurant with air conditioning inside. After, we went to see the floor mosaics at the Villa Romana - this was a self-guided tour where we walked through the villa ruins and could read the signs along the raised platform overlooking the floor mosaics. Although it was a long 11 hour day, it was well worth it, to see these amazing sights. Would highly recommend!

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