Sicily

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    Syracuse's stunning Greek theatre.
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    The beautifully-preserved Roman mosaics of Piazza Armerina.
  • Sicily school trip
    Sicily offers diverse landscapes and ancient monuments - perfect for a classics or geography school trip.
  • Sicily school trip
    Take a trip up Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna, on a Sicily school trip.
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    Agrigento's famous Valley of the Temples, a must-see on a Sicily school trip.

I loved the itinerary… A lovely guide… A very friendly driver… Excellent service.JP, Downe House School

Europe’s largest island, Sicily is a veritable melting pot of delights, be they archaeological treasures or fascinating wonders of the natural world. From the glittering waters of the Mediterranean and the volcanic rim of Mount Etna to Roman mosaics and ancient Greek ruins, Sicily offers no shortage of educational opportunities, particularly for those studying geography or the classics.

Whilst cities such as Taormina, Syracuse and Palermo boast multiple architectural examples of their Greek, Arab, Norman and Byzantine heritage, Sicily’s menu of archaeological ruins is equally as impressive, particularly in Agrigento, Selinunte and Segesta.

And of course, Sicily possesses a varied topographical landscape, where lemon trees bloom fragrantly in the foothills of Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna, whilst amidst the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, Stromboli spews its fiery lava. To the west of the island meanwhile, the Baroque town of Marsala is renowned for its sweet wines.

Typical Accommodation

We work with a number of different hotels across the island of Sicily. Please let us know your requirements and we will be happy to recommend suitable accommodation to suit your Sicily school trip itinerary and budget.

Sicily School Trip – Subject Suitability

Travel Options

  • By air from London direct to Catania or Palermo.

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All tours will be tailor made to suit each individual group, but here is a suggestion for a Sicily school trip:

Sample Itinerary – 5 Days by Air

Day 1 – Journey to the airport for your direct flight to Catania. Transfer to Giardini Naxos near Taormina and to your hotel for your two-night, half-board stay.

Day 2 – After breakfast, enjoy an excursion up Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest active volcano, where a specialist guide will introduce your group to the landscape and volcanic activity.

Continue to the Alcantara Valley to explore the Alcantara Gorges, formed by the waters running off the slopes of Mount Etna. Later today, head to Taormina where you’ll get to see the ancient Greek theatre and explore this popular tourist town.

Day 3 – Head south today to the city of Syracuse, once the largest city in the ancient world. Options here include the stunning Greek Theatre and Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, the Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum and the Necropolis of Pantalica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Later today, drive to Piazza Armerina, famous for its Roman mosaics in the Villa Romana del Casale before continuing on to Agrigento, site of the ancient Greek city of Akragas, arriving at your hotel for a two-night, half-board stay.

Day 4 – Spend this morning touring Agrigento’s magnificent Valley of the Temples. This afternoon, head west to discover the ruins of Selinunte, regarded as some of the most impressive ancient Greek world.

Day 5 – Check out early this morning and head north to Palermo where you’ll enjoy a sightseeing tour of Sicily’s capital before transferring to the airport for your early evening homebound flight.

Due to the long driving distances between Sicily’s main sites, we suggest a two-centre stay on the island.

Popular Visits & Excursions

Palermo – Sicily’s capital, Palermo’s architecture pays homage to its rich history of invasion, with Arab, Norman and Byzantine influences apparent throughout the city. The Palace of the Normans and cathedral are worth taking in.
Taormina – One of Sicily’s most popular towns, Taormina overlooks the Gulf of Naxos and is renowned for its well-preserved Greek Theatre.
Mount Etna – Dominating the eastern side of the island, take a tour of Europe’s largest active volcano and learn about its position set between the European and African continental plates, as well as its impact on the landscapes and communities in its vicinity.
Alcantara Valley – Set in the foothills to the north of Mount Etna, the dramatic gorges of the Alcantara Valley were formed from water erosion and deep incisions in ancient volcanic rocks and cliffs.
Aeolian Islands – Situated off the northern coast of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer volcanic activity on Stromboli and Vulcano, whilst Lipari, the largest island, caters more for the tourist masses.

Sicily school trip images courtesy of Fototeca ENIT, Vito Arcomano, Sandro Bedessi.

 

Syracuse – Overlooking the Ionian Sea and once the largest city in the ancient world, Syracuse is a beautiful mix of Baroque squares and medieval alleyways, coupled with an impressive Greek theatre and the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, dating from the 7th to the 1th centuries BC.
Piazza Armerina – Set inland, Piazza Armerina is most famous for its Villa Romana del Casale, home to the most complex and large collection of Roman mosaics in the world –  3,535 square metres in total.
Agrigento – Sicily’s top tourist attraction, Agrigento not only boasts Sicily’s most impressive Greek ruins, but its the Valley of the Temples plays host to the best preserved Doric temples outside Greece. A must-see.
Selinunte – Another impressive example of Greek ruins, ‘Selinos’ was once one of the richest and most powerful cities in the world.
Segesta – Formerly an ancient civilisation whose peoples claimed descent from the Trojans, the remains of Segesta form one of the world’s most magical ancient sites.
Marsala – Set on Sicily’s western shores, Marsala is a beautiful coastal town renowned for its sweet wines.