Greek & Roman Legacy
The Imperial Villa del Casale, 3rd Century, is near Piazza Armerina. It is probably the finest and most extensive display of mosaics of the Roman era anywhere in the world. North African art influenced style, both in composition and the choice of colourful polychrome materials. The mosaics inside the Roman Villa include a long hunting scene and the famous sporting “bikini girls”. And also many classical and geometrical examples.
Pick up at the Port
Meet Your private Guide Driver at the port in Porto Empedocle near Agrigento. Relax on a scenic drive (1h 45min) to Piazza Armerina on board of a Premium Class Mercedes Minivan. On the way admire the changing landscape characterized by peach plantations, vineyards and almond trees.
Discover the ROMAN VILLA in Piazza Armerina on a private guided tour exclusive to your party. The Villa is among the most luxurious of its kind, giving an interesting insight into Roman life at the time. It is especially noteworthy for the richness and the excellent quality of the mosaics which decorate almost every room – Following time for a lunch break.
Drive to Agrigento (1.5H) to enjoy a private guided walking tour through the famous VALLEY OF TEMPLES located near the town. Here you’ll see the Temple of Juno, with its excellent views of the entire valley, and the Temple of Concordia, beautifully preserved. The oldest ruin is traditionally named the Temple of Hercules. You can explore and learn about a few ancient Greek temples that exist in the valley that have since fallen to ruin.
Drop off at the Port
Agrigento was founded by colonists from Rhodes and Crete coming from nearby Gela. It reached its maximum splendor in the V c. BC when the magnificent Doric temples were built on the southern hill. In 406 BC the town was conquered by the Carthaginians. Though with the last Punic War it passed into Roman hands, who took over and changed its name to Agrigentum.