Segesta & Monreale
This private shore excursion provides a great overview of Western Sicily. Giving you also the possibility to enjoy the beautiful north coast and admire some of the great sites of Sicily.
from Palermo Port
Pick up at the port by your private Guide Driver. Relax on a scenic drive (1h15min) through the Sicilian countryside to reach Segesta. Heading west following the beautiful Gulf of Castellammare. Drive trough the pleasant wine producing area of “Bianco d’Alcamo”.
Here visit the heritage of the Greeks in this singular archeological area embedded in a wonderful countryside. The well preserved temple was built in the late 5th century BC. Visible are also the remains of an Arabic mosque. In addition to the remains of a Norman church and the Forum Romanum.
Find the apotheosis of Norman architecture in Monreale. The Cathedral with its splendid mosaics from the 12th century. It is also part of the World Heritage Arab Norman Period. Built under William II. Certainly it rivals Saint Sophia in Istanbul. And with Saint Mark’s in Venice in its use of decorative mosaics. The cathedral combines aspects of Arab, Byzantine and Norman architecture.
Drop off at the port
William II (1154-89), the Norman ruler of Sicily commissioned the monastery in Monreale. It combines in one project employment of both Sicilian and Byzantine craftsmen. The highlight of the cathedral is its interior. Incandescent with the gold of the mosaics. These cover the all walls of the nave. Further the aisles, transept and apse. 81800 square feet in total.