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  • About Us

    Class Consulenza in Viaggio "Personal Travel Specialist", operating in the travel industry about 11 years, we offer consulting services and promotion of the Ter

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    Tours of Sicily Fly&Drive tours Hotels, Apartments,Resorts, Farm-Houses, Villas Excursions and Guided Tours Transfer services Boat Trips Seaside/Mountain

Week-end in Sicily

  • Under the Etna Volcano

    Mareneve Resort **** - Linguaglossa (CT) Discovery Etna ANNUAL VALIDITY ( holidays excluded) rates for person Half Board ( excluded drinks) 2 NIGHTS / 3

Minor Island

  • Islands

    Eolie Islands, Egadi Archipelago, Ustica, Lampedusa, Pantelleria: Sicily and its splendid archipelagos, uncontaminated nature heavens!!! Class Consulenza in Vi

  • Hotel

    Agrigento Baia Turchese**** Lampedusa (Agrigento) The Baia Turchese hotel is situated in the breathtaking natural setting of Guitgia Bay, it faces the whi

Excursions

  • Full Day Tour to Agrigento from Palermo

    Jump on board and start your adventure! Head to the inner part of Sicily to reachAgrigento.Upon arrival you will have the chance to make an independent visit

  • Etna & Alcantara full day tour

    Our guide will pick you up from your hotel and, on the way up to Rifugio Sapienza (1920 mamsl), you will stop in certain view points. You will receive all the i

  • Madonia Tour

    First Day We will discover Madonie Natural Reserve, the principal mountain groups in Sicily through wonderful tracks. We will follow wild deers traces and

  • Etna on mountain bike

    Visiting Etna on a mountain bike is a unique experience that will give you the chance to see uncontaminated landscapes, among ancient lava flows and old craters

  • Speleotreck tour in a lava cave

    During this excursion you will visit one of the most beautiful and characteristic lava flow caves: the famous Serra Cozza Cave 1, generated by the lava in 1971.

  • Isola Bella snorkeling tour

    Snorkeling is a simple and funny way to discover the coasts of one of Italy's most beautiful island: Sicily. Admire the magnificent views of "Isola Bella" and "

  • Italian opera and wine tasting in Taormina

    Enjoy a wine tasting in a popular wine bar in Taormina’s historical city center. The owner, Gianluca, will share with you the history and the secrets of local w

  • Skip-the-line ticket to the Greek amphitheater & wine tasting walking t

    Taormina has become famous worldwidenot only for its beautiful scenery and views of Etna sloping down into the turquoise seabut,also, for the 'dolce vita' ex

  • Acireale "Baroque by sport car"

    It is in Acireale mythology that takes its name , and more precisely from the legend of the Cyclops (sung by the poets of the Greeks and Latins Ovid and Virgil

  • The Places of Montalbano from the sea

    "The Forms of Water" The places of Montalbano seen from the sea aboard a beautiful sailboat.Day trip per person all inclusive € 80,00 .Included : Welcome co

Sicily Tour

  • Personal Tour

    Many beautiful places of Sicily are not always reachable by the sea. A Personal Assistant will wisely guide you to discover the secret places hidden to foreig

  • The Baroque experience by sea

    from 6.00pm of saturday until 10.00am of saturday A project that allows visitors to admire all the splendor of the Sicilian Baroquewhile enjoyingthe flavors

  • Land & Sea treasures

    Embark on board to explore the beauty of the eastsicilian area to visit the opulence of Catania and the remains of ancient greece in Syracuse. The tourinclud

  • Sicily Tour

    Etna Exciting tour to discover the most suggestive itineraries of the volcano, with a stop for a rich wine tasting and finger food (typical sicilian products)

Welcome To Sicily

History of Sicily

Due to its strategic position, Sicily has been inhabited since Palaeolithic and Mesolithic times as the traces found in the northern coast caves show. The earliest inhabitants were, as Thucydides said, the Sicanians, who came from Iberia (VIII-VII c. B.C.). The Elymi, perhaps Trojan exiles coming from Libia, settled in the neighbourhood of Erice and Segesta. The Siculians came from the Italian mainland and occupied the eastern area of the island. When the first Greek settlers arrived in 735 B.C., the Phoenician, who had settled in Western Sicily from Mozia to Capo Lilibeo, had to retreat. In 265 B.C. Romans took Messina, allying with the local mercenary soldiers. At the end of the Second Punic War (212 B.C.), the island was taken by the Romans who divided it into provinces and was regarded as land to be exploited to supply Rome with grain. At the end of the Gothic-Byzantine conflict in 552 A.C., Sicily became part of the Eastern Roman Empire and till the 9th century was a peripherical province. The Arab invasion and conquest of 827 endowed Sicily with its ancient splendour. The conquest started from Mazara del Vallo and finished in 902 with the fall of Taormina, while the Greek and Latin elements still prevailed in the east (the Noto and Demone Valleys). Palermo, conquered in 831, became the new flourishing capital of the semi-independent emirate of the Kalibi family. The Norman conquest of the island started in 1061, when Roger I of Hauteville was crowned King of Puglia, Calabria and Sicily. After Henry VI, Constance of Hauteville's husband, the young Frederick II succeeded to the throne. He was crowned by the Pope in 1212. Swabian rights to the throne were thus confirmed.

In 1266 Manfred, Frederick's heir, was defeated by Charles of Anjou so Sicily felt into a deep economic crisis again and the power of the barons was growing beyond measure (the Chiaramonte and Ventimiglia family laid down their law in the Western Sicily until 1500). In 1415 the island became a Spanish viceroyalty and was relegated to a very marginal position in the Mediterranean area. In spite of discontent and disturbances in the main towns, the Spanish domination remained as strong as ever until the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) that marked the close of Spanish rule and the consequent passing of Sicily to the House of Savoy. Pressed by the French, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon King of Naples, took refuge in Sicily, united the two States in a single Kingdom of the two Sicilies and abolished the feudal privileges in 1812. In 1848 the revolutionary movements started across the whole island and Sicilians, together with the temporary government of Ruggero Settimo, declared the Bourbons deposed. Giuseppe Garibaldi arrived in Marsala on 11 May 1860. He defeated the Bourbon's troop at Calatafimi but social tensions found an explosive outlet again in the Sicilian Fasci movement, repressed in 1894 by Francesco Crispi, then leader of the italian government. Due to a heavy crisis of the agricultural economy, the phenomenon of the massive migrations to the new World, America, took place in Sicily. In 1948 the statute of the autonomous region was promulgated by the italian government together with the institution of the autonomous parliament of the newborn Sicilian Region. The parliament had to face with the dramatic economic and social situations the day after the First World War. Today the island is a region with various potentials but not completely showed, from the economic point of view, as for example in the transport and Hitech sector. But there are some very well known, such as: tourism, monuments and agroalimentar sectors.

Services, International Calls and Useful Numbers

Bank Timetable

Banks are open from 8.15 a.m. to 13.20 p.m. and from 14.45 p.m. to 16.00 p.m. every day except for saturdays and holydays.

Shops Timetable

Shops are open from 9 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 16 p.m. to 19.30 pm with small variations. In general all the shops are closed on sunday, variations may occur in connection with different categories of shops. Some stores do not close during lunchtime.

Postal Offices Timetable

Postal offices are open from 8.30 a.m. to 13.15 p.m. Sturdays and the last day of the month from 8.30 a.m. 11.20 a.m. Postal offices are closed on sundays. The following postal offices are open during the afternoon:

Palermo:

corso Pisani 246;
piazza Verdi 7;
via Danimarca 54;
via Roma (Palazzo Poste);
piazza Unità d'Italia;
via Alcide de Gasperi.

Messina:

via Garibaldi 190;
via XXVII luglio 5;
piazza Antonello.

Catania:

viale Africa;
corso Italia 33/35;
viale Rapisardi 82.

Documents and Exchange

The identity card for the UE area people and the passport for others countries. The Euro is the current exchange.

What to Buy

Sicilian handicraft is very varied, and each area has its peculiarities. This is particularly evident when you look at the different types of ceramics to be found on the island. In Sicily there are big clay quarries from which the raw ma te rial is very easily extracted, and some places, like Santo Stefano di Camastra or Caltagirone, base their economy almost exclusively on the production of ceramics. Each of them has an ancient tradition as regards shapes and decoration, but beside these new decorationtrends are emerging. In addition to vases, plates, cups of all kinds, shapes and
sizes, one can buy lamps, candlesticks, tiles and figurines for cribs. A typical Sicilian product is the
coffa, a pleated and decorated basket available in various sizes. In Erice you can buy delightful multicoloured hand-woven carpets. More or less everywhere, there are embroidered objects, such as tablecloths, blankets, sheets, towels and napkins. Lastly, the classic souvenir is the little Sicilian cart and the traditional puppet, both available in all sizes.

Tips

A tip is always appreciated but not mandatory. The amount depends on the service performed.

International Phone Calls

You can phone overseas from any private or public phone by dialling the country code preceded
by 00 (e.g. to call Munich, in Germany, you must dial 00 followed by 49 - intemational code - by 89 - city code - and the subscribers number). You can make reverse charge calls or credit card calls by calling the operator in your own country by dialling a special number (for information call 176
Information service every day from 8am to 11pm). Italian public phones take coins of 10, 20 and 50 cent of €, telephone cards costing 1-2,50-5-7,50 €

Stamps

Letters and postcards to Italy and EEC: 0,41 €. Letters and postcards to non-EEC countries: 0,52 €. All charges indicated are for mail weighing less than 20g.

Emergency Numbers

Medical Emergencies 118, Carabinieri 112, Police 113, Fire Department 115, Road Assistance 116, Corps of Forest 1515.

Tourist Tips

How to Get

You can reach Sicily by plane, landing at the Falcone e Borsellino International Airport (Palermo), Fontanarossa (Catania), V. Florio (Trapani-Birgi). From Palermo, Catania and Trapani the flights leave to Lampedusa and Pantelleria islands. The main touristic ports for cruises and ferries are in Palermo, Trapani, Messina, Catania, Siracusa, Porto Empedocle, Mazara del Vallo, Milazzo. The daily departures leave from Milazzo to the Aeolian Islands, from Palermo to Ustica island, from Trapani to the Aegads Islands and Pantelleria, from Porto Empedocle to the Pelagie islands. Trenitalia links Sicily with the continent, there are railway stations in the main towns and in the principal places, but the Circumetnea links Catania with the small cities all around the Etna. The suburban bus services are efficient.

How to Travel 

The motorway connects Palermo with Catania(A 19) Palermo with Messina (A 20) Messina with Catania (A 18) and Palermo with Mazara del Vallo and Trapani (A 29). The remaining roadway is efficient. It's divided into: express way, provincial and state road, the best for better enjoying the view.

 

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