All our Free Rider tours can be made in self-ride mode. In this case you choose the dates, the hotel category and the meals included, and may add some rest days.
Let yourself being bewitched by an island like no other!
A splendid tour to explore beautiful Sicily with its Valley of Temples and the Etna, its thousands of Baroque churches and its enchanting villages made of white stones. A journey with myriads of colors, packed with sea panoramas and spectacular coastal roads, roaming from the oldest civilizations among the archaeological sites of the Magna Graecia up to the most recent historical testimonies of all styles … We’ll acquaint you with the extraordinary reality of the most peculiar island in Italy.
- from the 03rd to the 11th of April 2021
Alternatively, this can be run as a private guided or self-guided tour, where you choose your own dates, as well as the levels of hotels and number of meals included. Ask us for a quote!
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More about the tour
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Sunny Sicily, the biggest island of the Mediterranean sea, is an astonishing place. Through the centuries it has endured every kind of invasion: from the Greeks to the Romans, the Arabians and the Normans, who all together made of it what it is now: a place with an incomparable, eclectic culture and a very peculiar allure. With its many architectural styles, its gorgeous landscapes, its strong personality and the amazing sight of the erupting Etna, Sicily is an island like no other.
An unparalleled journey through unique fragrances, flavors and panoramas awaits, not to mention its outstanding cuisine and its extraordinary tradition of fine and gourmet desserts.
With more than 5 million inhabitants, Sicily is the only Italian region which counts two of the 10 most densely populated cities in the country: Palermo and Catania.
Inhabited since the most ancient times, the first traces of human life found on the island go back to 12.000 B.C. Many cultures bloomed in the proto-historic era. Many other populations settled in the island later on, among which the Sicels, the Sicanians and the Elymians. Then came the Phoenicians and the Greeks above all, who for the subsequent 600 years made of Sicily a great battlefield for the Greek-Punic and Roman-Punic wars. Therefore it was easy for the Romans to subjugate the island that became part of their Empire until its fall during the V century A.C.
So it was a land of conquest. During the Dark Ages the Vandals, the Ostrogoth, the Byzantines, the Arabs and even the Normans took possession of the island; the latter founded the Kingdom of Sicily. Later it was conquered also by the Angevin family, then by the Aragon dynasty which later made of it a vice-kingdom of Spain. It became then land of the Savoy family, of the Austrian crown and lastly of the house of Bourbon, who, by joining the Kingdom of Sicily with the Kingdom of Naples, created the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Sicily was reunited to the Kingdom of Italy in 1860 through a referendum proposed after the Expedition of the Thousand guided by Giuseppe Garibaldi during the Risorgimento which brought to life the first united Italy. From 1946 Sicily, constituted as an independent region with a special administrative status, has again its own parliament, that had been established even before the birth of Italian Republic.
All these historical vicissitudes have obviously left a multitude of testimonies and monuments everywhere, which made of Sicily one of the most captivating areas of the country from both the historical and cultural point of view, in addition to being an island of undeniable panoramic appeal. And thus we disclosed the secret of its great popularity.
After many millenniums of invasions and changes of ruler, Sicilians were able to blend the many bloods that flow in their veins into a proud population with a strong identity which hardly bends its back before the instituted power. Nonetheless with friend-visitors they are the most gentle, caring and welcoming housemasters and no one is exempted from a little heartache when leaving their homeland after having experienced all the good things and amazing places it offers.
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