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Villa Palagonia (wall detail)
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Something about.. HIMERA
648 BC Greeks by origin calcidese and Doric , the site has a particularly
favorable for the development of a Greek colony in the middle of a wide bay
between the headlands of Termini Imerese area and Cefalu , and near the mouth
of the river Himera , an important artery connecting to the center of Sicily.Himera
had rapidly developed and demographic documented from large urban made as of the first half of
the 6th century. B.C. and the monumentality of the sanctuary erected to Athena
at the top of the city. An inscription found at Samos recalls moments of tension with indigenous peoples -
sicani hinterland, disagreements that probably forced the Himeresi , around the
middle of the 6th c. . BC, to seek help from Phalaride , tyrant of Agrigento.
Even with the Carthaginians from the nearby city of Palermo and Solunto the
relationship was not always peaceful . At the beginning of the 5th century .
B.C. Terillo the tyrant , who was expelled from the city with the help of
Therone , tyrant of Agrigento, who had taken refuge in Reggio , appealed for
help to the Carthaginians , who sent a strong army in Sicily . A coalition of
Greeks of Sicily the Carthaginians faced victoriously in an epic battle , was
under the walls of Himera in 480 BC, after which it was built in the lower town
the Temple of Victory. In the following years the city was subject to political
control of Therone , who favored the re-population of it . The himeresi soon
regained independence from Agrigento and were not involved in major episodes in
the history of the island until 415 BC, when a contingent himerese took part in
the battle of Asinaro , alongside Syracuse against the Athenians . Is at the
end of the 5th century that marks the destiny of Himera : in 409 BC , as part
of yet another clash with the Carthaginians , the city is destroyed. The
population suffered a fate varied: some were scattered in the countryside ,
with the Carthaginians others participated in the founding of Thermae Himerae (today
Termini Imerese ), a small group went on, probably , to live at the site of the
polis , as evidenced by the remains of houses built on layers of destruction of
the city .Himera boasted among its citizens men such as the lyric poet
Stesichorus and several winning athletes of the Olympic Games . The site was
inhabited in the next Age , Roman and medieval : a Roman villa was built in the
western part of the town greek , while around the ruins of the temple of
Victory in the medieval period was built farmhouse .
organization of the city is one of the most interesting aspects of the colonial
world greek , which provides a significant contribution to Himera . Little is
known about the first phase of life (mid- seventh to early sixth century BC. )
In the first half of the sixth century . B.C. were designed two different and
distinct systems planning , characterized by perpendicular streets that marked
the blocks , oriented in a north - south in the plains, in the lower town , in
an East -West up area in the hills, high city on hill . A space was reserved
for the privileged sanctuaries. The more you know, the Temple of Athena ,
occupies the north-eastern part of the upper city , while in the lower town a
great sanctuary included the Temple of Victory . Within the urban fabric rose ,
then , small shrines neighborhood . The entire urban area was defended by a citywall
. The cemeteries were located along the main routes out. Well known is the
eastern necropolis , located at the beach , to the east of the river Himera .
designed by F. Minissi , the Antiquarium was inaugurated in 1984, was closed
for renovations a few years , was finally reopened to the public in 2001. There
are preserved the most notable objects found in excavations of Himera and other
sites within the territory of the polis. The exhibition space develops along a
tour itinerary that covers the main issues of cultural and historical Greek
colony and its territory . In the entrance hall educational panels introducing
the history and topography of the site, while an exhibition space is devoted to
a gutter in a lion's head from the Temple of Victory and the medals . The tour
proceeds to "higher level" where they are exposed architectural
elements and offerings from the Temple of Athena, the upper town. The "
central " is dedicated to objects of "material culture" from the
excavations carried out in the various areas of the town. The " lower
level " includes a selection of pots and kits from the Necropolis , a section
devoted to important sites in the area, such as Terravecchia Cuti , Fixed Mount
, Walls Pregne / Brucato , Cefalu and an exhibition of underwater finds . The
visit ends with a polychrome mosaic of African tradition , found in the Roman
villa situated on a ridge overlooking the sea , not far from Cefaluí.
Himera - Greek temple
Something about.. MARINEO (PA)
Marineo and its castle
Marineo and its castle are situated on a limestone valley that stretches across the Euterios Valley almost to obstruct and sleeping in a steep gorge . By side on a rocky part overlooking the valley stands the castle. With certainty we know that the first and most important construction took place right after the ending victorious Carlo D' Angio argued against the Swebian house for the conquest of Sicily and southern Italy. As his power and his fortune was based on his military force he covered his territories castles. These were built at points of significant strategic interest , and indeed on this occasion and for these purposes was erected our castle, retesting of the ever- important strategic point that was Busambra Rock . At sunset the Angevin power , expelled from Sicily following the popular movement of the Vespers , following the rule of the house of Aragon , a dark period characterized by anarchy and the baronial fratricidal struggle . The Angevin Castle and the nearby urban center , for its strategic importance, must have participated actively in this struggle between noble families against the central power , to bring back damaged that inhabited was canceled . In the sixteenth century the Emperor Charles V invested with the fief of Marineo Beccatelli Bologni Francis , superintendent of the island and lord of Cefalà Diana and Able , who in 1553 gave rise to the current Marineo with the build dwellings percent , followed soon by another two hundred , were built by his son Gilbert, who at the same time gave the start to the reconstruction and repair of the remains of the castle, which was turned into a palatial country house for a wealthy - lord , not surrounded by mighty defensive walls , but capable barns and by a wall covered with louvers on the access ramp to the main floor, a form of defense , not by armies but by fierce bandits on the road. The surfaces of his prospects altered and scarified , the purity and simplicity of the lines , combine to create an atmosphere around this castle that wins souls . The walls that merge and blend with the underlying steep walls of the gorge fully satisfy the ancestral vision of a mighty castle . The castle can become the keystone of tourist in the country, along with the urban zones surrounding it, on the one hand have the appearance and texture of a medieval village, because due to the decay have been abandoned for menial purposes , just this depreciation has saved this brief glimpse of the landscape authentic and original dating back to the origin of the country. This landscape , highlighted with cautious and circumspect restorations that do not alter the appearance, could become the natural frame to complement the castle, and with its picturesque scenery attract tourists , eager to go back in time in search of the pure and genuine as opposed to the hectic life of modern civilization. Even the square lends itself after a good recovery , Programming rich repertoire of folk performances and local theater performances.
FarmHouse in Marineo
(Sicilia Cooking Class)
Marineo Castle / Museum
Something about.. Isola delle Femmine (PA)
The origin of the name of the town dates back to the legendary Isle of females who sees the island a women's prison , as witnessed by Pliny the Younger (62 AD) in a letter to Trajan . Another witness traces the origin of its name to the Latin word insula fimi, or " Island of Euphemius " general Byzantine governor of the province of Palermo. The first historical documented and witnessed by archaeological findings date back to the Punics . Probable Carthaginian colony , the site presents the particular condition of safe harbor behind the island , sheltered against the winds of the east. From the church of Monreale bulletin dated 1912 states that , with the ancient name of " island fimi " dating back to 1176, it meant that the island is located at the mouth of maritime breast that extends westward to Punta Rais in the territory of Hikkara , also called portum gall, then Port of Gallo in 1581 , and now corresponds to the point of Grottos Oil , between the promontory of Barcarello and Malpasso . On an unspecified date the trap was constructed of fimi , from Latin FIMIS transcription of the Arabic word fim (mouth ) , then transformed into the dialect term Fimini, italian of females. The tuna structure was donated in 1176 by William II the Good Abbot Theobald, bishop of Monreale, the news confirmed by Frederick in his letters of 1320. Around 1400 a small church was built adjacent to the trap for the worship of the fishermen. Between the 15th and 18th centuries , the piracy practiced throughout the Mediterranean basin wreaked damage to the economy and to the maritime areas adjacent to the coast, including the community of Isola delle Femmine. He showed the need to strengthen the coastal urban centers with a system of towers aligned in a square and circular on the highest points of the territory, to spot the enemy from the sea , warn the people in time and prepare for evacuation defensive strategy needed to counter the enemy landing . At the end of the 16th were designed and built hundreds of towers with the collaboration of the most eminent architects of the time, Camilliani , which in 1583 celebrates an inspection and a detailed report of the coasts of the island of Sicily. Are still present today as a sign of strong characterization of the township, though not properly exploited , the ruins of the two towers at sea and on land, dating back to that period . On the island , already half of attendance in the Punic-Roman age , attested by the discovery of the tanks and anchors lead in the stretch of sea between the island and Sferracavallo , is the " tower in the sea", designed by the architect . military Tuscan C. Camilliani and erected at the end of 16th in defense of a fishing village and the surrounding areas . The building has a square plan and part basement escarpment , with two cisterns to collect rainwater and load-bearing wall structure with a thickness of more than two meters. The " tower in the earth," whose presence is attested already in 1176 in defense of the " Tonnarella mounts and leverage" is likely built on a pre-existing , already mentioned in documents dating back to 1329 and 1383 . Adapted to the needs defensive around the fifteenth century , is built in tuff and has characteristics similar to the towers of Mondello and Sferracavallo , with a circular plan with two floors , the lower of which combined tank and top with time to dome , used by torrari as a warehouse for weapons , provisions and guardhouse. On the roof terrace , reached by an internal staircase partially demolished , is surrounded by a parapet with openings for the guns . The tower kept until a few years ago, traces of the original tank flooring , plaster and network conveying and collection of rainwater to the cistern . It has recently been restored by the Regional Province of Palermo. Both the islet that the land belonged to the family in the 16th century Bologna. The tuna was owned by the Archbishop of Monreale, and alleged by Count Gilberto Bologna , owner of the funds of Capaci which included the present territory of the Island , which claimed his right to property by renting houses and warehouses to the fishermen at high prices. In 1799 the territory forming part of the bottom of the Counts of Capaci was granted to the fishermen to build a village, which at that time has a modest Domestication with the sites identified in the church and in characterizing the trap , which became the family home after his departure from Bologna fishermen to the change in route of tuna today current Municipal House. It is configured so the initial core of the city center of Island of the Females made up in the current way of May, Via Roma, Via Romeo and whose transverse axis is constituted by the building of the trap and squares Piazza Umberto I and XXI Aprile . On the sides of the aggregate arise Plan west and east Plan , where lay their nets to dry . Consider the configuration of the soil of the land, not suitable for cultivation , the main activity has always been devoted to fishing , especially tuna that seasonally across the territorial waters of the surroundings, a characteristic that has affected the economic, social and urban development of the territory linked to the sea as a source of sustenance, still the main source of many local activities . The wealth of marine wildlife and the climate allowed the construction and urban development in the city center of the seaside village called tuna in 1831 and popularly referred to as " Capaci Iusu " - Capaci - under . The name dates back to 1800-10 and tuna comes from the presence of the islet to the east of the site where the traps were lowered . In 1854 the township of tuna , belonging to the town of Capaci , became an independent municipality with a civil state and named Isle of females. The population grows progressively since then , except for the period between 1880-1900 in which a large percentage of the islanders emigrated to the edge of the resistant vessels; premises called " Capaciote ." The emigration becomes exodus to the American mirage , with the founding of new suburb of Pittsburg, on the Sacramento River , near San Francisco. Population growth resumed in 1965 with the transfer of the seasonal population of Palermo for the summer holidays . In 1997, the Region of Sicily establishing the Natural Reserve (RNO) Island of the Females ( Islet ) , and in 2003 the Minister of Environment establishing Marine Protected Area of Capo Gallo - Island of the Females , to witness the beauty in scenic, environmental and wildlife of land and sea to Isle of females.
Isola delle Femmine
Sicilian Cooking Class
Pasta with Pesto Trapanese
Trapani, its land and its perfumes all about this famous and traditional dish. For the pastry board a fresh pasta, preferably the typical busiate Trapani, alternatively you can use the Trofie or Strozzapreti. The pesto is, as the Sicilian tradition wants, simple and fresh and the ingredients that are especially should exalt the aromas. The basis is that of a red pesto, preferable to use very ripe tomatoes raw, well-cleaned and stripped of their liquid. You add the extra virgin olive oil, basil, garlic, pine nuts, almonds or better, black pepper, nutmeg and "crushes" the whole. Alternatively, you can blow it all in a pan for a few minutes. The cheese aged people who want to put it, but a local tradizine wants us to use bread crumbs spiced with a dash of nutmeg and chopped almonds lightly toasted. Good served with a white or Inzolia which Grillo.
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DAY TRIP BY DRIVER ASSISTANT & BOOK GUIDE
& DETAILS weekly program
MONDAY at 8.00 am ca
for visit: 3h ca
time: 6h ca
stop at Monreale and one hour visit of the Duomo with official audio
guide (included). After about one hour road along the north coast of
Sicily, arrive to Cefalù City Center at Porta Terra (close to
traffic). Time to visit (1h45minutes) the Duomo, the Osterio Magno,
Porta Terra square,Medieval lavatory, Mandralisca Museum &
MONDAY at 8.00 am ca
for visit: 2h ca
time: 4h ca
6.00*(shuttle service inside the archeo park from 6.00)
about one hour and half of road along the highway from Palermo to
Mazzara del Vallo, arrive to Selinute and free visit with visual book
guide of one of the largest archeo park in Europe, founded by Greek
(private shuttle inside park avaible NOT included). Time to visit 2
hours. Back to Palermo
Crateri Silvestri (1825 m.s.l.) &
TAORMINA CITY CENTER
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY*** at 7.00 am ca
for visit & lunch:
time: 11h ca
60.50* (EXTRA FULL EXCURSION ON THE SPOT BY FUNICULAR)
Etna or Taormina
(Restaurant, Bar, Self Services)
about two hours and half of road along the highway from Palermo to
Catania (with short stop in Autogrill), arrive to Crateri Silvestri
Etna Sud (old craters visitable for free without mountain Guide).
Time to visit the Crateri Silvestri or to enjoy the Funicular
excursion (NOT INCLUDED). About 2.30h free. Time for lunch in Etna or
Taormina. After Etna Sud departure to Taormina along the Etna Sud
road. Arrive in about 1.30h. Free time in Taormina do discover the
city center from Porta Messina (center closed to traffic), the
Greek-Roman theatre, the Duomo,Corso Umberto I. Meet driver back in
Porta Messina. Road to Palermo about 3h.
WINERY FLORIO*, MOZIA ISLAND & SALT PANS MUSEUM
WEDNESDAY at 9.00 am ca
for visit & lunch:
time: 8h ca
Entrance Fees: SALT
MUSEUM, MARSALA WINERY & TASTING*, MOZIA BOAT SHUTTLE &
GUIDE IN FLORIO WINERY. BOOKLET FOR MOZIA.
about two hours of road along the highway from Palermo to Marsala,
arrive to famous Florio winery in Marsala. Meet the local guide and
visit of the museum, winery and wine tasting (2 glasses - included).
Free time in the historical center of the town. Continue to Mozia
Salt pans and time to visit the carthaginians Headquarter in
Sicilt and the Salt pans museum. Time for lunch (not included) . Road
back to Palermo about 1.30h.
Valley of Temples & Museum*
THURSDAY at 8.00 am ca
for visit & lunch:
time: 8h ca
08.00/12.00 (with museum)
VALLEY OF TEMPLES. ENG-ITA-SPA-FRE-GER.
(Restaurant, Bar, Self Services), from 15.00 per person*
about two hours along the country road from Palermo to Agrigento
(with short stop for a coffe), arrive to the Valley of Temples. Visit
of Hera, Concordia and Apollo temple and Hardcastle villa with book
guide (1h30minutes). Free time for lunch in a bar-self service.
Continue to the archeologic museum and free visit ( one hour). Back
Walking Tour*, FICUZZA, MARINEO & BUCECI
from Palermo: FRIDAY at 08.00 pm ca
for visit: 5h ca
time: 8h ca
70.00+20.00* (walking tour + winery fees)
Entrance Fees: N.A.
Guide: NO. LOCAL
GUIDE IN CORLEONE ENG-ITA-FRE
about one hour and half of road along the country road from Palermo
to Corleone, arrive in town and meet local guide associated to the
local tourist information system for a walking tour in the historical
center (abour 90 minutes included). Conitnue to the famous
Ficuzza natural reserve and visit the Regia-Castle from Ferinando di
Borbone (free entrance, anout 40 minutes of guided visit). Time for a
break-lunch. After visiting the Castle-Museum of Marineo, about half
hour from Ficuzza. Visit for free of the Eleuterio Valley archeologic
museum inside the Castle. After stop in the family winery Buceci
producing the most high wine grapes of Italy (mille metri wine),
visit and tasting (included). Road back to Palermo in about 1h.
COOKING CLASS in FARMHOUSE PARCOVECCHIO
SATURDAY at 10.00 am ca, on request from Monday to friday
for visit & lunch:
time: 5h ca
Fees & lunch:
ENGLISH SPOKEN. FRENCH,SPANISH
& GERMAN ON REQUEST IF AVAIBLE.
a panorama view on the country road outside the modern City of
Palermo we arrive on a tipical Sicilian farm house named
Parcovecchio, in the zone on Marineo, about 30 km from Palermo. The
owners welcome you spending a time to visit the farm factory ( famous
ricotta cheese is product
here ). Then the interest is moved to the coocking class made by
the son of the owner, Ciro. There is no a particular menu
in program, just, as the original Mediterranean diet says, cook fresh
and local products from Sicilian territory. After pre-dishes made of
cheeses, handmade marmalade and local vegetables and local bread,
pasta will be served ( pasta is one the the most important meal in
Italy ) in the country restaurant of the farm ( Trattoria ). Local
red wine & water will be served during the lunch. Second dish
made of meet and fresh local fruits gives end to a beautiful
excursion on the country heart of Sicily, outside the classical
tourist itinerary ! Dont take distraction, Youll see all the
preparation of the menu !
TRAPANI SALT PANS (NUBIA) & ERICE
SUNDAY at 8.30 am ca
for visit & lunch:
time: 7h ca
Entrance Fees: SEGESTA
6.00 + 1.50
(shuttle service to theatre)
SEGESTA ENG-ITA-SPA-FRE-GER. ERICE WALKING BOOK GUIDE IN ENGLISH.
(Restaurant, Bar, Self Services), from 15.00 per person*
itinerary is always the most required by clients from all over the
World and was not a case ! Infact is a no-stressing road that gives
You, just in one day, a little idea of Sicily. Three differents
sight: Segesta, that means archeologic Sicily, Nubia & ita salt
pans in Trapani, that show You the sicilian coast with ita beautiful
landscape and also its nature, Erice, that gives You an image of
medieval Sicily. The road is really preatty, main highway, apart the
unforghettable view of the old street going up from Trpaani to mount
Erice (old monte San Giuliano). All three sight are not far from
Palermo, and thank to this You have more time to "explore"
all sights. This itinerary is also named "the Elimian's
Road", because the Elimians, one of the first habitants of
Sicily, estrablished themselves in this zone of Sicily. Enjoy Your
POLICIES & CONDITIONS
for suggested menu (2 courses + fruit, beverage not incl.). We are
not responsible for prices and services. Suggested
restaurant/bar/self service will be on the spot by drivers.
ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE ABOUT CHANGING RATE ON NATIONAL/REGIONAL/LOCAL
departures with minimum number of participants.
UP IS SUGGESTED FROM FIRST LOCATION IN PALERMO. PICK UP TIME MUST BE
RECONFIRMED ONE DAY BEFORE.
or Audio guide where indicated:
free to charge Pick
from main hotels in Palermo area Discount:
Y.O. free 3-11 Y.O. 50 %
PICK UP HOTEL MONREALE/MONDELLO 5.00 PER PAX
1 day before 50 %, no show 100%.
& time of services could change in case of road traffic.
tips, entrance fees & meals not included, INCLUDED ONLY IF
Guide or Book Guide on site where available, Local
guides on site included over 14 guests.
co-operation with PortaTerra Viaggi Cefalù
Most Value Excursion: Agrigento
One of the most requested excursion, Agrigento Full day, start every thursday. The famous Valley of Temples lies about 2 hours from Palermo, crossing the beautifull panoramic road of Sicani mountain, also called the road of cheese. First part of the excursion is by bookguide on nice promenade on valley of Temples, visiting: Temple of Hera, Temple of Concordia, Whitecastle villa & Temple of Heracle. After free time for lunch break & time to visit the incredible archeologic museum or for a charming promenade discovering the heart of the town on famous via Athenea. Back to Palermo about at 16.00
Erice Porta Trapani (City Gate)
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