• Trace the passage of time in this many layered city, from evocative Doric temples to sparkling Byzantine mosaics
• Visit the Palazzo dei Normanni and Palermo’s cathedral, where diverse strata of architecture jostle for prominence
• Delve into Sicily’s ancient past at the ruined site of Segesta and the city’s archaeological museum
historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker
Depart London Gatwick 1430 on Easyjet, arriving Palermo 1825. Transfer to Eurostars Centrale Palace Hotel, Palermo, for seven nights.
Morning introductory lecture followed by visits to the churches of Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio and San Cataldo, followed by Palermo Cathedral (Arab-Norman style with Gothic, Baroque and neoclassical features). Afternoon: Palazzo Abatellis (Galleria Regionale della Sicilia, featuring art from the medieval and Renaissance periods through to the 18th century).
Morning excursion to Cefalù (historical coastal town, Norman cathedral), followed by a free afternoon and evening lecture.
Morning visits to the Palazzo dei Normanni (former seat of the kings of Sicily dating back to the 9th century) and Church of San Giovanni degli Eremiti. Afternoon visit to the Museo Archeologico (rich collections of Punic and Ancient Greek art). Evening lecture.
Morning excursion to Monreale for a visit to the cathedral and cloisters (stunning mosaics), followed by some free time. Return to Palermo via Castello della Zisa.
Whole day excursion to Segesta archaeological park (ancient city with beautifully preserved Doric temple). Free evening.
Morning visits in Palermo, taking in Baroque architectural highlights. Free afternoon followed by evening farewell lecture.
Depart Palermo 1040, arriving Gatwick 1240.
22 Oct — 29 Oct 2019
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ACE GENTLER TOURS
Palermo is one in a new series of more gently paced tours, created specially by ACE for those who prefer a more laid-back, less physically demanding itinerary while retaining the same high level of academic content. Walking distances are typically shorter, visits are more relaxed, and time is dedicated to the gradual appreciation of, and explorations within, our immediate surroundings. Hotels will usually be situated in central locations to allow for ease of access to major amenities; while group members are regularly encouraged to enjoy each location in their own way and at their own pace.
return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, one lunch, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, single room supplement £495, double room for single use supplement £540.