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Sicily Revealed

Greek temples, Baroque cities, great museums—Sicily is justly renowned for all these. But of course, there is more: the life of the island, its cuisine, and its spectacular spring wildflowers. With author and lecturer Olivier Bernier, we invite our members to explore all of this and more with behind-the-scenes art visits and festive group dining experiences.

What to Expect

Joining us on this distinctive trip with lecturer Olivier Bernier will be Mary Taylor Simeti, the well-known author of  On Persephone’s Island and other books on Sicily. She will tell us all about the life, the food, the customs and the flowers—the very essence of this beautiful island.

Ours will be a visit in depth. As we move from the Greek monuments of  Syracuse and Segesta to the Norman glories of  Palermo  and  Monreale, we will relive Sicilian history. We will stop at Piazza Armerina to see its spectacular Roman villa; we will place ourselves in the age of the Baroque—especially exuberant here—as we look at  Noto, Ragusa and Modica. Everywhere the island will be awash with wildflowers that so excited the travelers of the Grand Tour.

Then, there will be the cuisine and the wine, varying as we move from site to site. Mary Simeti, who has written about Italian cuisine for the  New York Times, will comment on the island’s magnificent cuisine which, like its art and architecture, reflects the unique palimpsest that is Sicily.

Limited Availability
  • When
    April 17-28, 2018
  • Length
    12 days / 11 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Art Lovers , Foodies , Intellectuals

This Journey's Host

OPENING DOORS WITH OLIVIER BERNIER 

Indagare is pleased to announce a new partnership with the renowned art historian Olivier Bernier. Opening Doors, a division of Insider Journeys, offers exclusive behind-the-scenes access and thrilling immersion in destinations where Olivier can share his unparalleled expertise, rich perspective and unique network through lectures, private receptions and more. Together, we will visit iconic monuments and museums, as well as private houses and collections open just for us.

Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Once-in-a-lifetime art and history lectures with renowned scholar and speaker Olivier Bernier, as well as the New York Times writer and Sicily expert Mary Taylor Simeti
  • Visits to iconic ancient ruins and museums filled with priceless art and architecture in Syracuse and Palermo
  • Introduction to Baroque design and medieval churches at Noto, Modica and Ragusa
  • Festive group dining experiences including reservations at Sicily’s top restaurants and private receptions in palazzi like the Palazzo Alliata
  • Tour of the historic chocolate lab Antica Dolceria Bonajuto
  • Exclusive farewell dinner at the Palazzo Lampedusa, where the famous novel The Leopard was written, which is hosted by the author's adopted son
  • A four night stay at the Donnafugata Resort

Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    April 17-28, 2018
  • Length
    12 days / 11 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 25 travelers
  • Host
    Olivier Bernier
  • From
    $9,400

Includes

  • Lectures and on-site commentary by Olivier Bernier
  • All accommodations indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals indicated in the itinerary: breakfasts, lunches and dinners (with wine) as noted
  • All activities indicated in the itinerary
  • Private receptions and hospitality
  • Airport/hotel group flight transfers
  • Local taxes and gratuities

Excludes

  • All airfare, airport taxes and personal transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals and alcohol
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (change in flights, cancellations, political disturbances, natural phenomena)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls, shopping, etc.)
  • Optional activities
Curious to receive the full itinerary and join the trip? Contact us and find out more.

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