Historical Scenic Transfer Palermo ⇒ Taormina (1 day COLLECTIVE tour from Palermo) A great way to move you from Palermo (West side) to Taormina (East side) with stopover into the important local highlight of Piazza Armerina, giving you the chance to delight the Roman Villa of Casale.
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ITINERARY: Today meet & greet our staff. Thenwe drive through the interior of Sicily to reach Piazza Armerina, a small town in the province of Enna famous for the mosaics of the Roman Villa of Casale (Admission Fee: not included). This town possesses the largest complex of mosaics which ancient Roman civiliza-tion has handed down to us. The building of this villa has been placed at around the IIIrd-IVth century A.D. and was planned as a luxurious hunting lodge for the Emperor Maximian Herculius. It contains over 40 floors in polychromatic mosaic covering an area of about 3.500 sq. metres. The mosaics excavated here are in uncommonly beau-tiful colours and were the work of African crafts-men, pupils of a great school which propagated African mosaics to other regions with relations with their homeland such as Spain, Gaul and Italy. The attitude of the girls suggest that they are doing gymnastics. In the triple-recessed hall of the Labours of Hercules in the east apse one can see 5 giants, their faces twisted in spasms of pain, trying to free themselves from the fatal arrows shot at them by Hercules. The central Titan of the scene best of all conveys the pain of his agonized body by the contraction of his features. This afternoon we then continue to Taormina, the world famous resort town of Sicily.
DISABLED TRAVELERS: Please be so kind as to share with us, before booking, if you have walking limitations.
Piazza Armerina: one of the most beautiful villas of the Roman ever built, with 60 rooms and 3500 square meters of floor mosaics.
START/FINISH The tour is Land only; begins in Palermo with pick-up in a meeting point (this information will be provided at time of booking) and ends in Taormina with drop-off at Taormina-Bus-Terminal.
TRAVEL SERVICES We are at your disposal to customize optional services and/or hotel booking.
ADMISSION FEE The price of this tour does not include the Admission Fees. If you are under 18 years old, the admission fees are free of charge for you showing your document (or copy of your document) on the spot. WHAT TO PACK The most important ingredient to a successful vacation is exploration. Please pack comfortable walking shoes. Sicily has a lot of steps and archaeological sites please pack accordingly. For city walking, wear leather shoes with good support. They are more socially and aesthetically acceptable than athletic shoes. Raingear is essential and a little umbrella could be handy. Gore-Tex fabric, which is both waterproof and breathable, is an excellent choice. Always pack a light sweater or jacket, even in summer.
GRATUITIES (We Suggest) -The suggested amount for the Driver Guide have to be an average between EURO 30,00 to EURO 50,00 (for a full day excursion) per day based on the efficiency and service you receive. -Gratuities to restaurants are never included in the bill. The restaurant cover charge is not a tip. If paying with credit cards in Italy & Sicily, please be so kind as to pay your tip separately in cash to the waiter. This should be 10% of the total bill. -The use of public toilets requires a payment to the attendant of EURO 0,30 cents. Public toilet charge EURO 0,50 cents.
INFORMATION & HINTS -Once you land in Italy don’t forget to set your watch to the local time; -In Italy the current voltage in Hotels is 220W. -In Italy eating snacks is not a problem. But if you want to use restaurants, they open at certain times of the day: 11:30AM till 2:30PM and from 7:00PM till 10:30PM; -Gratuities to restaurant are never included in the bill. Cover charge is not a tip. If paying with credit cards in Italy please pay your tip separately in cash to the waiter and this should be 10% of the total bill; -The use of public toilets requires a payment to the attendant of € 0.30 cents. Public toilet charge € 0,50 cents; -Shops are generally closed from 1:00PM till 4:00PM and close approximately at 7:30PM. -Ask for a receipt of your bills from most of the shopping establishments. By Italian Law, you must obtain them before leaving the premises; -Be careful of your purse and wallets. Pick pocketing and purse snatching can happen especially in crowed places, such as famous monuments, bus stops, and railways stations. We advise that you do not give money to beggars as this is a common distraction for someone else to snatch your valuables; -Do not carry all your money with you when leaving for sightseeing or strolls, deposit part of your money in the hotel safe or in the special belt around your waist; Have handy telephone numbers of your banks in the event of stolen or lost credit cards; -Keep separate a photocopy of your Passport; -Keep your Currency Exchange forms if you plan to change money back to another currency.
CLOTHING Whole essays can be written about the Italians' relationships with clothes. Some observations: 1. Sometimes clothing rules are written. To visit a church or religious site you will need to cover yourself up; no bare backs, chests, shoulders and sometimes no bare knees. Sometimes museums and other attractions can also be strict; no bathing suits, for example. If you want to visit a church or religious site it's a good idea to carry a shawl or something with you so you can cover up. Even where there are no written rules, please use good judgement and respect the customs of the area....you're not at home and a little more "prudent" behavior is always appreciated by locals. 2. Italians are very conformist about clothing; everyone wears the same fashions, from teenagers to grannies, which can be shocking at times. And it's normal to be glared at if you are not wearing the latest customised jeans or super hip boots. 3. It's important not to judge people by their choice of clothing. Styles do not necessarily carry the same connotations in Italy that they would in other countries. A woman in fishnets, stilettos and miniskirt with caked-on makeup at eight in the morning is probably just going to work in a bank. Almost all youths lounge about in skin-tight t-shirts with their rear-ends squishing out of jeans. DISABLED TRAVELERS Please be so kind as to inform us, before your arrival, in case you have walking limitations.
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Gratuities and Tips; Licensed Local Guide; Admission fees; Beverages and meals; Travel Insurance; Hotel accommodation.