Sicily by Sea: Art Treasures & Ancient Temples Aboard Sea Cloud II

October 10–18, 2014

Embark Sea Cloud II in Catania and set sail for Palermo. In the Sicilian capital, discover the glittering mosaics of the 12th-century Palatine Chapel in the Palace of the Norman Kings, originally built by the Arab emirs who ruled Sicily for more than two centuries. From Trapani, travel to nearby Segesta to see its Greek temple, then choose to visit medieval Erice or ancient Mazara del Vallo, founded by the Phoenicians. Step ashore in Porto Empedocle to see the Doric ruins at the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, then sail to Syracuse, once Athens’ rival in wealth and culture. Discover its well-preserved Greek and Roman theaters and admire a Caravaggio masterpiece inside a church on Ortygia Island. By special invitation, visit a baroque palazzo for a private tour by the owner, a Sicilian baron. An optional three-day prelude in Catania includes a visit to charming Taormina and Piazza Armerina. An optional two-day postlude in Malta offers tours of Rabat, Mdina and Valletta.

Study Leader Information

We are delighted that Barbara Boehm, Curator of Medieval Art and The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will accompany us throughout this program. Her expertise in sacred art and Mediterranean trade will enhance our visits to medieval churches and other important sites.

Tour Itinerary

For a detailed listing of daily activities and excursions during our trip, please click here for the tour brochure.


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