Study tour to Palermo and the West of Sicily

Study tour to Palermo and the West of Sicily

Sunday 28 April to Sunday 5 May, 2019

SOLD OUT but there is a waiting list, contact Robert Peel

Spring is delightful in Sicily, so a week in Palermo and the westernmost parts of the island is an appealing idea. Our seven day trip includes landscapes, gardens and architecture from the Norman occupation of Sicily up to 20thcentury, but also representatives of Phoenician, Elymian and Greek remains from the 5thcentury BC. We shall spend 5 nights in Palermo and 2 nights in Trapani, and visit, in addition, Bagheria, Segesta, Erice, Marsala, Mozia, Mazara and Selinunte.

Gracious aristocratic villas and their historic surroundings will compete for your interest with Norman pleasure palaces and churches adorned with mosaics. We shall visit Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, the Palermo Botanic Gardens and other luxuriant green spaces, both private and public, displaying a huge range of exotic plants in this frost free location. A private garden belonging to the Whitakers, the English family who led the Marsala wine trade and paid for the initial excavations of Phoenician Mozia, is also included.

Villa Malfitano, Palermo

Villa Malfitano, Palermo

Botanic Garden, Palermo

Botanic Garden, Palermo

Villa San Marco, Bagheria

Villa San Marco, Bagheria

Villa Valguarnera, Bagheria

Villa Valguarnera, Bagheria

Interior decoration of Palazzina Cinese, Palermo

Interior decoration of Palazzina Cinese, Palermo

Theatre at Segesta

Theatre at Segesta

Temple at Selinunte

Temple at Selinunte

The price, which pre-supposes a minimum of 20 participants, is €1480 per person sharing a room (about £1325 at current exchange rates) and includes all bed and breakfast in 4* hotels, all lunches and dinners, all land transport as part of the itinerary, all site entries and the services of English-speaking guides. It does not include air transport to Sicily. The single room supplement is €250 (about £220)

Please contact Robert Peel for a fuller programme and details and application form.
The travel agents we are using are Trinchese, an Italian company which has been used successfully before.

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