Erice & Segesta from Palermo
FULL DAY TOUR from Palermo
Pick up by English speaking driver guide and transfer to Erice, a wonderful and mysterious medieval town perched on a hilltop at 2000 feet with sweeping vistas of the western Mediterranean Sea. Walking through the cobblestoned streets we will smell a variety of aromas emanating from the numerous pastry shops for which Erice is famous, and see the Norman Castle and the Duomo. Then we will stop at the world famous Pastry shop by Maria Grammatico (book: Bitter Almonds, by Mary Simeti) to taste her almond sweets, genovesi and nougat while toasting with a glass of Marsala wine. Lunch on our own and free time. During the afternoon we visit our first Greek temple in the middle of the countryside at Segesta. As the major Greek city in western Sicily, ancient Segesta was besieged and conquered by Dionysius and Agathocles, and eventually fell to the Romans. Here we’ll see this beautiful Doric temple, dating from the fifth century B.C., perched on a hill of wild fennel. Although never completed, it is in an excellent state of preservation, and commands a majestic setting from its position.