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Allessio is a very good driver and extremely well informed guide. Information about sites to be visited is provided en route to sites and at the Valley in Agrigento, visitors are dropped at one end and met at Gate V at the other end. The trip from Catania takes about two hours. The Greek temples are fabulous and it is an easy, if quite long walk, with a drink/food stop in the centre (pricey). We were fortunate that we were the only guests and negotiated to go to the museum rather than having a lunch stop. The museum has a well curated collection. The Roman mosaics at Piazza Armerina are spectacular. We were unfortunate that a thunderstorm had taken out the villa’s lights and we had to view them in gloomy conditions but they gave a wonderful insight into 12th century daily life and are the most extensive, well preserved mosaics we have seen. We had only a week in Sicily and were delighted to find this tour, the only one that visits both sites in the one day. Great day, great guide!
I booked this tour because I wanted to visit the incredible Villa Romana del Casale and found out this is the only available tour from Catania. The tour also includes Agrigento amazing Valley of Temples, which I also wanted to see, though perhaps it's a little too much for one day if you want deeper experiences. The places to visit are very rich and may deserve a little more time, especially if you have some problems of mobility and can't go to and fro too quickly. The Valley is big and you must try to cross it in 75 minutes. La Villa Romana is not that big and 75 minutes visit is more than enough. Anyway, quite a recommandable experience, especially due to the professionality, knowledge and experience of the warm and nice driver Alessio, who knows and loves Sicily and its history very much and who will surely be totally disposed to help all your needs to make this tour unforgettable! He also runs other tours you should also check out! Thanks Alessio for that magic Sunday!
Used Sicily Grand Tours for this trip. Alessio, our guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and his English is very good. He gives you a bit of the history of Sicily on the journey to Agrigento and the first stop at the Valle dei Templi where you get an hour and a half to explore on your own. We found this sufficient time including grabbing an arancino for lunch. Then it's off to the Villa Romana del Casa near Piazza Armerina where you again have sufficient time to view the well preserved mosiacs. Then back to Catania. Expect a long day as it is not a short journey from Catania but both sites are well worth visiting.
Our tour guide, Alessio, picked us up at 9 am at our hotel, which was great because we had not rented a car in Catania, Sicily. Two other couples, who spoke only Spanish, were on the tour with us. Alessio was fluent in both English and Spanish and did a great job alternating conversations between us. My husband and I really liked Alessio! He is a great tour guide and we highly recommend this excursion! The drive through Sicily was an added bonus, on top of seeing the Temple of the Gods and Villa Romana. The country side is beautiful! Tip: wear sunscreen!
Emmanuel is very skilled and brings enormous knowledge of geology, culture and archeology to his work. He was able to manage quite difficult, nuanced questions and gave us complex information in a completely digestible, sensitive and often funny way. I really appreciated his capacity to reflect history, environmental impacts and cultural differences in such a balanced discussion - just made the value of my experience so much richer.