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Rose Mascarenhas
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Southern Italy, Sicily offer ancient sights to behold
Rating: 3.11 / 5 (201 votes)  
Posted: 2008 Feb 29 - 02:59

A trip to Southern Italy and Sicily is a real adventure.

It starts in Rome, where you visit St Peter's Square and the Vatican. Make sure you have a camera ready to take pictures of the world famous Sistine Chapel ceiling, which was painted by Michelangelo.

After you leave Rome and cross the Tiber River, you will stop at the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

On the third day, a trip to Pompeii could bring a tear to your eye after thinking about all the people who were buried alive by volcanic ash those thousands years ago. Here you will be able to view many of the well-preserved objects that have been found over the years.

After this awesome trip, head along Posillipo hill, where there is a sweeping view of the Bay of Naples. Here, make sure that you have a good night's rest because the next day will bring a treat to behold.

You will be on your way to the Isle of Capri. The guide will take you on a trip to the Blue Grotto via jetfoil boat. Once again, the view from Capri is spectacular so you will want to take many photos.

On day six, take an overnight cruise to Sicily, a melting pot of nationalities, which contributes to its rich heritage. In Palermo, the tour continues to the cathedral and Palatine Chapel in the royal palace.

In the afternoon, visit the Norman Cathedral, home to 50,000-square-feet of precious Byzantine mosaics.

After this picturesque visit, you will head back to Palermo and enjoy a spectacular dinner show.

Because of its proximity to the Greek isles, southwest Sicily is noted for its ancient Greek treasures, many of which can be seen at the breathtaking Valley Of Temples. Even seasoned travelers are in awe when they see the gigantic, yet graceful Greek structures that have withstood 24 centuries of history.

As you visit the Dorian Temples and Acropolis at Selinunte, you may be prompted to think about the quality of human progress since those olden days of Greek splendor. These temples are built on a natural balcony overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and provide an unforgettable view.

An easy morning drive will take you to visit the 16,000- seat white Greek Theater, dating to the 5th century B.C.

Many other archaeological sites, such as the Altar of Hieron II, the Roman Amphitheater and the Cordmakers' Cave will be an important part of this exciting tour day. Can you imagine being in the midst of all this antiquity?

After all the walking on the previous days, why not enjoy a full day at the beautiful resort area of Taormina. Do some shopping, sign up for an excursion to Mount Etna, live it up in one of Europe's most popular beach resorts, take a dip or simply relax the day away.

On the last few days of the tour, you may choose to visit the town of Alberobello, which is known for its unique trulli, whitewashed dry stone circular houses with pinnacled and conical roofs. A short drive from here takes you to the spectacular 2-mile-long limestone Caves of Castellana, where awe-inspiring stalagmites and stalactites have formed over the centuries.

The last day will bring you back to Rome for a festive farewell dinner at a great restaurant where you can celebrate the success of your tour and the meeting of new friends.

Rose Mascarenhas is a travel consultant with Gadabout Travel in Sebastian. Call (772) 589-0633.

Gadabout Travel also has an office in Melbourne. Call (321) 253-3674.

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