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history • 8 days, 7 nights

Sicily: Hidden Histories of Beauty and Grandeur

history • 8 days, 7 nights

Sicily: Hidden Histories of Beauty and Grandeur

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  • Group Size 14 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Urban Exploration
from $3,348 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Sicily has been revered since antiquity. The island has served as the landscape of Greek myths, Byzantine mysteries, and Islamic mysticism, representing the splendor of medieval kingdoms and the epic battle for freedom. During a spectacular week together, we’ll discover the hidden histories of Sicily behind the doors of its lavish churches, private palaces, and uncanny catacombs. We’ll explore the island’s enigmatic past, from the Knights Templar to the lavish villas of Bagheria. We’ll participate in a gastronomic workshop and witness the intriguing world of puppet theaters. Beyond Palermo, we’ll head out on excursions to Bagheria to see its "Garden of Monsters," as well as the Valley of the Temples, a majestic complex of ancient Greek sanctuaries. Throughout the week, you’ll have plenty of time to relax, eat, and explore on your own. And did we mention that a duchess will be taking us to a famous food market and a princess will be giving us a tour of her palace? Magic awaits…

  • Market visit and cooking workshop hosted by the Duchess Nicoletta Lanza Tomasi
  • Visit and private show at a traditional puppet workshop
  • Day trip to the extravagant villas of Bagheria
  • Visit to the best-preserved complex of ancient Greek sanctuaries in Europe
  • Delicious meals and drinks throughout


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

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The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy.

Traveling Solo?

You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:

Shared Room: You’ll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $380. After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.

Activity Level

Travelers should be comfortable staying on their feet for long stretches at a time, and walking anywhere between two and four miles over the course of each day. Most days, we'll be out and about with time to rest at lunch and dinner, both of which will take place on the later side.

Arrival & Departure

You should aim to arrive in Palermo on Day 1 by 3 p.m., and depart anytime on Day 8.

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at a 4-star boutique hotel
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • An experienced Atlas Obscura Leader to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • Transportation and flights to and from Palermo, including airport transfers
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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We try our best to accommodate dietary restrictions, though in many cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. It can be more challenging to cater to gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan diets. If you have a particular food allergy or intolerance, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.

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