Day 3 (Tuesday) Monreale & Palermo
Our Staff Disposal: from h 10AM to h 5PM
Highlights: Monreale Dome & Abbey, Palermo Opera House & Ganci Palace
Breakfast at hotel. Today a short drive takes us to Monreale. Upon arrival we visit the Dome & the Abbey (Admission fee: included) a magnificent example of fusion among the Islamic, the Byzantine and the Romanesque culture. Overlooking Palermo, the town of Monreale, from the Latin "Mons Regalis" (literally 'Royal Mountain'), straddles a slope of Mount Caputo about eight kilometers south of Palermo's cathedral. The Dome and its cloister represent the largest concentration of Norman, Arab and Byzantine art in one place. Famed for its glorious golden mosaics, Monreale Dome is perhaps the finest Norman building in Sicily. It was built in the 12th century as part of a grand royal complex a few miles outside of Palermo. Later we drive back to Palermo. This afternoon we visit the amazing Palermo Opera House (Teatro Massimo). The  Teatro Massimo (Admission fee: included) was one of the world's largest theatre complexes when construction was begun in 1895 according to designs by Giambattista and Ernesto Basile. The vast structure was nearly complete by 1897 and is said to be haunted by the ghost of a nun who lived in the convent that once stood on this location. Later around 4PM we continue onto an historical Palace to visit the rooms and enjoy a snack of Tea with pastries. The palace was constructed in several phases during the 18th century and completed circa 1780, designed in the Baroque style, although its ornamentation is of a more severe form than that which is generally accepted as Sicilian Baroque. The tall windows of the piano-nobile are decorated with alternating pointed and segmented pediments, while the windows of the lower and upper floors are much smaller, almost cell like, indicating the lower status of the rooms they house. In this way the architecture could be said to be more Renaissance than Baroque. (BB S)

Day 4 (Wednesday) Palermo/Marsala wineries & Erice/Palermo
Our Staff Disposal: from h 8:30AM to h 5PM
Highlights: Marsala wineries (Donnafugata winery & Cantine Florio) & Erice Maria Grammatico's pastry-shop
Breakfast at hotel. Today departure for Marsala, a small village located in the area of Trapani. The city maintained its place as a crucial maritime port under Byzantine, Arab and Norman rule. Marsala is a wine produced in the region surrounding the Italian city of Marsala in Sicily. Marsala wine first received Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) status in 1969. While the city's natives sometimes drink "vintage" Marsala, the wine produced for export is universally a fortified wine similar to Port, Madeira and Sherry. Originally, Marsala wine was fortified with alcohol to ensure that it would last on long ocean voyages, but now it is made that way because of its popularity in foreign markets. Upon arrival we visit two different wineries and we enjoy wine tastings to explore two totally different amazing wines qualities and different flavours: Donnafugata winery and Cantine Florio. Our first visit is at the Donnafugata Winery: founded in Sicily by an enterprising family with 160 years’ experience in premium wines. Giacomo Rallo and wife Gabriella, daughter José and son Antonio are engaged in an entrepreneurial project with a focus on attention to detail and synchronizing people and nature to make wines that correspond increasingly more to the potential of this area. Donnafugata seeks excellence in premium wine by taking painstaking care over detail: in its vineyards, in its wine cellars, in ist relationship with the environment. Extreme Quality is the entrepreneurial style which reflects the company philosophy. Our second visit will be at the Cantine Florio, built in stone by Vincenzo Florio in 1832, reflect the style of Anglo-Saxon era. The structure - covering about 44,000 square meters - is the heart of the production of Marsala: from here once the Florio vessels departed, full of this precious nectar and here, today, the world's most popular Marsala wine is produced. The cellars extend over 7,400 square meters and surprise the visitors with their grandeur. Here are lined 1400 barrels and approximately 600 barrels and casks of different sizes, arranged along well 104 arches. This afternoon we then continue onto Erice  uptown. The Elymians settled the medieval town of Erice, which was an important religious site associated with the goddess Venus. Wander through its ancient streets and visit some of the famous homemade pastry shops—world-famous for marzipan candies and other delicacies like almond and pistachio pastries. Upon arrival we walk to join Maria Grammatico Patry Shop (Nick-name: Zza Maria). Ms Maria immediately after the WWII, entered the convent of San Carlo in Erice. Despite the very hard life, Maria was able to learn the "secret" art of pastry making in the ancient laboratories of the cloistered nuns. It is thanks to her passion that now we can still taste the delicious almond pastries made just like five centuries ago. Visit her small shop, taste local genuine hand make pastries. Later we drive back to Palermo. (BB S)

Day 5 (Thursday) Palermo/Agrigento
Our Staff Disposal: from h 9:30AM to h 5PM
Highlights: Agrigento Temples Valley
Breakfast at hotel. Today departure for Agrigento. Upon arrival light lunch in a local trattoria. This afternoon we visit the finest of all ancient Greek sites—the complete Doric Temples (Admission fee: included). The balance of the day is at leisure. (BB L)