The Normans in Sicily

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The Normans in Sicily - 3 nights from £949pp

The Normans’ rule in Sicily was one of the wonders of the medieval world. During their brief hegemony from 1072 – 1194, the invaders proved themselves enlightened and appreciative of the island’s former Arab culture. Their legacy can be found in vast cathedrals, castles, abbeys and palaces, which combine Norman, Byzantine and Islamic architecture.
 
This three-night tour will follow their footprints from the busy streets of Palermo to the picture-postcard town of Cefalu. We shall visit some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the island and enjoy privileged access to the privately owned castle of Caronia and the Abbey of San Filippo di Fragalà. Among the highlights will be our visit to the Cappella Palatina in the Norman Palace and the cathedrals of Cefalu and Monreale whose gold mosaics rival the splendour of Venice and Ravenna.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Palermo
  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the four-star Mercure Hotel Palermo Centro, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Two dinners with wine at a local restaurant
  • Two lectures at the hotel
  • Transfers, tours and entrance fees
  • Gerald Deslandes and local tour manager, Tullio Scurria, throughout

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from
£949
per person for 3 nights