In the heart of majestic palaces treasures of inestimable value are kept. The intense figures and faces depicted by masters, such as Antonello da Messina and Caravaggio, will remain in the visitor’s memory forever.
Palazzo dei Normanni
After arriving in Palermo, we will begin the tour of the city by visiting the Palazzo dei Normanni, also called “Cassaro”, from the Arabic “el-Kasr” (emir’s abode). In the 12th century the Normans changed and enriched the pre-existing building. Visit to the Teatro Politeama and Botanical Gardens, both in neoclassical style. Dinner and overnight stay in Palermo.
Our Lady of the Annunciation and the Saints, by Antonello da Messina, Monreale
After breakfast, visit to Palazzo Abatellis, where we will be able to admire the works of Antonello da Messina Our Lady of the Annunciation and the Saints, as well as the Triumph of Death, by an unknown Renaissance painter. In the afternoon, visit to the Cathedral and the Benedictine Cloister of Monreale. Dinner and overnight stay in Palermo.
St. Francis, by Titan and the Flemish Tapestries of Marsala
After breakfast, departure for Trapani, where we will visit the Pepoli Regional Museum, which holds, among its various works, Titian’s St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata. Continuation on to Erice, an atmospheric medieval village of ancient Greek origin, and to Marsala, where we will visit the museum that holds eight Flemish tapestries donated by Philip II of Spain. Dinner and overnight stay in Trapani.
The Mandralisca Museum of Cefalù, Enna
After breakfast, departure for Cefalù and tour of the city. Visit to the Mandralisca Museum, which holds the Portrait of a
Man by Antonello da Messina. Continuation on to Enna for a visit to the Alessi Museum. Dinner and overnight stay in Catania.
Palazzo Bellomo in Syracuse
After breakfast and a short tour of Catania, departure for Syracuse, where we will see the Archaeological Park of the Neapolis and the Island of Ortigia, the city’s ancient nucleus. The Palazzo Bellomo preserves works by Sicilian, Catalan, and Venetian painters, including Caravaggio’s Burial of St. Lucy and Antonello da Messina’s Annunciation. Dinner and overnight stay in Messina.
Antonello da Messina in Reggio and Messina
After breakfast, departure for Reggio Calabria; here we will be able to admire two masterpieces by Antonello da Messina, Repentant St. James and Abraham and the Angels, kept at the National Museum, which also holds the Bronzes of Riace. On returning to Messina, we will visit the Regional Museum, which holds the famous polyptych of St.Gregory by the master of Messina, the only work that has remained in his city of birth, and Caravaggio’s Adoration of the Shepherds and Resurrection of Lazarus. Dinner and overnight stay in Messina.
Taormina and Return
Breakfast and tour of the city of Taormina and visit to the Museum of Palazzo Corvaja. Departure from Catania airport.