- About Our Tours
The ancient name for Sicily was Trinacria – the three-cornered island. Each part of the island has its own history and character, contributing to a varied and complex whole.
The history of Sicily can be traced back more than 2000 years, during which time it has been dominated by many different rulers – Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Spanish – with each succeeding culture leaving its unique indelible mark on the island.
The extremes of the Sicilian climate have shaped the landscape. Verdant coasts abound while in the arid interior hilltop-perched villages are surrounded by barren uplands which burst into flowery glory every spring.
Western Sicily has been particularly exposed to influences from differing colonizing civilizations. The Phoenicians settled in Mozia and founded harbours at Palermo. They were followed by the Greeks and then the Arabs who began their conquest at Marsala.
With the magnificent ruins of Segesta and Selinunte, the west is well endowed with ancient archaeological fascination. The splendid medieval towns of Cefalu and Erice are delightful, while in the interior are villages where the passage of time seems to have been suspended – especially in the Madonie Mountains. For lovers of natural history, the off shore Egadi Islands and the Zingaro Reserve between Scopello and San Vito Lo Capo are of particular interest.
You may find it helpful to view and print off a copy of the regional map and cross reference with the description.
Trappeto; Golfo di Castellanmmare
Scopello; Zingaro National Park
Alcamo; Segesta; Trapani
Erice; San Vito lo Capo
Saline di Trapani; Mozia; Marsala
Partanna; Santa Ninfa; Segesta
Partanna; Santa Margh./Sambuca di Sicilia
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Ch Sclafani; Giuliana; wine tasting
Piana degli Albanesi; Altofonte
Partanna/Menfi; Sambuca di Sicilia; Chiusa
Prizzi; Santo Stefano; Castronuovo do Sicilia
Polizzi Generosa; Madonie Park
Valledolmo; Santa Caterina Villarmosa Villarosa
Piazza Armerina; Villa Romana del Casale
Leonforte; Agira; Sperlinga
Madonie Park; Castelbuono; Gangi
Towns above in CAPITALS are Trailhead towns.
^ = Public transport option available for part or all of route
* = Route can be divided into two shorter options (with an additional overnight)