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There is more to Agrigento
than the Valley of the Temples:
one day tours in Agrigento
and environs

Donnafugata tour:
Santa Margherita Belice

On the trail of the Leopard.

Luigi Pirandello's Girgenti

In the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano and Andrea Camileri tour

Agrigento's Valley of the temples tour

Archeological museum of Agrigento

Gela and Licata tour: the landing beach and WWII

Sciacca tour: pottery and hot baths

Baroque Agrigento tour: Licata and Naro

Cooking lesson and oil press

 

 

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Agrigento's Valley of the Temples
A visitor's guide

 

 

 

At 3pm , departure by car for Palma di Montechiaro with Agnello and Gio. Montechiaro Castle immense photographs. Then cathedral with visit to the Archpriest .. After visit to delightful Benedictine convent: festive and polite welcome. Gift to me of birthday cake of the pleasant Abbess and offer of jasmines. Touched"

Visit to Palma
(from a page of the diary of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa)

 

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the author of "The Leopard"

 


 



Giulio Tomasi

The Saint Duke:
Giulio Tomasi

 

Donnafugata tour: The "Leopard" places
in Palma di Montechiaro

 

Benedictine convent

On the trail of "The Leopard". Visit the places
described by Tomasi di Lampedusa

Donnafugata is a fictional town that includes existing and easily recognizable places. According to the information contained in a
letter Lampedusa wrote to his friend Baron Enrico di Merlo Tagliavia
"The palace at Donnafugata is one and the same as
the one at Santa Margherita, while for the town as a whole,
the reference is to Palma Montechiaro"

Palma di Montechiaro was founded in the mid 17 century by two ancestors of Lampedusa: Carlo and Giulio (also known as the Saint Duke). This is the place where the family’s feudal title hails from
and is emblematic even in its architecture and urban design of the Tomasi's uncompromising mysticism.

The tour of Palma Montechiaro follows an itinerary that enables you to know the "holy" ancestors evoked by "The Leopard" and figures, circumstances and monuments described in the book.
Without Palma di Montechiaro "The Leopard" would not have existed.
Our first stop is the Duke's Palace built in the mid-17th century by Giulio Tomasi, the Duke of Palma, and then, from 1667, the first Prince of Lampedusa. The building has exquisite wooden roofs :“In the mid-17th century, one of the Salinas had withdrawn there into some
kind of private monastery to do penance and chart his route to heaven"
. Then we go to the Mother Church, the work of Jesuit Angelo Italia, with the "stubby columns of red marble". Few steps away is the Church and Convent of the Benedictine where is the tomb of the the venerable Isabella Tomasi di Lampedusa (Blessed Corbera in the Leopard). Unique opportunity to bite, like Don Fabrizio, on the famous macaroons made by the nuns. Finally we visit the Chiaramonte Castle in one of the most beautiful countrysides on the coast of Sicily

Tour type: private tour from a Agrigento and Sciacca hotels and accommodation or a shore trip from Porto Empedocle port of call. Half day
Chauffer- driven. On demand we can provide English speaking driver/ guide and/or licensed tour guide. Available also from Palermo, Catania and Taormina hotels.

Time duration: the tour can be done in half day (about 3 hours). It can be combined with the tour of Santa Margheriita Belice (about 7 hours)

Driving time: 20 minutes from most hotels in Agrigento to the city centre. 20 minutes from Porto Empedocle pier, 1 hour 20 minutes from Sciacca, 2 and half hours from Palermo. 3 hours from Taormina

Departure time: on demand

Meeting place for cruisers: pier of Porto Emepdocle: The guide/ driver will hold a sign with clients' name.
Meeting place for travellers: your selected hotel/ accommodation in Agrigento, Sciacca, Catania Palermo, Taormina

Tour cost: depends on the services requested (driver, English speaking driver, licensed tour guide, driver/guide). Please ask for a quote:

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