Please join us for our private discovery of Sicily, during which we will savor unique archeological and historic sites with experts, and exemplary private palazzi and art collections with the distinguished owners—many inaccessible to the public—offering a rare opportunity to enjoy meaningful exchanges with our experts and our eminent hosts.
By personal invitation, we will be received by Italian nobility and esteemed members of the Italian cultural elite for private visits, luncheons, receptions and dinners in their admirable private palazzi and villas to observe some of Europe’s finest masterpieces of architecture, art, interior and garden design, as well as celebrated archeological sites, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Long before the era of airborne travel, Sicily had been a favorite destination for artists and intellectuals eager to grasp the essence of Western civilization, and for aristocrats and the well-to-do wishing to complete their education. Owing to its strategic geographical position and natural resources, Sicily has attracted a variety of conquerors, traders and refugees over 10,000 years of history: each group introduced a different style and vision to the island, gradually turning it into a showcase of art and architecture of the Mediterranean.
The marks left by each wave of civilization have created surprising combinations: the Doric columns of the temple of Athena blending with the cathedral of Syracuse; Palermo’s Arab-Norman churches topped with pink domes or lined with gold Byzantine mosaics; relatively simple façades that hide stunning Baroque interiors bursting with colorful, three-dimensional marble inlays and white stucco babies hanging from walls and ceilings; elegant Art Nouveau designs enlivened with a delightful mix of Moorish and Gothic motifs.
Described as the wonderland of archaeological treasures and world-renowned architectural landmarks, many of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, birthplace of over celebrated artists, architects, composers, Sicily will always be an inspiring and momentous travel experience.