Private shore excursion to the places described by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa in Santa Margherita Belice
Half day tour from Porto Empedocle port of call
Full day tour from Palermo or Trapani ports of call
"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" (Letter by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa to his friend Baron Enrico Merlo di Tagliavia)
Santa Margherita Belice is the place where Lampedusa spent the happiest moments of his childhood and is linked to the figure of his mother and the Tasca di Filangeri Cutò family
Santa Margherita di Belice, founded by Antonio Corbera on the ruins of an Arab castle and hit by the earthquake of 1968, is the place where the writer spent the summer as a child. The tour begins at the Palazzo Filangieri Cutò which is the setting of some of the most memorable scenes of "The Leopard". The building belonged to the family of his mother and hosted for a few months, the "woman in flight or Donnafugata" - the Queen Carolina Lorena, wife of Ferdinand IV, confined there by Lord Bentick, British military governor of Sicily. Among the restored rooms of the palace, a room upstairs with manuscripts of “The Leopard” , family portraits, photographs of Santa Margherita before the earthquake and the "Wax museum", where shapes of wax figures representing the main characters of the Leopard help you re-live the atmoshpere of the novel. Adjacent to the palace, the garden with trees, admirably described in the book. Short Walk to the city centre to admire the remains of the Mother Church and the ruins of the old Santa Margherita destroyed by the earthquake of 1968.
Tour type: private shore trip from Porto Empedocle/ Palermo/ Catania ports of call.
Chauffer- driven. On demand we can provide English speaking driver/ guide and/or licensed tour guide.
Time duration: almost 4 hours from Poarto Empedocle, 7 hours from Palermo or Catania
Driving time: from Porto Empedocle 15 minutes, from Catania and Palermo over two hours
Departure time: on demand
Meeting place for cruisers: Port of call pier: The guide/ driver will hold a sign with clients' name.
Tour cost: depends on the services requested (driver, English speaking driver, licensed tour guide, driver/guide). Please ask for a quote