Spend an unforgettable day in relaxation on this day trip that combines Vendicari nature reserve, the southernmost representative marshland of Europe and the hidden archeaological treasures of the Tellaro villa, a fine example of late imperial Roman mosaics, brought to light inside an ancient 17th century farm house.
|We stop at one of the three entrances to the nature reserve of Vendicari, basically a wide coastal strip that consists of hides, several shallow lagoons (pantani), dunes and sand beaches, completely free from the influence of people. Vendicari is regarded as one of the few places where one can still admire the unique Mediterrenean vegetation and can also observe the migration of hundreds of species of birds coming from northern Europe and Russia heading towards the African continent. Walk to the the tower (Torre Sveva) built by Peter of Aragon in the 15th century to protect the coast against pirates . There are also remains of a tonnara (tuna fishery) and basins cut from the rock in which fish would have been processed to make garum (a strong- tasting sauce made from fish guts which the Romans used like ketchup). Then on to the Tellaro Roman villa, dating from the 4th century A.D and still displaying some of its magnificent polychrome mosaics. The villa, not entirely excavated, can be compared to the the celebrated Villa Romana del Casale near Piazza Armerina. Not far from the Tellaro river, the villa is spaced around a square peristyle. We'll admire exquisite mosaic floors adorned with geometric designs, hunting scenes, erotic scenes and a story taken from Homer's Iliad: Achilles delivering the body of Hector to Priam, after avenging the death of his friend Patroclus.|
Tour type: private shore excursion from from Siracusa/ Catania ports of call.
Chauffer- driven. On demand we can provide English speaking driver/ guide and/or licensed tour guide.
Time duration: 7 hours
Driving time: from Siracusa port of call about 20 minutes, from Catania to Vendicari and Tellaro over 1 hour
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 email