Sicily Marvels and Masterpieces with Expert Guide Jamie Sewell

Renowned for its Greek temples, Baroque cities and dazzling multicultural churches, Sicily is a world unto itself, beckoning to history and architecture connoisseurs who want a taste of its rich heritage. This October, step back in time and experience the great wonders of the island with archaeologist and expert historian guide Jamie Sewell, who has been working in Sicily for years. Jamie will take you on a deep dive through the region, from the Norman glories of Palermo and Monreale to the monumental ruins of Agrigento and Syracuse. You will relive Sicilian history with stops in Segesta, the ancient city once belonging to the Elymians; Piazza Armerina, to visit its spectacular Roman villa; and Caltagirone, to learn about its famous pottery.  Indulge in the island’s magnificent cuisine—which, like its art and architecture, sparkles with the uniquely Sicilian spirit—in the company of like-minded travelers who share your passion for exploration and discovery.

Plus, listen to our Why Go Now: Sicily conversation with Jamie to hear about the highlights of the trip in-depth.

What to Expect

For this special journey, we are thrilled to partner with Jamie Sewell to bring you unmatched access to Sicily.

Enjoy history-, art- and architecture-focused touring with expert history and archaeology guide Jamie Sewell, in the capital city of Palermo and ancient center of Syracuse. Here, you will see some of the most important Greek and Roman ruins of the Mediterranean, as well as marvels of Byzantine and Baroque design. Jamie holds a PhD in Roman Archaeology and has worked both as a guide and on site digs in Sicily for years, so he will provide excellent context to help you understand the region’s rich heritage…

  • Step back in time with visits to Sicily’s best-preserved Greek and Roman ruins, from Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—to the ancient ruins in Sélinonte, originally one of the most important of the Greek colonies in Sicily (with temples dating back as early as 550 BC). Here, you will be able to see the best Greek ruins outside of Greece.
  • Enter Palermo’s most fascinating Norman-Byzantine churches and discover the treasures of art and architecture that they contain, with exclusive access to the 12th-century Palatine Chapel for a private visit.
  • Tour the beautiful Villa Tasca (the palazzo recently featured in the award-winning HBO series The White Lotus), which sits on one of Sicily’s most emblematic Victorian gardens.
  • Explore the small island of Ortigia, the historical heart of Syracuse, which contains such important landmarks as the Ancient Greek Temple of Apollo, Diana’s Fountain by Giulio Moschetti, and Castello Maniace.
  • Visit the town of Piazza Armerina and tour the elaborate Villa Romana del Casale, a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its amazing collection of excavated Roman mosaics.
  • Learn about the history and craftsmanship of Sicilian pottery (with time to shop!) at a local ceramics laboratory in the charming town of Caltagirone.
  • Connect with fellow travelers who share your interests and passions over meals and glasses of Marsala wine at some of the best restaurants and wineries in Sicily.
  • Enjoy luxury accommodations and time to relax at Villa Igiea, Baglio Sorìa, Verdura and Grand Hotel Des Ètrangers.

Please note that elements of the itinerary may change.

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  • When
    October 12 – 19, 2023
  • Length
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Type of Traveler
    Intellectuals , Art Lovers , Foodies

This Journey's Host


Jamie Sewell is a British-born scholar, lecturer and expert guide with a BA in History and Archaeology and a PhD in Roman Archaeology from the University of London, as well as a background in the dramatic arts. Working as a field archaeologist, he has supervised university-run excavations in Britain, Romania, Germany and Italy (including in Pompeii and Sicily). He has published a book on Roman urbanism and multiple research articles on the history and archaeology of Rome, the Hellenistic Mediterranean and the history of Berlin. He has worked as a historic guide in Berlin since 2004 and also leads archaeological tours in Italy and Sicily.

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Trip Details

In preparation for the journey, members will also receive a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

  • When
    October 12 – 19, 2023
  • Length
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Group Size
    Up to 18 travelers
  • Host
    Jamie Sewell


  • All accommodations as detailed in the itinerary. Indagare can arrange higher category accommodation upgrades, subject to availability.
  • All meals and beverages, as detailed in the itinerary
  • All guided touring, admission fees and activities, as detailed in the itinerary
  • Expert guides and drivers, as indicated in the itinerary, including your host, Jamie Sewell, and the 24/7 support of Indagare’s partners on the ground
  • All gratuities
  • Group airport arrival and departure transfers, as well as group transfers throughout Sicily and to all included activities, in small luxury vehicles
  • The services of Indagare’s expert travel team to plan all Journey details, international flights and trip extensions for those who want to arrive early or stay later in the arrival or departure cities (costs not included)
  • 24/7 access to Global Rescue emergency medical services for the duration of the trip


  • Transportation to/from Sicily
  • Meals not specified and alcoholic beverages other than those included in the meals
  • Optional activities and personal items and expenses
  • Trip insurance (highly recommended—please let us know if you would like to see quotes)
  • Custom trip planning for add-on travel to destinations not included in the Journey is available; please inquire
  • Liability for change in itinerary due to reasons beyond our control (such as flights, cancellations, natural phenomena)
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