I bring you another wonderful educational spotlight on Sicily from my brother.
The Italian island of Sicily is an adventurous travel destination that’s steeped in history and full of natural beauty. Students and teachers wishing to see a different side of Italy need to look no further than this Mediterranean isle to put a colorful new spin on a typical educational tour.
It’s quite simple to get there as well! Participants on an EA educational student tour can travel to the island via ferry, arriving in Palermo (Sicily’s defacto capitol). Sicily benefits from a sunny, dry climate and boasts a very large tourism infrastructure. Visitors can dine on a multitude of traditional dishes, soak in the beautiful beaches, or explore the many small villages and towns that dot the island by bike, bus, or rail.
Students and educators who are interested in walking in the footsteps of history on their educational tour should definitely visit the Valley of the Temples. A massive archaeological site located outside of Agrigento, the Valley of the Temples is comprised of seven Doric temples that are dedicated to the different gods and goddesses and dot the landscape. Students can also wander the halls of the Villa Romana del Casale, a Roman villa constructed in the early 4th century, or explore the many tombs found at the Necropolis of Pantalica.
Perhaps Sicily’s most famous feature though is Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in all of Europe. Etna has had many eruptions over the years and is caught in an almost constant state of activity. Students and educators can visit the volcano via a scenic cable car, and safely witness the mountain spitting up magma, fire, and smoke. How neat is that?!
Sicily has much to offer the discerning educational traveler; you just have to know where to look!
Until next time,