SALEMI, ITALY'S HIDDEN TREASURE
Green-pass required, Gourmet Tours
Did you know that this little village, perched on a hill, was the first capital of Italy for one day? Find out what happened. The program also includes a tasting of local organic food, including cheese made right in front of you. GREEN PASS IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXCURSION, PLEASE CARRY IT WITH YOU. IN CASE YOU DO NOT HAVE IT, YOU CAN OBTAIN IT ONBOARD.
- Belice Valley
- Salemi: Piazza Libertà, Chiesa Madre, Jesuit College and Church
- Norman Castle: external visit
- Dairy with local cheese tasting
Traveling through the Belice Valley, you'll arrive in Salemi, a village perched 500 meters above sea level. A stroll through the old town will take you to the Norman Castle, with its three towers and double surrounding wall.
You'll see the former Jesuit college, now home to the Civic Museum that houses the statues hit by the earthquake, and the Church of the Jesuits, with its baroque façade and tuff columns.
Salemi has an incredible history. The year is 1860. Giuseppe Garibaldi has just landed in Sicily with his 1,000 volunteer soldiers. In Salemi. Welcomed with full honors, the 'Hero of the Two Worlds', as he is known, hoists the Italian flag above the Norman castle and, for a single day, this village becomes the first capital of a unified Italy!
A food tasting experience is also a must: you'll watch the Sicilian cheese-making process and taste the result with a range of local organic products.
Good to know
- The bus journey from the port to Salemi takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
- Before booking the excursion or once on board, contact the excursion office to check the availability of vegetarian or gluten-free dishes and to report any food intolerances.
- Slight changes may be made to itineraries and the length of excursions to protect your health and to comply with regulations and the safety protocol.