Remember Sophia, the hilarious, wise-cracking mother on the TV show Golden Girls? She was famous for telling fabulous tales about Sicily starting with, “Picture it, Sicily…” Well, Monograms wants you to have the opportunity to tell your own tales of Sicily, so what will your story be? Will it be, “Picture it, the Taormina Riviera…we had an amazing time on our Monograms vacation. We had a local person on hand the whole time offering suggestions and recommendations of things to see and do.. We saw ancient ruins, basked in glorious scenery, ate tasty food, and had a great time?” Or will your story be, “Picture it, Sicily…we didn’t know what to do; we got lost in the city; we couldn’t understand the language and had no one to ask?” When you choose a Monograms vacation package to Sicily—specifically to the Taormina Riviera—your story will resemble the first. You’ll have someone on hand to support you throughout your stay, and your vacation will be filled with fun and exploration rather than stress and frustration. Why? Because on this 4-day vacation to the Taormina Riviera, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, sightseeing, and daily breakfast. We’ve also arranged for you to have the one-of-a-kind service of a Monograms Local Host®, an insider who will answer your questions, offer insights, and help ensure your vacation runs smoothly. </BR></BR>Your vacation begins when you arrive. Your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome, help you get settled, and give you materials to acquaint you with the city and to help you personalize your vacation. The next morning, after included breakfast, we’ve arranged for you to have a guided sightseeing tour with a local expert, someone who knows the city’s fascinating history and inside stories. Among other sights, you’ll see the Badia Vecchia fortress, dating to the 1300s; the 13th-century gothic cathedral; and more. We’ll also take you inside the Greek–Roman Theater, dating to the 3rd century BC and offering breathtaking views of the sea and Mount Etna. It is so well preserved; it’s still used for performances today!</BR></BR>You’ll also have a full day to explore on your own (with the support of your Local Host, of course). Perhaps take an excursion to Mount Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, or to the Valley of the Temples, the ancient city dating to the 6th century BC. You may want to visit the Aeolian Islands, specifically Panarea, the smallest and oldest of the islands, and Stromboli, Europe’s most active volcano. Or maybe you’ll want to just relax on the beach and sample the local specialties.</BR></BR>One of the pearls of Southern Italy, Sicily is endowed with breathtaking scenery—the Mediterranean Sea with its crystal-clear waters, the active volcanoes, beautiful beaches, and the hills—as well as archaeological treasures, world-class food, and a fascinating history. With so much to see and do, we know it can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve made it easy for you and arranged your hotel reservations, guides, and sightseeing. Add the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host throughout your stay to help you arrange activities and answer questions, and you are all set for a wonderful vacation. So what will your story be? “Picture it, Sicily…”

City Highlights

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits and special features shown in UPPERCASE


Buffet breakfast daily