2019 Post-conference Tour


The Valley of Temples, Agrigento

Empedocles was born in Akragas (modern Agrigento) and died – at least according to legend – by leaping into the crater of Mount Etna.  Likewise, our Empedocles-themed post-conference tour will head first to Agrigento and finish on Mount Etna, with an optional excursion to the summit craters.

villa romana

Hotel Villa Romana, Porto Empedocle

We’ll leave Syracuse Monday morning in a private coach and head through the mountains to Agrigento, visiting the famed Valley of the Temples in the early afternoon.  We will arrive at our seaside hotel, the Villa Romana in Porto Empedocle in time for a swim or walk on the beach before our group dinner.


Agrigento Museum 


Mount Etna

Tuesday morning, we will visit the Archaeological Museum of Agrigento with its amazing collection of Greek amphorae, statues, and coins.  Afterwards we will head for Mount Etna, climbing to the historic Rifugio Sapienza, at 1920 meters (6,299 feet).  We will dine and sleep at the Rifugio, a pleasant hotel with a traditional restaurant, surrounded by recent lava flows.

etnamapAfter breakfast on Wednesday, there will be an optional guided excursion to the summit craters.  Less intrepid travelers can opt just for the cable car up to the base of the Escriva crater, tackle tamer hikes from the Rifugio, or stick to shopping and cannoli tasting in the surrounding village.  By 3PM we should be on our way down the hill, guests can be dropped at the Catania Airport, the Airport Hotel, or continue back to Siracusa at the end of the tour.  Due to the unpredictable nature of Mount Etna, we do not recommend booking flights out of Catania airport earlier than 8PM on Wednesday the 19th.

Tour is limited to 14 participants and billed separately by Exedra.  Places are assigned on a first-paid, first served basis. Prices range from 449 euro per person in a triple to 599 euro for a single.  Register using the conference registration form.