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Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania

1. Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania

Learn the ancient history of Sicily on a full-day sightseeing tour that takes you to the archaeological park of Neapolis where you can visit classical monuments of Greek and Roman Syracuse at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Catania, transfer to the ruins of Syracuse, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your walk, discover many old Roman streets, as well as monuments such as the Greek Theatre, whose cavea is one of the largest ever built by the ancient Greeks. Near the Greek Theatre, you will see the latomie, including the limestone cave known as the “Ear of Dyonisius,” as well as the Christian Church of San Nicolò ai Cordari. Admire the Amphitheatre of the Roman imperial age, and more. Then, continue to Ortygia Island to experience the historic heart of Syracuse. Located at the park’s eastern end, and separated by a narrow channel, Ortygia is filled with Greek temples, Christian churches, and Arabian streets. Visit the Arethusa fountain and Piazza del Duomo, where the baroque palaces, such as Beneventano del Bosco Palace and Senate Palace are among the most beautiful in Sicily. After lunch (own expense), go to the small town of Noto, noted for its unique style of Sicilian Baroque architecture, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Wander the open-air museum and beautiful Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire the many palaces and churches that, grouped together, are known as the “Stone Garden.”

From Catania: Syracuse and Noto Culture and History Tour

2. From Catania: Syracuse and Noto Culture and History Tour

Discover two of the most beautiful cities in Sicily on this guided history and culture tour of Syracuse and Noto. Syracuse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site while Noto is considered the most beautiful city of Sicilian Baroque. See Neapolis Archaeological Park, Ortigia, and more. Meet your guides who will lead to the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, an area rich in archaeological finds belonging to several periods of Syracusan history. Later, continue on the island of Ortigia, the historic center of Syracuse. Walk through alleys that are over 2000 years old and full of history. See the spectacular cathedral. Then, head to the historic center of Noto that's called the stone garden due to the architectural beauty of its palaces. See why this place is considered to have some of the most beautiful examples of Sicilian Baroque. After experiencing Syracuse and Noto, get transferred back to your pickup location.

From Catania: Syracuse, Ortygia, and Noto Tour

3. From Catania: Syracuse, Ortygia, and Noto Tour

Enjoy three beautiful places in Sicily with this full-day tour from Catania. Listen to historical facts and facinating anecdotes with your audio guide as you stop at the Neapolis Archaeological Park, Ortygia, and Noto.  Meet your driver in Duomo square in the center of Catania and sit back and relax in the comfortable van on the drive to the Neapolis Archaeological Park in Syracuse. Purchase tickets to the park to admire the magnificent Greek theater, Roman Amphitheater, and stone quarries. Continue to the ancient fortified island of Ortygia. Spend some time wandering the streets to discover the mythical Fountain of Arethusa, Piazza Duomo, the fortress walls, and stunning Baroque churches and palaces. Finally, drive to the town of Noto where you can discover the Sicilian capital of Baroque architecture. Have some free time to see sights like the Fountain of Hercules, and noble palaces like Palazzo Astuto and Palazzo Trigona Cannicarao. Return to the meeting point in Catania.

Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla Baroque Tour

4. Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla Baroque Tour

The Sicilian baroque is an icon in the area known as Val di Noto. After the devastating earthquake of 1693, these places were rebuilt with this style of decorations. Discover the rich of ghostly masks and elaborate stone carvings. First discover Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque. Walk among the wonderful buildings of the Garden of Stone and admire the elegance and sinuosity of the architectural elements. The itinerary continues towards Modica, a city of ancient origins and with an excellent culinary tradition. Taste the different varieties of Modica chocolate, famous and known throughout the world. Ragusa Ibla completes the full immersion in the Baroque with its characteristic alleys, opulent buildings and Iblei gardens.

Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

5. Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

The first stop on this 8-hour tour is Noto, the Garden of Stone, noted for its Baroque heritage. After the massive 1693 earthquake, Noto was rebuilt on Meti Hill. The town’s origins date to the Early Bronze Age. Continue to Modica and visit the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily. The city also has a rich history and a wonderful architectural heritage. See the cathedrals of San Giorgio and San Pietro and the Palazzo Polara and Palazzo Napolino-Tommasi Rosso, among others. Ragusa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in 2002 for its monuments of the late Baroque period. Visit examples of this style including its cathedrals and palaces.

From Syracuse: Ragusa Ibla, Noto and Modica Private Day Trip

6. From Syracuse: Ragusa Ibla, Noto and Modica Private Day Trip

Journey through the Sicilian baroque on a private day tour from Syracuse. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Noto on walking tours with a local guide. See the Duomo of San Giorgio, the Church of San Giorgio, the Church of San Pietro, and more. After pickup in Syracuse, make your first stop in the old Baroque city of Ragusa Ibla. Admire numerous 18th-century churches and buildings on which important sculptors and architects worked. Hear about the famous "Baroque of the Noto Valley," of which the Duomo of San Giorgio is the most representative expression.  Next, discover another jewel of the Sicilian Baroque: Modica. Stroll through the town and admire its churches, noble palace facades, fountains, the Pizzo viewpoint, San Giorgio Church, San Pietro Church, and the ruins of the castle. From there, continue toward the capital of Baroque: Noto. Walk around the city and marvel at its historic palaces, churches, terraces, and stairways, all built with a local stone with a golden color. Visit the Porta Reale — the real city gate — and the Cathedral of San Nicolò. See the most important building in the town, the Palazzo Ducezio, before continuing on a few steps to the Via Nicolaci, famous throughout the world for its "infiorata," or flower carpets.

Palermo: Bus Tour to Noto, Ortigia, and Siracusa

7. Palermo: Bus Tour to Noto, Ortigia, and Siracusa

Explore the beauty of Sicily on this bus tour from Palermo. Be picked up from your accommodation and enjoy air-conditioned transfers to the town of Noto, the island of Ortigia, and and the Archaeological Park of Siracusa. Enjoy the convenience of being picked from Palermo in the morning. Sit back and relax on the comfortable drive to the town of Noto. Spend some time wandering through the town on your own to see sights like the 18th-century Noto Cathedral or the balconies of the Nicolaci Palace. Continue to the the island of Ortigia. Take some free time to buy lunch or see sights like the natural freshwater spring known as the Fountain of Arethusa or the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cathedral of Syracuse. Finally, head to the Archaeological Park of Siracusa where you can purchase tickets to see the Greek theatre and the Roman amphitheater. Return to your accommodation in Palermo at the end of your tour.

Catania: Vendicari, Marzamemi and Noto Day Trip

8. Catania: Vendicari, Marzamemi and Noto Day Trip

Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable air-conditioned transportation from Catania. The first stop will be the Natural Reserve of Vendicari, the most important wildlife oasis in Italy. Discover the beautiful beaches of fine sand and large saltwater marshes. Also, try to spot migratory birds and plant species that grow on the dunes and cliffs. The day continues with a stop in Marzamemi, a small fishing village looking out over the Ionian Sea. Visit the ruins of the Tonnara, an ancient structure used to catch tuna. Be delighted by a profusion of colors, flowers, old buildings and one photogenic spot after the other. Finally, visit Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque. Get lost in its charming squares and marvel at its churches, buildings, facades and balconies all heavily adorned in the traditional style.

From Syracuse: Noto, Portopalo & Marzamemi Private Day Trip

9. From Syracuse: Noto, Portopalo & Marzamemi Private Day Trip

Join a local expert and experience the Sicilian Baroque firsthand on a full-day trip from Syracuse. Explore Noto, Portopalo, and Marzamemi on a private tour with included hotel transfers. After pickup in Syracuse, make your first stop at Noto. Discover its historic buildings, palaces, and churches, all built with a local stone with a golden hue and pinkish shades. Begin your tour of Noto at the Porta Reale, the real city. Then, visit the Duomo Cathedral of Saint Nicolò, the Palazzo Ducezio town hall, and Nicolaci Street, which hosts the Infiorata Flower Festival. Next, head to Portopalo di Capo Passero, a seaside village at the extreme southern point of Sicily. Enjoy spectacular sea views at the watershed between the Ionian and the Mediterranean Sea. A few kilometers away, Marzamemi awaits you. Venture down a succession of alleys tinted with colored windows, an uninterrupted stream of images to tantalize the eyes. Arriving at the heart of the village, admire the square in front of the Palace of the Prince of Villadorata. Finally, the tour concludes with drop-off at your original pickup point in Syracuse.

Syracuse: Private Minibus Excursion and Guided Tour of Noto

10. Syracuse: Private Minibus Excursion and Guided Tour of Noto

MEETING POINT: SYRACUSE Duration of the tour: Departure 9,00/9,30 am - Return 17,00 pm about Departure from Syracuse towards Noto. Meeting with the guide and departure towards Noto. Noto is considered the capital of Sicilian Baroque, declared World Heritage Site in 2002. A guided tour in the heart of the city along the main street interspersed with wide spaces, scenic stairways and narrow streets that join terraces and slopes. A unitary reconstruction of a coherent urban fabric where stands out the use of the tender local stone with a color between golden and pinkish, richly carved. Our guide will guide you to the discovery of this beautiful town and you will have the opportunity to visit Palazzo Nicolaci a beautiful urban noble residence restored to its former glory. You will discover the history of the princes of this city and one of the most beautiful Sicilian events that takes place here in Noto: the Infiorata. Finished the visit to Noto, continue to Marzamemi, a small fishing village with characteristic colors. Here after a short walk you can reach the center and you can devote some free time to stroll through the alleys full of colorful stores of Sicilian handicrafts or enjoy one of the typical aperitifs of the place. You can also visit, independently, a Tonnara and discover the ancient tradition of fishing and processing of fish products and taste them, such as tuna roe. In the afternoon we will return to Syracuse and the end of our services. Entrance ticket to Palazzo Nicolaci 4 € p.p. - Tastings not included

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The locations are dreamlike - what a unique combination of art, culture, and nature! - and hardly accessible on one's own. Alessio, the professional guide, is fluent in an impressive amount of languages, knowledgeable, attentive, responsive and responsible. Highly recommended!

Nando was polite, courteous and provided us with a great deal of information. The tour offered a lot of sights and left nothing to be desired. I would do it again in a heartbeat and I can only recommend it.

It was a very exciting day and the guide was incredibly good at communicating and making the whole day an experience.

it was an amazing trip. we visited very beautiful places and the tourguide gave very interesting explanations.

Our guide Giuseppe is knowledgeable, caring and fun. The tour was perfect.