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

1. 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. 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.

Noto: Sicilian Baroque Architecture Guided Walking Tour

2. Noto: Sicilian Baroque Architecture Guided Walking Tour

The guided tour of Noto will take you back to the Baroque era with its buildings embellished with decorations, stairways and statues like a stone garden and having become the capital of Sicilian Baroque. The guided tour starts from the entrance door to the historic center, the Porta Reale or Porta Ferdinandea, near the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the nearby Convent of the Holy Savior. We go up the beautiful staircase to be able to admire one of the most beautiful interiors in Noto, with wonderful frescoes and decorations. Walking along the main street, a few steps away we find another beautiful church in which the Baroque style is very recognizable especially inside: we are talking about the Church of Santa Chiara next to a former Benedictine monastery, where you can admire the columns embellished with stuccoes, statues of the apostles and putti. The tour continues arriving in the Piazza del Duomo which houses the majestic Palazzo Ducezio, seat of the Town Hall, built between the 18th and 19th centuries, with its frescoed roof and rooms in which the mirrors create games of visual illusions that make them more large. In front of this baroque-style jewel stands the monumental staircase that leads to the stupendous Cathedral of S. Nicolò, the very symbol of Noto with its honey color that characterizes it at sunset and which we will visit inside. Built in the eighteenth century, it has collapsed three times over time, it has been rebuilt even if many frescoes have been lost; the beautiful facade has two bell towers, one housing a bell while the other has a clock. We continue the visit reaching another well-known symbolic place, namely Via Nicolaci, the street where the infiorata is set up (a carpet of flowers lying on the road) which attracts many tourists and we will also visit externally from some of the most beautiful buildings in Noto. One of these palaces for sure is Palazzo Nicolaci with its beautiful and famous balconies decorated in the lower part with statues, masks, animals and various figures carved in the limestone in the typical Baroque style. Walking through the alleys of the historic center we can admire the Loggia del Mercato which was once the seat of the Noto market with the wrought iron loggia and today used for cultural events. We end the guided tour by discovering the elegant building that houses the Tina di Lorenzo Theater in neoclassical style and the marble Fountain of Hercules built in the 1700s.

From Syracuse: Noto, Portopalo & Marzamemi Private Day Trip

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

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

4. 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

From Syracuse: Noto and Modica Private Tour with Tastings

5. From Syracuse: Noto and Modica Private Tour with Tastings

The first stop of this surprising experience will be Noto. You will visit the palaces, churches, terraces, all built with local stone. After the visit of the small town, you will continue the Tour of Noto and the chocolate of Modica, discovering another jewel of Sicilian Baroque. This is a real journey into the tradition of Sicilian life. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Modica with its churches, the facades of the noble palaces, as well as its winding alleys. In the town stand out the facades of the churches of San Giorgio and San Pietro, the ruins of the castle.  But you cannot visit Modica, without tasting its renowned chocolate. You will visit the laboratory of the most ancient Modica's chocolate shop and you will assist to the processing of chocolate, ending with a tasting of the different types that the pastry shop produces.

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What people are saying about Noto

We decided to stay 2 nights in Noto (from 10/06 to 12/06/22) to really see it as we enjoy walking the streets and taking in the atmosphere and architecture. We had pre-booked a walking tour guide ( Vittoria) for the first evening at 5.00pm. She was great. It gave us a chance to see most of the notable sights of Noto with recommendations of which buildings to visit during our next free-time day for those that were closed in the evening. She was very informative and we really appreciated our trip to Noto thanks to her. I would highly recommend Vittoria for those visiting Noto.

Nathalie was great. She has been living in Sicily for several years and was able to talk about the "sewing box". She was very knowledgeable and kind and cheerful. I recommend you and this tour unreservedly.