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From Catania: Syracuse and Noto Culture and History Tour

1. 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.

Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla Baroque Tour

2. 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.

From Taormina: Siracusa & Noto Small-Group Tour

3. From Taormina: Siracusa & Noto Small-Group Tour

Start your day at 8:00 AM with a pickup from the pre-arranged meeting point in Taormina. Once you have enjoyed a pleasant meet-and-greet with your driver, head to Syracuse, taking in all the sights along the way.  Your first stop of the day will be the archaeological park of the Neapolis. Here, you'll be able to admire the site's Greek and Roman heritage by witnessing landmarks such as the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysius and the Latomie. Afterwards, you will move to the lovely Ortigia Island, the historical centre of Syracuse which is connected to the city by a short bridge. Here, you will walk through the alleys and the squares of the old town discovering its landmarks, starting from the ruins of the temple of Apollo, to the Cathedral and the Arethusa Fountain. During your visit of Ortigia, a light lunch with local products will be offered; alternatively, you could decide to have lunch on your own. The last stop of your day will be Noto, which is considered the capital of the Sicilian Baroque. You will have 1-hour to visit the historical centre of the city by your self before enjoying your relaxing car ride back to Taormina by 7:00 - 7:30 PM.

Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Guided Tour

4. Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Guided Tour

Starting from Catania or Taormina, the first stop of the tour will be Syracuse with its Neapolis, an archaeological park that houses within it important monuments of the Greek and Roman period, such as the Greek Theatre, the Latomie del Paradiso, the Ear of Dionysus and the Roman Amphitheatre. Immediately after you will visit Ortigia, the historical and cultural center of Syracuse, famous for the ruins of the first Greek buildings, such as the Temple of Apollo: the oldest Greek temple in Sicily, dating back to the sixth century BC. Arriving in Piazza Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, you can visit the majestic Cathedral, the largest and most controversial monument, which stands on the highest point of the city. No less important is the Fountain Arethusa, a mirror of fresh water, located a few meters from the sea, linked to the mythological love story of the nymph Arethusa and the river Alfeo. After lunch, continue the tour with a visit to Noto, a true open-air museum, which has been awarded the title of Baroque capital of Sicily, for the characteristic narrow streets and the Baroque architecture of its palaces and churches, such as the majestic Cathedral, the Palazzo Nicolaci and the long Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

Noto: Guided Historical Walking Tour with a Local

5. Noto: Guided Historical Walking Tour with a Local

The tour will take place in a small group and with the accompaniment of a qualified tour guide who will tell you about the events of the great earthquake that devastated the Val di Noto in 1693 and the reconstruction of the city, which lives again thanks to its unique monuments and distinctive architecture. The itinerary will start from the Royal Gate and leading to visit from the inside and most beautiful monumental churches that Noto has to offer. You will be able to admire the Church of San Francesco, the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Church of Santa Chiara, after which you will go up the eccentric Via Nicolaci, famous for the Infiorata and the most beautiful Baroque balconies in Sicily. Finally you will reach the Fountain of Hercules, which inevitably refers to the hero of Greek mythology who, legend has it, is said to have founded several cities in Sicily. In addition to information regarding the monuments and places surrounding Noto, the guide will also advise you regarding the food and wine specialties of the area, which are not to be missed!

Noto: Sicilian Baroque Architecture Guided Walking Tour

6. 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.

Noto: Guided trekking and birdwatching at Vendicari Reserve

7. Noto: Guided trekking and birdwatching at Vendicari Reserve

Defined as the hotel of the birds, Vendicari is today one of the most frequented natural reserves by migratory birds in Europe and its importance, from a naturalistic point of view, is recognized internationally. Walking along its paths you will be able to observe a great biodiversity of plants typical of the Mediterranean maquisamong which the carob, the wild olive, the myrtle and the "Juniperus coccolone" that, in some places, reaches monumental dimensions. Along this naturalistic path you can visit, after having crossed the big quagmire, the ancient Swabian tower built between the end of the three hundred and the beginning of the four hundred; the tuna trap, of which remain substantial structures; the salt pans, today a place frequented by countless migratory and sedentary birds. In the vicinity of the trap you will also find a plant for processing fish, characterized by tanks for the production of "garum", a typical sauce used by the Greeks and Romans to season food. In short, you will live an experience that will allow you to visit a truly unique place.

Syracuse: Private Minibus Excursion and Guided Tour of Noto

8. 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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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.

Wonderful, both Sandra our guide and our driver Giacomo (I don't know how to write the name, if you are reading this please forgive me) have been wonderful, we went by private car to the three places with air conditioning, they explained to us the most interesting of each site and gave us recommendations for the rest of the trip. Certainly highly recommended.

Brilliant trip. Excellent and informative guide and a gentleman driver. Highly recommended. We were delighted with everything about the tour, especially our guide Irene

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

Our guide was fabulous. She knows her stuff. She went out of her way to bring us the most of Siracusa.