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  • Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto Transfer and Tour

    1. Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto Transfer and Tour

    After being picked up from your accommodation in Catania, visit the magnificent Neapolis in Syracuse. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, this famous archaeological park houses a Greek theatre. With the help of a guide sheet, admire the impressive ruins of this stunning site.  After visiting Syracuse, journey to the lovely peninsula of Ortigia. Starting from the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, enjoy a gentle stroll to reach the spectacular white cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Take in this idyllic cathedral, before stopping off at the Fountain of Arethusa, a legendary fresh water spring. For lunch you have the option to enjoy a classic sicilian snack made of Tavola Calda, with water and red wine. Or, if you prefer, you will have 1 hour of free time to have lunch in one of the amazing restaurants in the alleys of the city. Upon reaching Noto, you will exp...

    This could have been a fantastic trip. Our driver/guide was excellent. She made some quick decisions en route when faced with a blockage on the highway. However, the 4x4 was most uncomfortable. There were 7 of us in an 8 seater vehicle. It was very, very hot and the air con did not do the job. If it was blasted out, the driver had to shout out information. As it was, at each stop, we were in a state of heat exhaustion. The 2 people in the back row had even less access to air than we did in the 2nd row. I cannot recommend this company and their vehicle.

  • Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania

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

    Learn the ancient history of Sicily on a full-day sightseeing tour that takes in the archaeological park of Neapolis, home to the majority of classical monuments of Greek and Roman Syracuse. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Catania, transfer to the ruins of Syracuse, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During a guided walk you will 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 f...

    Our guide was very friendly, hospitable and knowledgeable. The walking tours of Noto and Ortygia were both enjoyable, with about an hour in each to explore on your own. There was no guided tour of Neopolis, but it was easy to visit the ruins on our own. Our tour group was a mixture of Italian and English speakers, and our guide did a good job ensuring that both language groups received the same experience: I'm sure it was challenging, but he did it well.

  • Catania: Vendicari, Marzamemi and Noto Day Trip

    3. 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.

  • Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

    4. 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.

    Great day - saw all the highlights - time to explore at leisure - gorgeous hill towns - loved the drive between Modica and Ragusa - deep valley and hillsides of vineyards

  • Syracuse and Noto Full-Day Tour

    5. Syracuse and Noto Full-Day Tour

    Explore the Greek history of Syracuse and see the remains of the temples of Apollo and Athena on the island of Ortygia. Visit the Greek theater, see the latomie (stone quarries) of Neapolis and discover the site of ancient Epipoli. Pass the cathedral, where the origins of the Greek Temple of Athena date back to the 5th century BC. Learn the legend of Arethusa, patron figure of Syracuse and get the chance to see paintings by Caravaggio in the Basilica of Santa Lucia.    Next, discover the "Garden of Stone" at Noto, renowned for its Baroque heritage and reconstruction on Meti Hill following an earthquake in 1693.

    Alessio was a great guide! Our trip to Syracuse and Noto became even more interesting thanks to his enthousiastic storytelling and his amazing knowledge of history! He also strictly followed the Covid-measures: he wore his face mask and protective gloves at all times, and his car was fully desinfected. A highly recommended tour!

  • From Taormina: Siracusa & Noto Small-Group Tour

    6. 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 l...

  • Catania: Siracuse, Noto, and Ortigia Tour

    7. Catania: Siracuse, Noto, and Ortigia Tour

    After meeting with your guide at the tour starting point in Catania, you will begin your tour with a visit to Noto, a town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO which is also considered the Sicilian capital of Baroque. Following that, continue on to Ortigia, which is characterized by a narrow road that will lead you to the discovery of the Temple of Apollo, the Cathedral, and the Fonte Aretusa. At lunchtime, enjoy some free time to eat and stroll around. In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, which is characterized by its Greek and Roman monuments (such as a Greek Theater and Roman Amphitheater). It will be there that you can also discover fantastic caves, which include the Ear of Dionysius. At the conclusion of your Sicilian day out, you will return to your tour's starting point in Catania.

  • Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

    8. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

    Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and...

  • Sicily: 4-Hour Tour of Ghost Town Noto

    9. Sicily: 4-Hour Tour of Ghost Town Noto

    Join this 4-hour guided tour and see another side of Sicily. Start your trip with pickup from your hotel. Jump in an air-conditioned car and enjoy a scenic ride to the ghost town of Noto. Explore the town, now reclaimed by nature, and visit the most important ruins with stories and accounts of what was one of the most important cities in Sicily. Learn about the town and the earthquake that struck it from your guide. Walk along a 2,800-year-old road to the bottom of the canyon and admire a stunning stream, serene pools, and waterfalls. Follow along the stream for a relaxing walk and take in your natural surroundings.

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What people are saying about Noto

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 188 reviews

The tour is well-timed and you can see beautiful cities with a lot to see inside and around. The Real highlight though was our guide Alessio who leads this tour. He is not only well-researched and speaks perfect English, but he is also very charismatic, funny, entertaining and cool, that it feels like travelling with a friend - a friend who knows his Region and beyond and is also a safe and good driver. We can recommend this Tour as much as possible!

Special thanks to Gioele, who took care about us during the whole trip and gave us all the important information about all places that we visited. He was very professional and made a very nice company to us, even though it was very hot weather. Thank you very much.

Pick up and return on time. Corona-proof in these times because 2 mini-vans for 10 people in total, wearing masks inside all the time. Professional and friendly guides. Tour partly guided, partly with free time, enough time for questions and lunch.

Great tour. We were just 3 people and I was glad that the tour wasn't cancelled. Thanky you Carlos.

Great tour with a great, enthusiastic, knowledgable guide! Would recommend!