Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration options: 8 - 9 hours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Journey in time as you discover Buscemi and Palazzolo Acreide. Visit several house-museums and explore ancient trades, traditions and arts. Enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch at the home of a local family. Take a long walk and stop in one of the oldest pastry shops in town. Drive through the narrow streets of the typical Sicilian rural landscape, aboard a comfortable minivan, reaching Buscemi, the "museum city". Discover ancient trades, traditions and arts and through an ethno-anthropological route. Visit several house-museums dedicated to the craft professions of the time: the farmer's house, the mill, the blacksmith's shop, carpentry and many other typical trades of the time. Feel the past thanks to the passion of the citizens who, by donating precious mementos and historical finds, have contributed to maintaining these small houses of Buscemi exactly as they were when inhabited by their...
A comfortable private transfer from the city of Catania will take you to Noto, a small town that lends its name to the surrounding area, Val di Noto, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Noto is an architectural gem, so gorgeous you might mistake it for a film set. The town is home to one of Sicily's most beautiful historic centers. During this tour you will visit Corso Vittorio Emanuele, an elegant walkway flanked by thrilling baroque palazzi and churches. Dashing at any time of the day, it’s especially hypnotic in the early evening, when the red-gold buildings seem to glow with a soft inner light. Although a town called Noto or Netum has existed here for many centuries, the Noto that you see today dates to the early 18th century, when it was almost entirely rebuilt in the wake of the devastating 1693 earthquake. Your expert guide will also take you through an it...
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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.
It was great to see a few different places. Nando was friendly and informative. It’s quiet this year so we ended up having a private tour. I recommend it!
Not is beautiful, well worth a visit to slowly stroll the streets and enjoy the atmosphere. The ruins are magnificent.
Our guide, Nando was extremely knowledgeable about the many amazing and historical sites we toured.
It was a great trip. You get to see a lot in a day. Salvo was a great guide.