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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 explore this jewel of Sicilian Baroque architecture, which is often considered to be an open-air museum! Admire the extraordinary architecture of its many palaces, churches and stairways. After an exhilarating day, sit back and relax as you are taken back to your hotel in the comfort of a luxurious vehicle. 

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Sicily: 8-Day Small Group Highlights Tour

2. Sicily: 8-Day Small Group Highlights Tour

To begin, take a walk with your native local guide who will reveal Taormina’s culture, architecture, natural and political history, and tell stories about the Sicilian people and their traditions. Conquered by the Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Byzantines, and Normans, Taormina boasts a rich and fascinating history and a robust mix of styles. Discover little streets and hidden corners that give Taormina a special charm. The next day involves a half-day trip to the small antique villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agro located on the mountains. See the places where the most famous scenes of the Godfather movies were made. Next, get a real taste of Taormina. Savor its delicious food, soak in its vibrant culture, and meet the people who keep so many wonderful food and wine traditions alive. Just follow your expert guide through the town and eat and drink like the locals. The next day involves an adventure to visit Mt. Etna. You will have free time to walk on the old lava flows before continuing your tour to a famous winery located on the slopes of Etna, famous for it’s unique vulcanic wines and organic food. You will then head to magnificent Noto. While walking around, taste a famous Modica chocolate and Sicilian ice-cream with extraordinary flavor. The next day will feature a 2-hour walking tour of Ortigia, Syracuse’s old town. Admire the majesty of the Apollo Temple before heading down Via Cavour, one of the most colorful streets in Ortigia, where local artists and aristocrats like to spend their evenings. It’s then time to say goodbye to Syracuse and move towards Palermo passing the ancient Temple Valley. The following day, sample the best Sicilian streetfood during a 3-hour walking tour of Palermo. This food tour, led by a local expert guide, explores the fascinating culinary world of Sicily’s capital and includes a visit of the famous and bustling Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets.

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Ortigia: Private Walking Tour and Boat Trip

3. Ortigia: Private Walking Tour and Boat Trip

Discover the most important buildings and monuments, enjoy hidden corners of Ortigia and feel the exceptional atmosphere of Southern Italy visiting colorful fruit and fish markets. See the Greek Apollo Temple, Archimedes Square with neoclassical Fountain of Diana which displays the glorious past of Syracuse, the Cathedral Square, and Palazzo Beneventano. Pass through the Jewish Quarter and on to Arethusa Fountain. Then, reach the port where you will be presented to the boat commander and your marine adventure will begin. Sail along the coastline exploring beautiful limestone caves with a possibility to dive into crystalline waters of the Ionian Sea from the boat. Enjoy a traditional lunch of locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, mushrooms, vegetables, fresh bread, and homemade olive oil accompanied by excellent local wine.

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From Taormina: Siracusa & Noto Small-Group Tour

4. 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.

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Syracuse: Food & Wine Walking Tour

5. Syracuse: Food & Wine Walking Tour

Enjoy an evening of gastronomic and cultural discoveries with a passionate local guide. Your guide will share the secrets of ancient Syracuse with you and invite you to dine in the authentic family Tavernas hidden among the small streets of Ortigia. These tavernas are always known for their charm, hospitality and, of course, delicious traditional cooking. The tour perfectly combines wine and food with a walking tour of the most important monuments in the old city: Piazza San Rocco; Piazza Duomo; Santa Lucia church; Piazza San Giuseppe; the Jewish district; Piazza Archimede; and many other treasures. First Stop: Seafood with white wine and Prosecco; fresh breaded fish of the day; mussels soup in a Sicilian style; tuna in sweet-sour onion sauce; little fresh fish fried in olive oil; Sicilian white wine and Grillo IGP Sicilia tasting. Second Stop: Land-based food and red wine with Bruschetta (hot crunchy Sicilian bread) and Sicilian Caponata; classic bruschetta with dried tomatoes and basil; Sicilian Arancino (rice balls filled with Sicilian sauce); typical Syracuse focaccia filled in with broccoli; cheeses and salami; homemade Cannolo with Ricotta cheese; two typical Sicilian red wines (Nero D’avola & Syrah) Third Stop: Sweets and liquors with Saint Lucy pastry; almond pastry; pistachio pastry; Limoncello, Sicilian sweet Passito wine and almond wine. 

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Syracuse: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

6. Syracuse: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Arrive at the home of your expert host for a memorable private dining experience where you will taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian mothers. During an exclusive cooking demonstration, feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as your host shares the secrets of her family cookbook while preparing the dishes right in front of you. Once the end result is ready, sit at an authentic Italian dining table and enjoy your 4-course seasonal menu including a starter, pasta, main course with side dish, and dessert. At the end of the experience, not only will you take home your official apron, you’ll also have memories that'll stay with you for life.

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Syracuse: Town Museum and Lunch

7. Syracuse: Town Museum and Lunch

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 ancestors. Head towards Palazzolo Acreide, a village of Greek origins and built in the Baroque style, where you will visit the Greek Theatre and two churches that are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Reach the house of a family from Palazzolo Acreide who will welcome you to enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch together. Take a long stroll and stop in one of the oldest pastry shops in Noto.

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Syracuse: Fruit Orchard Tour with Tasting

8. Syracuse: Fruit Orchard Tour with Tasting

Take a break from your usual routine and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Sicilian landscapes. Be surrounded by unspoiled greenery in magnificent scenery, where even the smallest insect will seem distinct to your eyes. Enter a fairytale world framed by wonderful tropical fruit trees, originating from Mexico and Brazil, such as mango and avocado. Rediscover tranquility, nature, and the forgotten rhythms of life on an inimitable experience. Walk through ancient and fertile Sicilian lands as the owner of the orchard tells you the story of their cultivation. Understand the Sicilian agricultural culture, from ancient times until today. To conclude the experience, collect and taste local fruits. Sample some delicious jam made from these fruits while soaking in an incredible landscape. Let time stand still as you spend a day in the lap of nature.

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Syracuse: Market Tour with Home Cooking Class and Dinner

9. Syracuse: Market Tour with Home Cooking Class and Dinner

Go food shopping like a local, enjoying the distinctive Italian local market and learn how to recognize the best produces from the land. Then immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines. During the lesson, the cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for three authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. You will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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From Syracuse: Private Mount Etna Hike and Wine Tasting

10. From Syracuse: Private Mount Etna Hike and Wine Tasting

Spend the day on Mount Etna to explore a cave and hike at 2000 meters. Have the option to go even higher, up to 2900 meters. Afterward, visit a local winery and taste 3 DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) wines accompanied by a light lunch. Following your pickup head out for some cave exploring. With your helmet and torch discover the cave's history and curiosities. Then reach Rifugio Sapienza. Once here, decide to either trek at 2000 meters altitude, or continue on your own with the "Etna High Altitude" option which is to be paid on site. Conclude your hike with a visit to a local winery. The owners of the winery will guide and teach you the secrets of preparing a DOC wine. After touring and visiting the vineyards and winery, enjoy a wine tasting of 3 DOC wines. This tasting is accompanied by a light lunch of local cheeses, bruschettas, and homemade bread.

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What people are saying about Syracuse

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.

great trip! our driver and guide was very polite, respectful and could give us all the information we asked for! the three places are beautiful! definitely worth it!

A full day exploring the Province of Siracusa led by an excellent guide! We were fortunate to have perfect weather.

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

Wonderful experience!

Brilliantly organized, informative and interesting. Highly recommended!