Day tour Siracusa, Ortigia and Noto from Taormina

One day visiting Siracusa, the most important Sicilian Greek colony, and the Baroque city of Noto

Day tour Siracusa, Ortigia and Noto from Taormina

One day visiting Siracusa, the most important Sicilian Greek colony, and the Baroque city of Noto


This tour to Siracusa, Ortigia and Noto will start at approximately 8.00 am. We will pick you up outside your accommodation or in the close vicinity in Taormina and surrounding areas. Depending on the location of the accommodation we will fix a convenient meeting point. Our vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 8 people.

First stop: the Neapolis in Siracusa

After approximately 1 hour and a half of driving, you will arrive at the Archaeological Park of the Neapolis: you will admire the heritage of Greek and Roman cultures, such as the Greek Theatre, the Ear of Dionysius and the Latomie – thanks to such attractions, Siracusa has been listed among the Unesco World Heritage sites in 2005. The visit of the Archaeological Park of the Neapolis will last approximately an hour and a half.

Second stop: Ortigia

Afterwards, you will move to the lovely Ortigia Island, the historical centre of Siracusa, which is connected to the city by a short bridge.

In Ortigia, 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 Arethusa Fountain.

You will also admire the Duomo square with its beautiful white Cathedral of “Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception“, erected on the Ancient Greek temple of Athena.

We will supply an informative brochure and a map for a self-guided tour, which will approximately take one hour and a half.

Lunch Break

During the visit of Ortigia, we will offer you a light lunch with local products; alternatively, you could decide to have lunch on your own.

Third stop: Noto

The last stop of your day will be Noto, which is considered the capital of the Sicilian Baroque and an “open-air museum”. Indeed, in 2002 it has been listed among the Unesco World Heritage sites together with other 7 cities built in the same architectural style as “Late-Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto”.

You will have 1 hour to visit the historic centre of the city by yourself. In Noto you will visit its main street coming from the “Porta Reale”, passing by the Church of St. Francesco with the majestic staircase. Palazzo Ducezio is located in Piazza Municipio. Admiring the many palaces and churches, you cannot miss the visit of the Cathedral Church with the Bishop’s Palace and the Church of San Salvatore.

Return to Taormina

At the end of our Siracusa, Ortigia and Noto day trip, our guide will drop you off at the starting point at around 7.00/7.30 pm.


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Important Information

Recommended equipment

Comfortable shoes, cap, sun protection, water bottle, camera

Itinerary variation

The itinerary may undergo variations based on extraordinary events, strikes, bad weather, or other unpredictable and non-voluntary situations

Included in the price

Air-conditioned vehicle

Small-group tour, max 8 people

Baby Seat (if needed)

Multilingual speaking driver – for the day at disposal

Free Snack with typical Sicilian products, water and red wine from Mt. Etna

Not included in the price

Authorized tourist guide inside the Neapolis of Syracuse and other monuments (available on payment and on request)

Full Lunch

Entrance ticket to the monuments

Everything not specified in the include list

Suitable for


Siracusa and Noto

Siracusa is one of the oldest Greek colonies, founded in 734 BC and boasts the fame of the largest and most beautiful city of the Ancient Magna Graecia. Birthplace of Archimedes and Santa Lucia, the city of Syracuse was declared by UNESCO in 2005, together with the Rock Necropolis of Pantalica, world heritage site.

The town stands partly on the island of Ortigia and partly on the mainland; considering that the whole area is located within Sicily, precisely because of its geographical location, Siracuse is often appealed as an island in the island. In addition, its geographical location makes it particularly attractive for its sunsets.

The archaeological area of ​​Siracusa is very large, from the necropolis to the archaeological park of the Neapolis, where there are many of the most significant and historically evocative monuments of the city: the Greek theatre, the Nympheus cave, the Sepulchres boulevard, the Ear of Dionysius, Galermi Aqueduct, Iero’s Altar, Roman Amphitheater, Augustus’ Triumphal Arch, Archimede’s (supposed) tomb.

After the violent earthquake of 1693, much of the city was rebuilt in Baroque style, which is why Siracusa and other cities of Val di Noto, are examples of Sicilian baroque style.

The most popular religious celebration of Siracusa is Santa Lucia’s celebration, which begins on 13 December, with a huge procession of the statue of the Blessed Sacrament along the streets of the city.

Noto is 31 km far from Siracusa and it is considered the capital of the Baroque: there are so many churches, including the most important, the Cathedral “Basilica of San Nicolò”.

The archaeological site of ancient Noto is 9 km north of the present-day town, on Mount Alveria. The ancient city was destroyed by the earthquake of 1693. It is also worth noting the archaeological site of Eloro, a Greek colony: it is located on a promontory overlooking the Ionian Sea, near the mouth of the River Tellaro.

Particularly fascinating is the Tellaro villa, a rich extra-urban residence of the late Roman imperial age, whose archaeological remains have been found since 1971.

Halfway between Noto and Pachino lies the natural reserve – Vendicari Faunistic Oasis; in addition to being an area of naturalistic interest, in the nature reserve you can admire various archaeological remains, including a Byzantine necropolis and the eighteenth-century tuna fishery. There are many beautiful beaches, including “Calamosche” beach.

Another important reserve is “Cavagrande del Cassibile”. In this place defended from the steep walls of the cave and the proximity of the water, the Siculi (the first inhabitants we know about this place) have built a necropolis, still difficult to reach today. What makes the caves spectacular is the morphology of the great canyon of Cavagrande, the Kakyparis of the Greeks. On the north side there are rock houses, while in the south there is a complex system of houses excavated in the rock, arranged next to each other on six different parallel levels, linked together by a series of tunnels.

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