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Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto

One day tour to Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto between greek and baroque beauties

During this full day tour you will have the chance to visit Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto, the most important sites in Eastern Sicily.

For the Syracuse and Noto tour we provide the pick-up service at your accommodation in Catania or a close meeting point, on board of comfortable and luxury 8-seats vehicle.

First stop: The Syracuse and Noto tour will start with the visit of the Neapolis in Syracuse, the famous archaeological park in the countryside of Syracuse. This place houses, amonst the others, the Greek Theatre, Ear of Dionysius and the Latomie. The visit will last an hour and a half.

Second stop: We will then reach the lovely peninsula of Ortygia. Starting from the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, with a lovely walking, you will finally admire the Duomo square with its beautiful white Cathedral of “Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception”, erected on the Ancient Greek temple of Athena. The walk will continue till the Fountain of Arethusa, a legendary fresh water spring with a fountain.

UNESCO declared Syracuse World Heritage Site in 2005.

Here in Ortygia we will offer you a tipycal sicilian snack made of “Tavola Calda” with water and red wine from Mt.Etna. Or, if you prefer, you will have one hour of spare time to have lunch in one of the many amazing restaurants in the alleys of the city.

Third stop: After lunch we will drive to Noto, a jewel of Sicilian Baroque, Unesco heritage. Noto is considered an “open air museum”. Here we 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.

Noto is considered the capital of  the Baroque in Sicily, thank to its stone garden.

The return to Catania is scheduled at approximately 6pm.

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If your accommodation is not in Catania, you can reach us using one of our comfortable transfer services.

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

Luxury air conditioned Mercedes vehicle or similar.

Small group tour, max 8 people

Baby Seat (if needed)

Multilingual speaking driver – guide – for the day at disposal

Not included in the price

Authorized tourist guide inside the historical monuments (available on payment and on request)

Lunch

Entrance ticket to the monuments

Everything not specified in the include list

Suitable for

Everyone

Syracuse and Noto

Syracuse 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 Ortygia and partly on the mainland; considering that the whole area is located within Sicily, precisely because of its geographical location, Syracuse 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 theater, the Nympheus cave, the Sepulchres boulevard, the Ear of Dionysius, Galermi Aqueduct, Iero’s Altar, Roman Amphitheater, Augustus’ Triumphal Arch, Archimede’s (supposed) tomb.

The architecture of the city is an imprint of the history of the peoples that followed: 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 Syracuse 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.

 

The city of 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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