Enjoy the visit of Syracuse, Noto and the nature reserve of Vendicari on our small group excursion.
accompanied by one of our expert guides. Syracuse, one of the most popular and important cities of the ancient history and Noto, one of the late baroque towns of the Val di Noto. Two impressive sites, which were both declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. In between, let us enchant you during our visit of the magnificent coast of Vendicari, which received the award of the œBlue Flag due to its high quality water.
Start from Taormina or Catania (08:00 am / 09:00 am)
pick up and drop-off at your hotel
NOTO (2 hour visit)
The first stop is Noto, where we will visit beautiful baroque buildings, including the Cathedral of Noto, the church San Domenico and Palazzo Villadorata. Heart of the town is the Corso Vittorio Emanuele. With the parallel running Via Cavour it locates the main attractions of the town.
In Piazza Municipio you can go up a broad staircase to get to the dome. The cathedral was completed in 1770. A severe earthquake in 1996 destroyed the large central dome and the aisles. Restored due to original, the cathedral was officially reopened at the beginning of 2007.
VENDICARI - Lunch
It is time for lunch at a country inn (agriturismo). Here you can enjoy a full meal of Sicilian specialties.
SYRACUSE (2 hour visit)
In the afternoon we will drive to Syracuse. 2005 the town was declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO and is located in the south-east of Sicily between the rivers Anapo and Ciane. Cicero himself defined Syracuse as the biggest and beautiful city among all the Greek cities. We will visit the isle of Ortigia where you can admire the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception erected on the ancient Greek temple of Athena. Inside the columns of the temple are still visible.
Finally the visit of Ortigia takes us to the Fonte Aretusa, a legendary fresh water spring with a fountain.
End of tour (About 06:00/07:00 pm)