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Cathedral of San Nicolò, Noto

Cathedral of San Nicolò, Noto: Our most recommended tours and activities

Palermo: Bus Tour to Noto, Ortigia, and Siracusa

1. Palermo: Bus Tour to Noto, Ortigia, and Siracusa

Explore the beauty of Sicily on this bus tour from Palermo. Be picked up from your accommodation and enjoy air-conditioned transfers to the town of Noto, the island of Ortigia, and and the Archaeological Park of Siracusa. Enjoy the convenience of being picked from Palermo in the morning. Sit back and relax on the comfortable drive to the town of Noto. Spend some time wandering through the town on your own to see sights like the 18th-century Noto Cathedral or the balconies of the Nicolaci Palace. Continue to the the island of Ortigia. Take some free time to buy lunch or see sights like the natural freshwater spring known as the Fountain of Arethusa or the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cathedral of Syracuse. Finally, head to the Archaeological Park of Siracusa where you can purchase tickets to see the Greek theatre and the Roman amphitheater. Return to your accommodation in Palermo at the end of your tour.

From Syracuse: Ragusa Ibla, Noto and Modica Private Day Trip

2. From Syracuse: Ragusa Ibla, Noto and Modica Private Day Trip

Journey through the Sicilian baroque on a private day tour from Syracuse. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Noto on walking tours. See the Duomo of San Giorgio, the Church of San Giorgio, the Church of San Pietro, and more. After pickup in Syracuse, make your first stop in the old Baroque city of Ragusa Ibla. Admire numerous 18th-century churches and buildings on which important sculptors and architects worked. Hear about the famous "Baroque of the Noto Valley." Next, discover another jewel of the Sicilian Baroque: Modica. Stroll through the town and admire its churches, noble palace facades, fountains, the Pizzo viewpoint, San Giorgio Church, San Pietro Church, and the ruins of the castle. From there, continue toward the capital of Baroque: Noto. Walk around the city and marvel at its historic palaces, churches, terraces, and stairways, all built with a local stone with a golden color. Visit the Porta Reale — the real city gate — and the Cathedral of San Nicolò. See the most important building in the town, the Palazzo Ducezio, before continuing on a few steps to the Via Nicolaci, famous throughout the world for its infiorata (flower carpets).

Noto: among the streets of Baroque pride

3. Noto: among the streets of Baroque pride

A tour that allows you to savor the architectural and historical elegance of Noto, enveloped in Baroque art and the history that has shaped this fascinating city. The Royal Gate, the city's main entrance, welcomes you to magnificent Noto. You walk along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the only access to stroll among grand buildings and stupendous facades, such as the Church of Santa Chiara and Palazzo Ducezio, the current seat of the municipality. The majestic Cathedral of San Nicolò, preceded by a wide three-flight staircase, with its grandeur dominates the entire historic center. The golden color, during the hours of sunset, accentuates the brightness of the limestone that distinguishes the territory of Noto. To conclude the visit there will be a tasting of some of the best delicacies from local companies referring to the Sicilian gastronomic tradition, admiring Noto from a wonderful panoramic terrace.

8-hour tour of the Baroque cities Noto-Modica-Ragusa-Ortigia

4. 8-hour tour of the Baroque cities Noto-Modica-Ragusa-Ortigia

we will leave from Syracuse (preferably in the morning) with the first stop in Noto, nestled among the rolling hills of Sicily, characterized by its sumptuous baroque palaces and imposing churches, living testimonies of the art and architecture of the period, we will then go to Modica, which with its intricate alleys and majestic churches, enchants visitors with the opulence and grace of the Baroque, expressed through ornate facades and refined decorative details (it will also be possible to visit the Modica Chocolate laboratory and there will also be a stop for free lunch), finally we will go to Ragusa Ibla to the Iblei gardens, overlooking a breathtaking panorama, capturing attention with its baroque buildings that climb along the slopes creating a suggestive mosaic of architectural elegance and history, the journey it will end in a place of your choice in Syracuse, the trip will end at a location of your choice in Syracuse where we will go to the splendid island of Ortigia where we will admire the Cathedral (temple of Athena), the Aretusa fountain, the Maniace castle and the temple of Apollo

Noto: Sicilian Baroque Architecture Guided Walking Tour

5. Noto: Sicilian Baroque Architecture Guided Walking Tour

The guided tour of Noto will take you back to the Baroque era with its buildings embellished with decorations, stairways and statues like a stone garden and having become the capital of Sicilian Baroque. The guided tour starts from the entrance door to the historic center, the Porta Reale or Porta Ferdinandea, near the Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the nearby Convent of the Holy Savior. We go up the beautiful staircase to be able to admire one of the most beautiful interiors in Noto, with wonderful frescoes and decorations. Walking along the main street, a few steps away we find another beautiful church in which the Baroque style is very recognizable especially inside: we are talking about the Church of Santa Chiara next to a former Benedictine monastery, where you can admire the columns embellished with stuccoes, statues of the apostles and putti. The tour continues arriving in the Piazza del Duomo which houses the majestic Palazzo Ducezio, seat of the Town Hall, built between the 18th and 19th centuries, with its frescoed roof and rooms in which the mirrors create games of visual illusions that make them more large. In front of this baroque-style jewel stands the monumental staircase that leads to the stupendous Cathedral of S. Nicolò, the very symbol of Noto with its honey color that characterizes it at sunset and which we will visit inside. Built in the eighteenth century, it has collapsed three times over time, it has been rebuilt even if many frescoes have been lost; the beautiful facade has two bell towers, one housing a bell while the other has a clock. We continue the visit reaching another well-known symbolic place, namely Via Nicolaci, the street where the infiorata is set up (a carpet of flowers lying on the road) which attracts many tourists and we will also visit externally from some of the most beautiful buildings in Noto. One of these palaces for sure is Palazzo Nicolaci with its beautiful and famous balconies decorated in the lower part with statues, masks, animals and various figures carved in the limestone in the typical Baroque style. Walking through the alleys of the historic center we can admire the Loggia del Mercato which was once the seat of the Noto market with the wrought iron loggia and today used for cultural events. We end the guided tour by discovering the elegant building that houses the Tina di Lorenzo Theater in neoclassical style and the marble Fountain of Hercules built in the 1700s.

From Siracusa: Marzamemi and Noto audio-guided tour

6. From Siracusa: Marzamemi and Noto audio-guided tour

Experience the beauty of Sicily on a full-day tour from Siracusa. Explore the charming fishing village of Marzamemi and discover the baroque architecture of Noto, Unesco World Heritage. Meet in the heart of Siracusa and travel to Marzamemi, a small fishing village looking out over the Ionian Sea. Visit the ruins of the Tonnara, an ancient structure used to catch tuna. See an abundance of colors, flowers, and old buildings as you stroll down Piazza Regina Margherita. Take a break by the sea on the "Litorale Spinazza", which can be reached on foot from the Borghetto. Finally, drive to the town of Noto where you can discover the Sicilian capital of Baroque architecture. Have some free time to see sights like the Fountain of Hercules, and noble palaces like Palazzo Astuto and Palazzo Trigona Cannicarao.

Private Day Tour to Siracusa and Noto from Taormina

7. Private Day Tour to Siracusa and Noto from Taormina

After being picked up at your hotel we will travel to the south-east of Sicily and after about an hour's journey we will reach Noto, a jewel of Sicilian baroque town, destroyed by the catastrophic earthquake in 1693. The main axis that we will follow on foot is Corso Vittorio Emanuele, announced by the Porta Reale, a monumental entrance in the shape of a triumphal arch erected in the 19th century. Continuing we will arrive at the Church of San Francesco with its majestic steps and at the Palazzo Ducezio, located in the Piazza del Municipio. Admiring the many churches and palaces we will make a short visit to the Mother Church with the Bishop's Palace and the Church of San Salvatore. Also unmissable is a visit to the Palazzo Nicolaci with its ornamental balconies, symbol of the Neto baroque. As soon as the visit to Noto is over we head towards Syracuse, about 40 minutes away. We will start with the Neapolis Archaeological Park, the most representative area of the ancient Greek city with large green spaces from where, on foot, you can reach many of the archaeological monuments via an ancient Roman road. We will visit most of the classical monuments of the city such as the famous Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheatre, the Latomie del Paradiso and the Ear of Dionysus. Next, we will reach the small island of Ortigia, a jewel of the city center of Syracuse. Among Greek temples, Christian churches, Arab streets and important ancient buildings, we will visit the local market, the suggestive Piazza del Duomo, the splendid Fonte Aretusa, a meeting place between reality and legend and one of the most beautiful monuments of the city, the Temple of Apollo and the Maniace Castle, one of the most important monuments of the Swabian period in Syracuse.

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What people are saying about Cathedral of San Nicolò, Noto

The trip to Ragusa, Modica and Noto was excellent… though, our guide didn’t speak much English and served more as a driver to each site than an actual guide. Some local information was provided and some rudimentary conversation was had in Italian. It would have been appreciated to have individual maps provided ahead of the drop-offs. The water bottles provided were appreciated. A little less time in Ragusa would have allowed a bit more time in Noto. The recommendation to visit the Bonajuta chocolatier in Modica was appreciated - and is highly recommended. Our ‘guide’ was an excellent driver and did make two stops so that some great panoramic photos could be taken of Ragusa and Noto. Highly recommend visiting all three towns - given our circumstances, it was the best way for us to enjoy them within our schedule. Much appreciated!

The trip was very interesting and we saw a lot on the way. The driver was excellent too. The only problem was slow contact with the activity provider regarding the pickup time and place. But at the end everything went nicely.

We had a nice day visiting Ragusa, Modica, and Noto. If you are looking for just transportation to these locations it is perfect. Once you arrive to your destination, you are on your own.

Joshua was an excellent guide who really took care of us. Long drive but we’ll worth it. Loved Noto.

Beautiful towns all worth visiting. Our driver Francesco was very informative and great company