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From Catania: Syracuse, Ortygia, and Noto Tour

1. From Catania: Syracuse, Ortygia, and Noto Tour

Enjoy three beautiful places in Sicily with this full-day tour from Catania. Listen to historical facts and facinating anecdotes with your audio guide as you stop at the Neapolis Archaeological Park, Ortygia, and Noto.  Meet your driver in Duomo square in the center of Catania and sit back and relax in the comfortable van on the drive to the Neapolis Archaeological Park in Syracuse. Purchase tickets to the park to admire the magnificent Greek theater, Roman Amphitheater, and stone quarries. Continue to the ancient fortified island of Ortygia. Spend some time wandering the streets to discover the mythical Fountain of Arethusa, Piazza Duomo, the fortress walls, and stunning Baroque churches and palaces. 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. Return to the meeting point in Catania.

Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

2. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

The Barocco & Food Experience: Siracusa, Ortigia, Noto

3. The Barocco & Food Experience: Siracusa, Ortigia, Noto

Depart from Catania in a comfortable minivan or luxury minibus which is heading for one of Sicily’s most spectacular sights. The archaeological park in Syracuse was constructed in the 5th century BC, then rebuilt in the 3rd century AD. The 16,000-capacity amphitheatre, also known as the Teatro Greco, is the archaeological park’s mind-blowing centrepiece, though there are other key sites such as the Latomia del Paradiso, a deep limestone quarry from which stone to build the ancient city was extracted. A visit to the Syracuse Archaeological Park would be enough to take your breath away normally. But this trip is packed with some of the island’s top attractions - such as the island of Ortigia. Here, you’ll take a guided walking tour with an expert local guide who can answer any and all of your questions on the island - which is the historic centre of Syracuse. Take in the most famed landmarks such as the Cathedral “il Duomo”, the Maniace Castle and the Aretusa fountain. Any day trip in Sicily is not complete without a traditional lunch, which is included in our tour, with wine tasting as well! The final stop on your tour is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque locations in not only Sicily, but all of Italy, the stunning town of Noto. Less than 40km southwest of Syracuse, you’ll have an hour of free time in Noto, which you can spend strolling the Corso Vittorio Emanuele marvelling at the elegant baroque palazzi and churches. And you’ll have the chance to stop for a granita tasting too!

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Syracuse was amazing but we didn’t have enough time we only had an hour and a half and that’s how long it took to tour the whole park if you ran. I love the salt caves and overall it was wonderful. Artesia was beautiful but nobody,s fault but it rained heavy. If it’s not raining you should take the little boat trip around the island it’s only 45 minutes and you get to go in the cave that was awesome. But on the way back it rained and we got soaking wet. When the rain let up I got to see how cool Ortigia is. Noto was delightful. I love the baroque style that symbolizes the city. For me it was too much for one day. If I did it again or I advised anyone I would say try to see them separately.

Very good experience, perfect, very complete. I would repeat. Thank you