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Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

The first stop on this 8-hour tour is Noto, the Garden of Stone, noted for its Baroque heritage. After the massive 1693 earthquake, Noto was rebuilt on Meti Hill. The town’s origins date to the Early Bronze Age. Continue to Modica and visit the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily. The city also has a rich history and a wonderful architectural heritage. See the cathedrals of San Giorgio and San Pietro and the Palazzo Polara and Palazzo Napolino-Tommasi Rosso, among others. Ragusa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in 2002 for its monuments of the late Baroque period. Visit examples of this style including its cathedrals and palaces.

Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla Baroque Tour

Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla Baroque Tour

The Sicilian baroque is an icon in the area known as Val di Noto. After the devastating earthquake of 1693, these places were rebuilt with this style of decorations. Discover the rich of ghostly masks and elaborate stone carvings. First discover Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque. Walk among the wonderful buildings of the Garden of Stone and admire the elegance and sinuosity of the architectural elements. The itinerary continues towards Modica, a city of ancient origins and with an excellent culinary tradition. Taste the different varieties of Modica chocolate, famous and known throughout the world. Ragusa Ibla completes the full immersion in the Baroque with its characteristic alleys, opulent buildings and Iblei gardens.

From Catania: Southeast Sicily Inspector Montalbano Tour

From Catania: Southeast Sicily Inspector Montalbano Tour

Experience Southeast Italy through the perspective of the popular Italian television series Inspector Montalbano. This tour visits the places of Inspector Montalbano, the series main character, in Punta Secca, Ragusa, and Scicli. Meet your guide in Catania and head to the quaint villa of Punta Secca. Visit the inspector's seafront house, Marinella. Continue on to Ragusa to explore the many alleyways of its historic center. Take note as you walk through the backdrop of many scenes in the series. Afterward, go to the town of Scicli. As you wander through its historic center admire the many Baroque buildings and churches featured in the series, including the town hall, which served as the location of the Vigata police station.

Minivan tour from Siracusa to Noto, Ragusa and Modica

Minivan tour from Siracusa to Noto, Ragusa and Modica

This experience includes a visit to the Baroque cities. The tour lasts 8 hours and includes transport only, you will have 1 hour plus to visit each city. You will meet your driver in Syracuse and begin the tour with a visit to the beautiful Baroque town of Noto. At the end of the visit, amidst breathtaking landscapes of large canyons, steep cliffs and wooded areas of olive and carob trees you will continue on to Ragusa Ibla where you will have free time to visit this beautiful town. As a last stop you will go to Modica where you can discover the chocolate workshops and do some shopping.

Ragusa Ibla: Guided Tour with Food Tasting

Ragusa Ibla: Guided Tour with Food Tasting

Discover the Historic Heart of Ragusa Ibla: Guided Tour of Sicilian Baroque Begin your journey in Ragusa Ibla, where local experts will guide you through the medieval streets, sharing the rich history and fascinating stories of this enchanting city. Cathedral of San Giorgio and Palazzo La Rocca Admire the imposing baroque architecture of the majestic Cathedral of San Giorgio, a masterpiece of Sicilian architecture. Explore the intricate details of its facades and immerse yourself in the sacred atmosphere of its interior. Next, visit Palazzo La Rocca and discover its elegant beauty. Panoramic Viewpoint and Chocolate Tasting Reach a breathtaking panoramic viewpoint, perfect for photographing the dome of San Giorgio and the splendid Irminio Valley. Afterwards, delight your palate with a tasting of local chocolate. Piazza Duomo and Main Street Continue the tour in the picturesque Piazza Duomo, the beating heart of Ragusa Ibla, surrounded by quaint cafes and typical shops. Stroll along the main street where your guide will recount the history of the Circolo della Conversazione and various historic palaces. There will also be an opportunity for a shopping break. Church of San Giuseppe and Crypt of Santa Maria Maddalena Visit the Church of San Giuseppe and the crypt of Santa Maria Maddalena, famous for its evocative weeping statue. Savor an authentic Sicilian cannolo, a true delight for the palate. Portale di San Giorgio and Giardini Iblei Explore the evocative Portale di San Giorgio and enter the Giardini Iblei, where you will discover the history of this enchanting place. On weekends, visit the Church of San Giacomo, while during the week, explore the Church of Sant'Agata, admiring the tabernacle that inspired the facade of the Cathedral of San Giorgio. Panoramic View and End of Tour Conclude the tour with a relaxing walk in the Giardini Iblei, stopping at the panoramic viewpoint to take unforgettable photos of the Irminio Valley. The walk will end at the gardens, from where we will return to the Cathedral. Book now and experience an unforgettable journey discovering Sicilian Baroque!

Inspector Montalbano Locations Tour of Southeast Sicily

Inspector Montalbano Locations Tour of Southeast Sicily

Benefit from pick-up in Catania or Taormina, and then journey by air-conditioned vehicle on a locations tour of the TV series "Inspector Montalbano" in southeast Sicily. Discover the real locations of imaginary sites such as Mànnara, the town of Vigata where the TV drama was set and the small fishing village of Punta Secca where Montalbano lived in fictional Marinella. Get the chance to enjoy lunch at the Da Enzo a Mare restaurant, where many scenes from the series, adapted from the novels by Andrea Camilleri, were shot.

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

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

Ragusa guided walking tour

Ragusa guided walking tour

An itinerary dedicated to Ragusa Ibla's main monuments, local traditions and Montalbano's places. A perfect guided tour to get to know Ragusa and its Baroque monuments. The guide will accompany you through the historic centre to discover magnificent architecture, curious local traditions and the places of Montalbano. A tour for those who want to get to know the spirit of the town and be guided by the tales of an expert and friendly guide. We will walk through the suggestive alleys of the centre, discovering the Giardino Ibleo, the ancient portal of San Giorgio, piazza Pola and the church of San Giuseppe, the Conversation Club, the square and the Cathedral of San Giorgio and others monuments.

Ragusa, Noto and Chocolate Tasting - Day tour from Siracusa

Ragusa, Noto and Chocolate Tasting - Day tour from Siracusa

Today h 8.30am be ready at pick up location to meet our driver and departure from Siracusa in direction of Ragusa Ibla. Our Team will offer you time at disposal to keep the feeling with this section of the town giving you direction to explore independently the old part of the city and an undisputed reality of Baroque art. Here you can admire numerous eighteenth-century churches and buildings and the Gardens. Soon after, you will discover another jewel of the Sicilian Gastronomy: the local Chocolate in Modica. This particular chocolate is made with a very old recipe, the one coming from the Aztecs. If you are wondering what the Aztecs have to do with Sicily, think about the Spanish conquistadors in South America and you will see that the same Spanish have dominated this island for a couple of centuries. We then continue to Noto. In the Arab period the town was the capital of one of the three districts of Sicily (the Val di Noto) and once defeated by the Christians, Noto became a rich Norman city. Unfortunately, it was totally destroyed by the 1693 Sicilian earthquake and rebuilt in a new position nearer to the Ionian Sea. But the new Noto is a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque! Most of the buildings, including churches and noble palaces, follow one another along the main street and are characterized by the honey tonality of tufa stone. Later we return to Siracusa (estimated arrival time h 4pm ish depending on the traffic situation) Please note that if the tour does not reach at least two partecipants it will not be operated.

Ragusa Ibla: photographs from the past

Ragusa Ibla: photographs from the past

The winding alleys of Ragusa Ibla run through the historic center, offering a fascinating walk among centuries-old buildings and majestic churches. Ragusa Ibla surprises with its marvelous Gothic-Catalan portal, the only surviving element of the now defunct ancient church of San Giorgio, which foreshortens the town square, creating a singular visual effect. Continuing the walk we arrive at the Hyblaean Garden, a spectacular public park located in the heart of the city. The Garden offers an oasis of tranquility. Centuries-old trees, manicured flower beds and shady paths create an ideal environment for relaxing and admiring the surrounding landscape.

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We recently had the pleasure of joining Gaia on her tour of Ibla, and it was an unforgettable experience. Gaia's deep knowledge of the area, combined with her warm and engaging personality, made the tour truly exceptional. She has a remarkable ability to bring history to life, sharing fascinating stories and insights about Ibla's rich cultural heritage. The tour was well-paced and thoughtfully organized, allowing us to fully appreciate the stunning architecture, vibrant streets, and hidden gems of this beautiful town. Gaia's passion for Ibla is infectious, and her genuine love for her work shines through in every aspect of the tour. We highly recommend Gaia's tour to anyone looking to explore Ibla in a meaningful and memorable way. This was undoubtedly one of the highlights of our trip!

Massimiliano was a pleasure to be with. Extremely friendly and very aware of the customers needs. He brought us almond cookies, a local specialty. They were delicious, a must have for anyone traveling to this region. Our entire tour was customized per our request. Very happy with the entire experience.

A very interesting experience hosted by Nicole, a lovely guy, honest and so passionate about what he does that it made the experience perfect for all of us. Topped with delicious eats and amari tasting. If you like the simple, happy life, then just go for it :) !

This was our favorite tour yet. Our guide Maximillian was amazing! He showed us all of the sites, gave plenty of time to enjoy each city, and went above and beyond to help us with dinner reservations. Highly recommend!

We really enjoyed it our guide Gaia was excellent telling some great stories about the town and also herself which made it see personal and most enjoyable.