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Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

Inspector Montalbano Locations Tour of Southeast Sicily

4. 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.

From Malta: Ragusa Ibla, Modica, & Scicli Daytrip with Guide

5. From Malta: Ragusa Ibla, Modica, & Scicli Daytrip with Guide

Start your day of adventure in Ragusa Ibla. Stroll through this quaint, leisurely destination and start your outing with coffee or Campari at a cafe at the foot of the Duomo, one of the finest buildings in Sicily. Walk down the slightly sloping piazza and onto the main winding street that guides you to Giardino Ibleo. On the way, enjoy a short stop to admire the work of Gagliaridi - the small but elegant church of San Giuseppe. The Giardino Ibleo is a haven of peace and quiet with an exquisite view of the valley below and beyond. Venture outside the entrance to the garden and the remains of the gothic Portale San Giorgio, an early 13th century piece of architecture that was demolished by an earthquake in 1693. Visit Modica Bassa, the historic city centre and its famous main street, Corso Umberto. Admire this street lined with baroque churches and monasteries. See expensive brand-name shops and fine cafes that intermingle amongst historic churches. Find out why the city is famous for its chocolate shops and visit Antica Dolceria Bonajuto, a well known chocolate factory. Wander the streets and visit iconic landmarks like the unfinished church of San Matteo, Palazzo Benventano, the church of Santa Maria la Nova, and Chiarafura Cave Dwellings.

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

6. 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).

Minivan tour da Siracusa con visita a Noto, Ragusa e Modica

7. Minivan tour da Siracusa con visita a Noto, Ragusa e 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, Noto and Chocolate Tasting - Day tour from Siracusa

8. 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.

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

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ragusa

Our guide/drivee Rustian is incredible:polite, flexible and informative. All 3 baroque cities are beautiful especially noto. Each one is about 1 hr. But for future customers would be great if Ragusa is 45 min n noto being 1 hr 15 min. It’s quite a bit of driving reaching these 3 cities but absolutely breathtaking. A must visit tour

Friendly driver, the three cities visited are each more beautiful than the other from an artistic and gastronomic point of view. Time passed quickly. Absolutely worth doing.

Amazing trip! Rustian is a very friendly guy and very knowledgeable. He told us a lot about the baroque style. This trip is definitely worth it! We've had a great day!

We had a great time exploring 3 beautiful Sicilian towns. Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and accomodating.

It was great. Fantastic guide, kind, friendly, knowledgeable, made everything easy. We have enjoyed it very much.