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

1. 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).

From Syracuse: Private Trip to Inspector Montalbano Location

2. From Syracuse: Private Trip to Inspector Montalbano Location

Our first stop is in Ragusa Ibla, where you will see some of the TV show's filming locations, including the fascinating Hyblean garden and the Corso 25 Aprile. Along the way you'll see the commissioner's favourite trattoria, the Vigata police station (in Piazza Pola) and the Vigata Square (Piazza Duomo), where you can also explore the Cathedral of San Giorgio. In a vast area full of carob and olive trees, you will see the Castle of Donnafugata and its breathtaking views from the terrace. As you walk around the park, memories of iconic scenes from the TV series will come flooding back. Of course, the tour wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Montalbano house, and so we head to the small fishing village of Punta Secca. Marinella is a charming village that overlooks the Mediterranean; a hamlet of Santa Croce Camerina. Here you can admire the characteristic lighthouse. The last stop of the Montalbano tour will be Scicli, to see the Palazzo del Municipio (the Quaestor of Montelusa's room) and Palazzo Iacono (the Police of Montelusa Headquarters).

Syracuse: Private Minibus Excursion and Guided Tour of Noto

3. Syracuse: Private Minibus Excursion and Guided Tour of Noto

MEETING POINT: SYRACUSE Duration of the tour: Departure 9,00/9,30 am - Return 17,00 pm about Departure from Syracuse towards Noto. Meeting with the guide and departure towards Noto. Noto is considered the capital of Sicilian Baroque, declared World Heritage Site in 2002. A guided tour in the heart of the city along the main street interspersed with wide spaces, scenic stairways and narrow streets that join terraces and slopes. A unitary reconstruction of a coherent urban fabric where stands out the use of the tender local stone with a color between golden and pinkish, richly carved. Our guide will guide you to the discovery of this beautiful town and you will have the opportunity to visit Palazzo Nicolaci a beautiful urban noble residence restored to its former glory. You will discover the history of the princes of this city and one of the most beautiful Sicilian events that takes place here in Noto: the Infiorata. Finished the visit to Noto, continue to Marzamemi, a small fishing village with characteristic colors. Here after a short walk you can reach the center and you can devote some free time to stroll through the alleys full of colorful stores of Sicilian handicrafts or enjoy one of the typical aperitifs of the place. You can also visit, independently, a Tonnara and discover the ancient tradition of fishing and processing of fish products and taste them, such as tuna roe. In the afternoon we will return to Syracuse and the end of our services. Entrance ticket to Palazzo Nicolaci 4 € p.p. - Tastings not included

Palazzolo A.: from corso Vittorio Emanuele to the watermill

4. Palazzolo A.: from corso Vittorio Emanuele to the watermill

A Palazzolo Acreide esiste un luogo da fiaba: un mulino seicentesco, incastonato nella valle iblea, limitato da un ruscello, tra alberi di noce e querce. Questo luogo incantato, sarà la tappa finale del nostro tour che, dal Corso principale del paese, ci porterà a scoprire l’antico mulino ad acqua “Santa Lucia”. The 'Santa Lucia' watermill, located in the valley of the mills in the municipality of Palazzolo Acreide, is the fourth in a series of mills that were set in motion by the waters of the Purbella stream. Its presence is attested as far back as the 16th century. It is still intact in its parts, immersed in an unspoilt valley, overshadowed by oaks and walnuts. The rooms house the Grain Mill Museum, where photos, short texts, graphics, millstones of various shapes and different historical periods illustrate the evolution of grain milling techniques, from prehistoric times to the use of hydraulic power. After decades of inactivity, the ancient milling activity was reactivated in December 2000, following the restoration of all technical elements.

From Syracuse: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour by Van

5. From Syracuse: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour by Van

Departing from Syracuse, you will head to Savoca, one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages in Sicily, starring in numerous scenes from the film. The first stop will be Bar Vitelli, located right at the entrance to the village, where Michael Corleone asks Apollonia's father for his daughter's hand in marriage. Here, you can take the opportunity to taste a refreshing lemon granita, and then continue walking through the characteristic narrow streets. Once you reach the historic center of the town, you will visit the church of San Nicolò (or Santa Lucia), where one of the most famous scenes of the film, the wedding of the protagonists, was recorded. Enjoying a breathtaking view, you will then move on to Forza D'Agrò, a famous medieval village that serves as the backdrop for numerous sets of the renowned film work. Arriving in the historic Piazza del paese, you will cross a flight of steps and the famous Durazzesco arch, until you reach the churchyard of the Church of the Holy Trinity, also known as the church of Sant' Agostino; you can't help but imagine yourself even more inside the series, in a pure medieval and authentically Sicilian setting.

From Syracuse: Noto and Modica Private Tour with Tastings

6. From Syracuse: Noto and Modica Private Tour with Tastings

The first stop of this surprising experience will be Noto. You will visit the palaces, churches, terraces, all built with local stone. After the visit of the small town, you will continue the Tour of Noto and the chocolate of Modica, discovering another jewel of Sicilian Baroque. This is a real journey into the tradition of Sicilian life. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Modica with its churches, the facades of the noble palaces, as well as its winding alleys. In the town stand out the facades of the churches of San Giorgio and San Pietro, the ruins of the castle.  But you cannot visit Modica without tasting its renowned chocolate. You will visit Modica's oldest sweet shop and conclude with a tasting of the different types of chocolates the bakery produces.

From Naxos: Syracuse, Noto, and Catania Baroque Tour

7. From Naxos: Syracuse, Noto, and Catania Baroque Tour

Syracuse, Ortigia Island, and Noto are three of eastern Sicily’s most beautiful coastal towns, listed by Unesco, with an ancjient of 3 thousend years. This full-day tour is dedecated to enjoy all three sites, with round-trip travel from Catania, Taormina, and Giardini Naxos. The tour starts from the perfectly preserved Roman ruins in Nepaolis, continue with the beautiful baroque architecture in Noto, ending with a nice panoramic tour of Catania

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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!