N° 7: Noto and Syracuse, from the Byzantines to the Bourbons
Baroque in Sicily a splendid tour of the city of Syracuse Ortigia and an archeologic park. Visit also Noto and Nicolaci Palace. Area Val di Noto.

 

Departure from your hotel at 09:30 am and return at 5:00 pm. This is a full-day  tour.

 

Our drivers will drive in the most beautiful and oldest places in the world, visiting the ancient city of Syracuse and Noto. In this city of Baroque art is in every building, house, and Square.

 

In Syracuse, there are two very different areas, that are both important and beautiful: The first area  we  will visit  is  the  archaeological  park  where  there  is  the Greek Theatre, the only structure built in Europe with natural stone originating from the actual site and not transported from a different area.Syracuse, a World Heritage Site, was the second Greek colony to have been founded in Sicily in the second half of the 8th century B.C. In its day, Siracusa rivaled Athens in size, importance and prestige before falling to the Romans in 212 AD. Described by Cicero as ‘the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of all’, the city of Archimedes boasts one of the largest concentration of Greek ruins outside of Greece. Ortigia's historic centre bear witness to the troubled history of Sicily, from the Byzantines to the Bourbons, interspersed with the Arabs, the Normans, Hohenstaufen dynasty, the Aragons and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

The second area we visit is Ortigia. This is the ancient seaside fishermen town. The  art of baroque is in every street. There is the Cathedral of Saint Lucia, Castle Maniace, the Archimede square  with   a  lovely water fountain and Papyrus trees and the Sicilian Puppet Museum (TEATRO DEI PUPI SICILIANI).

The heart of ancient Syracuse, recently restored and revived, Ortigia is a bridge-linked little island off the tip of the modern city. Wander the narrow, often black-paved streets that offer up gems at every turn. In contrast to the relative architectural homogeneity of the Ragusa area, here you will find everything from the great Greek Temple of Apollo to Byzantine, Norman, Medieval, Baroque and Neoclassical buildings, courtyards and churches. To one side is the large protected harbour that made Syracuse one of the greatest trading centres in the world. Today Ortigia has an understated liveliness, with intimate wine bars and restaurants that serve traditional and local fresh fish dishes.

 

The Duomo, Syracuse:

This extraordinary cathedral with ancient Greek columns (5th century BC) have Islamic features(10th century) behind a Sicilian Baroque facade (18th century), the Duomo has been a place of worship in continuous use for some 2500 years.

After a visit to  Syracuse,  our driver will show you the other most important city which is ancient and  beautiful: Noto, a European capital of the Baroque and Unesco World Heritage since 2002. Noto is one of the most beautiful cities of Sicilian art. Here we visit the Cathedral, the Bishop's Palace and the palace of Baron Nicolaci. In the city of  Noto, there are many important sites to visit, such as the Cathedral, via Nicolaci the  road  where once  every  year,  the  festival  dell'Infiorata (flower festival) of  Noto is staged.  The Nicolaci  Palace  where  the  noble  Prince would look out to the sea from his palace every morning, determined the price of tuna, and yell out to the fishermen the selling price of fish for that day. 

 

Noto, Villa Romana del Tellaro:

If  you  have  free  time,  after  visiting  Noto, you can visit  the  Villa Romana del  Tellaro with many works of art in ceramics and mosaics. It is comparable to the famous Villa Romana del Casale di Piazza Armerina.  In this city at  the end of the tour we can enjoy a delicious Sicilian ice cream “gelato” or “granita” (a sherbert like frozen drink with local sicilian flavours) from one of the most famous icecream shops in Sicily at Gelateria Caffè Sicilia.

 

You can do this tour if you stay in Ragusa, Catania, Noto, Syracuse, Agrigento.

ex-3-Noto la Cattedrale

ex-3-siracusa teatro greco

ex-3-Siracusa il Duomo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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