Enjoy the visit of Syracuse, one of the most popular and important city
of the ancient history, with the support of our expert guides. Cicero himself defined Syracuse as ”the biggest and beautiful city among all the Greek cities”. Noto, one of the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto, which have been declared by Unesco as a World Heritage site and the the “Blue Flag” coast of Vendicari.
In 2005 the city was listed by Unesco world heritage site. Syracuse is located on the south-est corner of Sicily between Anapo and Ciane rivers.
Half Day Tour: (ca. 9:00am – 14:30)
Syrakuse/Ortigia and the archeological Park of Neapolis
In the afternoon we drive to Syracuse to visit the Ortigia peninsula where you can admire the Cathedral of “Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception” erected on the ancient Greek temple of Athena. Inside are still visible the columns of the temple. Visit of Ortigia includes also another stop at the “Fonte Aretusa”, a fresh water spring with a fountain in the near of the sea. After a walk through ancient alleys and following the coast, which was stage of cruel sea battles between Cartagena, Greeks and Romans ,, we will stop for a rest.
Second part of the tour consists on the visit of the “archeological Park of Neapolis”(Parco Archeologico della Neapolis) and of its Greeks Theater, nowadays stage of new theater performances , the Roman Amphitheater, the altar of Hieron the second, some rock caves like the “Ear of Dionysius” and the grave of Archimedes. (Entrance is not included in the price of the excursion. Entrance costs 10 €/p.P. Free entrance for people under 18 and over 65.)
Full Day Tour (9:00am – 19:30)
(Noto, Syrakus/Ortigia und Vedicari)
The first leg is in Noto, where we will visit the beautiful Baroque buildings, including the Cathedral of Noto, the San Domenico Churc and Palazzo Villadorata. The present city was built from 1703 to the southeast of Noto Antica, which was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1693. Then Noto was was rebuilt in a plan and uniform Sicilian Baroque style. Heart of the city is Corso Vittorio Emanuele. With the parallel running Via Cavour it limits the main attractions of the city.
Among others, we will visit the building: Chiesa San Domenico. The most magnificent Baroque church in the city can be found at Piazza XVI Maggio. Particularly expressive is the sweeping façade with outwardly curved walls and columns. Duomo Santi Nicola e Corrado. From Piazza Municipio is reached by a broad outside staircase to the Duomo. The cathedral was completed in 1770. Especially noteworthy is its beautiful facade with twin towers. During a severe earthquake in 1996, the large central dome could not stand and fell to the side aisles one. Faithfully restored, the cathedral was officially reopened at the beginning of 2007.
Palazzo Villadorata: Particularly striking is the magnificent facade decorations on the balcony of the Palazzo Villadorata that can be found in Via Nicolaci. It was designed in 1737 by Paolo Labisi.
Before we drive eastwards into the natural reserve of Vendicari, we’ll have a short stop at Noto Antica. Here you can see the ruins of old Noto, who stayed after the devastating earthquake in 1693.
In the natural reserve Oasi Vendicari (Riserva naturale Orientata Oasi di Vendicari faunistica) we reach, after a short walk, the beautiful Calamosche beach. Vendicari is a real paradise for birds. In addition to a variety of migratory birds such as flamingos, storks and cormorants here can be observed also pond turtles.
After a refreshing bath in the crystal clear sea, is time to lunch at a country inn (agriturismo). Here you can enjoy a full menu of Sicilian specialties.
In the afternoon we drive to Syracuse to visit the Ortigia peninsula where you can admire the Cathedral of “Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception” erected on the ancient Greek temple of Athena. Inside are still visible the columns of the temple. Visit of Ortigia includes also another stop at the “Fonte Aretusa”, a fresh water spring with a fountain in the near of the sea. Next we walk through ancient alleys and following the coast, which was stage of cruel sea battles between Cartagena, Greeks and Romans.