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An important Greek and Roman city, Modica had its heyday in the 14th century when, as the personal fiefdom of the Chiaramonte family, it was one of the most powerful cities in Sicily.


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$1052.78 Private & Custom Tours

Private Modica Tour and Chocolate Factory Visit from Catania

Visit a town whose architecture has been recognised as providing outstanding testimony to the exuberant genius and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe and is part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy. In fact, with its steeply stacked medieval centre and spectacular baroque cathedral, Modica is one of southern Sicily's most atmospheric towns.But Modica is also more than this. As you might know, the town is famous all over the world for a more 'delicious' reason, represented by its extraordinary and unique production of the chocolate of Modica.Through this tour led by an expert guide you'll visit Modica, its most important monuments and attraction and you will learn about its fascinating history. The tour will then continue with a visit inside a real chocolate factory: there you will have the chance to discover the techniques leading to the production of an amazing quality of chocolate. You will end your visit with an exclusive tasting of different varieties of chocolate. 

$150.40 Tours & Sightseeing

Ragusa and Modica Day Trip from Syracuse Including Lunch

The Tour will start from our meeting point located in Syracuse city center, where the driver will pick you up. You will reach Ragusa in approximately 1 hour and half. Ragusa is situated in the Iblean mountains and, together with Modica, it is part of the Unesco Heritage sites in Sicily. The main economy of the area revolves around dairy cheese and agricultural products like olives, carobs, legumes and grains. Upon arrival you will walk through the historical town of Ragusa Ibla that highlights the wide array of Baroque architecture in Sicily, including several stunning palaces and churches. Light lunch in a local trattoria based on typical Sicilian food is included in the tour.In the afternoon, a short drive will take you to Modica, a small village famous for chocolate. Modica's chocolate is still made the same way the ancient Aztecs made chocolate in Mexico and its tradition dates back to the 16th century. The technique was brought over by the Spaniards who in turn learned about it in what is now Mexico. Later, the driver will drive you back to Syracuse.The tour will be operated with minimum 4 people and maximum 25 people. From 1 to 8 people it will be operated with air conditioned vehicles and English speaking driver. From 9 to 25 people it will be operated with more air conditioned vehicles or by air conditioned coach and English speaking tour leader.

$98.34 Day Trips & Excursions

Montalbano TV Show Locations Tour

This tour will take you to the most famous places of 'Inspector Montalbano,' starting from the first stop, 'Inspector Montalbano's' house, in front of the sea. The Donnafugata Castle, situated in proximity to Santa Croce Camerina, about 12.5 miles (20km) from Ragusa is a major attraction for tourists. Thanks to its scenery, it was the setting of many films. The name of Donnafugata, which is Arabic in origin, is misleading. It does not refer, as first appearances might suggest, to a woman fleeing some tyrannical husband or father, nor to one of the legends lingering in some popular memory. It is a free interpretation and transcription of Ayn as Jafat (meaning Fountain of Health) which, in Sicilian dialect, became Ronnafuata, and so was corrupted to its modem form of Donnafugata.Ragusa Ibla is a lovely spot with many Montalbano's locations (the restaurants, church, square). Ragusa offers panoramic views of Ibla from its historical center, which is difficult to find nowadays. Walk around tiny streets until Cathedral Square is within reach. The city symbol is S. Giorgio's door next to the beautiful Iblei garden, where there are 3 churches; then Pola square with the beautiful facade of San Giuseppe and Duomo Square with the splendid baroque facade and the neoclassical dome of S. Giorgio. The town of Modica is another famous Montalbano location. Modica is located between two pits of a river bed which was buried in the past century. This Baroque town isn't only famous for its architecture, but also for being the birth place of a Nobel Laureate in literature Salvatore Quasimodo and for its famous Modica chocolate. Scicli, another beautiful Baroque town, is the setting of Montalbano's Police station and cemetery. The tour ends in the late afternoon, when we will come back to pick-up point.

$1675.19 Multi-day & Extended Tours

South of Sicily Tour from Catania for 8 days

1st day: Arrival in Catania by your own car, accommodation in your hotel, encounter with the guide, dinner, evening walk in the city centre, and overnight stay2nd day: Etna, Catania and Riviera dei Ciclopi: pick up from your hotel you will head for Rifugio Sapienza where you can choose one of the following options: Trekking up to 2000 m; Etna high altitude option; Etna quad tour. The excursion will continue with the visit of a lava cave with helmets and torches. Then in Zafferana you can taste typical products. The day will continue with the visit of Catania, Riviera dei Ciclopi and then Acicastello. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.3rd day: Siracusa, Ortigia and Noto: The excursion will begin with the visit to the Archaeological park of Neapolis. You will then continue by visiting the Ortigia Island, the heart of Syracuse. After lunch (not included in the price), you will head for Noto, a unique town for its Sicilian Baroque style. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.4th day: Ragusa, Scicli and Modica (visit of the Montalbano places)  you will depart by bus to Ragusa. You will visit the ancient part of the city, Ragusa Ibla. The day continues with the visit of Modica, also known as the “city of a hundred churches”. Last stop will be Scicli, another little gem of Sicilian baroque, with many churches that are worth a visit. You will return to your hotel in Catania for dinner and for the night.5th day: Agrigento and Valley of Temples you will depart to Agrigento for a guided tour of the Valley of Temples, one of the most important and spectacular archaeological parks in the world. You will also visit the old town of Agrigento, where you can admire real treasures. You will return to your hotel in Palermo for dinner and for the night.6th day: Palermo and Monreale you will dedicate the day to discover Palermo with a guide. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will go to Monreale for the guided tour of the Cathedral. You will return to your hotel in Palermo, for dinner and for the night, around 7:00 pm.7th day: Piazza Armerina and Caltagirone you will depart by bus to Piazza Armerina and visit the beautiful Villa Romana del Casale. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon you will visit Caltagirone, the Sicilian pottery capital. You will also visit the famous staircase of Santa Maria del Monte, completely covered in Caltagirone majolica. You will return to your hotel in Catania, for dinner and for the night.8th day: After breakfast at your hotel the tour will end.

$1960.94 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Small Group Sicily Food & Wine Lovers Tour: 8 Days

Day 1. Arrival and transfer to Your special hotel in Taormina  Your driver will pick you up in Catania airport and take you to your hotel in Taormina.  Private Taormina Lifestyle & Gourmet Walking Tour Your local guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. Tour includes two foodie stops. First in typical bottega for cheeses, salumi, bread, olives and wine tasting. Second in small pastry bar for tasting of typical sicilian sweets, liquors and coffee. Overnight in Taormina  Day 2. Taormina Cooking Class & Lunch in typical trattoriaVisit of Taormina’s Food Market. Select products for your class and learn culinary secrets how to prepare and cook homemade pasta and bread plus several fish and vegetables dishes in a traditional Sicilian style enjoying Your lunch. Overnight in Taormina Day 3. Etna Countryside Food&Wine Lovers TourPick up in hotel and transfer to Mt. Etna. Visit a well-known winery for wine and olive tasting. Then a picturesque farmhouse for Organic light lunch with seasonal products. Your tour will finish in local pastry bar with tasting of sicilian ‘dolce’ and liquors. Overnight in Taormina Day 4. Noto Walking Tour with Lunch and transfer to SyracuseMeet your private driver in the lobby and move to magnificent Noto. Enjoy an easy walk with local guide in town of UNESCO heritage – a jewel of baroque. Taste a famous Modica chocolate. After tour visit a family taverna for your fresh lunch. Overnight in Syracuse Day 5. Ortigia Food & Wine Walking TourYour local guide will meet you at Ortigia city centre for Food&Wine Walking Tour. Enjoy this tour and taste fresh fish, typical Sicilian appetizers, homemade Sicilian pastries, Wine and liquors in three different food venues. Eat and drink as locals do. Overnight in Syracuse  Day 6. Syracuse Winery Tours and Transfer to PalermoBe picked by your private driver and start the day with visit of ancient Winery located in Syracuse countryside, have a guided visit of the cellars and enjoy a light lunch with local organic products and wine tasting in magnificent courtyard. After lunch continue to drive to Palermo. Overnight in Palermo Day 7. Private Palermo StreetFood Walking Tour  Sample the best of Sicilian streetfood. Led by a local expert guide visit Vucciria and Mercato del Capo outdoor markets. Pass through Palermo old town and most important highlights listening the stories of your guide. After tour enjoy free evening in Palermo. Day 8. Transfer to Palermo Airport

$98.34 Cultural & Theme Tours

Baroque

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Noto AnticaNoto is home to one of Sicily's most beautiful historic centres with its baroque buildings and churches. The city that you see today dates to the early 18th century, when it was almost entirely rebuilt in the wake of the devastating 1693 earthquake. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Centro StoricoModica, the town of the hundred churches, also famous for its traditional chocolate to taste in one of the many chocolate shops in town.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ragusa IblaThe town you will see dates almost entirely from 1693. Indeed, it was in this year that Ragusa, along with its neighbours, Noto, Modica, Scicli and Catania, was razed to the ground by a terrible earthquake that hit most of the eastern side of Sicily. Here in Ragusa Ibla you can admire the jumble of churches and buildings built one on the other across the hill where the city stands.Duration: 2 hours