Welcome to Noto


Although a town called Noto or Netum has existed here for many centuries, the Noto that you see today dates to the early 18th century, when it was almost entirely rebuilt in the wake of the devastating 1693 earthquake. Creator of many of the finest buildings was Rosario Gagliardi, a local architect whose extroverted style also graces churches in Modica and Ragusa.


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$55.29 Tours & Sightseeing

Full-day Syracuse and Noto tour from Taormina

Departure from Taormina to Syracuse, the visit begins with the Neapolis archaeological park, a fascinating concentration of Greek and Roman ruins, where you will admire the Greek theatre, Latomia del Paradiso, Ear of Dionysius and the Roman amphitheatre.The visit will continue in Ortygia, a small island connected to Syracuse by a bridge. Here, you will walk toward the timeless street, and you will admire the Greek ruins, the Baroque palaces and churches. One of the greatest and most singular monument of Ortygia, which rises on the highest point of the peninsula, is the cathedral built on the site of the temple dedicated to goddess of Athena. Another famous spot in Ortygia is the Fountain of Arethusa, a freshwater spring forming a pool with papyrus plants, situated on a wide terrace overlooking the sea. You will have free time for having lunch and/or walk around.Afterwards, visit of the ancient baroque town of Noto, that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Return to Taormina at around 7:30 pm. Lunch and entrance fees are not included in the price.

$58.82 Day Trips & Excursions

Taormina to Noto and Marzamemi Full-Day Guided Trip

Travel south from central Taormina to Noto, a gorgeous Baroque town just south of Syracuse. After roughly 1.5 hours on the road, arrive in the town and explore its handsome downtown streets with your host. Most of the town’s top sights are scattered along its main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, so look out for highlights like the Cathedral of San Nicolò while listening to your host.Continue by coach along the Noto coast and stop at Villa Romana del Tellaro, a restored Roman villa that’s known for its excavations of ancient mosaics. After paying your entrance fee, head inside and gaze at the intricately designed floor mosaics that depict hunting scenes and Greek mythological tales. Then, return to your coach and continue traveling south.The final stop of your day is in the sleepy fishing town of Marzamemi, one of the most southern towns in Sicily. Your visit here is spent as free time, so make the most of it by swimming, exploring or shopping for artisan crafts to take home. Perhaps take a stroll around the picturesque Old Town and admire sights like the Church of San Francesco di Paola as well as the tonnara – the town’s famous tuna production factory. Be sure to ask your guide for restaurant recommendations and enjoy a seafood lunch (own expense).Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time and travel back north to Taormina. Your tour finishes with a drop-off at the start point.

$110.59 Day Trips & Excursions

SYRACUSE&ORTIGIA&NOTO TOUR FROM CATANIA,TAORMINA AND NEARBY AREA,SMALL GROUP

For the Syracuse and Noto tour we provide for pick-up service at your accommodation or in the close vicinity, with comfortable and luxury 8-seats vehicle.First stop: The Syracuse and Noto tour will start with the visit of the Neapolis in Syracuse, the famous archaeological park in the countryside of Syracuse. This place houses also the Greek Theatre, Ear of Dionysius and the Latomie. The visit will last an hour and a half.Second stop: We will then reach the lovely peninsula of Ortigia. Starting From the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, with a lovely walking, you will finally admire the Duomo square with is beautiful white Cathedral of “Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception”, erected on the Ancient Greek temple of Athena. The walking will continue till the Fountain of Arethusa, a legendary fresh water spring with a fountain.UNESCO declared Syracuse World Heritage Site in 2005.Here in Ortigia you will have one hour of spare time to have lunch in one of the many amazing restaurants in the alleys of the city.Third stop: After lunch we will drive to Noto, a jewel of Sicilian Baroque, Unesco heritage. Noto is considered a “open air museum”. Here we will visit its main street coming from the “Porta Reale”, pass by the Church of St. Francesco with the majestic staircase. Palazzo Ducenzio is located in Piazza Municipio. Admiring the many palaces and churches , it is not possible to miss the visit of the Cathedral Church with the Bishop’s Palace and the Church of San Salvatore.Noto is considered the capital of  the Baroque in Sicily, thank to its stone garden.Please Note that: our driver guide is not a touristic guide, so he cannot enter inside the historical places. He will give you information during the trip on the vehicle, before you will go inside.  A paper guide will be provided to be used inside the archeological areas.  

$56.46 Walking & Biking Tours

Noto and Tellaro Roman Villa

First we visit the recently opened Roman villa of Tellaro, a unique example of a museum that houses a Roman villa with some very prestigious mosaics. Then we travel to Noto, the European capital of the Baroque and Unesco Patrimony since 2002. It's one of the most beautiful cities of Sicilian art, as a splendid historical center where you can admire many civil and religious monuments. See Santa Chiara, SS, Salvatore, Cathedral S. Nicolo, Ducezio Palace, Nicolaci Street with its amazing balconies, Nicolaci Palace, Church of Montevergini, Church of San Domenico, Fontana d'Ercole and the Communal Theatre. There will be free time for shopping in the main street. A must-experience is a tasting of the Sicilian pastry dessert, cannolo (literally meaning 'little tube') or the semi-frozen dessert Granita, made of sugar, water and flavourings, both originally from Sicily.

$92.94 Private & Custom Tours

Noto Wineries Private Tour from Syracuse - Best Wineries and Tonnara Visit in Marzamemi

Your private licensed guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Syracuse area and you will start your unforgettable travel by comfortable air-conditioned car from Syracuse to an atmospheric ancient fishermen's village of Marzamemi through the breathtaking landscapes of Noto valley. Driving by comfortable, air-conditioned car, you will admire unforgettable picturesque views of Sicilian countryside full of oranges and lemon plantations, olives and almond trees, and tomatoes plantations stretching up and down the hills. After about 45 minutes you will reach Marzamemi, a village that dates back to the Arab rule in Sicily of the 10th century. Here you will visit the first venue, an antique family running winery, where you will be welcomed by the owner with a glass of Insolia. After a guided visit to cellars, you will start food and wine tasting. You will taste 4 excellent Sicilian wines of Noto region produce: Insolia, Chardonnay, Nero d’Avola, and Moscato, locally produced cheeses, salami, prosciutto, caponata, artichoke cream, home-made ricotta, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, marmalade, domestic olive oil and fresh home-made bread. You will continue the tour driving to the next winery, another outstanding family running estate with an authentic charm. Here you will taste 5 premium wines of the top Sicilian wine region of Noto: Nero d’Avola, Sirah, Insolia, Grillo, and Moscato, enjoying the panoramic seaside view and unique atmosphere of the small Arabic village of Marzamemi.After the tour to the wineries and the excursion around Marzamemi, you will visit also a famous ancient "tonnara" - authentic tuna farm, where you will taste fresh tuna. After the tour, your personal guide will bring you back to your accommodation.

$92.94 Private & Custom Tours

Noto Private Tour from Syracuse

Your private knowledgeable English speaking guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Syracuse, and while you admire unforgettable views of Sicilian countryside of Noto Valley full of oranges, lemons and olive plantations, will chauffeur you by his comfortable air-conditioned car to Noto - the capital of Sicilian Baroque and UNESCO Heritage.  Noto is one of the most beautiful cities in Italy with a very interesting, sometimes tragic, story. You will enter the historic center of Noto through the "Royal Gate" Porta Reale, and start your private walking tour. With your guide explaining you about history, culture and everyday life of Noto, you will see important monuments and beautiful ancient churches - the Cathedral of San Nocolo, the Church of Santa Chiara, the Church of San Domenico, the Church of Montevergini, Ducezio and Sant'Alfano Palaces, Hercules Fountain, the Communal Theatre, and many other beautiful sights. You will ascend a rooftop terrace of the San Carlo Church, and admire the breathtaking panoramic view of Noto from a bird's perspective.  After the walking tour of Noto, your private guide will drop you off at your accommodation in Syracuse.