Siracusa is certainly the city of south-eastern Sicily which more than others summarizes the beauties of this island: sea, baroque and all the splendor of ancient times are the frame of this enchanting land.
We advise you to start your visit from the historic center, the island of “Ortigia”, connected to the mainland by the “Umbertino and Santa Lucia bridge’s”: you can admire elegant noble buildings, period balconies, art galleries, museums ( don’t miss to visit the “Aretuseo dei Pupi Museum”), churches and religious monuments hidden within the high walls of the city and finally get lost in the picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets that offer extraordinary views of the turquoise sea round.
Then head to “Piazza del Duomo”, among the most spectacular in all of Sicily and don’t hesitate to immerse yourself in the liveliness of the many bars, bistros and trattorias animated by citizens and tourists to enjoy the inimitable culinary delicacies of the city: Syracuse is famous above all for its fish dishes and for the unmissable cold cuts and cheeses.
Don’t miss a visit to the “Archaeological Park of Neapolis”, the true flagship of this area which collects the magnificent architectural testimonies of Greek-Roman Syracuse: “the Roman amphitheater“, “the Greek theater” and “the Orecchio di Dionisio”are just some of the most famous testimonies that will make you live the historical, artistic and cultural wealth of these ancient civilizations.
Noto is a “mandatory stop” for those arriving in Sicily, a true pride of the Baroque expression and which in 2002 was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
We like to advise our guests to start their visit from “Porta Reale”, an arch dating back to the 19th century which connects directly to “Corso Vittorio Emanuele”, the main street on which the whole city winds, where, while you are walking, you can admire the refined buildings and the sumptuous Baroque churches whose reddish and amber colours become particularly suggestive at sunset, taking on a truly picturesque light.
Walking through the main street you will find yourself absorbed in the evocative and delicate architecture that characterizes Noto, called in fact “The Stone Garden” where imposing religious monuments, elegant buildings and museums merge into a timeless space that takes on an atmosphere of times gone by. “Get lost” in the city streets, take a break in one of the refined cafés in the center to taste “the best granita in Sicily”, discover the delicious culinary tradition of this rich land during a lunch or a dinner and don’t miss the extraordinary wine tastings that characterize this area (contact us to book your food and wine tour or visit one of these famous cellars). Feel like the protagonists of this wonderful open-air movie set: it’s the best way to experience Noto.
Noto is also in a strategic position that also allows the visit of some interesting places in the surroundings such as the Roman mosaics in the “Villa del Tellaro”, the amazing naturalistic oasis of “Vendicari”, the seaside village of “Noto Marina” and the archaeological site of “Noto Antica”.
Not far from Noto and Siracusa there is the picturesque fishing village of Marzamemi, an enchanting fishing village similar to a “white and blue” painting where you can spend a pleasant day strolling through its streets adorned with colorful flowers, visit the ancient ” Tonnara “dating back to the Arab time period or taste the excellent fish dishes in one of its lively squares with” sea view “.
Don’t forget to buy some of Marzamemi’s most famous gastronomic products such as “bottarga and bluefin tuna”, a good bottle of “Nero d’Avola wine” and “the Tomato of Pachino”: a real treat for the palate . If you want to visit the prestigious cellars of this area we will be happy to organize a customized tour. For beach lovers we recommend a few hours of relax both in the small beach at the entrance of the village, uncrowded and with clear and transparent sea, and in the beach of “l’Isola delle correnti” (The Island of the currents) where the Ionian sea and the Mediterranean sea meet.