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Go discover the capital of the Baroque and enjoy the delicacies of Sicilian cuisine comfortably seated in an open sky “living room”: you can do it! You just need to choose this incredible tour for Noto and Marzamemi.
The tour begins with the discovery of Noto, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites with other places of the Val di Noto, and then you will discover the amazing beauty of a small fishing village with its square located at few steps from the sea.
Noto is full of numerous historic buildings of great artistic importance: palaces, churches, terraces, staircases. All of them were built using the local variety of stone, characterized by a golden hue with pinkish shades. The whole city looks like it is a unique architectural complex. The tour though Baroque starts from Porta Reale: it is the real city gate. It was erected around 1800 in honor of the visit of Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies. The most impressive and rich churches are: Saint Francis of Assisi’s Church, Saint Clare’s Church (it was a Benedictine monastery, today a civic museum) and, obviously, the Duomo Cathedral of Saint Nicolò. The construction of the cathedral began in the late 1600s and contains many works of art, such as the silver urn inside which the remains of the patron saint of the city lie.
The most important building is that of the town hall: Palazzo Ducezio. It was built during the sixteen century, inspired by ancient French palaces. The ancient residence of the Jesuits of Noto, the church of Saint Carl al Corso, is located exactly in front of Via Nicolaci, which takes its name from the family who lived in the palace located on this street. Every Spring, Nicolaci Street hosts the Infiorata Flower Festival, an event internationally awaited; the street is filled with wonderful floral decorations and throughout the city collateral initiatives arise, involving the entire citizenship: the baroque parade, performances by musical groups, art exhibitions, fairs of local products.
A few kilometers away, directly overlooking the sea, Marzamemi awaits you. It is a succession of alleys tinted by the colored windows, an uninterrupted photograph of images to be worn in the eyes and in the heart. Arrived at the heart of the village, you will admire the square in front of the palace of the Prince of Villadorata: built in 1752 in sandstone. The scent of the sea and that of the kitchens of the characteristic restaurants that animate the square will inebriate you and, like in an open-air living room, you will be able to fully enjoy the unique taste of the Sicilian culinary tradition.
You will visit the city and UNESCO World Heritage site, Noto and discover the wonderful village of fishermen: Marzamemi.
In order to respect the timetable of the tours, all the guests are invited to be punctual.
If it is impossible to visit (for reasons not related to Sicilife) one or more sites, palaces or other places expected to be seen during the tour, we will immediately inform you.
During the booking it is important to communicate intolerance and allergy to food and beverages.
This tour is operated with Italian and English speaking Driver up to 8 people. The Driver is not a Licensed Tourist Guide – Licensed Tourist Guide: are the only professionals, with a Regional license, permitted to conduct visits and tours in all sites and museums within a city – and he cannot escort people inside the monuments because this is not allowed by Italian Rules. However, he has the competences to promote the most important highlights providing basic historical & cultural information. From 9 people, this tour is operated with a Tour Director.
The tour is suitable for everybody. Please, read our “Terms and conditions”.