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From Syracuse: Ragusa Ibla, Noto and Modica Private Day Trip

1. From Syracuse: Ragusa Ibla, Noto and Modica Private Day Trip

Journey through the Sicilian baroque on a private day tour from Syracuse. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ragusa Ibla, Modica, and Noto on walking tours. See the Duomo of San Giorgio, the Church of San Giorgio, the Church of San Pietro, and more. After pickup in Syracuse, make your first stop in the old Baroque city of Ragusa Ibla. Admire numerous 18th-century churches and buildings on which important sculptors and architects worked. Hear about the famous "Baroque of the Noto Valley," of which the Duomo of San Giorgio is the most representative expression.  Next, discover another jewel of the Sicilian Baroque: Modica. Stroll through the town and admire its churches, noble palace facades, fountains, the Pizzo viewpoint, San Giorgio Church, San Pietro Church, and the ruins of the castle. From there, continue toward the capital of Baroque: Noto. Walk around the city and marvel at its historic palaces, churches, terraces, and stairways, all built with a local stone with a golden color. Visit the Porta Reale — the real city gate — and the Cathedral of San Nicolò. See the most important building in the town, the Palazzo Ducezio, before continuing on a few steps to the Via Nicolaci, famous throughout the world for its "infiorata," or flower carpets.

Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

2. Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

The first stop on this 8-hour tour is Noto, the Garden of Stone, noted for its Baroque heritage. After the massive 1693 earthquake, Noto was rebuilt on Meti Hill. The town’s origins date to the Early Bronze Age. Continue to Modica and visit the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily. The city also has a rich history and a wonderful architectural heritage. See the cathedrals of San Giorgio and San Pietro and the Palazzo Polara and Palazzo Napolino-Tommasi Rosso, among others. Ragusa was added to the UNESCO World Heritage in 2002 for its monuments of the late Baroque period. Visit examples of this style including its cathedrals and palaces.

Modica: Guided Walking Tour of Modica Alta and Bassa

3. Modica: Guided Walking Tour of Modica Alta and Bassa

Discover the two sides of Modica on a guided walking tour. Learn about their distinctive baroque architecture, suggestive views. Try typical Sicilian food from this historical Sicilian city such as ravioli alla ricotta, cannoli alla ricotta, or tasty variations of local chocolates. Begin in the upper part of the town at the Cathedral of San Giorgio, one of the most important symbols of Sicilian Baroque style and of Modica itself. See the cathedral in its splendor in front of an extravagant staircase of 254 steps, enriched by hanging gardens with bougainvillea and jasmine. Gaze at this church that was built in the 700s from the facade at sunset when it takes on a distinctly amber color. Discover the historical relics inside the cathedral like its sundial, Holy Ark, the relics of San Giorgio, and its embellished surroundings with stuccos and valuable works of art. Next, walk through the alleys and capture the breathtaking views of the lower part of the town that look like a nativity scene and reflect the island’s ancient history. Continue strolling down the narrow streets and stairways and observe the remains of the Castle of the Counts, a medieval castle perched on top of a rock with a beautiful clock tower that was built on the remains of a watchtower. After visiting the castle, the tour goes on to Modica Bassa and the birthplace of the Sicilian Nobel Prize winning writer Salvatore Quasimodo, which has been transformed into a museum. Discover the Cathedral of San Pietro in lower part of Modica. San Pietro Cathedral is another late Baroque style monument made even more impressive by a staircase accompanied by statues of the twelve apostles. Visiting the interior and be amazed by the aisles decorated in white and polychrome marble and the frescoes of the Old and New Testament. Finally, wrap up by walking along Corso Umberto I, the main street of Modica Bassa where the Cathedral of San Pietro is located and the local shops sell typical food and souvenirs. Experience many flavors of chocolate, which has made Modica famous all over the world.

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What people are saying about Modica

Alessio is a crack. Attentive, very detailed in the explanations, with a great knowledge of everything we visited and also a nice person who made the trip entertaining and enjoyable. It gives you a lot of useful information, both about the cities you visit and about everything you ask or want to know about Sicily. The same if you want to have a good espresso…he knows where you should go. We were a group of 6 with him and the truth is that we traveled in luxury in the van. If I return to Sicily I will not hesitate to organize my excursions with him. It is a success and I recommend it 100%. Thank you Alessio for a great day.

The locations are dreamlike - what a unique combination of art, culture, and nature! - and hardly accessible on one's own. Alessio, the professional guide, is fluent in an impressive amount of languages, knowledgeable, attentive, responsive and responsible. Highly recommended!

Alessio qar a great guide, very interesting, enough time everywhere, good street food at lunchtime, Noto and Modica inspired us

It was a very exciting day and the guide was incredibly good at communicating and making the whole day an experience.

Beautiful experience, knowledgeable and very kind guide. Unforgettable day.