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Noto, Modica and Ragusa: The Baroque Tour from Catania

1. 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.

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Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla Baroque Tour

2. Catania: Noto, Modica and Ragusa Ibla Baroque Tour

The Sicilian baroque is an icon in the area known as Val di Noto. After the devastating earthquake of 1693, these places were rebuilt with this style of decorations. Discover the rich of ghostly masks and elaborate stone carvings. First discover Noto, the capital of Sicilian baroque. Walk among the wonderful buildings of the Garden of Stone and admire the elegance and sinuosity of the architectural elements. The itinerary continues towards Modica, a city of ancient origins and with an excellent culinary tradition. Taste the different varieties of Modica chocolate, famous and known throughout the world. Ragusa Ibla completes the full immersion in the Baroque with its characteristic alleys, opulent buildings and Iblei gardens.

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From Catania: Southeast Sicily Inspector Montalbano Tour

3. From Catania: Southeast Sicily Inspector Montalbano Tour

Experience Southeast Italy through the perspective of the popular Italian television series Inspector Montalbano. This tour visits the places of Inspector Montalbano, the series main character, in Punta Secca, Ragusa, and Scicli. Meet your guide in Catania and head to the quaint villa of Punta Secca. Visit the inspector's seafront house, Marinella. Continue on to Ragusa to explore the many alleyways of its historic center. Take note as you walk through the backdrop of many scenes in the series. Afterward, go to the town of Scicli. As you wander through its historic center admire the many Baroque buildings and churches featured in the series, including the town hall, which served as the location of the Vigata police station.

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Ragusa: Sicilian Baroque Tour with Wine & Gourmet Food

4. Ragusa: Sicilian Baroque Tour with Wine & Gourmet Food

Marvel at beautiful landscapes, taste delicious Sicilian wine, and soak up a delightful Baroque atmosphere on a 3-hour tour in Ragusa. There is only one way to discover Ragusa and that is to cross it. In order to do so you need really comfortable shoes, a strong desire to get to know the place, a perfect visual memory to capture the beauties of this splendid land, and some space in your heart to bring back home the Sicilian hospitality and generosity. Recall in your memory the old Italian films where life ticks slowly by with no excitement, only with silent admiration: simple doorways and well decorated portals, gates and windows adorned with flowers, jutting balconies supported by grotesque masks, sumptuous decorations of churches, deformed simplicity of narrow steps, and small quiet alleyways.  Traditionally, the best way to serve this magnificent baroque atmosphere is Sicilian wine. Ragusa is a wine-connoisseurs’ paradise: red or white, but always intense, deep, and unexpectedly rich. The soil composition, lots of sunshine days, and healthy biodiversity make excellent conditions to maintain the antique wine tradition in Sicily. 

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Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

5. Sicily: 7-Day Sicilian Culture and Art Tour

Day 1 After getting picked up at Catania Airport, enjoy a welcome aperitif in the company of your local guide in Catania. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the city during which you will see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo Square, The cathedral fi Saint Agatha, Roman Amphitheatre, and Bellini Park. Day 2 Start your day with a light trek on Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna. After your trek, re-energize with a traditional Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant. You will also be able to sample some local wines from the Etna region. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Taormina at your own pace before heading up to Castelmola, where you can sample the region's famous almond wine served with delicious biscuits. Finish the day by watching the breathtaking sunset in the village of Savoca, one of Italy's prettiest villages and the setting for the Godfather movie. Day 3 Today, enjoy a guided tour of the city of Syracuse, including a visit to the island of Ortigia. Here, admire landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Lucy, Caravaggio, Archimedes Square, and the Fountain of Aretusa. Afterward, move onto Neapolis Archaeological Park where you can admire the Latomie del Paradiso, Greek Theatre, Roman Amphitheatre, and  The Ear of Dionysius. Stop for lunch in the town of Noto, a baroque-style town with elegant churches and sprawling palaces. In the afternoon, enjoy a chocolate-making masterclass in the oldest chocolate factory in Sicily before heading to the picture-perfect town of Ragusa Ibla, where you will spend the night. Day 4 Start your day at the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina, where one of the largest and richest collections of Roman mosaics in the world awaits you. Afterward, head to the Valley of Temples, where you will discover one of the greatest examples of Greater Greece's art and architecture. Enjoy some free time to explore this sprawling temple complex, with 7 ancient Greek temples. Day 5 In the morning, head to the coastal town of Marsala to sample the town's namesake wine. Learn how to differentiate this unique fortified wine by its amber color and unique scent. In the afternoon, head to the Trapani Salt Museum. Here, learn more about salt production methods in the area and admire a unique landscape dotted with over 100 mills, some of which are still in function. Finish the day with a stroll around the medieval town of Erice, a historic and charming town located in the Sicilian hills. Day 6 Today, you will be visiting the towns of Palermo and Monreale, both of which are famous for their Byzantine-style mosaics. In Palermo, visit the 12th-century cathedral and immerse yourself in the city's vibrant history and culture. In Monreale, admire the fine mosaics in the town's great Norman cathedral. Afterward, take in panoramic views of the surrounding valley, filled with orange, olive and almond trees. Day 7 Spend your last day in Sicily at the seaside town of Cefalu. Spend a few hours getting lost in a maze of tiny streets and ice-cream shops before heading Castelbuono, a picturesque village hidden in the Madonie Mountains. Get dropped off back at the airport at the end of your trip.

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From Syracuse: Private Day Trip to Montalbano

6. From Syracuse: Private Day Trip to Montalbano

Our first stop is in Ragusa Ibla, where you will see some of the TV show's filming locations, including the fascinating Hyblean garden and the Corso 25 Aprile. Along the way you'll see the commissioner's favourite trattoria, the Vigata police station (in Piazza Pola) and the Vigata Square (Piazza Duomo), where you can also explore the Cathedral of San Giorgio. In a vast area full of carob and olive trees, you will see the Castle of Donnafugata and its breathtaking views from the terrace. As you walk around the park, memories of iconic scenes from the TV series will come flooding back. Of course, the tour wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Montalbano house, and so we head to the small fishing village of Punta Secca. Marinella is a charming village that overlooks the Mediterranean; a hamlet of Santa Croce Camerina. Here you can admire the characteristic lighthouse. The last stop of the Montalbano tour will be Scicli, to see the Palazzo del Municipio (the Quaestor of Montelusa's room) and Palazzo Iacono (the Police of Montelusa Headquarters).

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Ragusa: Market Tour with Cooking Class in Local Home

7. Ragusa: Market Tour with Cooking Class in Local Home

Shop like a local as you absorb a distinctive Italian local market and let your guide teach you how to recognize the best produce. Cook three authentic recipes in a local kitchen, and taste your creations as you sip on a selection of Italian wines. During the lesson, your host will reveal how to make each dish in the genuine Italian way. Enjoy putting your cooking skills to the test. Relax, as your host will ensure you are equipped with everything you need to make some extraordinary food.  Sit back and savor all the food you have made with some wines that have been selected by your host. Take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for a lifetime, and forge a real connection with a local cook. 

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Syracuse: Town Museum and Lunch

8. Syracuse: Town Museum and Lunch

Journey in time as you discover Buscemi and Palazzolo Acreide. Visit several house-museums and explore ancient trades, traditions and arts. Enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch at the home of a local family. Take a long walk and stop in one of the oldest pastry shops in town. Drive through the narrow streets of the typical Sicilian rural landscape, aboard a comfortable minivan, reaching Buscemi, the "museum city". Discover ancient trades, traditions and arts and through an ethno-anthropological route. Visit several house-museums dedicated to the craft professions of the time: the farmer's house, the mill, the blacksmith's shop, carpentry and many other typical trades of the time. Feel the past thanks to the passion of the citizens who, by donating precious mementos and historical finds, have contributed to maintaining these small houses of Buscemi exactly as they were when inhabited by their ancestors. Head towards Palazzolo Acreide, a village of Greek origins and built in the Baroque style, where you will visit the Greek Theatre and two churches that are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Reach the house of a family from Palazzolo Acreide who will welcome you to enjoy a typical Sicilian lunch together. Take a long stroll and stop in one of the oldest pastry shops in Noto.

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Ragusa: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

9. Ragusa: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home. You will enjoy an exclusive show cooking and tasting authentic recipes which have been treasured in family cookbooks passed down by authentic Italian "mammas". You can feel the warmth of Italian hospitality, as you connect with local people. A 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert will be served, with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee).

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Ragusa: Market Tour and Private Cooking Demo with Meal

10. Ragusa: Market Tour and Private Cooking Demo with Meal

Go food shopping in the vibrant local market with a friendly host, and learn how to recognize the best produce of Italy. After your market tour, you'll head straight to your host's home for an immersive cooking demo. See how to prepare a four-course Italian meal which includes a starter, pasta dish, main course, and dessert. Indulge in these delicious dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with the local people and make memories for life.

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What people are saying about Ragusa

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 28 reviews

This trip is very very good! The best! Alessio was superb. He knows the history and is passionate about his island and will tell you interesting facts about the places you visit.The trip- Noto, Modica And Ragusa Ibla is a great introduction to the SE of Sicily. He has many other trips and tailored journeys to suit any holiday requests. Would definitely recommend.At the end of the day we felt we’d left a good friend - all we could ask for on our first visit

The tour is well-timed and you can see beautiful cities with a lot to see inside and around. The Real highlight though was our guide Alessio who leads this tour. He is not only well-researched and speaks perfect English, but he is also very charismatic, funny, entertaining and cool, that it feels like travelling with a friend - a friend who knows his Region and beyond and is also a safe and good driver. We can recommend this Tour as much as possible!

Great day - saw all the highlights - time to explore at leisure - gorgeous hill towns - loved the drive between Modica and Ragusa - deep valley and hillsides of vineyards

The tour guide Irene and the driver Gabriele were very friendly and welcoming, the tour was very beautifully organized and comfortable. highly recommended!

If you love history and culture, this tour experience is for you.