Noto and Marzamemi

    From € 62

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    Duration

    From 7 to 8 hours

    Overall Driving Time

    From 1 to 2,5h depending on pick up location

    Highlights

    Explore Noto, Sicily’s “Garden of Stone”
    Visit and experience shortly the refined atmosphere of a Sicilian noble palazzo
    Explore the little fishing village of Marzamemi and its tonnara (tuna fishery)
    Get commentary from our expert drivers who are very passionate about Sicily and its unique history and culture.
    Relax and indulge in the beautiful sicilian countryside as you are comfortably driven in our luxury vehicles.
    Full Description

    After breakfast, you’ll meet with your private driver to enjoy Noto, a baroque town so gorgeous you might mistake it for a film set. Noto is renowned for its beautiful historic center that was almost entirely rebuilt as magnificent “Garden of Stone” in the early 18th century following the 1693 earthquake.

     

    Your visit begins with a walk through the Royal Gate, which offers a grand entrance to the main road, an elegant walkway that runs straight to Noto’s main square flanked by thrilling baroque palazzi, churches and convents. This superb square, Piazza Municipio, features the Cathedral, which is the focal point today of Noto’s skyline which had to undergo extensive renovation after its dome collapsing during a 1996 thunderstorm. On the opposite side, you can appreciate the elegant convex facade of Palazzo Ducezio, Noto's town hall which houses an impressive hall of mirrors with 19th century frescoes.

     

    Your tour continues to admire the rich baroque architecture of Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata which amazes travelers with its beautifully wrought-iron balconies supported by a swirling pantomime of grotesque figures through a crescendo of lions, jellyfish, hippocampus and horses. Inside, the richly brocaded walls and frescoed ceilings offer an idea of the sumptuous lifestyle of Sicilian nobles, as brought to life in the Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa novel "Il Gattopardo" (The Leopard). Spend your lunch and the rest of your afternoon in the quaint fishing village of Marzamemi, one of the most southern towns in Sicily where you can see the small and characteristic houses of the fishermen which border the main square around the 18th century tonnara – the town’s famous tuna production factory.

    Included

    Luxury air conditioned Mercedes vehicle or similar
    English speaking Driver for the day at disposal
    Pick up and drop off right on the dock or place of stay
    All local Taxes, gasoline, highway/parking tolls, driver's meal
    Gratuities are at client's discretion
    Admission fees where required unless otherwise specified

    Location

    36.890947911821, 15.070495106161