Siracusa and Noto Orientation Tour
You will meet your guide at ship dock or at tender mooring; he will wait for you handling the Onirikos arrival board. The guide will introduce you to your driver. They will escort you to Siracusa in order to enjoy a unique experience.
Syracuse is the greatest city of Magna Graecia. You will visit the archeological park of the Neapolis where we can see the monolithic Greek Theatre (it is one of the largest ever built by the ancient Greeks and still in use today for classical representations), the sacrificial Altar of Hieron II, the Ear of Dionisyus(an artificial limestone quarry named by the painter Caravaggio) and the Roman Amphitheatre. Then you will see the island of Ortiggia, the temple of Apollo, the oldest Doric style temple built in Sicily, the Cathedral which is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the world due to the different architectural styles overlapping one another. The tour ends at the fresh water spring of Aretusa where the papyrus still grows in abundance.
After lunch the driver will escort you the charming town called Noto. Noto is a pleasant and attractive little town, with a historic centre that is composed almost entirely of crumbling Baroque palaces, churches and houses. The town's striking architectural coherence is due to the major earthquake that struck Sicily in 1693. The old town of Noto was almost completely destroyed, and it was decided to reconstruct a splendid new town several miles away. Thus Noto was rebuilt on its present site, carefully designed for functionality and architectural harmony. You will wander around the narrow streets, admiring the golden-colored stone buildings, the fantastical facades and balconies.
After the visit your driver will escort you back to the Port.