In the south of Sicily... Ragusa, Modica and Noto represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement.
We offer unique travel experiences in Sicily with personalized and tailor-made tours. Let’s explore Sicily and the real barocco style together, local friendly staff and comfortable vehicles at your disposal.
RAGUSA & MODICA
Ragusa Ibla – Driving in the south of the island to visit the most beautiful Sicilian Baroque among the charming towns of Ragusa, Modica and Noto. This town rises on the southern spurs of the Hyblaean (Ibla) Hills, in a region marked by the complexity of its system of river valleys, which constrict the towns of Ragusa and Ibla between the depressions dug out by the San Leonardo and San Domenico streams, tributaries of the Irminio cathment basin. Archaeological studies and the existence of ancient tombs dug into the rock support the theory that the place has been inhabitated since prehistoric times, to be exact since the Bronze Age.
After a stop, we can start the visit of Modica, belonging to the UNESCO HERITAGE. The city was founded in 1360 BC or 1031 BC and was inhabited by the Sicels in the 7th century BC. It was probably a dependency of Syracuse. Modica was occupied by the Romans after the battle of the Egadi islands against the Carthaginians in the Punic Wars 241 BC, together with Syracuse and all of Sicily. Modica became one of the thirty-five decuman (“spontaneously submitted”) cities of the island and was oppressed by the praetor Verres. It became an independent municipium, and apparently a place of some consequence. Sweet highlight in Modica is chocolate tasting.
Noto, belonging to the UNESCO HERITAGE. Noto’s cathedral rises impressively above Corso Vittorio Emanuele and is approached by a wide and graceful flight of steps. The dome collapsed in 1996, but is now back in place, and the whole edifice has been restored to perfection after years of grime and neglect.
Other fine Baroque buildings in the town, a Unesco World Heritage Site, have been similarly scrubbed, though plenty of buildings are still gently crumbling. Noto is easy to visit. Simply wander the length of the Corso, as long and graceful as an arrow, diving down side streets here and there, and not missing Via Nicolaci, at the top of which is the beautiful elliptical façade of the Chiesa di Montevirgine. Along one side of Via Nicolaci stands the Palazzo Villadorata, whose many playfully buttressed balconies – horses, griffons, nymphs, cherubs, fierce bald men – jut from a severely Classical facade.
What is included in Ragusa, Modica & NotoTour:
• English speaking driver guide.
• Vehicle is Air-conditioned
Mercedes Benz vehicle.
• Petrol, parking and tolls.
• Free water bottles and soda drinks.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR!
In case none of the above excursions suit your need and you wish to customize something for you, kindly write us specifying: - Your Group Size (and average age); - Your interests; - Port of Call and Cruise schedule. Our local staff will be pleased to work together with you to find something that fit your needs.