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Marzamemi, Syracuse & Noto Excursion

Marzamemi, Syracuse & Noto ExcursionOne Day Fully Guided Excursion

Every Wednesday & Friday

DEP MLA 07:30

DEP POZ 21:30

ARR POZ 09:15

ARR MLA 23:15

Adults
€144
Children
€111

Family plan
1 child goes FREE with every 1 adult.

Summer Excursion

April – September 
This excursion is only held with a minimum of 15 passengers

 

Marzamemi

Just 45 minutes away from Pozzallo is the quaintest fishing village you can come across – Marzamemi. The rows of colourful one story fishermen’s houses are interrupted by the Tonnara, the disused tuna processing plant. The original was built by the Arabs in the X Century. Palazzo Principe Villadorata and the Chiesa di San Francesco di Paola tower over the fisherman’s houses.

The central Piazza Regina Margherita is everyone’s meeting place. The village is a sea of colour, the bright blue doors and windows, the potted red geraniums, the multicoulored wooden fishing boats, all against a background of the blue Mediterranean Sea. If you like Sicilian delicacies visit Campisi, the traditional delicacy, bottarga, the dried tuna roe has changed very little since Arab-Phoenician times.

Syracuse

Syracuse is one of the loveliest cities in Sicily. We tend to forget that it was once the most important city in Western Europe. The city owes its origin to the Greek settlers who, from 733 BC onwards, turned Sicily into Magna Graecia, when Greece ruled not only the Mediterranean but also the known world.

Ortigia - Ancient Syracuse, is in fact an island, now joined to the mainland by a short bridge. It is the heart and soul of Syracuse, where the Greeks, for reasons of defense, decided to found their new city. Ortygia was in recent years given a face lift and is attracting more and more visitors.

Piazza Duomo

At the centre of Ortygia is the Piazza Duomo, with the Duomo taking pride of place. The Duomo is unique, no other word for it. It was built by the Greeks as the Temple of Athena. When the Byzantines conquered Syracuse, instead of demolishing the temple, as so often happened, they converted it into a Christian church. The Normans modified the interior and built a more Christian façade. When the façade was destroyed in the 1693 earthquake the baroque façade which we see today was erected. The Duomo, one of the oldest sites of continued worship in the world is uniquely an example of Greek, Byzantine, Norman and Baroque architecture all in one.

Noto

a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and now an essential part of any cultural tour of Sicily is only 35 minutes from the port of Pozzallo.

Noto, known as il Capitale del barocco siciliano was all but forgotten until the catastrophic collapse of the Duomo in 1996, after years of neglect and a national and ultimately an international outcry. Rosario Gagliardi, the leading Sicilian Baroque architect of his time designed the cathedral but delays in construction led to numerous modifications and what we see today is the design on completion of the building in 1776, under the supervision of Bernardo Labisi. The Duomo was reopened to the public in 2007.

Noto Antica, like the rest of surrounding region of South Western Sicily was devastated by the earthquake of 1693. The new Noto was built on a plateau about 8 km to the south of the city because the town planners wanted to achieve perfect symmetry. The town centre is built on a grid system, consists of one straight street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, with three elegant piazzas.

Marzamemi, Syracuse & Noto Excursion

Highlights and Inclusions

    • Arrival at POZZALLO - a typical Sicilian village. Met by fully air-conditioned coaches, accompanied by guides.
    • Departure to MARZAMEMI. We visit the multi coloured fisherman’s village and the Campisi establishment, famous for its’ Sicilian delicacies. Campisi is a leading manufacturer of fish products: fish eggs, raw tuna (bottarga), red tuna, traditional Sicilian sauces, the popular Pachino tomatoes home grown in this area of Sicily.
    • Departure for SYRACUSE. Syracuse has come to epitomize Greek culture in Sicily, Magna Grecia. The Duomo, in the old city Ortigia, is a converted Greek temple, one of the oldest places of worship worldwide and equally as unique. Free time for lunch (not included in the price).
    • Departure for NOTO - A walk along the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, from the Porta Reale to Teatro Communale takes you to most of the city’s prime sites, notably: Palazzo Ducezio (The Municipale), The Duomo, recently rebuilt after it collapsed in 1996 resulting in a national and international outcry, the church of San Carlo and up Via Nicolaci, Palazzo Villadurata with its extravagant balconies.
  • Departure for Pozzallo with a running commentary by the guide.
  • Departure by High Speed Catamaran.
  • Adults €144.00
  • Children 4 years till under 14 years €111.00
  • *Family Plan: 1 child (4 years till under 14 years) goes FREE with every paying adult, t pay charges, fuel surcharge (when applicable) and local transport (if required).
  • Children under 4 years FREE of charge.
  • The company reserves the right to introduce a fuel surcharge from time to time without prior notice.
  • The itinerary of this excursion may be altered subject to weather conditions.
  • Virtu Ferries Conditions of Carriage apply.