DEP MLA 07:30
DEP POZ 21:30
ARR POZ 09:15
ARR MLA 23:15
April – September
This excursion is only held with a minimum of 15 passengers
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 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.
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.
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.