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Baroque Hill Towns in Sicily

By Viator, February 2018

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Rebuilt after an earthquake devastated much of the region in 1693, Sicily is famous for its striking baroque villages. Most notable of these are the hill towns of the Val di Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are some of the best to add to your Sicily itinerary. 

Noto
Noto’s magnificent churches and palazzos are characteristic of the Sicilian baroque style, and a walking tour is the most atmospheric way to admire the town’s architecture. Combine a tour with the nearby Roman Villa of Tellaro or the traditional fishing village of Marzamemi.

Catania
Catania is the largest of Sicily’s UNESCO-listed hill towns. Along with many fine examples of Sicilian baroque architecture, it also boasts historic attractions from other periods, including ancient Greek and Roman times. Along the way, take a detour just north of Catania to Mt. Etna, Europe’s highest active volcano, which looms on the horizon. 

Ragusa
Like Noto, Ragusa was rebuilt in a different place post-earthquake. The town is most notable for its high baroque style, of which there are nine churches and seven palazzos to admire.

Modica
While the ruins of Modica’s old city lie on the hilltop, the baroque town stretches down the hillside, offering magnificent views over the surrounding countryside. Often combined with a visit to nearby Ragusa, the town’s prize attraction is the exquisite Cathedral of St. George. 

Palazzolo
The baroque town of Palazzolo was erected on the site of an ancient Greek city, and you can still see the remnants of its ancient past along with a number of stunning Sicilian baroque churches. 

Scicli
Uniquely situated between the three hills of San Matteo, Santa Croce, and San Domenico, Scicli is a charming maze of gullies, grottoes, and gardens. Highlights include the ornate bell towers of the Sant’Ignazio church, the grand facade of Palazzo Beneventano, the caves of Chiafura, and the beautiful Via Mormino Penna. 

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Noto and Marzamemi Day Trip from Taormina, Taormina, null
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Noto and Marzamemi Day Trip from Taormina

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Get to know Sicily’s deep southeast on a day trip to Noto and Marzamemi from Taormina! After exploring the town of Noto with a local host and admiring its ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.66
Ragusa and Modica Day Trip from Syracuse Including Lunch, Syracuse, Day Trips
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Ragusa and Modica Day Trip from Syracuse Including Lunch

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A tour to discover two wonderful Baroque towns that belong to the 'Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto' Unesco Heritage site. Light lunch based on typical ...  Read more

Location: Syracuse, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.92
Noto Walking Tour, Syracuse, Full-day Tours
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Noto Walking Tour

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Join this journey through Noto at the hand of a licensed professional tour guide. Join this group tour to discover the most beautiful corners of the European ...  Read more

Location: Noto, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.74
Ragusa Walking tour, Ragusa, Walking Tours
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Ragusa Walking tour

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The city of Ragusa in Italy rises out of rough spurs and river crags on an urban strip with steep declivity. It was an elect ground for architects who ...  Read more

Location: Ragusa, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.43
Scicli Walking tour, Ragusa, Walking Tours
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Scicli Walking tour

Scicli is a town of refined culture, characterized by gullies and grottoes, by beds of torrents and the luxurious vegetation of gardens. Scicli maintains a ...  Read more

Location: Scicli, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.43
Noto and Tellaro Roman Villa, Syracuse, Walking Tours
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Noto and Tellaro Roman Villa

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Join this guided tour at the hand of a licensed professional tour guide. Journey to discover the most beautiful corners of the European capital of ...  Read more

Location: Noto, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.35

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