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Baroque Noto Private Walking Tour
"This tour will take you to discover the marvellous churches and monasteries which surround the main street: San Francesco Santa Chiara San Carlo. Get surprised by the impressive cathedral and learn more about its history and admire the beautiful baroque masks on Palazzo Nicolaci's balconies. The tour ends at Hercules' fountain and our guide will be pleased to give you information about the street sellers will invite you to taste all kinds of local products like almonds capers or dried tomatoes. At the triumph arch the guide will introduce you to the long and various history of Noto. Continue the way following the main street where you will be surprised by the succession of wonderful baroque buildings. You will enter in the church of St. Chiara where cloistered nuns passed their life in absolute solitude. Then you will visit the recently restored Cathedral
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Noto Walking Tour
"Noto is a European capital of the Baroque and UNESCO Patrimony since 2002. Noto is one of the most beautiful cities of Sicilian art as a splendid historical center where you can admire many civil and religious monuments. See Santa Chiara SS Salvatore Cathedral S. Nicolo Ducezio Palace Nicolaci Street with its amazing balconies
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Noto and Tellaro Roman Villa
"First we visit the recently opened Roman villa of Tellaro a unique example of a museum that houses a Roman villa with some very prestigious mosaics. Then we travel to Noto the European capital of the Baroque and Unesco Patrimony since 2002. It's one of the most beautiful cities of Sicilian art as a splendid historical center where you can admire many civil and religious monuments. See Santa Chiara SS Salvatore Cathedral S. Nicolo
From EUR48.00

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Mostly Buried Roman Amphitheatre

One of the Tourism Board's guides told me that this was the third biggest amphitheatre in the Roman world in its day, after Rome and Verona. Dunno, could be, but you can't tell anymore. The place used to have three tiers, but the top two were dismantled to build other buildings, and the bottom one was mostly buried in lava and then subsequently built over. In the past Piazza Stesicoro completely covered it, but now they've excavated a part of it and you can go down inside and look around, for free, if the gate isn't locked (no ordinary schedule). There are tunnells, now gated up, that lead into other underground sections of ancient Catania. Spooky.

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May 28, 2003

Roman amphitheatre

The strangest thing about this theatre is, that the entrance is through the front door of what looks like a small museum (not recognizable at all) in a busy traffic street. Once inside there is a ticket booth and when you walk on through the house, there is this Roman amphitheatre in its backyard! Great to stroll around, it keeps you busy for an hour or so.

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Jul 09, 2003

Anfiteatro Romano

Measuring 71m x 51m, the Roman Amphitheatre of Catania was probably the second largest in Italy, after the Colosseum. It was constructed in the 2nd century CE and had the capacity to hold up to 15,000 spectators. Only a small section of the Amphitheatre is now visible, sunken well below current ground level on Piazza Stesicoro. The rest of the Amphitheatre is undoubtedly still preserved underneath the old buildings of Catania, but we can only see the section that was excavated in this square. The use of the black volcanic stone in its construction shows that black buildings in Catania have existed since its earliest days... Although the site has a gate and stairways leading into it, I am not sure visits are permitted. Many cats live within the ruins and there are many Roman-period architectural remains, such as columns and other decorative pieces.

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Villa Bellini

Catania is a heavy, darkly-colored stone city under a brilliant blue sky. Rarely however is the grey, black, blue and brown relieved by the green of vegetation. This is what makes Villa Bellini such a...
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Piazza Duomo

This archway links Piazza Duomo with via Cardinale Dusmet, where la Pescheria fish market begins, and it cuts through the 16th century wall around Catania. It is named after the 17th century Spanish...
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Mount Etna

Mount Etna is the most active volcano in the world, and it is the highest Volcano is Europe. Its height varies after each eruption, and due to frequent lava flow and build up. Mount Etna is UNESCO...
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Corso Umberto

Little is known for sure about the construction of this church, but based on its name historians have concluded that it was most probably built around 1550. Peliere was the head of the Italian Langue...
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Isola Bella

Isola Bela is an island (in low tide you can go there walking). The place is so wonderfull that you will find a lot of people taking pictures from the road above and using the island as background....
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Greek Theatre

Taormina's most Romanticised monument, il Teatro Greco does leave you breathless. It is the Classical theatre with the best view in the world, consisting of the Mediterranean on one side and the...
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