Welcome to Sicily! My name is Leonardo Bonfanti and I will immediately ask you a question. Are you passionate about the sea, sun, Mediterranean food and sunsets? Then you have chosen the right itinerary. We will go from Syracuse to Ispica, passing through Noto, Marzamemi and Avola. I will take you to the most beautiful beaches of south-eastern Sicily where you can immerse yourself in crystal clear waters and enjoy the light and fine sand of which they are made. You will taste the delicacies of Mediterranean cuisine and try Sicilian street food. You will visit places rich in history, just so as not to miss the gems of this wonderful area. Backpack, swimsuits and beach slippers will be your adventure companions. What are you waiting for? Let's go! *Credits: This tour was made by Leonardo Bonfanti, as a multimedia tourist and storytelling project for the "Laboratory of formal technical writing (storytelling and gamification)", under the coordination of Prof. Elisa Bonacini, within the ITS 2-years COURSE "Higher Technician for the management of tourist accommodation facilities and cultural activities", 2019-2021, founded by the ITS Archimede Foundation at the CUMO Eastern Mediterranean University Consortium, in Noto (Syracuse).*
Welcome to the south east coast of Sicily. Today you will visit Syracuse with its wonderful historic center, Ortigia. You will have lunch in the best dairy in the area and you will go for a swim in one of the protected marine areas of the island, the Plemmirio.
Welcome to Sicily! I hope that the flight went well and that you are full of energy to be able to start this journey in the best possible way. Now rent a car and head to Syracuse.
Welcome to Syracuse, a city with a thousand-year history. It was the homeland of Archimedes, one of the most famous inventor from the antiquity. Its historic center, Ortigia, took on its present-day Baroque appearance with the reconstruction undertaken following the violent earthquake of 1693, but you can see all the ancient archaeological remains coming from the Ancient Greek city!
Now you are ready to go to the central square of Ortigia where I recommend you visit the Cathedral of Syracuse, the most important church in the city that has now become a World Heritage Site.
After visiting the historic center you will surely be hungry. This is why I recommend you to go to the Borderi Dairy, where you can taste the typical products of our land and taste the best sandwiches in the province. I recommend you to let yourself be guided by the owners of the restaurant in choosing your sandwich.
Welcome to the protected marine area of Plemmirio. Here you can admire the clear and clean water, swim and snorkel among the abundant marine life.
After taking a bath, go to Varco Ventitre, a place where you can enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in hand and then have dinner.
Today we will be in Noto, the European capital of the Baroque. You will taste the delights of Caffè Sicilia, taste the traditional Sicilian dishes and take a nice bath in the magnificent Vendicari oasis. You will end the day in the magnificent village of Marzamemi where you can enjoy the sunset with a nice glass of wine in hand.
Noto is my town and it is really incredible for its beauty! It was founded after the 1693 earthquake, and it has been declared as an UNESCO World Heritage sites, together with other cities in the Southern part of Sicily! If you want to discover all the UNESCO sites in Sicily, here is a suggested audiotour for you!
I recommend you to go to Caffè Sicilia, the most famous bar in the city thanks to the experience of the master Corrado Assenza who will make you taste his delicacies.
After enjoying a delicious granita with brioches, it is time to visit the historic center of Noto where you will admire the baroque architecture that made it a Unesco site.
It's lunch time. Head to the Trattoria Fontana d'Ercole where Corrado Rizza, the owner of the restaurant, will make you taste the dishes of the Sicilian tradition.
Welcome to the Vendicari Reserve, a natural oasis where you can admire the marshes in which birds like flamingos rest before moving on a long journey, visiting the ancient Tonnara and taking a bath in the splendid waters of the reserve.
Take the car and go to Marzamemi, an incredible well-preserved village of fisherman! After visiting the wonderful village made up, in fact, of houses that once belonged to fishermen, you can sit in one of the bars in the square, have an aperitif and enjoy another fantastic sunset.
You can choose from many restaurants where to dine. This is the restaurant that I recommend because the fish dishes are truly unique.
The ispica tour will keep you busy all morning with its churches and the quarry that must be visited. A quick lunch based on fresh fish and then you can immediately go for a swim in Punta Cirica, one of the most evocative places on that coast.
Good morning! Today you will go towards Ispica, where you can visit the city, a historical site and swim in another fantastic place, Punta Cirica.
Give yourself an hour to enjoy a good ice cream at Bruno's. It will give you the right energy to face the day.
Now take your car back to go and visit the Ispica quarry. A valley, immersed in the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean scrub, which preserves prehistoric necropolises, Christian catacombs, rock oratories, monastic hermitages and residential areas of various types that have followed one another continuously from prehistoric times until at least the end of the 1600: it was, in fact, destroyed by the 1693 earthquake and finally abandoned.
Do you get hungry? Here is the restaurant I have chosen for you. You can decide whether to eat meat or fish dishes.
Welcome to Punta Cirica. A perfect place to rediscover the beauty of wild and unspoiled places. The bathroom is mandatory! Enjoy your relax.
After enjoying this other great place, head to the southernmost tip of Sicily. At this place you can enjoy an excellent pizza by the sea. Have a nice dinner!
Your journey has come to an end, but there is still time to visit the city of the almond, Avola, with its tonnara and, why not, take the last swim in crystal clear waters. You will taste the horse meat sandwich that will give you the right energy to face the return journey!
Here we are on our last day. I suggest to have a little wonderful swim, before leaving your hotel, and then we will drive to Avola to taste, firstly, the latest delights of Sicily and visit the city's waterfront.
I recommend you to go to Bar Girlando to enjoy your last breakfast with a cannoli or a granita at a very low price.
After breakfast, you can visit the Tonnara of Avola and, if you want, you can take the opportunity to take the last swim of this trip.
I have reserved this gem for you for the last day. This lunch is not suitable for vegetarians. You will have a wide choice of beef, chicken, pork or horse meet. What I recommend is definitely the horse. If you are a vegetarian you will have a wide choice of places nearby where you can go for lunch.