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sicily-allocate time in noto/ragusa/modica

sicily-allocate time in noto/ragusa/modica

Sep 16th, 2017, 01:26 PM
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sicily-allocate time in noto/ragusa/modica

Hi All
I will be heading to sicily in november. I have a few questions:
`1. We want to visit mt etna. Recommendation on tours/guides and which method--hiking, jeep or bike?
We will be based in taornmina.

2. From Piazza Armenina(stay 1 night) we will drive and visit Ragusa for half a day and then spend 1 night in modica. After the night in Modica(night/walk all morning) we will spend half a day in Noto (afternoon) before our onward journey to Siracusa, where we stay 2 nights. Am I allocating the right amount of time for each place or it is too rushed? My plan ill conceived?
Based on experience: how much time should it take to get a minimum yet decent feel of Ragusa, modica, and noto ? half a day, 2 hours? Of the 3, should I concentrate more on one over the other?
I guess I can backtrack from Siracusa to the aforementioned towns if need be.

Thank you,J seneca
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Sep 16th, 2017, 02:49 PM
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1. Assuming you mean to go to the top (or as near to the top as you can get), I don't think there's much difference between the tours or guides I just signed up for one that was available through my hotel. If you want to see the Gole Alcantara, be sure it's part of the tour - many include it, many do not. The tour I took was an all-day thing that included a bus, change to the tourist train for a bit of a ride around the lower slopes, change back to the bus, cable car, big tank-like vehicle from there, and then on foot with one of the guides who specializes in the top. Bring layers, as it can get VERY windy and cold up there, shoes with VERY thick soles, and protective eye gear (because of the wind and bits of volcanic grit). I had 360s, too, and was the envy of my group. BTW, I have NO idea what your options might be like in November.

2. I can only speak to Noto. A few hours are probably enough for most people. The buildings turn an incredibly warm shade of yellow after sunset, so I was glad to get their during the afternoon, when things were still open, and then stay the night. In November, you wouldn't need to stay that long.
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Sep 16th, 2017, 03:39 PM
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Do you have a huge interest in Baroque architecture that you want to see all the Baroque towns? Each is known for other things, such as Modica for chocolate.

Personally, I chose to visit Scicli. Stayed two nights so I had a day and a half which was plenty for this smaller Baroque town. There are a few sites of special interest, but what I loved the most about this visit was the fact that Scicli really is off the tourist radar. I visited at the end of April and I honestly was the only tourist in town. You could really tell. There were 4 Italian ladies visiting together, plus me.

The passegiata (I never can spell it) in Scicli was the most genuine and delightful of any I have seen in Italy. I had two excellent dinners and stayed at Hotel Novecento which was a very nice hotel!
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