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Noto, Free municipal consortium of Syracuse, Italy

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What is this?

A captivating journey across the Hyblean plateau, exploring Ancient Noto's remnants and an almond farm's delights. Start with a hike through Ancient Noto, where the ruins of city walls, castles, and palaces, all crafted from white limestone, paint a picture of a city frozen in time. Despite centuries of neglect, the site exudes a fairytale allure, with its prehistoric origins and tales of the catastrophic earthquake of 1693. Descend towards the Cava del Carosello canyon, exploring ancient caves, rock tanneries, and mills, amidst the mesmerizing backdrop of lakes, streams, and the Asinaro River. Following this invigorating hike, the journey continues to a local almond farm, where a warm reception awaits. Immerse yourself in the delightful world of almond cultivation and indulge in the farm's signature Almond Milk, a sensory experience that captures the essence of the region. The journey includes a lunch crafted from locally sourced ingredients.

What makes this unique?

This journey is a unique blend of historical exploration and sensory indulgence. The hike through Ancient Noto offers an insight into the rich history and natural beauty of the Hyblean plateau, while the visit to the almond farm provides a delightful peek into sustainable agricultural practices. The opportunity to swim in the Asinaro River and explore its natural plunge pool adds an element of adventure. The almond farm visit is not just about tasting but also about understanding the cultivation process, making it a holistic experience. The lunch, featuring local delicacies, epitomizes the region's culinary heritage, ensuring a memorable gastronomic experience.

What is the profile of the host?

A specialized nature guide, well-versed in the history and natural wonders of the Hyblean plateau, will guide you for the hike. At the farm, you will meet experts in almond production.

What to bring?

Drive yourself to the meeting point. Bring hiking shoes. If interested in swimming, bring swimwear and towels.

How do we get there?

This experience starts and ends in Noto, which is a 1.5 hour drive from Catania airport.
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EUR 340
per person

Private experience

6 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: Guided hike through Ancient Noto with an opportunity to swim in the Asinaro River. Visit to an almond farm with a detailed tour of the cultivation process. Refreshing almond milk and a locally sourced lunch.
Offered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Private experience

6 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: Guided hike through Ancient Noto with an opportunity to swim in the Asinaro River. Visit to an almond farm with a detailed tour of the cultivation process. Refreshing almond milk and a locally sourced lunch.
Offered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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EUR 340
per person

Private experience

6 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: Guided hike through Ancient Noto with an opportunity to swim in the Asinaro River. Visit to an almond farm with a detailed tour of the cultivation process. Refreshing almond milk and a locally sourced lunch.
Offered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Private experience

6 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: Guided hike through Ancient Noto with an opportunity to swim in the Asinaro River. Visit to an almond farm with a detailed tour of the cultivation process. Refreshing almond milk and a locally sourced lunch.
Offered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish