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  • Chestertripper
    Chester, UK701 contributions
    We took a guided walk of Ortygia and I am so pleased we did. We had wandered around the town for two days on our own and not really found out much. The guided walk was tremendously interesting and informative. Our guide spoke good English and gave us sufficient information on the town's fascinating history.
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • VinnyP1
    London, UK428 contributions
    It's a fantastic cathedral from the outside, it has a great view from the roof and it is beautiful on the inside.
    We visited in May 2022 on a weekday and there are restoration works going on inside and some scaffolding outside but no sign of any work being done on the 4 days we were there.
    It is set in a small square which like the church is open at 7.30am. The roof etc don't open until 10. This makes little sense as the early morning would be a much better time to see it.
    We got there just before 10 and there were plenty of people there and it is busy all day. I would recommend getting that first slot as it just gets busier after that.
    Well worth it, I can't see why they don't do more and the scaffolding will be there forever if no one ever uses it.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • HT1024
    Singapore, Singapore829 contributions
    There may still be some fishing, but it's a popular tourist sight now. Lovely to walk around the small streets, visit some shops, sit out and have a meal/drink. We drive past the overflow car park and straight into the village. There is a small car park that could accommodate about 10 cars.
    Written 9 November 2018
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  • Craig1986
    London, UK94 contributions
    It is a strange and eerie experience, on reflection of the visit you have to always bear in mind the reality of what happened Poggioreale and why it was abandoned, a tragic earthquake which took the lives of hundreds of people only 50 years ago and it is a living memorial to those who passed; this fact should always be front of mind if you visit. Should note that it also isn’t “open” to the public, it is fenced off with locked gates but getting in isn’t difficult and you can get over the wall very easily. We went because I am fascinated by deserted places not because we wanted to see a disaster zone (and make no mistake it is a disaster zone) but it is a time capsule and the fact that it isn’t a “tourist” spot means that you won’t have much, if any, company (we were there by ourselves). A fascinating place to visit of a bygone time, but treat it with the respect that it deserves!
    Written 22 September 2021
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  • GC_TPH
    Dublin, Ireland252 contributions
    The best beach of the island by far, but also the busiest one. By walk it takes about 15 minutes from the street down to go there. It opens at 8.30.
    If it is constantly rated the best beach in 'Europe' it must be a reason!

    The water and colour of the sand are so unique. Speechless.

    Lampedusa has also the advantage of having a convenient airport to travel from Catania or Palermo, and the norther airports on summer time.
    Written 4 October 2020
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  • Stay755019
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    Visited today 8th November. Still some flamingos (six) close enough to view without binoculars. We read the mirror scamming from previous reviews so were prepared when someone pulled out of the car park and stopped before the first bend. As we passed “thud” then followed by gesticulating bearded driver. This scam is certainly continuing and thanks to previous reviewrs for warning us. Otherwise the area seems very safe
    Written 8 November 2021
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  • Elisabeth
    Gateshead, UK155 contributions
    This is a lovely cathedral and if you are interested in history a really great example of the Norman architecture in Sicily. You can climb the tower with a spectacular view. Some of the stones outside have the mason's signs visible so look out for those! And try to find the pillar with Noah!
    Written 12 May 2022
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  • GalwayForever
    Dublin, Ireland24 contributions
    The white salt left at the edge of the water, the pink flamingos in the water while eating the shrimp, among other things, this is why the water of the natural pool is pink. The salty smell all over makes this place a fairytale place. There is often wind, it helps to make the walk more pleasant.
    There is a museum here, also worth seeing. The salt museum with a real windmill. They are all quite good. With a few euros you can jump directly to ancient history, even if not so distant, and to the tradition of what it was like to collect salt by hand. By the way, sometimes they still harvest salt by hand, like the famous and rare fleur de sel, rich in minerals and low in sodium, perfect for health.
    And last but not least, a beautiful family run restaurant overlooking the salt flats. Outstanding!
    Written 25 July 2021
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  • Howard B
    Toronto, Canada231 contributions
    Lots of folks show up to see the clock and bell tower come alive at noon. All the parts move to the music of Ave Maria. The tower is beautiful the show is a bit underwhelming.
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • YRoseC
    Petaluma, CA33 contributions
    In November 2021, I spent four nights in the historical center of Noto with my husband and elderly parents as part of our 14-day private tour with HandySicily. I will include a couple of pictures because even the most extravagant adjectives could not possibly describe the beauty of this city. Just...wow!
    Written 30 November 2021
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  • Dan M
    Tel Aviv, Israel14,577 contributions
    Notto, this Southern City of Sicily has a unique look, a golden look.
    Yes, It is not Venice, Rome nor Florence.
    Neither is it Ortigia nor the Old City of Taormina which are more beautiful and special if you look just in Sicily.
    But still Notto is very beautiful , and if you happen to visit it on a sunny day (which actually is almost always the case) its golden color gets even richer.
    Best time of the day is of course...Sunset.
    Try to be there then, and take many, many pictures!!
    Written 4 April 2020
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  • Agucha1983
    London, UK48 contributions
    Even though the beach is beautiful, it was too crowded... August is high season for internal tourism in Italy “Ferragosto” and we didnt know...
    Expect to pay crazy prices in accommodation and even sun umbrellas and 2 sun beds cost €30...
    Two days is more than enough.
    Written 24 August 2020
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  • Howard B
    Toronto, Canada231 contributions
    Don't be fooled by the relatively bland exterior. The interior is absolutely beautiful. The walls are adorned with statues of the saints and the ceiling is the piece de resistance.
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • derekzoli
    Lugo (Ravenna)110 contributions
    Ok this is probably the most incredibile spot of Favignana. If you go easly and you get a good position on the clifts you will have not problem entering the blue and cristal water.
    You have to go there at least once
    Written 18 July 2021
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  • ianx17489
    Inverurie, UK795 contributions
    Lovely gardens just down from the amphitheatre that are free to enter. The gardens are very interesting with many eccentric follies....
    The story boards give a good understanding of the lady who laid out the formal gardens and the follies. Stunning views.
    Well worth visiting. Recommended.
    Written 8 November 2021
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