The Infiorata di Noto is held every year in the third weekend of May. This is one of the most colorful flower festivals in the world where, for two and a half days, Via Nicolaci is taken over by local and foreign artists who work together on a set theme (in 2017 the theme was Monte Carlo, in 2018 the theme will be China) in order to create a kaleidoscopic carpet of petal mosaics using flowers grown especially for the event. They set up shop and begin work on their allotted pieces of street on Friday and work overnight such that, by Saturday morning, the flower carpet is ready to be admired by one and all. A variety of activities, including parades and sideshows, add to the general carnival atmosphere, with the elegant and delightful baroque palazzo and churches of noto providing a perfect backdrop. Part celebration of spring, part homage to Noto’s vibrant artistic heritage, the festival provides an excellent excuse for a different mid-May getaway to Sicily.
Sunday 20 May 2018
0515 Meet at Virtu Ferries port terminal in Valletta for check in and boarding of Virtu Ferries catamaran MV Jean de la Valette
0630 Departure to Pozzallo
0830 Arrival in Pozzallo and disembarkation
0845 Departure to Noto
0945 Arrival in the UNESCO World heritage town of Noto. Brief coffee stop, followed by a walking tour of the historical centre. Here we visit the Porta Reale, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the Duomo of San Nicolo', the Palazzo Ducezio and the Via Nicolaci, which is the street which hosts the Infiorata. Free time in Noto.
1230 Departure towards the Hyblean mountains, where we will enjoy a panoramic drive through carpets of greenery among dramatic mountain scenery.
1330 We arrive at the Agriturismo Giannavi of the Maltese family (by surname, not by citizenship!!) from Palazzolo Acreide, where we will have a sumptuous six course meal at their Agriturismo, set within exquisite countryside with fantastic views. After lunch, we will have free time at the Agriturismo, where we can see the various animals which are bred here, including black pigs, chickens and pheasants. One may also go for a walk in the grounds of the Agriturismo or relax on the poolside deck area, which is equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas.
1630 Departure to Ragusa Ibla
1715 Arrival in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Ragusa Ibla. Here we will walk in the historical centre immersed in beautiful Baroque buildings, until we reach the splendid Piazza Pola and eventually the Piazza Duomo where we will be able to admire the imposing Cathedral dedicated to Saint George. Free time in Ragusa Ibla, with the opportunity to try an icecream at the famous Gelati Divini or Mastrociliegia ice cream parlours, as also to explore the lush botanical gardens and the winding alleyways of this beautiful town.
19:00 Departure towards Pozzallo
20:00 Arrival in Pozzallo port and embarkation on catamaran
21:30 Departure from Pozzallo
23:15 Arrival in Malta
Adults : €175
Children aged 4 to 14: €110
children under 4: €30
Catamaran Malta-Pozzallo-Malta inclusive of all taxes and charges
All transfers and excursions by luxury coach
Traditional Sicilian six course meal at Agriturismo Giannavi outside Palazzolo Acreide, inclusive of unlimited local wine, mineral water, coffee and liquer
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