We are getting married!
Noto . Sicily . Italy
Jinglin & Lorenzo
19h - Meet & Greet: Pizza by the Sea
16h30 - Welcome drinks at Hotel Gagliardi
17h00 - Modern Mass on the hotel terrace
19h00 - Heading to Circolo Val di Noto for Dinner
11am - Beach
20h - Dinner Party
How to get there?
I: Pre-Party Meet & Greet: Pizza by the Sea
(GPS coordinates: 36.871607, 15.137362)
.This is a nearby sea town officially called Calabernardo. However, in case you are planning to ask around for directions, locals might know the town as "Balata" and the pizzeria as "Bar di Balata near the ex Ultima Spiaggia - Enzo Italiano's bar"
You will need a car for this ~
II - 1 : Modern Mass Location
Gagliardi Hotel in the centre of Noto
Via Silvio Spaventa, 41,
96017 Noto SR, Italy
If you live in the centre you won't need a car for this~
II - 2: Retro Dinner
Circolo Val di Noto
Via Camillo Benso di Cavour, 48,
96017 Noto, SR, Italy
We will walk there together after the mass~
III: Beach Day + After Party Dinner
Contrada Marianeddi s.n., 96017 Noto, SR, Italy
GPS: 36.830744, 15.096403
You will need a car for this~
If you can't get one, do mention it in the RSPV questionnaire: we will a arrange a shuttle bus from the centre or allocate you to someone who can provide a ride.
Noto is served by two airports: Catania (Easyjet & BA) and Comiso (Ryanair). Catania is the best place to land into. The airport is well served by coach, car hire and exchange services. It is connected to Noto via a modern 87km motorway. Comiso is a smaller military airport. Although flights might be cheaper, the road is poorly signalled and GPS coverage is scarce.
We strongly recommend you to rent a car well ahead of your visit. Public transportation in Noto is virtually inexistent. You can easily rent a car from both airports. Make sure to buy full insurance as to go the beach you may need to drive through dirt roads.
Should you not be able to rent a car, do contact us to see if we can pair you up with somebody else. Should this not be possible, from Catania airport you can catch a coach service to Noto by heading to the Interbus ticket stall just outside of the main airport building (in front of the old airport terminal). Coaches leave every hour. The journey will take approximately 2 hours.
Noto and neighbouring villages offer a wealth of places to stay. Below you will find a few verified ones that we recommend. Should you go for different options, remember that some family-run accommodation may not offer all the necessary comforts. So, do make sure to carefully do your due-diligence before booking. Some of them are truly hidden gems!
Please do note that most of the following hotels can be booked via Booking.com
In Noto City Centre
By the beach (Vendicari Natual Reserve - car needed)
In the countryside - car needed
Aribnb offers many options to stay in beautiful but very simple countryside houses. Perfect for romantic escapes.
Below are some basic tips.
To arrange tours and restaurant bookings, we recommend to contact the concierge of the Galigliardi Hotel at the following email address, cc’ing one of us in or mentioning that you are guests of our wedding celebration. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
General recommendations and fun facts about the Sicilian way of life:
Always bring cash with you. Credit and debit cards are not always accepted.
GPS and the internet are not always reliable. Please check exact GPS coordinates on Google, papery maps or speak to your hosts before setting off.
Usual eating times: 1:00pm to 3:00pm for lunch, 8:30pm to 10:30pm for dinner, snack peddlers available all night (fried fish, horse meat sandwiches, fries, marmalade croissants, ice creams)
Most commercial activities open around 8:30 am, close for a siesta break between 12:00 and 4:00 pm to then open again until midnight.
Noto is overcrowded with cars so parking is not always easy. However, it is free unless otherwise stated. At times, roads might be very narrow and not always asphalted.
There are NO PUBLIC TRANSPORTS. The only intercity coaches leave from the main park of the city called "Villa". You can get all the departing times from a bar called Pantheon next to the departing point. From here to you can catch a bus to Catania airport or other main cities.
Trattoria del Crocifisso (fancy)
Trattoria Ercole (casual family run)
Libertino (smart casual aperitivo)
Caffe Sicilia (Italian Café)
Da Piero located in piazzetta Ercole (Street food stall: just for terrific arancini)
Anche gli Angeli (smart casual)
Hotel Gagliardi Terrace (same place where we are getting married on Sept 15th!)
Bar Costanzo (casual)
What to do in Sicily?
Noto is a good base to explore the Eastern Coast of the Island. If you have a car, you are no more than 1 hour drive from some of the most interesting things to do, sites to explore.
The Best Beaches are all situated 15-30 minutes drive from the city centre:
Noto is surrounded by a large natural reserve called Vendicari. Within the reserve, you will be able to find some of Italy's finest natural beaches. The ones we like are:
Marianeddi (also sometimes called Marianelli or Marganelli in Italian. Marianeddi is the local name)
Tonnara di Vendicari ((it might stink of seaweed but it offers unforgettable panoramas during the sunset)
Colonna Pizzuta (it might stink of sea weed)
If you are going to these places, please do not forget to bring water and food with you and take your rubbish away afterwards as no shops or rubbish bins are available. In Marianeddi and Tonnara di Vendicari you will need to leave the car in a parking space 1 km away from the shore in a paid parking space.
or if you are looking for a beach with some more human activity, you can explore the villages of Lido di Noto (sandy beaches) and Balata Calabernardo (cliffs).
Hiking and lakes: If you like climbing and jumping from 6 meters high cliffs in icy waters, you should check out:
- Cavagrande del Cassibile
- Cava Carosello, Concerie di Noto Antica
Mount Etna: Etna is the gigantic volcano that overlooks Catania. There are many agencies that organise guided tours. Please contact the Hotel Gagliardi concierge for more information.
Winery visits – Jinglin’s recommendations:
In the past 10 years, a lot of wineries have sprout on the Etna and around the Noto region. To arrange a visit, it's best to give the producers a call. They all speak English. We recommend:
Gulfi - I have never been there myself but I love their Nero d’Avola and its ‘right next door’ to Noto.
Contact: Contrada Patria, Chiaramonte Gulfi, RG 97012, Italy
Reservation: (0039) 932 928081 - open everyday from 12 -19h
I definitely recommend Bennati in the south of Etna - the closest winery in Etna to Noto
Salvo Foti (I Vigneri) - in Milo East of Etna (he makes the best Etna Bianco using Carricante grape, he used to make Pietramarina for Benanti). Also recommend Passopiciaro, Terre Nere, Pietradolce in the North of Etna
From Noto to the North of Etna is about 2 hours - 2h30 drive.
From Randazzo to North Etna winery zone is very difficult to drive to as no motorway available. We recommend to rent a manual and or smaller sized car.
Benanti: website in construction
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 361, 95029 Viagrande CT, Italy
+39.095.7890928 (incoming and wine tastings)
Salvo Foti: Can pick you up from Milo city.
Write email to book:
Contrada Guardiola - 95012 CASTIGLIONE DI SICILIA (Catania)
LAT: 37.860523°, LON: 15.023503°
+39 0942395449 、 +39 3663589926 (mobile)
To book visit email: email@example.com.
Address: Contrada Calderara, sn
95036 Randazzo (CT) - Sicily - Italy
Phone: +39 095/924002
To book a visit send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
（Not open during weekend and holiday - might be closed during harvest season)
Frank Cornelissen： the crazy natural wine maker in Etna.
Cantina: Via Canonico Zumbo 1 - 95012 Passopisciaro (CT), Etna Nord
Contact Giacomo Bardazzi to book:
Public Relations & Estate Visits
Cell.: +39 392 2951504
Occhipinti - rustic and interesting natural approach wine - amazing cantina
Cos: delicious amphora red and white wine with indigenous grapes - traditional winemaking and natural wine, orange wine
They are very close to each other.
Near Vitoria region by the sea there s a delicious seafood restaurant called Sakalleo that is definitely worth trying: Piazza Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, 12, 97019 Scoglitti RG, Italy
SP68 VITTORIA-PEDALINO KM 3,3
97019 VITTORIA (RG)
Tel： +39 0932 1865519
To book a visit please email: INFO@AGRICOLAOCCHIPINTI.IT
SP3, Km 14,300, 97019 Vittoria RG, Italia
To book please email: email@example.com
Opening hour: Monday-Friday 9.00-12.00/14.30-16.30
Other cities: Around Noto, you could visit other Baroque cities. We recommend:
Ragusa Ibla (45 mins drive): home to some of the most beautiful sceneries and restaurants in Sicily. One restaurant called "Duomo" holds two Michelin stars.
Modica (45 mins drive): You could stop here on your way to Ragusa. Modica is famous for its quirky desserts: sandy chocolate that doesn't melt, and pig blood cocoa cookies are among the delicacies
Marzamemi (30 mins drive): a fishermen village famous for its restaurants and tuna slaughter houses. It’s the home of tuna based products: tuna eggs, tuna sausages, tuna sauces, tuna meat etc
Syracuse and Ortigia (40 mins drive): Syracuse is the closest proper city to Noto, capital of Greek Sicily around 3000 years ago. There you will be able to visit the Greek theatre (built 3 milleania ago but still used today for ancient and modern plays) and the Dyonisius ear, the old Greek prison built inside a mountain crack, famous for its terrific echo. The two sites are part of the same archeological park located at the entrance of the City.
Ortigia is the “new” Baroque town built on an island connected to Syracuse via short marble bridges. Oritigia is the ideal place for a walk, a romantic dinner and fancy drinks.
Catania (1 hour drive): It’s a classic Mediterranean university city. Maybe not very tourist friendly at first, but the perfect place for enjoying the Sicilian night life, street foods and art galleries.
Taormina (1 hour 30 mins drive): Classic stop of posh tourism in the Island. Famous for its fancy beach resorts, its majestic Greek theatre, night life, restaurants, and 5 star hotels.
Palermo (3 hours 30 minutes drive on a good day): The capital of the Island. It’s a city of contrasts: aristocratic and rough, blessed by nature and extremely polluted, peaceful and chaotic. Its night markets, art galleries, street food, beaches, churches and mosque will make your stay unique. If you are planning to go there, plan carefully as it is not always safe. If you are around Palermo you may want to explore other places like: Monreale, Marsala, Bagheria, San Vito Lo Capo, Cefalu’ etc.
Minor Islands: The entire island is surrounded by volcanic archipelagos and larger minor islands.
Towards North, you may find the Eolian Islands: a group of 7 volcanos each animated by its unique culture: extremely lively and posh islands (like Panarea, Lipari, Stromboli, Vulcano) are sided by extremely quite and untouched other ones (Salina, Filicuti, Alicuti) [Direct boat connections from Milazzo (near Messina, 2 hour drive). You could arrange a sailing tour with an agency].
Towards South Lampedusa (direct flights from Catania, 20 mins flight or a couple of hours by boat from Pozzallo, 30 mins drive from Noto) or Pantelleria (direct flights from Palermo) offer unique natural reserves and sailings spots.
Towards West, the Egadi archipelago is famous for its unique marine fauna (including Mediterranean seals!).