The Greek Theatre

Sicily: Full-Day Guided Tour of Siracusa

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9 hours
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What You'll Do
  • Visit the Archaeological area
  • Wander around Ortigia Island
  • Discover the Baroque monuments
  • Marvel at Arethusa’s fountain
Overview
On a one-day guided excursion by bus, discover the many sights and wonders of beautiful Siracusa, Sicily. See the Archaeological area, the Greek Theater, and the Latomie’s before visiting Ortigia Island to see Arethusa’s fountain and the cathedral.
What to Expect
For those traveling to Sicily, Siracusa is not to be missed. Once the most important city of Magna Graecia, it defeated the mighty Athens in 413 and was home to many a great Greek, including the inimitable Archimedes. At the height of it's economic, political, and military powers, the city had a population of 300,000 and, according to Cicero, was “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all.” Join a full-day guided bus tour of this great city, which includes a visit to its archaeological sites as well as the island of Ortygia.

First, visit the archaeological site, which is situated in the northwest of the town and is home to a staggering number of well-preserved Greek (and Roman) remains. The main attraction is undoubtedly the Greek theater, which dates back at least until the 5th Century BC. It's cavea is amongst the largest ever built: it's 59 rows could accommodate up to 15,000 spectators.

Just over the ridge from the theater, you will see the old stone quarries (latomie). While today there is a delightful and fragrant lemon orchard, this area used to serve a different, more sinister purpose: 7,000 Athenian prisoners of war were kept here after the Sicilian Expedition in 413.
You will also visit the famous “Ear of Dionysius”, a 20m-high, slender pointed arch cut into the rock face about 65m deep. The rock was once used by Dionysius the Tyrant as a prison for his bitterest enemies. The excellent Cathedral-like acoustics meant that he could hear their conversations from outside.

After stopping by the Roman amphitheater, you will continue on to the Archaeological Museum, which contains a great collection of exhibits from all over the Syracuse area.

Spend the second half of your day wandering around the beautiful island of Ortygia. It is difficult to get lost (it measures just 1km by 500 metres) on the island, which is packed with over 2,500 years of history. Architectural styles vary widely, encompassing Greek and Roman remains, Mediaeval Norman buildings. and a great deal of understated Baroque. In the afternoon, take a break to relax in one of the island's many restaurants, trattorias or bars, as you take in the sights of the lagoon.
What's Included
  • Transportation by bus
  • Local guide
  • VAT and taxes
What's Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities
Meeting Point

Meet at the Taormina Terminal Bus at Via Pirandello. Please be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before departure time. Pick-up is also available in the areas of Taormina, Giardini Naxos, Recanati and Letojanni. Please contact SAT Group office (office opening hours: 08:30 - 13:00 /16:00 - 19:30) to reconfirm the excursion at least the day before and to get more information about the closest pick-up point. (Open in Google Maps)

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Please bring cotton clothes and a hat.

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