Temple of Apollo, Syracuse

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Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Tour with Brunch

Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Tour with Brunch

After being picked up from your accommodation in Catania, visit the magnificent Neapolis in Syracuse. Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2005, this famous archaeological park houses a Greek theatre. With the help of a guide sheet, admire the impressive ruins of this stunning site. After visiting Syracuse, journey to the lovely peninsula of Ortigia. Starting from the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, enjoy a gentle stroll to reach the spectacular white cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Take in this idyllic cathedral, before stopping off at the Fountain of Arethusa, a legendary freshwater spring. For lunch, you have the option to enjoy a rich brunch made of typical Sicilian products, with water and red wine. Or, if you prefer, you will have 1-hour of free time to have lunch in one of the amazing restaurants in the alleys of the city. Upon reaching Noto, you will explore this jewel of Sicilian Baroque architecture, which is often considered to be an open-air museum. Admire the extraordinary architecture of its many palaces, churches, and stairways. After an exhilarating day, sit back and relax as you are taken back to your hotel in the comfort of a luxurious vehicle. 

Syracuse: Ortigia Classic Walking Tour

Syracuse: Ortigia Classic Walking Tour

Embark on a fascinating 2-hour shared group tour, led by our expert guides, to uncover the captivating history and cultural treasures nestled within Ortigia, the old town center of Siracusa. The journey commences at the ancient Apollo Temple. This impressive doric style building was the first large stone temple built by ancient Greeks in the western colonies. From there, we traverse through the lively Archimedes Square, alive with the echoes of past civilizations. Immerse yourself in the charm of Diana Fountain, a beautiful centerpiece, before arriving at the illustrious Piazza Duomo, the cathedral square. Here, a splendid ensemble of palazzi and ornate churches stands as a testament to the city's rich heritage. You will learn about the town hall (Palazzo Vermexio), Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco, St. Lucy's church and the cathedrale. The cathedral is frequently chosen as a wedding venue. When accessible to visitors, we provide the opportunity to explore the church's interior with our guide (entrance ticket of €2 not included), or alternatively, to enjoy a brief coffee break. Our journey progresses to the legendary Aretusa Spring, a place steeped in mythical lore and famous for its papyrus plants, followed by a leisurely stroll along the picturesque seafront promenade. The tour continues with a walk through the historic Giudecca, offering glimpses into the former Jewish district and its past. Throughout the tour, our guide will offer insights into the town's rich history, both ancient and recent, delving into local traditions and religious celebrations such as the revered St. Lucy's feast and its grand procession, providing a comprehensive understanding of Siracusa's cultural heritage and the daily life in Sicily. This tour starts at the Apollo temple at the entrance of Ortigia and ends at Piazza Archimede. Feel free to ask your guide for suggestions about other monuments to visit, nearby towns, restaurants or activities. Our tours are designed for an intimate experience, ensuring a maximum group size of 25 participants, though typically our groups consist of around 10 enthusiastic explorers, allowing for a more personalized and engaging journey through Siracusa's wonders.

Syracuse: Ortigia Private Walking Tour

Syracuse: Ortigia Private Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour crossing the picturesque streets of Ortigia, the old part of Syracuse and discovering the traces left by all the different people who governed Sicily. You will meet your guide at the ancient Greek Apollo Temple where you will be given a short introduction to the history of the town. This is a private walking tour with a professional guide so you will enjoy the relaxed walk and flexible itinerary. After a short walk, you will reach Cathedral Square and be surprised by the magnificent bright limestone buildings: the town hall, Palazzo Beneventano, the bishop's palace, and St. Lucy's Church, but most of all the Cathedral itself. It is the only church still in use today which many years ago was a pagan temple, and you should not miss the opportunity to visit its interiors (optional visit, admission fee not included). The tour through Ortigia then continues to Aretusa Fountain near the sea. The myth of Aretusa was told by Ovidius and in its clear fresh water grows papyrus which was probably brought here when Archimedes lived in town. The way back leads through the Jewish Quarter to Via Maestranza, the street where the nobility of the town had their pompous homes. On Archimedes Square, the neoclassical Fountain of Diana remembers once more the glorious past of Syracuse. The tour will end at at Piazza Archimede in the heart of Ortigia but you can also ask your guide to end at the local fish and fruit market where you can take a breath of local life, colors, and scents.

Syracuse: Highlights of Ortigia Guided Walking Tour

Syracuse: Highlights of Ortigia Guided Walking Tour

The guided tour of Ortigia, with our local guide, begins at the Temple of Apollo, the oldest Greek temple in the entire Western world. You will continue your visit in the direction of Piazza Archimede, where you can admire the splendor of the Fountain of Diana, linked to the myth of the nymph Arethusa, who is depicted here with the Greek goddess Artemis at the most important moment when she transforms her into a fountain. You will then arrive in Piazza Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, the place where the founders of the city from Corinth settled. Here you will be able to visit the majestic Cathedral. You will conclude the Tour by arriving at the enchanting Fountain Arethusa, a freshwater spring a few meters from the sea and linked to the love story between Arethusa and Alphaeus.

Syracuse: Ortigia and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

Syracuse: Ortigia and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

Explore ancient Syracuse on a 3-hour guided tour and learn about early Greek history through architecture and religious practices. The evidence of Syracuse as capital of the Mediterranean is ever-present, and seen in the glory of its Cathedral, the ancient Temple of Athena, the Greek Theater and the Roman Amphitheater. Admire the beauty of the Cathedral of Syracuse, which incorporates the pagan Temple of Athena. Learn about its various architectural styles from your guide. Continue to the Archeological Park to see the Paradise Latomia and the Ear of Dionysos. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Ionian Sea from the Greek Theater.

Ortigia: History and Architecture Walking Tour

Ortigia: History and Architecture Walking Tour

Discover the beauty that hides in the alleyways of Ortigia on a walking tour accompanied by a local guide. Stroll through Piazza Duomo, marvel at the Syracuse Cathedral, and see the stunning Fountain of Arethusa. Meet your guide and head to Piazza Duomo, strolling through the streets of the historic center and discovering marvelous details carved into the stone of a mantelpiece or an entrance portal. Get introduced to local tradition as well as the myths and legends that have made Ortigia famous. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of Syracuse, a 1000-year-old home of the divine, which incorporates the ancient Doric temple dedicated to Athena. Marvel at the baroque facade and then step inside to see its Roman-style interior in all its glory. Admire fascinating dwellings set between period furnishings and frescoed vaults, resulting in a little-known jewel that represents the city's identity. See gorgeous marble statues of Santa Caterina, the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, and Santa Lucia. Next, go to the Arethusa Fountain, and listen to the famous myth of Arethusa and Alphaeus, as your gaze travels further until you catch sight of the tip of Ortigia, dominated by the massive Maniace Castle reflected in the waters of the Porto Piccolo.

Siracuse: Guided Velobike Tour

Siracuse: Guided Velobike Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Ortigia, your Velo Bike tour around the ancient city (Syracuse) will begin. You will be taken to various parts of the island. Syracuse has a unique ecological system, both inside and outside Ortigia On board your electric velobike (rickshaw), your driver will introduce you inside the magnificent labyrinth of Ortigia, giving you the chance to find and photograph the history left by different populations at each stop. The tour also includes the explanation of historical places and the sight of impressive panoramas. At the end of your experience, you have the option to be dropped off at any location of your choice within Ortigia

Minivan tour from Siracusa to Noto, Ragusa and Modica

Minivan tour from Siracusa to Noto, Ragusa and Modica

This experience includes a visit to the Baroque cities. The tour lasts 8 hours and includes transport only, you will have 1 hour plus to visit each city. You will meet your driver in Syracuse and begin the tour with a visit to the beautiful Baroque town of Noto. At the end of the visit, amidst breathtaking landscapes of large canyons, steep cliffs and wooded areas of olive and carob trees you will continue on to Ragusa Ibla where you will have free time to visit this beautiful town. As a last stop you will go to Modica where you can discover the chocolate workshops and do some shopping.

Syracuse: Ortigia Guided Walking Tour & Cannolo Tasting

Syracuse: Ortigia Guided Walking Tour & Cannolo Tasting

The Walking Tour of Ortigia will begin at the Temple of Apollo, the oldest Greek temple in all of Sicily. You will then continue in the direction of Piazza Archimede, where you can admire the Fountain of Diana, linked to the myth of the Nymph Arethusa, who is represented here with the Greek Goddess Artemis, the most important moment in which she transforms her into a fountain. You will arrive in Piazza Duomo, where you can visit the majestic Cathedral. Before concluding the Tour by arriving at the enchanting Fountain Arethusa, linked to the love story between Arethusa and Alphaeus, you will have the opportunity to taste the cannolo, after witnessing its preparation, a symbol of Sicilian confectionery art.

|PRIVATE TOUR| Tour of Siracusa, Ortigia, Noto [FULL DAY]

|PRIVATE TOUR| Tour of Siracusa, Ortigia, Noto [FULL DAY]

Daily Excursions from Catania Private tour of: Syracuse - Ortigia - Noto in English, Spanish, and Italian. Departure at 8:30 AM from Catania, with prior pickup from your hotel. If the hotel is located in a restricted traffic area, we will meet at the nearest meeting point. We will head to Syracuse, the most important Greek colony in Sicily. Upon arrival, we will stop for 90 minutes to admire the monuments of the ancient Mediterranean at the Archaeological Park of Neapolis. The park, now a protected oasis, is immersed in a natural setting with unique monuments: The Ancient Theater - The Ear of Dionysius - The Cordari Cave - The Roman Amphitheater - The Altar of Hiero II - The Paradise Quarry. The visit inside the park is individual and autonomous with the purchase of a personal entrance ticket. After spending 90 minutes for the visit, we will head towards the oldest part of Syracuse: the island of Ortigia. We will visit the historic market with its scents and colors, the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Diana, the Cathedral of Maria Santissima, and the Church of St. Lucia. Then we will wander through the alleyways until we reach the Arethusa Fountain, a water mirror inside which grows the ancient plant of "Cyperus Papyrus." After a short break to taste local street food, we will head to the town of Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage site and undisputed center of the Baroque style. There we will admire the imposing Palazzo dei Frati Francescani, the Benedictine Friars' Palace, the Cathedral of S. Nicola, the Palazzo Ducezio, and conclude our tour with a visit to what is considered the finest example of Sicilian Baroque: Palazzo Nicolaci. Once the visit is complete, we will return to Catania. The tour lasts approximately 9 hours.

Temple of Apollo, Syracuse: Our most recommended tours and activities

Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Tour with Brunch

Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Tour with Brunch

After being picked up from your accommodation in Catania, visit the magnificent Neapolis in Syracuse. Declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2005, this famous archaeological park houses a Greek theatre. With the help of a guide sheet, admire the impressive ruins of this stunning site. After visiting Syracuse, journey to the lovely peninsula of Ortigia. Starting from the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, enjoy a gentle stroll to reach the spectacular white cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Take in this idyllic cathedral, before stopping off at the Fountain of Arethusa, a legendary freshwater spring. For lunch, you have the option to enjoy a rich brunch made of typical Sicilian products, with water and red wine. Or, if you prefer, you will have 1-hour of free time to have lunch in one of the amazing restaurants in the alleys of the city. Upon reaching Noto, you will explore this jewel of Sicilian Baroque architecture, which is often considered to be an open-air museum. Admire the extraordinary architecture of its many palaces, churches, and stairways. After an exhilarating day, sit back and relax as you are taken back to your hotel in the comfort of a luxurious vehicle. 

Syracuse: Ortigia Classic Walking Tour

Syracuse: Ortigia Classic Walking Tour

Embark on a fascinating 2-hour shared group tour, led by our expert guides, to uncover the captivating history and cultural treasures nestled within Ortigia, the old town center of Siracusa. The journey commences at the ancient Apollo Temple. This impressive doric style building was the first large stone temple built by ancient Greeks in the western colonies. From there, we traverse through the lively Archimedes Square, alive with the echoes of past civilizations. Immerse yourself in the charm of Diana Fountain, a beautiful centerpiece, before arriving at the illustrious Piazza Duomo, the cathedral square. Here, a splendid ensemble of palazzi and ornate churches stands as a testament to the city's rich heritage. You will learn about the town hall (Palazzo Vermexio), Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco, St. Lucy's church and the cathedrale. The cathedral is frequently chosen as a wedding venue. When accessible to visitors, we provide the opportunity to explore the church's interior with our guide (entrance ticket of €2 not included), or alternatively, to enjoy a brief coffee break. Our journey progresses to the legendary Aretusa Spring, a place steeped in mythical lore and famous for its papyrus plants, followed by a leisurely stroll along the picturesque seafront promenade. The tour continues with a walk through the historic Giudecca, offering glimpses into the former Jewish district and its past. Throughout the tour, our guide will offer insights into the town's rich history, both ancient and recent, delving into local traditions and religious celebrations such as the revered St. Lucy's feast and its grand procession, providing a comprehensive understanding of Siracusa's cultural heritage and the daily life in Sicily. This tour starts at the Apollo temple at the entrance of Ortigia and ends at Piazza Archimede. Feel free to ask your guide for suggestions about other monuments to visit, nearby towns, restaurants or activities. Our tours are designed for an intimate experience, ensuring a maximum group size of 25 participants, though typically our groups consist of around 10 enthusiastic explorers, allowing for a more personalized and engaging journey through Siracusa's wonders.

Syracuse: Ortigia Private Walking Tour

Syracuse: Ortigia Private Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour crossing the picturesque streets of Ortigia, the old part of Syracuse and discovering the traces left by all the different people who governed Sicily. You will meet your guide at the ancient Greek Apollo Temple where you will be given a short introduction to the history of the town. This is a private walking tour with a professional guide so you will enjoy the relaxed walk and flexible itinerary. After a short walk, you will reach Cathedral Square and be surprised by the magnificent bright limestone buildings: the town hall, Palazzo Beneventano, the bishop's palace, and St. Lucy's Church, but most of all the Cathedral itself. It is the only church still in use today which many years ago was a pagan temple, and you should not miss the opportunity to visit its interiors (optional visit, admission fee not included). The tour through Ortigia then continues to Aretusa Fountain near the sea. The myth of Aretusa was told by Ovidius and in its clear fresh water grows papyrus which was probably brought here when Archimedes lived in town. The way back leads through the Jewish Quarter to Via Maestranza, the street where the nobility of the town had their pompous homes. On Archimedes Square, the neoclassical Fountain of Diana remembers once more the glorious past of Syracuse. The tour will end at at Piazza Archimede in the heart of Ortigia but you can also ask your guide to end at the local fish and fruit market where you can take a breath of local life, colors, and scents.

Syracuse: Highlights of Ortigia Guided Walking Tour

Syracuse: Highlights of Ortigia Guided Walking Tour

The guided tour of Ortigia, with our local guide, begins at the Temple of Apollo, the oldest Greek temple in the entire Western world. You will continue your visit in the direction of Piazza Archimede, where you can admire the splendor of the Fountain of Diana, linked to the myth of the nymph Arethusa, who is depicted here with the Greek goddess Artemis at the most important moment when she transforms her into a fountain. You will then arrive in Piazza Duomo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, the place where the founders of the city from Corinth settled. Here you will be able to visit the majestic Cathedral. You will conclude the Tour by arriving at the enchanting Fountain Arethusa, a freshwater spring a few meters from the sea and linked to the love story between Arethusa and Alphaeus.

Syracuse: Ortigia and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

Syracuse: Ortigia and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

Explore ancient Syracuse on a 3-hour guided tour and learn about early Greek history through architecture and religious practices. The evidence of Syracuse as capital of the Mediterranean is ever-present, and seen in the glory of its Cathedral, the ancient Temple of Athena, the Greek Theater and the Roman Amphitheater. Admire the beauty of the Cathedral of Syracuse, which incorporates the pagan Temple of Athena. Learn about its various architectural styles from your guide. Continue to the Archeological Park to see the Paradise Latomia and the Ear of Dionysos. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Ionian Sea from the Greek Theater.

Ortigia: History and Architecture Walking Tour

Ortigia: History and Architecture Walking Tour

Discover the beauty that hides in the alleyways of Ortigia on a walking tour accompanied by a local guide. Stroll through Piazza Duomo, marvel at the Syracuse Cathedral, and see the stunning Fountain of Arethusa. Meet your guide and head to Piazza Duomo, strolling through the streets of the historic center and discovering marvelous details carved into the stone of a mantelpiece or an entrance portal. Get introduced to local tradition as well as the myths and legends that have made Ortigia famous. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of Syracuse, a 1000-year-old home of the divine, which incorporates the ancient Doric temple dedicated to Athena. Marvel at the baroque facade and then step inside to see its Roman-style interior in all its glory. Admire fascinating dwellings set between period furnishings and frescoed vaults, resulting in a little-known jewel that represents the city's identity. See gorgeous marble statues of Santa Caterina, the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, and Santa Lucia. Next, go to the Arethusa Fountain, and listen to the famous myth of Arethusa and Alphaeus, as your gaze travels further until you catch sight of the tip of Ortigia, dominated by the massive Maniace Castle reflected in the waters of the Porto Piccolo.

Siracuse: Guided Velobike Tour

Siracuse: Guided Velobike Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation in Ortigia, your Velo Bike tour around the ancient city (Syracuse) will begin. You will be taken to various parts of the island. Syracuse has a unique ecological system, both inside and outside Ortigia On board your electric velobike (rickshaw), your driver will introduce you inside the magnificent labyrinth of Ortigia, giving you the chance to find and photograph the history left by different populations at each stop. The tour also includes the explanation of historical places and the sight of impressive panoramas. At the end of your experience, you have the option to be dropped off at any location of your choice within Ortigia

Minivan tour from Siracusa to Noto, Ragusa and Modica

Minivan tour from Siracusa to Noto, Ragusa and Modica

This experience includes a visit to the Baroque cities. The tour lasts 8 hours and includes transport only, you will have 1 hour plus to visit each city. You will meet your driver in Syracuse and begin the tour with a visit to the beautiful Baroque town of Noto. At the end of the visit, amidst breathtaking landscapes of large canyons, steep cliffs and wooded areas of olive and carob trees you will continue on to Ragusa Ibla where you will have free time to visit this beautiful town. As a last stop you will go to Modica where you can discover the chocolate workshops and do some shopping.

Syracuse: Ortigia Guided Walking Tour & Cannolo Tasting

Syracuse: Ortigia Guided Walking Tour & Cannolo Tasting

The Walking Tour of Ortigia will begin at the Temple of Apollo, the oldest Greek temple in all of Sicily. You will then continue in the direction of Piazza Archimede, where you can admire the Fountain of Diana, linked to the myth of the Nymph Arethusa, who is represented here with the Greek Goddess Artemis, the most important moment in which she transforms her into a fountain. You will arrive in Piazza Duomo, where you can visit the majestic Cathedral. Before concluding the Tour by arriving at the enchanting Fountain Arethusa, linked to the love story between Arethusa and Alphaeus, you will have the opportunity to taste the cannolo, after witnessing its preparation, a symbol of Sicilian confectionery art.

|PRIVATE TOUR| Tour of Siracusa, Ortigia, Noto [FULL DAY]

|PRIVATE TOUR| Tour of Siracusa, Ortigia, Noto [FULL DAY]

Daily Excursions from Catania Private tour of: Syracuse - Ortigia - Noto in English, Spanish, and Italian. Departure at 8:30 AM from Catania, with prior pickup from your hotel. If the hotel is located in a restricted traffic area, we will meet at the nearest meeting point. We will head to Syracuse, the most important Greek colony in Sicily. Upon arrival, we will stop for 90 minutes to admire the monuments of the ancient Mediterranean at the Archaeological Park of Neapolis. The park, now a protected oasis, is immersed in a natural setting with unique monuments: The Ancient Theater - The Ear of Dionysius - The Cordari Cave - The Roman Amphitheater - The Altar of Hiero II - The Paradise Quarry. The visit inside the park is individual and autonomous with the purchase of a personal entrance ticket. After spending 90 minutes for the visit, we will head towards the oldest part of Syracuse: the island of Ortigia. We will visit the historic market with its scents and colors, the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Diana, the Cathedral of Maria Santissima, and the Church of St. Lucia. Then we will wander through the alleyways until we reach the Arethusa Fountain, a water mirror inside which grows the ancient plant of "Cyperus Papyrus." After a short break to taste local street food, we will head to the town of Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage site and undisputed center of the Baroque style. There we will admire the imposing Palazzo dei Frati Francescani, the Benedictine Friars' Palace, the Cathedral of S. Nicola, the Palazzo Ducezio, and conclude our tour with a visit to what is considered the finest example of Sicilian Baroque: Palazzo Nicolaci. Once the visit is complete, we will return to Catania. The tour lasts approximately 9 hours.

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Overall rating

4.7
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I really enjoyed this trip! There were only three of us on it, so we were lucky enough to travel in a comfortable car with much-needed air con (it was an unusually hot day for June). We visited Ragusa first, then Modica and then Noto, and I felt as though we had enough time to see the main sites in each place and to get a feel for them. The chocolate tasting in Modica was fun, and our driver was helpful throughout - he stopped at a couple of viewpoints for us and dropped us back at our individual accommodations to save us walking from the company's office. I would definitely recommend this trip to people who are tight on time but keen to see multiple baroque towns in the area.

This was one of THE MOST FUN things we did on our trip to Sicily! Our guides Vincenzo and Angelo were absolutely hilarious! We had so much fun zipping through the streets of Siracusa and Ortigia! I would definitely recommend this incredible experience! Thank you so much to "Sicily Travel" located in Siracusa - we went there to check in to our excursion and were met with the most amazing, welcoming people! They introduced us to our guides and that's where the fun began! THANK YOU! You've got to try this excursion! Laura & Giuseppe Barbera

Michael was very informative and knew his subject well. Was very cognizant of keeping us in the shade in the 96 degree heatwave that Siracusa / Ortigia was having. We all appreciated his thoughtfulness. Would recommend this tour with him!

Eva was friendly and had a nice manner, was very knowledgeable and her English was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and learnt a great deal about Ortigia and Italian history. She was flexible and very accommodating.

Sebastiano, our guide, is attentive, prepared and very nice. He accompanied us through Ortigia, introducing us to new and special things.