Syracuse Walking tours

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Syracuse: Ortigia and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

1. 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.

Syracuse: Ortigia Island Guided Walking Tour

2. Syracuse: Ortigia Island Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of Syracuse on this guided walking tour of the island of Ortigia. Uncover how major Mediterranean civilizations have left their mark in this unique area as you pass by elegant buildings, sculptures, fountains, and grand squares. Meet your guide near the Ponte Umbertino, the stone bridge that connects Syracuse to the island of Ortigia. Follow your guide as they effortlessly navigate through a maze of narrow streets until you reach the 6th century ruins of the Apollo Temple. Contime to Piazza Archimede to admire a classical fountain that depicts the mythical goddess Diana. Pass through charming shops and alley restaurants as you make your way through downtown Ortigia. Finally reach the Piazza Duomo which opens out into a wide space that is surrounded by breathtaking Baroque architecture. End your walk here, were you can take some time to admire the Cathedral of Syracuse which was built atop a Temple to Athena. 

Syracuse: Ortygia Walking Tour

3. Syracuse: Ortygia Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour crossing the picturesque streets of 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. 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 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 the local fish and fruit market where you can take a breath of local life, colors, and scents.

Syracuse: Greek Theater and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

4. Syracuse: Greek Theater and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

Visit one of the largest Greek theaters in the Mediterranean, the Ear of Dionysus, the Latomie, and the Cordari Cave with a guide. Step back in time as you learn about the history and myths of the Neapolis Archaeological Park. If you choose a tour in Italian, attend the show Il mito di Aretusa. After reaching the entrance of the Neapolis in Syracuse, you will meet our guide waiting for you. You will carry out a short briefing, where the origins of this city will be explained to you and then enter inside the archaeological park of Neapolis. Here it will be possible to visit the Latomie, the ancient stone quarries from which the material for the construction of the city has been extracted for centuries. Formerly places of heavy work and imprisonment, today the Latomie have changed their faces by covering themselves with greenery.  Visiting the latomie you will meet the legendary Ear of Dionysius, known for its typical shape and for its particular acoustics. You will be told the story of the tyrant Dionysius and the legend of this cave. You will continue with the view of the Grotta dei Cordari and then reach the Greek Theater. From the upper terrace you can admire the suggestive Fountain of the Nymphaeum and the wonderful panorama overlooking the large port. After leaving the theater, you will move to the Altar of Hieron II, the largest stone altar built in the Greek world. The last monument you will visit in Neapolis is the Roman Amphitheater. At this monument the guide will show you the Roman phase of the city, the characteristics of the building and the particularities of the gladiatorial games.

Syracuse: Highlights of Ortigia Guided Walking Tour

5. Syracuse: Highlights of Ortigia Guided Walking Tour

Discover a combination of Greek, medieval, and Baroque architecture on this guided walking tour of Ortigia island in Syracuse. Uncover the secrets of Ortigia as you visit a crypt that as a World War II air-raid shelter. Meet your guide in Piazza Emanuele Pancali square in front of the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo. Enter the Church of San Filippo Apostolo alla Giudecca and visit the crypt below the church where people took shelter during bombing campaigns in WWII. See an old well which was once used as a baptismal font under the church before continuing towards Piazza Archimede, where you can view the Fountain of Diana. View the fountain which depicts the Nymph Arethusa at the moment in which she transforms into a spring. Make your way to Piazza Duomo square where you can purchase entrance to the Syracuse Cathedral and independently visit its underground Hypogeum. Finish your tour at the mythical Arethusa spring which is just meters away from the sea. You can also choose the option with the visit of the Maniace Castle, where you can visit of the interiors of this medieval fortess, sourranded by a unique landscape.

Syracuse: Neapolis Archaeological Park Official Guided Tour

6. Syracuse: Neapolis Archaeological Park Official Guided Tour

During your time in Syracuse, be sure to pay a visit to the Neapolis Archaeological Park. Learn about the history on a guided tour as you explore the park's fascinating sites including the Greek theatre, the Altar of Hieron II, and the Ear of Dionysius. Set off on a guided tour and discover the Neapolis Archaeological Park. Admire the Greek theater, a truly striking example of classical civic architecture and discover the impressive Ear of Dionysius, a man-made cave named by the painter Caravaggio. As you wander around the park learn more about the Roman Amphitheater from the 3rd-4th century AD, the cave of the Cordari, and the Altar of Hieron II, a monument dedicated to Zeus Eleutherios. The Neapolis Archaeological Park is a must-do for anyone interested in archeology and the classical world.

Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Sea Caves Boat Tour

7. Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Sea Caves Boat Tour

During this guided tour you will see the following monuments and historical buildings: Venetian Palace, Umberto I bridge, small harbour, Bourbons prison, old spanish walls and Eastern seafront, Viliena Fortress, Jewish Quarter, Maniace Castle, Aretusa Source, Cathedral, St. Lucy alla Badia Church, Alfeo seafront and Porta Marina. Then we will continue our tour by the coast to the sea caves visit and you can live a unique experience: the boat will go into the sea caves wich is the best place to admire stalactites, stalagmites and corals. Some of these caves have peculiar shapes that you will recognize by approaching them, as Dionisio's ear cave, Lovers cave wich has a heart shape and the Doves cave. Last but not least, if you wish, you can also have the chance to enjoy a stop for swimming in our crystal waters.

Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Sea Caves Sightseeing Cruise

8. Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Sea Caves Sightseeing Cruise

During this guided tour you will see the following monuments and historical buildings: Venetian Palace, Umberto I bridge, small harbor, Bourbons prison, Spanish walls and Eastern seafront, Viliena Fortress, Maniace Castle, Aretusa Source, Syracuse Cathedral, St. Lucy Church, Alfeo seafront and Porta Marina. We will then continue our tour on the coast with the sea caves exploration and you will live a unique experience: the boat will go into the caves to allow you to admire stalactites, stalagmites and corals. Some caves have peculiar shapes that you will recognize by approaching them, Dionysius ear cave, Lovers’ cave heart shaped, Doves cave. Last but not least, if you wish, you will have the chance to enjoy a swim in our crystal waters!

Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Caves Private Cruise with wine

9. Syracuse: Ortigia Island and Caves Private Cruise with wine

Discover the natural wonders of the Sicilian coast on a private boat tour departing from Syracuse. Enjoy a panoramic ride around the city's waterfront landmarks and sail away toward Ortigia Island for breathtaking views. Taste a traditional snack and some sparkling wine on board. Meet the crew in Syracuse and be welcomed aboard with a delicious Sicilian aperitif and a glass of Prosecco. Set sail toward the neighboring island of Ortigia, navigate along its shoreline, and see the incredible sea caves north of the city. Listen to insightful commentary from your skipper. Learn about local history and geography as you come across sites such as the Cathedral of Santa Lucia, a Jesuit church, the Castello Maniace, and many other major landmarks.

Syracuse: Walking Tour with a Private Guide

10. Syracuse: Walking Tour with a Private Guide

Throughout this 2-hour private guided tour of Syracuse you will enjoy the most important treasures of the city. You'll explore some of its most important and famous sites and admire the stunning signs of the Ancient Greece era all around you. Maybe you don't know it, but this 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. In the modern day, the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the Necropolis of Pantalica. The walk through the city will pass by some of the most important monuments and unmissable spots, such as the Cathedral, the Fontana Aretusa and the elegant Baroque-style "palazzi". But there is going to be so much more to see! Oh, and make sure you don't miss the amazing view onto the Mediterranean blue sea. You are strongly recommended to bring your camera with you during this tour. You won't regret it!

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 77 reviews

Giuseppe was an excellent guide providing my wife and I with a wonderful afternoon exploring all of the treasures of Syracuse’s Archeological Park as well as the must-see attractions of Ortigia. As a University of Catania-educated Archeologist he was a font of information on the history of Sicily and Syracuse and all of the various structures and sights that we visited. Engaging, intelligent and spirited, Giuseppe made sure we visited all of the important sights in the area and then brought them to life - highly recommended.

Our guide, Galina, was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and concerned with the welfare of one of my guests. It was very hot and we did not bring water with us. Warning to all: bring water! Being in the full sun for 2.5 hours was draining. Other than that, Galina provided every detail (including word origins!) as well as the best vantage points for taking photos. Highly recommend!

Giuseppe was a great guide. He provided informed commentary on the neopolis and Ortigia. He was also comfortable taking questions.

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and the Greek Theatre was so interesting to visit. I recommend this tour.

Giuseppe was outstanding. Knew everything about Syracuse and Ortigia and was a delight!