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Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania

Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania

From US$ 132.98 per person

Explore the Greek and Roman monuments of Sicily on an 8-hour tour to Syracuse in the archelogical park of Neapolis. Marvel at the beauty of Ortygia Island, and visit the small town of Noto to see its unique style of Sicilian Baroque architecture

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English, Spanish, German, French
Pickup included
Hotels and B&Bs in Catania only
Small group
Limited to 8 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the Greek and Roman temples of the archaeological park of Neapolis
  • Explore Ortygia Island to see the historic heart of Syracuse
  • Wander among the baroque palaces of Noto
  • See the Arethusa fountain
  • Admire the largest cavea ever built by the ancient Greeks
Full description
Learn the ancient history of Sicily on a full-day sightseeing tour that takes in the archaeological park of Neapolis, home to the majority of classical monuments of Greek and Roman Syracuse. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Catania, transfer to the ruins of Syracuse, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During a guided walk you will discover many old Roman streets, as well as monuments such as the Greek Theatre, whose cavea is one of the largest ever built by the ancient Greeks. Near the Greek Theatre, you will see the latomie, including the limestone cave known as the “Ear of Dyonisius,” as well as the Christian Church of San Nicolò ai Cordari. Admire the Amphitheatre of the Roman imperial age, and more. Then, continue to Ortygia Island to experience the historic heart of Syracuse. Located at the park’s eastern end, and separated by a narrow channel, Ortygia is filled with Greek temples, Christian churches, and Arabian streets. Visit the Arethusa fountain and Piazza del Duomo, where the baroque palaces, such as Beneventano del Bosco Palace and Senate Palace are among the most beautiful in Sicily. After lunch (own expense), go to the small town of Noto, noted for its unique style of Sicilian Baroque architecture, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Wander the open air museum and beautiful Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire the many palaces and churches that, grouped together, are known as the “Stone Garden.”
Includes
  • Return transfers by shuttle bus
  • Pick-up is available from the city center
  • Multilingual guide (English and Italian)
  • Entrance to the archaeological park of Neapolis
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination or a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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  • This activity cannot be booked as a private tour for 1 person
  • If you are traveling alone and unable to book, this means there are no other travelers currently booked for the same day
  • In such cases, please check the activity page in a few days and attempt to rebook
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 123 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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Our guide was very friendly, hospitable and knowledgeable. The walking tours of Noto and Ortygia were both enjoyable, with about an hour in each to explore on your own. There was no guided tour of Neopolis, but it was easy to visit the ruins on our own. Our tour group was a mixture of Italian and English speakers, and our guide did a good job ensuring that both language groups received the same experience: I'm sure it was challenging, but he did it well.

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July 18, 2021

The guide Nando was super nice and presented nice things about the places we passed. He took pictures when we asked and was always very patient. The only complaint is that it would be interesting to ask us to wait inside the hotel and when he arrives, tell us to leave. I waited 20 minutes in the cold.

January 8, 2020

The guide arrived on time, unfortunately we had to drive 45 minutes extra to pick up the other guide before beginning the day! The guide was knowledgeable and helpful. It was quite a long day, and would not be an ideal activity on a hot day. The restaurant we had lunch in at Syracuse was ridiculously expensive - so avoid that if possible. While we enjoyed to tour, it was quite expensive.

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October 22, 2019

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