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  • Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto Transfer and Tour

    1. Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto Transfer and Tour

    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 fresh water spring. For lunch you have the option to enjoy a classic sicilian snack made of Tavola Calda, 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 exp...

    This could have been a fantastic trip. Our driver/guide was excellent. She made some quick decisions en route when faced with a blockage on the highway. However, the 4x4 was most uncomfortable. There were 7 of us in an 8 seater vehicle. It was very, very hot and the air con did not do the job. If it was blasted out, the driver had to shout out information. As it was, at each stop, we were in a state of heat exhaustion. The 2 people in the back row had even less access to air than we did in the 2nd row. I cannot recommend this company and their vehicle.

  • Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania

    2. Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania

    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 f...

    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.

  • Catania: Vendicari, Marzamemi and Noto Day Trip

    3. Catania: Vendicari, Marzamemi and Noto Day Trip

    Meet your local guide and enjoy comfortable air-conditioned transportation from Catania. The first stop will be the Natural Reserve of Vendicari, the most important wildlife oasis in Italy. Discover the beautiful beaches of fine sand and large saltwater marshes. Also, try to spot migratory birds and plant species that grow on the dunes and cliffs. The day continues with a stop in Marzamemi, a small fishing village looking out over the Ionian Sea. Visit the ruins of the Tonnara, an ancient structure used to catch tuna. Be delighted by a profusion of colors, flowers, old buildings and one photogenic spot after the other. Finally, visit Noto, the capital of Sicilian Baroque. Get lost in its charming squares and marvel at its churches, buildings, facades and balconies all heavily adorned in the traditional style.

  • Syracuse: Ortigia and Neapolis Guided Walking Tour

    4. 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.

    Giuseppe was fantastic! We felt so lucky to have him walk us through the sites and history of Syracuse's archeological park, as well as, Ortygia. He knows SO much about the history and answered all of the questions we peppered him with. We highly recommend taking this tour with him!!!

  • Syracuse: Private Tour of Ortygia

    5. Syracuse: Private Tour of Ortygia

    A private walking tour lasting about 2 hours, 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 about 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...

  • Siracuse: Guided Velobike Tour

    6. Siracuse: Guided Velobike Tour

    After being collected from your Siracusa accommodation, your Velo Bike tour around the city will begin. You will be taken to various parts of the city, and as well as the island of Ortigia. Siracusa has a unique ecological system, both inside and outside the city. Aboard your electric bicycle, your driver will introduce you to inside the city's magnificent labyrinth, providing you with the opportunity to find and to photograph the history left by different populations at each stop. The tour also includes explanation of historical places, as well as views of impressive panoramas. At the conclusion of your experience, you have the option to be dropped off at any location of your choosing within the city.

  • From Taormina: Full-Day Guided Tour of Syracuse

    7. From Taormina: Full-Day Guided Tour of Syracuse

    For those traveling to Sicily, Syracuse is not to be missed. Once the most important city in 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 its economic, political, and military power, 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. Its cavea is amongst the largest ever built, its 59 rows could accommodate up to 15,...

    I liked the excursion, we got picked up from hotel in the big, modern bus. I liked that we had breaks and that we were given a lot of free time to walk in the city. I think you shouldn't organize three language excursion. It takes a lot of time to share the information and our guide (Alfredo) was giving different information in different languages and he was quite chaotic in the explanation. I find that's a pity because he is very knowledgeable person and shared a lot of stories, it was just sometimes hard to make a link between the pieces of information that we got. Also, maybe you should consider organising earlier or later trip, it was dead hot already at 11am and it's really difficult to stroll around the stone city with all the heat.

  • From Catania: Pantalica & Sortino Guided Tour

    8. From Catania: Pantalica & Sortino Guided Tour

    Explore the historic Pantalica Nature Reserve and the scenic town of Sortino in the Anapo River Valley. Visit Pantalica, one of the most impressive prehistoric and Paleo-Christian settlements in Europe. Then, explore nearby Sortino and see the town’s memorable architecture. Get picked up from your accommodation in Catania, then head to the first stop: Pantalica Nature Reserve. Pantalica is located on a limestone promontory surrounded by a deep gorge formed by the Anapo and Calcinara rivers between the towns of Ferla and Sortino in Sicily. Pantalica was founded by Sicilian populations where they settled for over 2400 years until the end of the 12th century. This charming place is the largest necropolis in Europe. Here, you'll find the Necropolis of Pantalica, a collection of historic tombs. Next, head to the second stop, the town of Sortino. Sortino has always been known for being on...

    It was one of the best tours i have ever been on. Pantalica was a very beautiful place and our tour guide took us everywhere he could and showed us everything and explained everything and he was very kind. He also willingly took pictures of us and told us also where we should take the pictures for the scenery.

  • Syracuse: Greek Theater, Food Market, and Ortigia Island

    9. Syracuse: Greek Theater, Food Market, and Ortigia Island

    Travel through time on a visit to the Greek theater of Syracuse and discover why this structure carved directly out of the rocky hillside has earned UNESCO World Heritage Site Status. Explore the surrounding monuments and archaeological area, while learning the history of the site from an experienced, local guide.  Next, visit the island of Ortigia, the historic heart of one of the greatest cities in the ancient world and one of the most visited places in Sicily. Stroll through charming squares, learn the history behind archaeological monuments, and admire the Ortigia Duomo (cathedral). There will even be an opportunity to visit some local food markets to check out some typical Sicilian products and produce.  This 3-hour tour will include transfers in an air-conditioned car, although some walking will be involved.

  • Syracuse and Noto Full-Day Tour

    10. Syracuse and Noto Full-Day Tour

    Explore the Greek history of Syracuse and see the remains of the temples of Apollo and Athena on the island of Ortygia. Visit the Greek theater, see the latomie (stone quarries) of Neapolis and discover the site of ancient Epipoli. Pass the cathedral, where the origins of the Greek Temple of Athena date back to the 5th century BC. Learn the legend of Arethusa, patron figure of Syracuse and get the chance to see paintings by Caravaggio in the Basilica of Santa Lucia.    Next, discover the "Garden of Stone" at Noto, renowned for its Baroque heritage and reconstruction on Meti Hill following an earthquake in 1693.

    Alessio was a great guide! Our trip to Syracuse and Noto became even more interesting thanks to his enthousiastic storytelling and his amazing knowledge of history! He also strictly followed the Covid-measures: he wore his face mask and protective gloves at all times, and his car was fully desinfected. A highly recommended tour!

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What people are saying about Province of Syracuse

Very entertaining tour. We had 2 bikes because we had booked this tour with our children aged 13 and 10. They also liked it very much. The bikes are comfortable and there is always shade. There are quite a few exit points. The two guides with us (Nicholas and Daniel) spread an extremely good mood and are really good !!!!! Be sure to book.

It was one of the best tours i have ever been on. Pantalica was a very beautiful place and our tour guide took us everywhere he could and showed us everything and explained everything and he was very kind. He also willingly took pictures of us and told us also where we should take the pictures for the scenery.

Experience to do thanks to the very expert guide of Nicolas, he made us immerse in the true history of Ortigia. Then riding a velobike is also a lot of fun. Highly recommended !!!

Great tour. We were just 3 people and I was glad that the tour wasn't cancelled. Thanky you Carlos.

Great tour with a great, enthusiastic, knowledgable guide! Would recommend!