Water activity

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

4.7 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: LUCIA MORTELLARO

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

Activity provider: LUCIA MORTELLARO
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From US$ 31.66 per person

Admire the natural beauty and old-world wonders of Ortigia Island from the water on this boat tour from Siracusa. See a heart shaped sea cave and the Arethusa fountain.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible


  • See the ancient buildings on Ortigia Island from the water
  • View the legendary Arethusa Spring
  • Take pictures at the Cave of Love
Full description

Embark on a boat tour of Ortigia with this tour from Siracusa. View the historic center of Siracusa from the water. Travel along the coast to admire Maniace castle and several sea caves.

Push off from Siracusa and pass under the Umbertino bridge. Take in sweeping views of the entire port. Go by the luxurious yachts at Foro Italico, and catch a glimpse of a cathedral dome. Observe the legendary Arethusa fountain.

Exit the port and see the immense Maniace castle. Head out to the northern coast of Syracuse. Have some fresh fruit and juice as you travel to a spot where you can get out and have a 10 minute swim.

Enter Capuchin cave, Coral cave, a stalactite cave, and the heart-shaped Cave of Love. Snap souvenir photos with the heart behind you.

  • Boat tour
  • Prosecco, juice, and seasonal fruit
  • Skipper
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Please arrive 15 minutes before the departure time. Please look for the Ortigia Island excursion office. To find the boat, please look for the Ortigia Island boat.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The roof may not be accessible in bad weather
  • You can request the photos that are taken on board at the end of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 35 reviews

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The company were excellent and more than helpful in getting us going. Our captain (pilot?) Otto was really knowledgeable about the sights you could see from the water, and made us feel very comfortable during our tour. I have nothing but good things to say, this was definitely the highlight of our trip

May 30, 2022

We had a great trip around Ortigia and the various Siracusa grottos with our skipper Otto, who was very insightful with his information about key sites but was also great at letting us sit back, relax and enjoy the sights, sun and sea. We saw a number of other boat trips out at the same time which looked to be more crowded and just quickly buzzing between stops. This tour took it's time and let us really enjoy the sites in what seemed like a lot more comfort than the other boats we saw.

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May 12, 2022

Otto was our captain and his passengers were only me and my girlfriend. We had a really nice time, he showed us the caves, even from the inside! He didn't care that there's only the two of us there. He navigated flawlessly. It is apparent that he loves the sea. We even talked about everyday life as well, he was really friendly and nice with us, can only recommend!

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May 11, 2022

Product ID: 407395