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Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania

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

Learn the ancient history of Sicily on a full-day sightseeing tour that takes you to the archaeological park of Neapolis where you can visit classical monuments of Greek and Roman Syracuse at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Catania, transfer to the ruins of Syracuse, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During your walk, 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.”

From Sciacca: Syracuse and Ortigia Island Day Trip by Bus

2. From Sciacca: Syracuse and Ortigia Island Day Trip by Bus

Our Tour will start at 7:00 by bus from your hotel in Sciacca or from the Gulliver agency and will last about three and a half hours. Syracuse: The first stop of the excursion is Syracuse where you will have the opportunity to stroll through the typical narrow streets, churches, old buildings, splendid fountains and admire the remains of Greek civilization such as the Archaeological Park of Neapolis surrounded by olive and cypress trees and other flora typical Mediterranean. Visits: the magnificent Greek theater of the 5th century BC, the Roman amphitheater, the Latomie, the legendary cave "L'Orecchio di Dionisio", the Church of the Madonna delle Lacrime in front of the entrance to the Archaeological Museum of Syracuse which is a surprising sanctuary rather atypical for its architecture compared to the local landscape. Ortigia The second stage of the excursion includes a visit to the old part of the city, i.e. the historic center which is actually an island: Ortigia. It is joined to the mainland by means of two bridges, the Ponte Umbertino and the Ponte Santa Lucia, and is characterized by typical narrow streets, monuments, museums and restaurants. Excursion duration: Full day Departure time: 7:00 Includes: Meeting at the hotel/Gulliver Agency, transfer to Syracuse to the Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius and Ortigia. I'm going back to the hotel. Does not include: Guide, entrance tickets to museums and places of interest, meals and drinks.

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4.7 / 5

based on 149 reviews

A great experience, our guide was very friendly and helpful. We were picked up on time and saw some very nice sites. We enjoyed our day greatly and got to see 3 places in sicily which was quite convenient as we were there for only a short stay. Would definitely recommend this experience!

Nando was very helpful, courteous and was an excellent guide. We got to understand Sicily better because of his explanations and knowledge.

Our guide Giuseppe is knowledgeable, caring and fun. The tour was perfect.

All very interesting, NANDO excellent guide and driver, all perfect

Overall nice trup across several beautiful cities.