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Siracusa: Ortygia Island Boat Tour with Grotto Visit

4.8 / 5

19 reviews

Activity provider: Empeeria
Water activity

Siracusa: Ortygia Island Boat Tour with Grotto Visit

Activity provider: Empeeria

From US$ 26.90 per person

If you are wondering what to do in Syracuse, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the Sicilian sea, with an excursion to discover Ortygia and the Sea Caves.

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Duration 1 - 1.5 hours
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Italian, English
Private or small groups available


  • See Ortygia Island by boat
  • Discover more about myths and legends
  • Explore the enchanting grottos
  • Choose between a shared group or private boat ride
Full description

Meet your skipper at the convenient meeting point. A boat ride around Ortigia is one of the best ways to visit this beautiful place: between the sound of the wind and the intoxicating smell of the sea you will discover one of the jewels of the Sicilian tourist panorama. Admiring Ortigia by boat will allow you to admire some of its most significant monuments and historic buildings: the Venetian Palace, the Umberto I Bridge and the Small Port, the former Bourbon Prison, the Spanish walls and the Lungomare di Levante, the Viliena Fortress, the Maniace Castle and the Fonte Aretusa. Continue with the exploration of the sea grottos (the Capuchin Latomie, the Ear of Dionysius, the Heart-Shaped Lovers', and the Holy Spirit grottos) on the north side of Syracuse, entering the caves and admiring stalactites, stalagmites, and coral formations up close. This excursion in Ortygia will also offer you the opportunity, in non-adverse weather conditions, to take a short stop for a dip, where the water is a deep blue.

  • Guided boat tour
  • Swimming stop
  • Italian and English-speaking skipper
  • Food and drinks (purchasable on board) 

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Meeting point

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The captain could cancel the excursion on the basis of adverse weather conditions
  • The excursion time may vary according to the season: From 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (From 1st April to 31st October); From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (From 1st January to 31st March / November and December)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 19 reviews

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Even though the waters were rough, our excellent captain gave us a safe and enjoyable ride. Our guide spoke very good English and informed us about what we were looking at. We learned a lot! Great job!

March 14, 2023

Awesome boat trip to the grottos and around the castle, very informative and relaxing!

March 9, 2023

October 26, 2022

Product ID: 394286