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Syracuse: Boat Trip of Ortigia Island and Sea Caves

1. Syracuse: Boat Trip of Ortigia Island and Sea Caves

Immerse yourself in Ortigia, the historical heart of Syracuse as on this guided boat tour. Enjoy listening as your skipper tells you about geological formations and step back in time with stories and information regarding the area's rich history. Board a comfortable boat and embark on your water adventure. Glide from the bridges of Ortigia and will enter the "big port" of Syracuse where you can gaze out of the the stunning Alfeo Promenade of Ortigia. Sail outside the port to circumnavigate the entire island. Follow the coast north of Syracuse to see some naturally-formed sea caves. Cruise into the "small port" and navigate inside the Ortigia canal that divides the island from the city. Have the chance to stop and take a dip in the turquoise waters with views of the shore. Pass under the bridges to return to the starting point of the tour. Meetpoint: via senatore Giuseppe maielli 4 (infopoint Syracuse excursion)

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

2. Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

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.

Syracuse: Neapolis Park Skip-the-line Ticket and Audioguide

3. Syracuse: Neapolis Park Skip-the-line Ticket and Audioguide

The Neapolis Archaeological Park is a must-do for anyone interested in archeology and the classical world. Skip the lines with this entrance ticket and discover its many ancient wonders for yourself including the Greek theater, the Ear of Dionysius, and the Altar of Hieron II. Check out the Greek theater, one of the park's most famous attractions and a truly impressive example of classical civic architecture. Another one of the park's most iconic sites is the Ear of Dionysius, a man-made cave named by the painter Caravaggio. Continue on and discover the fascinating history of some of the park's other key sites. Visit the Roman amphitheater that dates back to the 3rd-4th century AD, the Cave of the Cordari, and the Altar of Hieron II which is dedicated to Zeus Eleutherios.

Syracuse: Ortigia Sunset Cruise with Aperitif

4. Syracuse: Ortigia Sunset Cruise with Aperitif

Discover the caves and coves of Ortigia Island and admire a spectacular sunset on a sunset cruise. Savor prosecco with a tasting platter showcasing the best of local restaurant produce during your boat tour. Begin the cruise by sailing toward the exit from the small port and heading toward the north coast. Here, meet the Capuchin cove and the first Capuchin cave before passing in front of the dolphin-shaped rock. Next, enter the Coral Caves and marvel at the walls of soft red coral in each cave. Continue to the Grotta Dell’Amore, where the local partner will take photos you can collect at the end of the tour. After, enter the largest cave on the Syracusan coast, the Grotta delle Stalattiti. See the impressive variety and play of colors formed inside the cave, as well as the strange shapes created naturally by the force of the waves and humidity. Then, tuck into the onboard platter and uncork a delicious prosecco as you begin to return to Ortigia Island. On the way, stop for a swim in crystal-clear waters near Maniace Castle. Hop back on the boat and wait for the sunset to arrive as you listen to the onboard music, played throughout the cruise. After admiring the sunset, conclude the tour by passing under the Umbertino Bridge.

Catania/Taormina: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

5. Catania/Taormina: The Godfather Filming Locations Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Michael Corleone in The Godfather movies on a guided tour from Catania or Taormina. Discover the beautiful medieval villages of Savoca and Forza d’Agrò nestled on 2 beautiful hills where Francis Ford Coppola shot the famous movies. Start with pickup from your hotel in Catania or Taormina. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle and explore the splendid hidden corners of Sicily made famous by The Godfather movies. Head first to the quaint village of Savoca. Visit the Chiesa di San Nicolo/Santa Lucia where Michael married Apollonia. Enjoy a drink or lemon granita at Bar Vitelli where Michael asked Mr. Vitelli if he could marry his daughter. Next, head to the Cathedral of Forza d'Agrò where another wedding scene was filmed. Then, explore the beautiful Castello Degli Schiavi (subject to availability). Finally, relax and enjoy the views on the return journey to your accommodation.

Syracuse: Ortigia Private Walking Tour

6. Syracuse: Ortigia Private Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour crossing the picturesque streets of Ortigia, 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 to the history of the town. This is a private walking tour with a professional guide so you will enjoy the relaxed walk and flexible itinerary. 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 through Ortigia 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 probably brought here when Archimedes lived in town. The way back leads through the Jewish Quarter to Via Maestranza, the street where the nobility of the town had their pompous homes. On Archimedes Square, the neoclassical Fountain of Diana remembers once more the glorious past of Syracuse. The tour will end at at Piazza Archimede in the heart of Ortigia but you can also ask your guide to end at the local fish and fruit market where you can take a breath of local life, colors, and scents.

Siracusa: Ortygia Island Boat Tour with Grotto Visit

7. Siracusa: Ortygia Island Boat Tour with Grotto Visit

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.

Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Tour with Brunch

8. Catania: Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto Tour with Brunch

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 freshwater spring. For lunch, you have the option to enjoy a rich brunch made of typical Sicilian products, 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 explore this jewel of Sicilian Baroque architecture, which is often considered to be an open-air museum. Admire the extraordinary architecture of its many palaces, churches, and stairways. After an exhilarating day, sit back and relax as you are taken back to your hotel in the comfort of a luxurious vehicle. 

From Catania: Syracuse and Noto Culture and History Tour

9. From Catania: Syracuse and Noto Culture and History Tour

Discover two of the most beautiful cities in Sicily on this guided history and culture tour of Syracuse and Noto. Syracuse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site while Noto is considered the most beautiful city of Sicilian Baroque. See Neapolis Archaeological Park, Ortigia, and more. Meet your guides who will lead to the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, an area rich in archaeological finds belonging to several periods of Syracusan history. Later, continue on the island of Ortigia, the historic center of Syracuse. Walk through alleys that are over 2000 years old and full of history. See the spectacular cathedral. Then, head to the historic center of Noto that's called the stone garden due to the architectural beauty of its palaces. See why this place is considered to have some of the most beautiful examples of Sicilian Baroque. After experiencing Syracuse and Noto, get transferred back to your pickup location.

Catania International Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Syracuse

10. Catania International Airport: Bus Transfer to/from Syracuse

Experience stress-free transport between Syracuse and Catania Fontanarossa Airport with fresh and clean buses equipped with hand sanitizer and air-conditioned seating aboard the Interbus S.p.A. Avoid the hassle of navigating the public transportation system, instead, relax and enjoy the views of Sicily from the comfort of your seat. Board a modern bus to leave your worries behind, and arrive on time at your destination at the airport, or in the city. Enjoy comfort on board with the cooling ventilation. You can bring on board with you, upon purchase of a ticket, a single pet, not belonging to wild species of proven and notorious danger and in any case inside a special cage, basket or carrier, whose dimensions must not exceed 40x30x25 cm, which do not prevent circulation on board the vehicle and that they can be placed at the foot of the adjacent seat and not on the armchair.

Province of Syracuse, Sicily

Province of Syracuse, Sicily

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This is a MUST DO EXPERIENCE when visiting Siracusa, Sicily! I booked this experience with my wife to participate in our first night arriving on the island and to enjoy a nice, cultural experience. this exceeded my expectations in every way! Before we even arrived we were contacted by Maria Rita who was eager to host us and ensure she had ingredients that addressed any dietary concerns. When we arrived at her home, we were warmly welcomed by Maria Rita and her family. She taught us how to make different variations of traditional Sicilian pasta noodles from scratch, fried eggplant, meatballs, tiramisu, and a fun Sicilian treat (cuddura cull'ova) to celebrate Easter. EVERYTHING was delicious. EVERYTHING! As a military family, we are often away from home and I can't emphasize enough how special it was to be treated and embraced as family by Maria Rita and her family. Strongly recommend this experience!

Terrific and unique activity with a focus on sustainability. We started the evening by walking through the garden and harvesting ingredients for dinner. Then we spent a casual evening in the kitchen learning about zero-waste cooking techniques and traditional Sicilian cooking. We ate a deliciously filling meal accompanied with wine made at the farm. Our two sons (8yo and 12yo) enjoyed the experience as much ad we did. Good value for money. 100% recommend making this a part of your trip to southern Sicily.

Our guide/drivee Rustian is incredible:polite, flexible and informative. All 3 baroque cities are beautiful especially noto. Each one is about 1 hr. But for future customers would be great if Ragusa is 45 min n noto being 1 hr 15 min. It’s quite a bit of driving reaching these 3 cities but absolutely breathtaking. A must visit tour

It was a really nice trip. Nice experience at the volcano, with the views and the knowledge from the guide. And really nice experience in the food tasting. Well organized. Thank you!

Amazing trip! Rustian is a very friendly guy and very knowledgeable. He told us a lot about the baroque style. This trip is definitely worth it! We've had a great day!