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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 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 your 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 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 Catania: Syracuse, Ortygia, and Noto Tour

2. From Catania: Syracuse, Ortygia, and Noto Tour

Enjoy three beautiful places in Sicily with this full-day tour from Catania. Listen to historical facts and facinating anecdotes with your audio guide as you stop at the Neapolis Archaeological Park, Ortygia, and Noto.  Meet your driver in Duomo square in the center of Catania and sit back and relax in the comfortable van on the drive to the Neapolis Archaeological Park in Syracuse. Purchase tickets to the park to admire the magnificent Greek theater, Roman Amphitheater, and stone quarries. Continue to the ancient fortified island of Ortygia. Spend some time wandering the streets to discover the mythical Fountain of Arethusa, Piazza Duomo, the fortress walls, and stunning Baroque churches and palaces. Finally, drive to the town of Noto where you can discover the Sicilian capital of Baroque architecture. Have some free time to see sights like the Fountain of Hercules, and noble palaces like Palazzo Astuto and Palazzo Trigona Cannicarao. Return to the meeting point in Catania.

From Syracuse: Mount Etna Guided Morning Hike & Food Tasting

3. From Syracuse: Mount Etna Guided Morning Hike & Food Tasting

Visit the highest active volcano in Europe with your nature guide and learn many curiosities about this majestic World Heritage Site! After meeting the guide at the set rendezvous point, we will move to the impressive Mount Etna. Ride up to an altitude of 2000 meters, where you can choose whether to go trekking with your guide around the extinguished Silvestri Craters or to buy the high altitude option. Explore your environment on a nature walk and admire the majestic views of this famous volcano and its surroundings. At the end of the walk, you'll explore a lava flow cave wearing the appropriate equipment. Finally, visit a traditional farm for a delicious sampling of local products.

From Catania: Syracuse and Noto Culture and History Tour

4. 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.

From Taormina: Full-Day Guided Tour of Syracuse

5. 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 15,000 spectators. Just over the ridge from the theater, you will see the old stone quarries where today there grows a fragrant lemon orchard. Also, visit the famous Ear of Dionysius, a 20m-high, slender pointed arch cut into the rock face about 65m deep. The rock was once used by Dionysius the Tyrant as a prison for his bitterest enemies. After stopping by the Roman amphitheater, continue on to the Archaeological Museum, which contains a great collection of exhibits from all over the Syracuse area. Spend the second half of your day wandering around the beautiful island of Ortygia. It may be a small island, but it's packed with over 2,500 years of history. Architectural styles vary widely, encompassing Greek and Roman remains, Medieval Norman buildings, and a great deal of understated Baroque visible in the main cathedral. In the afternoon, take a break to relax in one of the island's many restaurants, trattorias or bars, as you take in the sights of the lagoon.

From Syracuse: Cavagrande Natural Reserve Guided Trek

6. From Syracuse: Cavagrande Natural Reserve Guided Trek

Cavagrande Natural Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy a unique and emblematic scenery of Hyblean landscape: the so-called "cava". Originated from the relentless flowing of the Cassibile river, this impressive canyon presents a lush riparian vegetation and a system of small waterfalls and astonishing clear natural pools, where people have the opportunity to get a refreshing swim during summer months.transfer R/T, guided hike with hiking guide, use of walking poles

Palermo: Bus Tour to Noto, Ortigia, and Siracusa

7. Palermo: Bus Tour to Noto, Ortigia, and Siracusa

Explore the beauty of Sicily on this bus tour from Palermo. Be picked up from your accommodation and enjoy air-conditioned transfers to the town of Noto, the island of Ortigia, and and the Archaeological Park of Siracusa. Enjoy the convenience of being picked from Palermo in the morning. Sit back and relax on the comfortable drive to the town of Noto. Spend some time wandering through the town on your own to see sights like the 18th-century Noto Cathedral or the balconies of the Nicolaci Palace. Continue to the the island of Ortigia. Take some free time to buy lunch or see sights like the natural freshwater spring known as the Fountain of Arethusa or the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Cathedral of Syracuse. Finally, head to the Archaeological Park of Siracusa where you can purchase tickets to see the Greek theatre and the Roman amphitheater. Return to your accommodation in Palermo at the end of your tour.

Explore Syracuse

8. Explore Syracuse

Imagine the Greek tragedies in the largest Greek theater of Sicily and poke your head in the cave called Dionysian ear where the prisoners' every whisper was brought to the surface by its acoustics. Stroll down the cobbled streets of the picturesque old town of Ortigia with its intricate Baroque architecture, the majestic cathedral built on layers of history. All without missing the town's elegant shops and quaint cafes.  This tour starts in the morning and we leave the resorts at 07:30. After 2.5 hrs we arrive at Siracuse where we will visit Siracuse's archaeological site. The guide will take you on a 90-minute tour before we continue to Ortigia- the old town of Siracuse. There the guided tour continues for another 90 minutes. After this you will have 2 hrs free time at your disposal to wander around the town of Siracusa or maybe have a nice meal? Around 15.30 we will leave Siracusa and return to the hotels, where we arrive about 2 hrs later.

From Siracusa: Vendicari Nature Reserve Guided Tour

9. From Siracusa: Vendicari Nature Reserve Guided Tour

After leaving the meeting place, we will drive to Vendicari reserve. The guide will give you some information about the special wetland environment and about the birds of the reserve (over 250 different species), with proper spotting scope. We will walk along an easy path to get to the beach where the guide will describe you the characteristic vegetation. We will reach the suggestive Tuna factory and the Aragonese tower, there the transfer R/T, guided tour with hiking guide, walking poles use of birdwatching gear guide will get you known interesting information about their history and how tuna fishery worked. Swimming break and transfer back to Siracusa.

From Siracusa: Pantalica Nature Reserve Guided Hiking Tour

10. From Siracusa: Pantalica Nature Reserve Guided Hiking Tour

In the reserve of Pantalica nature, history and archeology blend offering visitors an opportunity to experience a unique and charming environment. The necropolis rises high with his white and sheer limestone cliffs with 5000 tombs dug in the rock. It is perfectly set in the variegated ecosystem that characterize this important Nature Reserve, listed as Unesco site in 2005 due to its very important historical and natural heritage.

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What people are saying about Syracuse

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 95 reviews

The trip was well organized and went well even though there were many participants. The guide was knowledgeable and the driver excellent in the narrow streets. The destinations were interesting and there was a suitable number of them and enough free time.

Brilliant trip. Excellent and informative guide and a gentleman driver. Highly recommended. We were delighted with everything about the tour, especially our guide Irene

Our guide was fabulous. She knows her stuff. She went out of her way to bring us the most of Siracusa.

Great experience. Everything was excellent! Salvo was great guide. We can recommend

Great day trip. Syracuse/Ortigia & Noto were specular! Josef great host.