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Syracuse: Private Tour of Ortygia

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Syracuse: Private Tour of Ortygia

From US$ 74.51 per person

A private walking tour exploring Ortygia, the old town center of Syracuse. It is enchanting for its position and fascinating for its ancient history. Explore the Apollo temple, the unique baroque cathedral and enjoy the beautiful panoramas of the sea.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover Syracuse's enchanting town center
  • Visit monuments ranging from the Greeks to the baroque age
  • Tour with pa rivate guide and tailor made itinerary
Full description
A private walking tour lasting about 2 hours, crossing the picturesque streets of 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 about the history of the town. 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 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 the local fish and fruit market where you can take a breath of local life, colors and scents.
Includes
  • Private walking tour with a licensed guide
  • Admission fees
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meeting point with the guide will be at the Apollo temple, at the entrance of Ortygia (the old town center of Syracuse), on the right side, near the small fountain.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship, no shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
  • Please note that the market is open only in the morning and on working days
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4/5
  • Service
    4.7/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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February 10, 2020

Excellent preparation

Very prepared and nice boy took us down the streets of Syracuse on an excellent guided tour..very patient.I recommend it to everyone

April 18, 2019

A very interesting tour!

Our guide was really nice and awesome. We felt very comfortable and we had a great time.

March 31, 2019

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