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Syracuse: Private Tour of Ortygia

Product ID: 173952
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
Duration: 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, German, Italian
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • 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.
  • Private walking tour with a licensed guide
What’s Not Included
  • Admissione fees

Prepare for the activity

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

5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.3 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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February 10, 2020

A very interesting tour!

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

March 31, 2019

Unser Guide ist perfekt auf uns eingegangen, sie hat ein breites Wissen der Geschichte und der Insel Ortigia. Sehr schön war auch der Besuch des Marktes. Ein wunderschönes Erlebnis.

October 20, 2019

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Hermes Sicily Tours

Product ID: 173952