From Taormina: Full-Day Guided Tour of Syracuse

3.7 / 5

15 reviews

From Taormina: Full-Day Guided Tour of Syracuse

From $60.63 per person

On a 1-day guided excursion by bus, discover the many sights and wonders of the beautiful Syracuse. See the archaeological area, the Greek Theater, and the quarries before visiting Ortygia Island to see the Fountain of Arethusa and the cathedral.

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Duration 8 hours
Starting time 8:00 AM
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English, German, Italian

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the archaeological site in Syracuse
  • Wander around Ortygia Island and admire its wide variety of architectural styles
  • Marvel at the Fountain of Arethusa
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Transportation by coach
  • Tour leader service
  • Local guide service
  • VAT and taxes
  • Drinks or meals
  • Entrance fees
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Taormina Bus Terminal - Via Pirandello

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets

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  • It is recommended you wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and a hat/visor.
  • Please note, bookings for the next day must be booked at least 15 hours in advance.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    2.2/5
  • Transportation
    2.8/5
  • Value for money
    3.7/5
  • Safety
    4/5
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The day was well organised with the bus picking us up promptly at Giardini Naxos at 7.30. Make sure you are early the bus does not wait for long! Following more pick ups from Taormina etc we were on our way and to our surprise stopped at a service station for 20 mins (I’m assuming as the driver needed to stop due to time on the road - as otherwise a very odd place to stop) in hindsight we would have however bought snacks as there was a lot of time between breakfast and lunch, especially for anyone like us who did not really have time for breakfast with the early pick up point. However they are the downsides the trip was totally worth it! Spectacular sites of the Greek theatre and the paradise caves were brilliant. And Ortigia was beautiful with amazing buildings to go view. Overall a great trip with our guide, Eva being very knowledgable, interesting and funny!

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September 13, 2019

Nice day trip for cold days

In summary, a big thank you to the organizers. Rebooking from Thursday to Monday went smoothly. The local guide, SAT, sent us a great tourist guide. Very understandable in Italian, German and English and very well informed about the tour. Attention, there are additional costs of 2 € for the cathedral, which is optional. The tour leads through the old Syracuse (theater of the Romans and Greeks) to the island with the old city wall, city center including cathedral etc. There was no time pressure during the entire duration of the tour, which is rather an exception. Book the package, it is really recommended.

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May 2, 2019

We had a fantastic day , thank you so much

September 17, 2019

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