Ortygia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Walking Tour

2 hr

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Group Tour

This private walking tour explores Ortygia, the old town center of Syracuse, which is placed on a small island. It is enchanting for its position and fascinating for its 3000 years of history. From Apollo temple, the oldest Greek temple in Sicily, the way leads through picturesque narrow streets to Cathedral Square, where there is the possibility to visit the Catholic church built above an ancient pagan temple. After you will admire the enchanting Fountain...
This private walking tour explores Ortygia, the old town center of Syracuse, which is placed on a small island. It is enchanting for its position and fascinating for its 3000 years of history. From Apollo temple, the oldest Greek temple in Sicily, the way leads through picturesque narrow streets to Cathedral Square, where there is the possibility to visit the Catholic church built above an ancient pagan temple. After you will admire the enchanting Fountain of Aretusa near the sea, walk through the less beaten paths of the Jewish Quarter and enjoy southern lifestyle and the colors of the local fish and fruit market.
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Itinerary Details

The private walking tour lasts about 2 hours and crosses the picturesque streets of the old part of Syracuse discovering the traces left by all the different people who governed Sicily. You will meet our guide at the ancient Greek Apollo Temple where he will give you 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, the only church still in use today which time ago was a pagan temple. You should not miss to visit its interiors (optional visit, admission ticket 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 probably was...
The private walking tour lasts about 2 hours and crosses the picturesque streets of the old part of Syracuse discovering the traces left by all the different people who governed Sicily. You will meet our guide at the ancient Greek Apollo Temple where he will give you 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, the only church still in use today which time ago was a pagan temple. You should not miss to visit its interiors (optional visit, admission ticket 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 probably was 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. Please note that the market is open only in the morning and on working days.

Important Details

Included
  • Private walking tour
  • Professional guide
Not Included
  • Cathedral entrance fee (optional, about 2 € p.p.)
Departure Point
Via dell'Apollonion, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A dress code is required to enter the cathedral. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed, shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.