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Full-Day Tour of Syracuse's Ancient Ruins, Ortygia & Noto

by Noema Viaggi  Duration 11h Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is AU$77

Journey back in time with a full-day visit to the mythical city of Syracuse. Explore centuries-old Greek and Roman ruins, stroll the medieval lanes of Ortygia and then visit the UNESCO-designated town of Noto to admire its spectacular Baroque architecture.

Travel toward the timeless streets of Syracuse, where the Greek ruins, medieval architecture and seaside orchards are an idyllic backdrop for a still-bustling modern metropolis.

Your first stop is at the Neapolis Archaeological Park, a fascinating concentration of Greek and Roman ruins. Wander through the orange and lemon groves that sit within the quarry walls of the Latomia del Paradiso, a narrow cavern that carries whispers easily from one end to the other. Pass the rock seats of a 5th-century Greek theatre and the 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, where gladiators once faced off against other soldiers and savage beasts.

Cross the bridge to Ortygia, the historic heart of the cita vecchia, which sits on an island in the centre of town. Pass by well-preserved Baroque palaces and churches, including the Duomo di Siracusa, a beautiful cathedral built on the site of a temple to the goddess Athena. Nearby, head to a terrace overlooking the sea and visit Arethusa, a fountain believed to be the home of a mythical water nymph.

Later, ride to the beautiful Baroque town of Noto. Stroll past elegant stone palaces and admire the graceful façades of churches in the golden late afternoon light before your return ride to Taormina.

Journey back in time with a full-day visit to the mythical city of Syracuse. Explore centuries-old Greek and Roman ruins, stroll the medieval lanes of Ortygia and then visit the UNESCO-designated town of Noto to admire its spectacular Baroque architecture.

Travel toward the timeless streets of Syracuse, where the Greek ruins, medieval architecture and seaside orchards are an idyllic backdrop for a still-bustling modern metropolis.

Your first stop is at the Neapolis Archaeological Park, a fascinating concentration of Greek and Roman ruins. Wander through the orange and lemon groves that sit within the quarry walls of the Latomia del Paradiso, a narrow cavern that carries whispers easily from one end to the other. Pass the rock seats of a 5th-century Greek theatre and the 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, where gladiators once faced off against other soldiers and savage beasts.

Cross the bridge to Ortygia, the historic heart of the cita vecchia, which sits on an island in the centre of town. Pass by well-preserved Baroque palaces and churches, including the Duomo di Siracusa, a beautiful cathedral built on the site of a temple to the goddess Athena. Nearby, head to a terrace overlooking the sea and visit Arethusa, a fountain believed to be the home of a mythical water nymph.

Later, ride to the beautiful Baroque town of Noto. Stroll past elegant stone palaces and admire the graceful façades of churches in the golden late afternoon light before your return ride to Taormina.

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7:45 AM, Tour in English

Duration 11h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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per adult
AU$76.51

Total price is AU$76.51, taxes included

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Full-Day Tour of Syracuse's Ancient Ruins, Ortygia & Noto

Activity Location

Syracuse

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Taormina Bus Terminal

    Piazza Luigi Pirandello

    Taormina 98039


Highlights

  • Extraordinary ruins & architecture of historic Syracuse

  • Greek & Roman amphitheatres in Neapolis Archaeological Park

  • Medieval old city & Fountain of Arethusa on isle of Ortygia

  • Siracusa Duomo, Ear of Dionysys & Latomia del Paradiso

  • Beautiful Baroque architecture of UNESCO-designated Noto


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Syracuse, Neapolis, Ortigia and Noto

  • Roundtrip transport to and from central Taormina

  • Live tour commentary


Exclusions

  • Entrance fees to archaeological sites, museums and attractions

  • Meals and drinks


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • This tour departs from the Taormina Bus Terminal on Via Luigi Pirandello. Pick-up may also take place at Giardini Naxos, Recanati or Letojanni – you will confirm your exact pick-up location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • At least 8 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Check-in is 10 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


Full-Day Tour of Syracuse's Ancient Ruins, Ortygia & Noto ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

Verified Reviews

3.7 out of 5

24 Sep. 2017

Fascinating tour, well led and fully explained. We thoroughly enjoyed the chance to explore this part of Sicily's history.

Christopher A

Australia

27 Jul. 2017

This is advertised as an English commentary tour. What they crucially fail to mention is that it's also in italian, French, German. So everything takes 4x as long. The group split into 2 groups at the monuments so everything only took twice as long. But it does mean you spend less time exploring and more time waiting to listen to your language explanation. In addition they also waste time because they make every tour participant wait in line to buy entrance tickets. Surely as a tour company they could just do this in bulk and we pay the relevant fee. At this point the group actually left without my n companion who was last in the queue and got held up buying a ticket because the man at the counter was too busy talking to his colleague. This is just unacceptable. All in all an unpleasant day. This felt like a transportation service and you could just as well have used an audio guide!

Marolin S

United States