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
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Syracuse, Neapolis, Ortigia and Noto
Roundtrip transport to and from central Taormina
Live tour commentary
Entrance fees to archaeological sites, museums and attractions
Meals and drinks
What you can expect
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.