Discover history, art and archaeology on this fascinating day trip to Siracusa. A day excursion to the best-preserved Greek archeological treasures is a must for any visitor to Sicily. Discover this historic city at your own pace, with the services of a licensed guide and a private driver.
In Siracusa, you meet a local and expert tourist guide who will lead you, first to the world-famous Neapolis Archaeological Park and then to the ancient town, in the isle of Ortigia. Over here, you can enjoy some of the ancient sights, such as the Cathedral, the Arethusa Fountain and elegant Baroque style palaces. Time at leisure, about one hour, will allow you to explore further the pedestrian center of this old compact town with many bar, restaurant and shops.
Along the southbound journey, an interesting aspect of the surrounding countryside is the fact that the continental plates of Africa and Europe meet here, allowing you to stand between the two continents. Syracuse, as it is known in English, was built on an ancient Greek settlement founded by Corinthians in 734 BC. It was the most important city in Magna Graecia, and for a time competed with Athens as the most important city of the Greek world. It expresses all the variety and cultural complexity of Sicily, from its origins to our times.
The visit at the Neapolis Archaeological Park includes the Greek Theatre (5th century BC), where nowadays the ancient Greek tragedies go in scene; the Roman Amphitheatre, where combats among gladiators were held and the Latomie of the Stone Paradise, ancient hollows which provided the stone for many of the Greek monuments. The most famous of them, is the Orecchio of Dionisio (Ear of Dionysius): according to the legend, the then tyrant Dionysius could hear the whispers of the prisoners that were held in its depths. In reality, it has such an unbelievable acoustic power that the sound produced inside is amplified up to sixteen times.
Some of the ancient sights to see in Syracuse are located in the isle of Ortigia. The two most important are the Arethusa Fountain, a place linked to Greek mythology and the Cathedral: the set of a Doric Temple built on an ancient Sicilian settlement, a Byzantine basilica and a Norman church, with late Renaissance and Baroque elements. After the hours spent with your guide, you have time at leisure – 2 hrs. circa – to explore further Ortigia on your own.
It is calculated per person according to the number of participants and pick up place, as follows:
2 pax – 3 pax – 4 pax – 5 pax – 6 pax – 7 pax.
With more participants than two people the price lowers gradually. Over 14 years old, same price as adults. (it is applied a 20% off to guys aged 12-14, who travel with at least two full paying adults).
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Inclusions: – Private pickups in your convenient point in Catania and Taormina areas; – Half day service by licensed tour guide in Siracusa (Please note that the guide meet you in Siracusa); – Private car service.
– Entrance tickets – Meals and drinks – Personal expenses – Tips and gratuities – Optional activities cost
Privately, a booking form – which incorporates all terms and conditions (deposit, payment, cancellation and responsibility) – will be sent you, to be signed for acceptance. If the booking is made within 30 days before the tour’s start date, the full amount is required at the time of reservation. The deposit will be treated as part payment of the total amount due. Inquiry