Discovering the Greek, Roman and Medieval city
Cicero described Syracuse as the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of all (Verrine, II, IV, 117). Established in 733 B. C. by Corinthian colonists, Syracuse played a starring role in Mediterranean history, becoming the political and cultural heart of Sicily until the Arab conquest in 878 A. D. The historical importance of the city reverberates through its enormous archaeological heritage, which may be regarded as the perfect interpretation of the history of ancient Sicily. This becomes evident by looking at the whole city, from Plemmirio to Epipole, from the Neapolis Park to Ortygia, from the "Borgata di Santa Lucia" (the hamlet of St. Lucy) to the showcases of the "Paolo Orsi" Museum.
Our tour will start in the Eurialo Castle, whose construction was ordered by Dionysius the Elder (402-397 B. C. ). It was built on the most vulnerable part of the Epipole area and represented the most important fortification of Syracuse until the Roman siege in 212 B. C. The complex defence structures of the castle will be the starting point of our tour through the archaeology of Syracuse. We will proceed with the Neapolis Archaeological Park to visit the Greek theatre, the latomies, the altar of Hieron II and the Roman Amphitheatre. Finally, we will visit the island of Ortygia that discloses exceptional Greek, Roman and Late Antiquity monuments
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 8 hours
Walking and public transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
26 Eur - Entrance tickets to: Eurialo Castle (€4,00 per person), Neapolis Archaeological Park (€ 10,00 per person), Cathedral (€ 2,00 per person).
Parking fees: more or less € 10,00 per car
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