A stroll along 3000 years of history
Alpheios' sacred stream, precious gem of the great Syracuse, Ortygia, altar of Artemis…
Pindar, The Nemean Odes
The island of Ortygia was the first site of the Corinthian colonists and it contains the complex historical events of Syracuse among the streets of Greek origin, the walls of the Medieval buildings and the façades of the Baroque churches. Here, as one can seldom find elsewhere, myth and history, ancient and modern, pagan and Christian, light and shade, combine harmoniously with a natural backdrop of incomparable beauty.
We will walk along the alleys of the island of Ortygia, that discloses exceptional Greek, Roman, and Late Antiquity monuments not only among the walls of Medieval and Baroque buildings but also under its basolati (ancient stone paving). Apart from the main monuments of the island, like the Greek Temples of Apollo, the Cathedral/Temple of Athena and the Swabian Maniace Castle, we will also visit the Jewish Bath and the Abbey church of St. Lucy, which houses the canvas of the "Burial of St. Lucy" painted by Caravaggio in 1608.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Largo XXV Luglio(in front of the Temple of Apollo) or your hotel in Syracuse
End location: Back to your hotel in Syracuse or wherever you wish
Duration: 4 hours
Expert-led cultural tour with English-speaking Guide
Estimated Local Cash Needed
21 Eur - Entrance tickets to: Cathedral (€ 2,00 per person), Maniace Castle (€ 4,00), Jewish Bath (€ 5,00).
Parking fees: more or less € 10,00 per car
The price doesn't include the entrance ticket to the monuments, the parking fees and the food
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We had the Siracusa/Ortygia tour with Alessandro and would highly recommend him. He was extremely knowledgeable and brought the history and architecture to life. The tour was varied and we especially enjoyed seeing the open-air market. Alessandro was easy to communicate with and gave us an excellent restaurant recommendation. Would strongly recommend him as a guide!