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  • Full day tour of Syracuse Ortigia and Noto
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Private full-day trip to Syracuse, Ortigia and Catania from Taormina

The Baroque side of Sicily is one of the most stunning areas to visit during your stay in Sicily! This private tour takes you to see the most fascinating Baroque architecture of the region visiting Ortigia and Catania on one side, and it will make you discover the ancient origins of Sicily in Syracuse

 

About this tour:

Duration
9 hours
Languages
English
Italian
Live tour guide
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Personalized attention
Experiences designed for your needs
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Highlights
  • Discover Syracuse’s stunning historic center, Ortigia
  • Make the most of the personalized attention of our experienced guide
  • Visit one of the most important archeological sites of Italy in Syracuse
  • Make the most out of a surprise tasting in Catania
  • Sample a traditional Sicilian lunch

Choose this private tour departing from Taormina to discover all the secrets of eastern Sicily, visiting Syracuse and one of the most important archaeological sites of the ancient world, and then walking among the Baroque wonders of Ortigia and Catania!

 

Start your private tour on the stunning island of Ortigia 

This private tour will start with a pick-up from Taormina that will take you to the first stop, Ortigia, which is known to be Syracuse’s historic center. You will be accompanied by our expert local and charismatic guide who will lead you through the town’s main avenues while explaining the origins of this area. One of the attractions you’ll get to see during the excursion is the ancient “Duomo” of this little island, which rests its foundation on the remains of the most famous temple that once reigned over the city, the Temple of Athena

Nowadays, the temple is no longer a pagan place of worship, because a Byzantine cathedral, built in full Baroque style, has been erected on the stepped basement and ancient columns. You will continue to discover the other island’s attractions, and before stepping into the next stop of the tour, you will have the chance to taste a traditional Sicilian lunch!

Explore Neapolis Park in monumental Syracuse

You will continue the tour in the heart of Syracuse, a city that left its mark on western Sicily through the different influences of the most important civilizations of the ancient world, the Greeks and the Romans. The Neapolis archaeological park stands on the ruins of what was once the capital of Magna Graecia, which the tyrant Gelon wanted to celebrate by building monuments and new neighborhoods. The archaeological site is developed on a relief called Temenite Hill, and in its northern part are the ancient ruins of Greek monuments and buildings, including the very famous Greek Theater. The theater was built in several stages by digging directly into the rock. In the 5th century B.C. it was expanded to accommodate the increase in population, and could probably hold up to 12-14,000 people. In the southern part of the archeological park you can see the Latomie. These caves are quarries from which very fine limestone was extracted, but this was not its only function! They were also the site of prisons where thousands of slaves have been confined for years. The most famous is the one named Ear of Dionysus, so called because of its shape resembling an ear pinna, and fueled by the legend described by the author Caravaggio that the tyrant Dionysus had it built to lock up his enemies in the cave, and then listen to their speeches. 

Spend the afternoon in Catania

Wrapping up our exceptional private excursion to Syracuse, Ortigia, and Catania, we immerse ourselves in the dynamic culinary scene of Catania, truly a standout jewel in Sicily's crown. Positioned between the imposing Mount Etna and the azure Ionian Sea, Catania stands as a crossroads of culture and gastronomy, boasting an age-old history and distinct culinary customs. Within the baroque allure of its architecture and the lively rhythm of its streets, you're in for an enchanting treat to captivate your taste buds. This surprise tasting experience will acquaint you with some of the region's most exquisite local delights, representing the genuine essence of Catania's diverse culinary legacy.

As the late afternoon approaches, our journey concludes, and you'll be chauffeured back to Taormina. The memories forged in this picturesque slice of Sicily are bound to linger, leaving you with an indelible imprint of our exploration through Syracuse, Ortigia, and the culinary delights of Catania.

 

 

Important Information

Please note that Italy's law doesn't permit selling alcoholic beverages to teens under 18 y.o. so clients under this age will be served non-alcoholic beverages.

Please let us know in advance any special needs or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accommodate them.

We strongly suggest good walking shoes (no flip-flops!) as well as hat and sunscreen.

 

Rain Policy

This tour runs on rain or shine.

Included

Private tour: personalized attention
Professional English speaking driver
Round-trip transportation from Taormina/Giardini Naxos by luxury A/C Mercedes Minivan or Minibus
Guided walking tour of Siracusa (Ortigia) with professional English speaking guide
Guided visit of Siracusa archeological park (tickets included)
Typical Sicilian lunch
Surprise tasting in Catania
Water on board

Meeting Point

  • Meet our tour leader in Taormina, inside the parking of the the Bus Terminal, via Pirandello 75, near the Rico Caffè

  • Please meet our tour guide at Giardini Naxos, inside the Recanati Terminal Bus, at the corner with Roulotte House.

Starting from

€369,00

price per person
based on a group of 4