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Ortygia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Walking Tour

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    What to Expect
    The private walking tour lasts about 2 hours and crosses the picturesque streets of the old part of Syracuse discovering the traces left by all the different people who governed Sicily. You will meet our guide at the ancient Greek Apollo Temple where he will give you a short introduction about the history of the town. After a short walk you will reach Cathedral Square and be surprised by the magnificent bright limestone buildings: the town hall, Palazzo Beneventano, the bishop's palace and St. Lucy's Church, but most of all the Cathedral itself, the only church still in use today which time ago was a pagan temple. You should not miss to visit its interiors (optional visit, admission ticket not included).

    The tour then continues to Aretusa Fountain near the sea. The myth of Aretusa was told by Ovidius and in its clear fresh water grows papyrus which probably was brought here when Archimedes lived in town. The way back leads through the Jewish Quarter to Via Maestranza, the street where the nobility of the town had their pompous homes. On Archimedes Square, the neoclassical Fountain of Diana remembers once more the glorious past of Syracuse. The tour will end at the local fish and fruit market where you can take a breath of local life, colors and scents. Please note that the market is open only in the morning and on working days.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Via dell'Apollonion, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Private walking tour
    • Cathedral entrance fee (optional, about 2 € p.p.)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • A dress code is required to enter the cathedral. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed, shoulders must be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Excellent walking guide. Nicolette was so knowledgable. Would recommend. The cathedral is so interesting with lots of history.

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank D2017OSsuel
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    This was a wonderful thing to do to start off our stay in Ortigia. Our guide was brilliant and we were given plenty of information. Would definitely recommend to do this tour

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank chazglazebrook
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Ava was a delightful leader. Very knowledgeable and considerate! We learned a lot about Ortigia whither her.

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Janet M
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Ava was an excellent, Persian and considerate guide. We did not have a lot of time to spend but the two hours with Ava taught us a lot about the area. I would recommend this to anyone because of the area and can’t devote and...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank molandmail
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Our guide Eva gave us very useful and interesting information on the history and actual life in Syracusa. We were only 3 people, so it was a bit a personalised tour and we could adapt the tour a bit according to our preferences. I would...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank 553murielf
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    20 May 2019|
    Response from 180larisaa |
    Is there an option for a 2 PM tour?
    14 May 2019|
    Response from Connector26542843402 |
    When the last tour starts on Friday, please? Many thanks, George
    14 April 2019|
    Response from jfehrenb | Reviewed this property |
    I wrote the review. You need to contact the tour operator directly.
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