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  • Location:Taormina, Italy
  • Duration:9 hours (approx.)

Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

Spend a day in the sunny city of Syracuse in southeast Sicily on a full-day tour from Taormina! With stunning coastal scenery as well as ancient Greek and Roman ruins, the city is the perfect destination for a day of leisurely sightseeing. Discover intriguing attractions like the Ear of Dionysius on a visit to Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (entry own expense), and then explore Syracuse’s island neighborhood of Ortygia in the afternoon.


  • Day trip to Syracuse from Taormina, led by a friendly local guide
  • Explore Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse’s archeological zone (entry own expense)
  • See well-preserved Roman and Greek ruins like the Altar of Hieron II
  • Pose for photos in front of the Ear of Dionysius and learn about ancient Syracuse from a guide
  • Visit the island neighborhood of Ortygia and discover sights like Syracuse Duomo

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The Greek ruins are the highlight of this tour. Still used to represent some important musical, theatrical and cinematic Italian performances. For lunch, you have to try the famous “Pur petti di tonno” (fresh tuna balls with pecorino cheese) and refresh yourself with a cold Almond Milk drink!

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What You Can Expect

Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

Visit the ancient Greek theater in Syracuse

Leave central Taormina in the morning and travel south along the coast to Syracuse, on the southeastern corner of Sicily. After relaxing in the comfort of your air-conditioned coach on your 1.5-hour journey, hop off and head out to explore the city with your guide!

First stop is Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse’s famous archeological zone that’s home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. After paying your entrance fee, head inside to see impressive excavations and well-preserved monuments like a Greek theater, Roman amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial limestone cave. Learn about fascinating structures like the Altar of Hieron II, where bulls were once sacrificed during ancient festivals, and hear tales of Syracuse in bygone days.

Leave the archeological zone and head over to the island neighborhood Ortygia, where most of Syracuse’s fascinating sights can be seen. Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense) and then explore the local attractions, discovering Piazza Archimede, a lively square that’s home to the Fountain of Aretusa – a carving of the Greek goddess’ maiden.

Gaze at the square’s Gothic palaces and then continue your stroll around the area to discover the delights of Piazza del Duomo – Syracuse’s central square. Pose for photos in front of Syracuse Cathedral, and admire at the squares other attractions: 17th-century Archbishop’s Palace, the Palace of Beneventano del Bosco and Il Lucertolone – the City Hall.

After exploring Ortygia and learning about the city’s history and sights, return to your coach for the journey north. Your tour then finishes back at the start point in central Taormina.

Customer Reviews

Linda USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Would definitely recommend this tour. Saw the Greek theater, archeological park and Ear of Dionysius. Spent the afternoon at Ortygia. Saw the Duomo, Piazza, Fountain, and wondered about the quaint streets.

Mario S Malta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A very enjoyable day trip from Taormina. After arrival in Syracuse, the large group was met with local tour guide, Eva, who did a wonderful job of describing in detail the various points of interest during the tour, first at the Archeological Park, and then at the old city of Ortygia, which is where the city of Syracuse had its beginnings in the 6th Century BC during Greek domination.

marlene s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

the guide was very informative and made the trip very interesting. all the guides on the trips that I took were excellent

Ann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very well organized and informational. Our guides were good, both our escort and local guides were professional. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the ancient sites.

Marianna T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Well organised. The guides were exquisite. Congratulations and many thanks to them.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

trip was wonderful, however, I wish I had known in advance that alfredo would be catering to several different languages. When I booked this trip I was under the impression that English was the tour language exclusively. for this reason, I will be a little skeptical in the future.

Bernie W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Enjoyed this tour as well. Felt like we saw everything. Discovered aranchinas and ate great pizza at the boat tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Guide was excellent at explaining the history of Syracuse

mildred k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014


phillip m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2013

The tour and the guides were excellent. Just enough time to see everything, and free time to go back or relax at the port. Highly recommend it.

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