Ortygia Tours

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The city of Syracuse on the eastern coast of Sicily is partly located on an island called Ortygia, where much of the city’s history can be found. The island figures into Greek mythology as the place where the Greek goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis, and its name comes from the ancient Greek word for quail; Leto's sister is said to have turned into a quail and become the island when she fell into the sea.
 
There are two islands that connect the island with mainland Sicily, and most of the city of Syracuse is on the mainland. Among the sights in the historic city on Ortygia are its seventh-century cathedral and the Fountain of Arethuse.

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The island of Ortygia is only about one mile long and a half-mile wide, so it's most easily explored on foot.
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Address: Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ortygia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Walking Tour

Go off the beaten path in the old town center of Syracuse with this small-group walking tour. See the town’s top landmarks, including the Apollo Temple and Cathedral Square, plus the quiet lanes of the Jewish Quarter. Learn about Syracuse’s history while admiring the Fountain of Aretusa and the vibrant fish and fruit markets.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

Explore the southeastern coast of Sicily on a day trip to Syracuse from Taormina. Led by a local guide, see the impressive collection of ancient Roman and Greek ruins, soak up scenic views of the water and learn the rich history behind the city from your guide. Visit the archaeological site of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (own expense) and spend the afternoon discovering Ortygia, Syracuse’s island neighborhood.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Full-day Syracuse and Noto tour from Taormina

Visit two Sicilian cities in one day on this full-day tour from Taormina. Spend the morning exploring the Greek ruins and the island of Ortigia in historic Syracuse, enjoy free time for lunch, then visit the Baroque town of Noto, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Syracuse, Ortigia, Noto & panoramic tour of Catania

Visit the towns of Syracuse and Noto on this full-day tour. Explore the ancient Greek archeological sites such as the Ear of Dionysius and the Greek Theater. Then head into the city to tour Ortigia Island with its beautiful cathedral built above a Greek temple. The last stop is the “Baroque Capital” of Noto to see some of its beautiful architecture and aristocratic palaces.
  • Duration: 6 to 9 hours
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  • Duration: 6 to 9 hours
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1.5-hour Ortigia Island, Sea Caves, and Fish Lunch Boat Cruise from

Sicily’s Ionian coast is dotted with tiny islands, sea caves, and historic landmarks, and the best way to explore is by boat. On this 1.5-hour cruise from Syracuse, see Ortigia Island, the Spanish Walls, and Castello Maniace; cool off with a swim in the Mediterranean, and tuck into a delicious seafood lunch on-board.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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