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Ortygia (Ortigia) Tours

Ortygia (Ortigia)
The city of Syracuse on the eastern coast of Sicily is partly located on an island called Ortygia (Ortigia), 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.
Address: Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Excursion around Ortigia island + sea caves

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We will start from the bridges of Ortigia, we will enter into the "great port" of Syracuse and the beautiful seafront of Ortigia. Next we will go out of the port to circumnavigate around the island. We will leave it to head towards the north coast of Syracuse to visit Ken sea caves. We will then return from the "small port" to pass under the bridges and return to the starting point. The visit is guided and a historical geographical explanation is provided. Furthermore it is possible to take a short refreshing bath. The tour lasts 1 hour and 10/20 minutes approx.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

Luxury tour

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The price is not per person but for the entire service. The "luxury" private tour is dedicated to all those who want to spend their hours at sea in total comfort and relaxation. Hired on board you will be welcomed by the captain who will offer you a delicious prosecco or accompanied by an aperitif of Sicilian rustic. The boat is equipped with every option to allow you and your partner / family / group of friends to admire the beautiful Siracusan coasts, the island of Ortigia and the sea caves in total comfort. Large spaces for sunbathing or sunbathing shade, cabins where to sleep, shower, fridge, radio aux a lot more ... Climb aboard the luxury tour And immerse yourself in hours of total relaxation. N.B. The tour price (€ 100) is intended for two hours but can be extended up to 8 hours. For info 3922975752
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Historical & Heritage Tours

Siracusa Noto & Ortigia

The tour will begin with a visit to Noto, a town declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered the Sicilian capital of the Baroque. The tour will continue to Ortigia, characterized by a narrow road that will lead us to the discovery of the Temple of Apollo, the Cathedral and the Fonte Aretusa. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon the tour continues with a visit to the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, characterized by Greek and Roman monuments (Greek Theater and Roman Amphitheater) and fantastic caves such as the ear of Dionysius.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Ortigia by boat

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If you're wondering what to do in Syracuse, don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the Sicilian sea. You will observe Ortigia from a unique perspective: the sea; you will live an unforgettable experience exploring the sea caves; you can swim in the crystal clear waters of Syracuse.
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Cultural Tours

ORTIGIA

Although very small, Ortigia preserves all the history of the Mediterranean. It is a place where small adventures take you through the adventurous events of Sicily and beyond.Traveling accompanied by an archaeologist will make this experience exciting and particularly rich.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Velobike tour ecologico

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Consiglio i viaggiatori di effettuare questa tipologia di tour ecologico perché, essendo un risciò concede l’accesso nella zona pedonale,un abirinto con vicoletti storici permette di visitare l’isola di ortigia a 360 gradi, sia interna che esterna con soste, spiegazione e foto scattate dai driver.
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  • 30 to 60 minutes
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  • 30 to 60 minutes
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Cultural Tours

SIRACUSA - ORTIGIA & NOTO TOUR

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Take a tour of three southeastern Sicilian cities on this private tour with hotel or port pick up. See ancient Greek and Roman ruins at the Neopolis Archeological Park in Syracuse; stroll through the small streets of the island of Ortigia and shop for Sicilian products; and discover the UNESCO-listed baroque architecture of Noto, including its magnificent cathedral.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cooking Classes

Noto and Modica from Syracuse

There is an itinerary in Sicily that offers unique emotions and for all tastes: it is the Tour of Noto and Modica chocolate.A whole day dedicated to the discovery of the pearls of the Baroque - Noto and Modica - declared with the whole of the Val di Noto a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; a tasting of typical Sicilian cuisine, served as in the oldest traditions of the island; a tour in the laboratory of the oldest and most renowned pastry shop in Modica, with the tasting of the inimitable chocolate known throughout the world.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cultural Tours

Private Tour of Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto from Catania or Taormina

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Discover southeastern Sicily on this private excursion from Catania or Taormina. See the ancient Greek and Roman ruins at the Neopolis Archeological Park of Syracuse; explore the quaint streets of Ortigia admiring its famous Cathedral and Aretusa Fountain; and take in the beauty of the UNESCO-listed baroque architecture of Noto. A private, air-conditioned vehicle and guide are included.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Walking Tours

Ortygia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Walking Tour

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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.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Cooking Classes

Cooking with a local chef in Syracuse

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You will be fascinated by the sounds and colors of the Antique Market of Ortigia; you will discover the true secrets of typical Sicilian cuisine; you will receive the Sicilian Chef certificate.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Ports of Call Tours

Syracuse, Ortigia, Noto & panoramic tour of Catania

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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.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto tour from Taormina and nearby area

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Some of Sicily’s most important archaeological and architectural treasures are located in Syracuse, Ortygia, and Noto, but the logistics of visiting all three in one day can be tricky. With this tour, save hours with convenient hotel pickup in Taormina and private transportation all day. Stop at the Neapolis Archaeological Park in Syracuse to explore on your own, and then enjoy free time to sightsee and shop in Ortygia and Noto.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Cultural Tours

Syracuse & Noto

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Get good value for your money by seeing two of southeastern Sicily’s most popular destinations with this daylong tour of both Syracuse and Noto. Travel with a guide to Ortygia, the Neopolis Archeological Park, and baroque Noto. Plus, this trip includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Catania.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Day trip Noto and Siracusa Highlights - Tour Baroque from Taormina

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Discover two historic Sicilian cities on this full-day small-group tour from Taormina to Syracuse and Noto. Visit the archeological sites of Syracuse such as the Greek Theater and the Ear of Dionysius before exploring the newer part of the city and its landmarks. Then head to the UNESCO-listed city of Noto which is also dubbed the “Baroque Capital” due to its beautiful aristocratic buildings like Ducezio Palace and Palazzo Nicolaci.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto, Private Tour from Taormina

Knowledgeable and passionate multilingual driver/tour leaderHotel pickup and drop-off in Taormina and nearby areaFree Snack with typical Sicilian street food, water, and Etna wineSmall group maximum 8 peopleInformative brochure and maps for the archeological areas
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Ports of Call Tours

Syracuse Private Daytrip from Taormina

This is a private tour that will take you to one of the most charming towns of Sicily. You will experience art, history, architecture, sea and the delicious food and wines of the region. An expert private driver (and guide if you wish) will pick you up at yur hotel in the Taormina area so you will spend a fun and relaxing day under the Sicilian sun. Please note that your private driver will be at your complete disposal so you are free to customize the itinerary in the area as much as you like
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Siracusa, Noto & Ragusa Ibla Tour, from Catania & Taormina area

Visit Siracusa, a wonderful ancient city that belongs to the Unesco heritage. Stroll through the streets of Ortygia Island and visit on your own the Archaeological Park. Enjoy also the visit of the older Noto town which its church were declared Unesco heritage as well as trough the Valley of the Baroque.ENJOY YOU THE ASSISTANCE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE, DURING THE DAY TRIP AND OUTSIDE THE MUSEUMS OR ARCHEOLOGICAL AREAS , FOR ONLY € 75 (IT IS NOT AN AUTHORIZED TOUR GUIDE SERVICE- IT IS ONLY AN ASSISTANCE )
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 9 hours
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Ports of Call Tours

Syracuse private shore excursion: Archaeological park and Ortigia

When your cruise ship reaches dock in Syracuse, explore the ancient ruins of the Ionian coast on this private shore excursion. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the Neapolis archaeological park, and stroll among the ruins and relics with your private guide. Gain insight into region’s Greek and Roman history through its ancient architecture, and enjoy a guided walking tour through Ortygia— Syracuse’s beautiful Old Town.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Sailing Trips

Syracuse by Sailboat

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If you want to live an experience to tell and remember forever, get on the Fiesta - a 30 foot Tahiti Ketch, a classic wooden sailboat - and enjoy the view of Ortigia from the sea and the crystal clear waters of Plemmirio. You will observe Ortigia from a unique perspective: the sea; you will live an unforgettable experience sailing to the command of the boat; you can swim in the crystal clear waters of Syracuse.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes

Historical & Heritage Tours

Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto, Private Tour from Catania

Southeastern Sicily is filled with stunning architecture, ancient ruins, and seaside views. Take a private tour from Catania to Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto for a taste of beautiful Sicily and a chance to learn about its history. Ancient Greek and Roman ruins await you in Syracuse while charming streets and beautiful baroque architecture lie in Ortigia and Noto.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Cultural Tours

SYRACUSE TOUR

The tour in Syracuse-Ortigia-Noto is a comfortable tour suitable for those who like to relax in the name of culture. Organized for small groups, it gives the possibility to see more locations on the same day.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Walking Tours

Siracusa & Ortigia Tour

A stop not to be missed. In one day you can visit the ancient archaeological heart of Syracuse, explore the most recent mysteries and walk on the island of Ortigia, the oldest part around which the city was born.Ortigia contains colors, smells, romantic stories and irresistible views. It is no coincidence that it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Hiking & Camping

Etna Tour from Syracuse

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The highest volcano in Europe and among the most active in the world, with its 3327 meters of height, dominates the entire region with its bulk. Its spectacular eruptions and the consequent fiery lava flows have always been a source of attraction for visitors from all over the world.In June 2013, UNESCO inscribed Etna in the World Heritage List, as a Natural Heritage Site, due to its geological features.Appreciated in the summer by hikers for visiting the active craters, in winter the volcano offers the surprising possibility of practicing, just a few kilometers from the sea, even snow sports.The Tour will not fail to surprise you: a visit to a cave of lavic origin, the trekking on the Silvestri Craters or the "Etna at high altitude" option, the tasting of honey and typical local products in Zafferana.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
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