Syracuse, Italy
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Overview

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.
  • 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 Travellers Choose This Tour

This tour visits Neapolis and Ortygia and can be less expensive than just transportation from Taormina.
Meet your guide in central Taormina and hop aboard your coach for a 1.5-hour ride along the coast to Syracuse.
Upon arriving, head first to the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (entry fee at own expense), home to a vast collection of Roman and Greek ruins. Learn the history behind each archaeological gem as you check out the preserved monuments of the Roman amphitheater, Greek theater and the artificial limestone cave famously known as the Ear of Dionysius. You'll also see the spot where bulls were sacrificed during ancient festivals at the Altar of Hieron II.
Travel next to Syracuse’s island neighborhood of Ortygia, where you’ll pause to purchase lunch. Appetites sated, head to the Fountain of Aretusa in the bustling square of Piazza Archimede. Admire the Gothic design of the surrounding palaces before walking over to the central spot of Piazza del Duomo.
As you walk among the locals, gaze up at the Syracuse Cathedral, the Palace of Beneventano del Bosco, City Hall and the Archbishop's Palace, dating back to the 17th century.
After a full day of history and top sites, you will begin the journey back to your original departure point.

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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M
, Sep 2018

Copious amount of information given in the blazing sun after having received a long narration in two different language's on the bus made for a hot and very tiring day.

k
, May 2018

I wanted to go to Syracuse and Ortygia on our own but it was actually less expensive to book this tour than to find transport from Taormina. The archaeological park was a bit of a disappointment since they are covering the Greek Theatre completely for a series of plays between May and July. So it was more like visiting a construction site. The guide provided at the park was excellent though. Ortygia was the highlight of this trip and fortunately you are left on your own for it. Don't miss lunch in the food market.

The tour had mostly Germans 2/3 and the rest English. English is very much an after thought. I was also surprised when the tour guide on the bus pointed out the military airfield and said to the Germans 'this is where the Americans and French bomb Syria from but then said in English something more pithy this is the military airfield, Americans use it. It did seem judgmental. Another American on the bus called him out on it.

J
, Apr 2018

Viator processed our booking very quickly and provided the tour services as expected - thank you.
Our tour guides, on the coach and for the sights at Syracuse were both excellent.
I have given 4 stars only because the Greek Theatre was subject to protective building works in preparation for summer performances. The sight of 2 cement mixers and wood-working kind of detracted from the magnificence of this wonderful place.
We loved the Roman Amphitheatre, and the Temple of Atehna.
All in all, we had a great day out. Cheers.

r
, Jan 2018

A great day out!

We managed to see the highlights of the city, loved the archeological site with the ancient Greek theater and Dionisius ear.

Our guide, Alfredo, was outstanding and most informative, he is a professional. We met him again in summer 2017 as he guided us through other trips to Agrigento and Noto and it was a delight.

Grazie Viator and Grazie, Alfredo!
Highly recommended trip!

m
, Dec 2017

everything went well, ortygia is very nice!

M
, Dec 2017

The Syracuse Tour involves a great deal of walking to very little effect the Greek and Roman amphitheaters are not spectacular the Ear of Dionysius, on the other hand, is, and the long walk round Ortygia has little of interest except perhaps the cathedral the lunch at a restaurant recommended by the guide verged on the disgusting - it is not included in the price so go anywhere else altogether a dull tour with a mediocre guide - a tour with too few highlights to justify the boredom and the endless walking...

T
, Nov 2017

Lovely tour

M
, Nov 2017

This was an excellent trip! I was very impressed by our tour guide and the driver was the best I've had. This walking tour allowed us to see all the sites of Siracusa. My only issue was that we didn't spend any time climbing around the Greek theater, but stayed on the outskirts above and below. I felt a little rushed as we passed through some of the areas, but it was a beautiful city and the guide was excellent. Very knowledgeable and gave the tour in 2 languages the whole way through. Impressive!

R
, Oct 2017

The trip was taken in early October 2017. From Taormina, it is a full, rich and wonderful day. The ancient sights are tremendous but our guide for the Cathedral, Enza, was outstanding. Her ability to share her extensive knowledge was a highlight. Rich S.

T
, Oct 2017

Nice tour, good guide. Enjoyed the sights.


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