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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 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

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.

Customer Reviews

neeta b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Travelled 1st week in Sept 2016. HIghly recommend. Although an early start 0730 pick up from near hotel, the day was well organised and not hectic. This was great for my parents who are a bit slow-paced. The coach was very comfortable, clean and relaxing which made the travelling seem less arduous. Again, a welcome for my parents. Our guide had a great sense of humour. He was ever so friendly with everyone and took time to speak to people personally. For the French tourists, his French was superb! Syracusa is an important place to visit so worth the trip. We had a lovely leisurely lunch on the waterside in Ortygia. In both places you have the option to follow the local guide or roam around at your own pace. There was good amount of time in each place. And we returned to the hotel late afternoon which gave us time to rest/shower/change in our hotel before heading out for another splendid evening in Taormina. The relaxed pace, flexibility, comfort, and friendliness of this trip makes this a great day out and definitely worth the reasonable fees. we all enjoyed it alot. highly recommend

Hector P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I really enjoyed this tour, especially when we visited Ortyga. We were well looked after on the coach and both guides were really good. I think this was good value for money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Lovely informative historical day out. Well described by guides on bus and in town and at Archaelogical park.

Roger S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Transport was excellent. Both guides on our tour were very knowledgeable, friendly and entertaining.
We learnt such a lot on the trip and found it very enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great day and our guide was amazing with so much information that brought history to life.

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.

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