Ortigia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Private Tour

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This private walking tour explores Ortygia, the old town center of Syracuse, which is placed on a small island. It is enchanting for its position and fascinating for its 3000 years of history. From Apollo temple, the oldest Greek temple in Sicily, the way leads through picturesque narrow streets to Cathedral Square, where there is the possibility to visit the Catholic church built above an ancient pagan temple. After you will admire the enchanting Fountain of Aretusa near the sea, walk through the less beaten paths of the Jewish Quarter and enjoy southern lifestyle and the colors of the local fish and fruit market (only morning tours).

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Duration: 2 hours
Starts: Siracusa, Italy
Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours



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This private walking tour explores Ortygia, the old town center of Syracuse, which is placed on a small island. It is enchanting for its position and fascinating for its 3000 years of history. From Apollo temple, the oldest Greek temple in Sicily, the way leads through picturesque narrow streets to Cathedral Square, where there is the possibility to visit the Catholic church built above an ancient pagan temple. After you will admire the enchanting Fountain of Aretusa near the sea, walk through the less beaten paths of the Jewish Quarter and enjoy southern lifestyle and the colors of the local fish and fruit market (only morning tours).

Itinerary
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Stop At: Temple of Apollo (Tempio di Apollo), Piazza Pancali Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicily Italy

You will meet our guide near the Apollo temple and learn about this ancient Greek building, the oldest stone temple built by Greeks in Sicily.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Piazza Archimede, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily Italy

Here you will see the beautiful neoclassical Diana fountain and the buildings in various styles, around the square.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Chiesa del Collegio dei Gesuiti, Via Saverio Landolina 11-13, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily Italy

A walk through the picturesque via Cavor, passing near the Collegio dei Gesuiti.

Stop At: La Piazza Duomo, Piazza Duomo, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily Italy

Learn about Syracuse’s beautful cathedral square and its main builidings: the cathedral, palazzo Vermexio, arcivescovado and palazzo Beneventano del Bosco.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Duomo di Siracusa, Piazza Duomo, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily Italy

Visit to the interiors of the cathedral, a baroque church built on an ancient Greek temple. Admission fee not included (€ 2 p.p.). The visit to the interiors is not possible during the holy mass or marriages. In this case the guide will explain the church from outside.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily Italy

Visit of the interiors of the church of St. Lucy. The church is closed on Mondays so it’s not possible to visit the interiors booking this day,

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Fonte Aretusa, Largo Aretusa Il dio innamorato è ALFEO e non Orfeo, inoltre c’è un errore di battitura nel nome di Artemide., 96100, Syracuse, Sicily Italy

Visit to Syracuse’s legendary spring, also famous for its papyrus plants. Our guide will tell you about Alpheus and Arethusa

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Island of Ortigia, Italy

Walk throught the picturesque narrow streets or Ortygia, the old town center of Syracuse and the Giudecca district the ancient Jewish district of Syracuse.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Il Mercato di Ortigia, Via Trento Tra via Trento e via Trieste, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily Italy

Our tour ends with a walk through the picturesque fish market of Syracuse. The market is open only on work days in the morning. This part is not available for afternoon visits or tours booked on Sundays or national holidays.

Duration: 10 minutes



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