Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina
First stop is Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse’s famous archeological zone that’s home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. After paying your entrance fee, head inside to see impressive excavations and well-preserved monuments like a Greek theater, Roman amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial limestone cave. Learn about fascinating structures like the Altar of Hieron II, where bulls were once sacrificed during ancient festivals, and hear tales of Syracuse in bygone days.
Leave the archeological zone and head over to the island neighborhood Ortygia, where most of Syracuse’s fascinating sights can be seen. Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense) and then explore the local attractions, discovering Piazza Archimede, a lively square that’s home to the Fountain of Aretusa – a carving of the Greek goddess’ maiden.
Gaze at the square’s Gothic palaces and then continue your stroll around the area to discover the delights of Piazza del Duomo – Syracuse’s central square. Pose for photos in front of Syracuse Cathedral, and admire at the squares other attractions: 17th-century Archbishop’s Palace, the Palace of Beneventano del Bosco and Il Lucertolone – the City Hall.
After exploring Ortygia and learning about the city’s history and sights, return to your coach for the journey north. Your tour then finishes back at the start point in central Taormina.
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Local guide
- Food and drinks
- Entrance fee to Syracuse Cathedral (approx. 2 euros)
- Entrance fee to Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (approx 10 euros) - (free for EU citizens under 18 years with a valid ID)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- During winter minimum of 12 people. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
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.
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...