Spend a full day getting to know the coastal city of Syracuse, known for its ancient ruins, unusually shaped cave and island of Ortiga.
We’ll depart at 7:30 on this tour that takes you straight to the heart of one of Sicily’s most illustrious cities. A coastal spot overlooking the glistening Ionian Sea, Syracuse is a city steeped in history and culture. In ancient times, Syracuse was a powerful Mediterranean city, and it is also particularly well known for its Greek history, old amphitheatres and art through the ages. It was also the birthplace of Archimedes, the Greek mathematician, engineer, physicist, astronomer and inventor. For all these reasons, it’s no wonder Syracuse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You’ll spend the day getting to know Syracuse from the inside. With the help of an expert guide, you’ll pay a visit to the city’s archaeological area, Neapolis. In particular, you’ll visit the remains of the largest Greek theatre in Sicily. We’ll also visit the Ear of Dionysius – a limestone cave in the Temenites Hill – which is shaped like an ear. The acoustic effect inside the cave is also quite astounding, and the sound of voices is said to echo 16 times. We’ll also visit the Altar of Hieron, the largest known altar from ancient times.
We’ll complete our day on the island of Ortiga, which is the main centre of Syracuse. We’ll wander through the cobbled streets, learn more about Syracuse and its art through the ages, and visit the grand cathedral.
Operates on a Tuesday. Meeting Point Taormina by coach. Prices from £54 per person.