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With your local licensed guide and archaeologist, walk through the park of the Neapolis to admire one of the largest of all surviving Greek theatres, a Roman amphitheatre built to allow for gladiators ‘sporting’ activities, which the Greek theater could not accommodate, and the Ear of Dionysius, a huge cavern shaped in a way that gives it surprising acoustic properties. A great many legends are associated with this cave.
In Ortigia, we stop at many important sites such as the ruins of the Apollo temple, the famed Arethusa fountain  and the Piazza del Duomo, certainly one of the most suggestive Italian Baroque piazza. The cathedral structure rests on the fluted columns that pertained to a 5th century B.C.E Greek temple. Strolling the quiet streets of Ortigia, you will revel in front of splendid architectural edifices of Roman, Byzantine, Gothic-Catalan, Norman and Renaissance origins.

This tour is completed with the superb archaeological museum Paolo Orsi, which displays an important and well organized collection of items covering the late prehistoric period up to the Magna Grecia era, as well as the Catacombs of San Giovanni, a rare example of early Christian hypogeic tombs. These extensive catacombs, which were adapted from a disused Greek aquaduct, were very probably in use prior to Constantine’s Edict of 313. Tradition has it that St Paul preached there. An altar is said to mark this event.

Tour duration: ca. 7h

Contact us to book a private tour of Syracuse, we will let you know about our availability and answer any questions you may have.

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Park of the neapolis

Greek theatre

ear of dionysius

temple of apollo

arethusa fountain

piazza del duomo


paolo orsi museum

catacombs of san giovanni

  1. :

    We loved Syracusa. The tour of the Greek ruins and museum with Lucia was excellent! Ted and Beth


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Trip Includes: Guided tour, local taxes (if you are a Tour Operator, please contact us for a quote).

Trip Excludes: Admission tickets (€ 23,50) and lunch (your guide will gladly suggest some great spots)

Per private party of up to 8 people
price: € 420 /Group

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