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Discovering Siracusa

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $325 USD per trip
  • Duration

    8 hours

  • Avg Distance

    10 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    9:00 am

  • Starting Location

    Eurialo Castle

  • Price Includes

    Expert-led cultural tour with English-speaking Guide

  • Notes

    The price doesn't include the entrance ticket to the monuments, the parking fees and the food.


  • Eurialo Castle
  • Neapolis Archaeological Park
  • St. John Catacombs
  • Ortygia

Trip Info

Cicero described Syracuse as the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of all (Verrine, II, IV, 117). Established in 733 B. C. by Corinthian colonists, Syracuse played a starring role in Mediterranean history, becoming the political and cultural heart of Sicily until the Arab conquest in 878 A. D. The historical importance of the city reverberates through its enormous archaeological heritage, which may be regarded as the perfect interpretation of the history of ancient Sicily. This becomes evident by looking at the whole city, from Plemmirio to Epipole, from the Neapolis Park to Ortygia, from the “Borgata di Santa Lucia” (the hamlet of St. Lucy) to the showcases of the “Paolo Orsi” Museum. Our tour will start in the Eurialo Castle, whose construction was ordered by Dionysius the Elder (402-397 B. C. ). It was built on the most vulnerable part of the Epipole area and represented the most important fortification of Syracuse until the Roman siege in 212 B. C. The complex defence structures of the castle will be the starting point of our tour through the archaeology of Syracuse. We will proceed with the Neapolis Archaeological Park to visit the Greek theatre, the latomies, the altar of Hieron II and the Roman Amphitheatre. Finally, we will visit the island of Ortygia that discloses exceptional Greek, Roman and Late Antiquity monuments

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