Oh, My beloved Sycaruse! Goethe said: “If you have ever been to Italy, and never visited Sicily, you don’t know Italy at all, Sicily is the clue to everything.” The first hint to the deep Sicilian world is Syracuse, the eldest Greek colony, established in 734 B.C. With Greeks it became powerful and prosperous in the Mediterranean area. Many great men couldn’t but praise Magna Siracusa as Livius, Plutarch, Cicero, Epicharmus, Plato, Archimedes. Reflecting the historical ongoing of the island, Syracuse has absorbed each epoch, culture, fashion, architectural design and various languages, as well. The historical center of Syracuse is a small ‘floating’ island, Ortigia, defended by Genial Military Constructions of Archimedes during the formidable Punic Wars and the Greek Neapolis with Cristian Catacombs.
The city still lives in its prosperous glories:
The Magnificent Temple of Athena with its ancient Dorian colonies that sustain the heavy medieval walls of the most fascinating monument of Syracuse – The Cathedral of Saint Lucy;
Caravaggio escaped from cruel ‘Knights’, he found his light in Syracuse, calling forth ‘The burial of Saint Lucy’, his pray for the Savior;
The Tomb of Archimedes rediscovered by a knowledgeable philosopher, Cicero;
The Fountain of Arethusa, that with its pure magic water gave the invincible force to Duke of Bronté Nelson;
The Mikveh of Syracuse mysteriously disappeared for centuries;
The Maniace Castle erected by the will of the Byzantine general;
The Greek Theatre and the Roman Amphitheater sunk in a flourishing citrus garden, and whispering ‘Epicharmus’, the father of comedy;
The Venus ‘Landolina’ seducing her admirers with wavy shapes and a shyly sensual smile;
The tetradrachm coin with ‘Arethusa’ and her four Dolphins;
The legend of Saint Lucy, a young Syracusian martyr;
The Operation Husky effectuated by the Allied forces;
The Old Street Market overwhelmed with colors, voices, perfumes…
Many characters, one city – Syracuse in Sicily!
Enjoy a 3-hour guided tour of Syracuse on an itinerary especially designed for small groups – no lines, no hurry. Be involved in discovering the history of the iconic monuments of Magna Greece Colony through interesting stories, treasures and masterpieces.
The tour can accommodate children of all ages, your guide will involve both parents and children to introduce you to the greatest civilization of the world! This tour is partially wheelchair accessible. We look forward to guiding you!
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Anna strives to connect travelers to the beautiful Island of Sicily. Whether you are a couple or a small group with children, she excels at introducing you to all Sicily has to offer. Whether you are looking for a tour of a particular city, museum tour, or a custom tour, she has the experience and knowledge to make your travel dreams come true.