Walking Tour of Ortigia

Available in English, German, French, and Spanish

Join the one hour and a half walking tour with a guide that will make you fall in love with the most elegant Sicilian city passing through the wonders of the historic part of Siracusa, the island of Ortigia.

Siracusa is one of the most beautiful Sicilian cities with its historical riches concentrated on the island of Ortigia. From the island of Ortigia to the mainland, Siracusa is the proof of the cultures and arts that flourished here over the centuries, and step by step you will fall in love with it.

We will visit the island of Ortigia walking among the baroque palaces, historical monuments, the view of the blue sea and the hidden alleys that smell of hanging laundry and balconies in bloom.

We will breathe the air of ancient civilizations like the Greek one represented by the wonderful Doric temples, like the Temple of Apollo, the oldest ever built on Sicilian land.
This Temple, like the city itself, underwent profound transformations first being converted into a Byzantine church, then into an Islamic temple.

As often happens in Sicily, myth and history mix together creating a unique story; passing by Piazza Duomo we head towards the sea, where we will meet the millenary source of fresh water, the Arethusa spring, where the nymph Aretusa escaped to the god Alfeo, threw himself into the sea and turned into a water source. For centuries now, inside the spring many papyrus plants arise spontaneously, will it be the Goddess Aretusa reincarnation?

There will be other stops, other myths, and legendary stories, on a tour that concentrates the best of Ortigia and that will make you want to stay here forever.

Perfect for

those who want to discover the best of Ortigia, in an hour and a half.

What you'll need:

comfortable outfit.

Who you'll meet:

an expert guide.

Duration

1h30

Meeting point

Wonderful Italy, Largo Archimede, Siracusa.

Included

Walking tour and professional guide.

Not included

Transfer to the meeting point and 2€ entrance ticket to the Duomo, (this visit is not mandatory).