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Duration

Max 3 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

English, Italian

About this tour

Guided tour of Syracuse, the UNESCO heritage site. “In Syracuse, existence is easy, the city is prosperous, the climate is wonderful and healthy… One of the particular charms of the city consists in the multiplicity of its memories. ” (Antoine Dry). “The most beautiful and noblest of the Greek cities” (Tito Livio).

Ortigia – the very small island – is the cradle of Syracuse, and the longest urbanized place in the city. Here without interruption, its different building phases have followed one another for centuries, from the first prehistoric settlements to the baroque reconstructions following the disastrous earthquake of 1693. The most illustrious names for Syracuse: Archimedes – a scientist of the world; St. Lucia – a suffering of Christian history; Caravaggio in Syracuse, the hopes of the restless soul. The greatest monument of ancient architecture is the Archaeological Parvo of Neapolis. The theatrical architecture in Syracuse is no coincidence. The powerful city of the Greeks in Sicily is where Plato believes it is possible to realize his political utopia of an ideal state, whose rulers are philosophers who own nothing, and do not even know who their children are, so as not to prefer them to others. It is a place still out of time today, suspended between reality and dream

Highlights

  • Duration: max 3h
  • DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION
  • Number of people: from 2 to 15 people
  • Whispers included for groups between 5 and 15 people
  • Tourist guide license
  • Entrances
  • Request whisper for larger groups

Included/Excluded

  • Professional guide
  • Tickets Cattedrale
  • Tickets Neapolis
  • Transfer from Park to the city center
  • Personal expenditures
  • Pick up/ Drop off at the hotel far from Siracusa (a richiesta/ on request)

Itinerary

The capital of the Mediterranean, “In Syracuse, existence is easy, the city is prosperous, the climate is wonderful and healthy… One of the particular charms of Syracuse consists in the multiplicity of its memories.” (Antoine Dry). “The most beautiful and noblest of the Greek cities” (Tito Livio). Ortigia – the very small island – is the cradle of Syracuse, and the longest urbanized place in the city. Here without interruption, its different building phases have followed one another for centuries, from the first prehistoric settlements to the baroque reconstructions following the disastrous earthquake of 1693. The most illustrious names for Syracuse: Archimedes - a scientist of the world; St. Lucia – a suffering of Christian history; Caravaggio in Syracuse, the hopes of the restless soul. The greatest monument of theatrical architecture is in Syracuse and it is no coincidence. The powerful city of the Greeks in Sicily is where Plato believes it is possible to realize his political utopia of an ideal state, whose rulers are philosophers who own nothing, and do not even know who their children are, so as not to prefer them to others. It is a place still out of time today, suspended between reality and dream.

Antoine Dry said about the eternal Syracuse: “… the existence is easy, and the city is prosperous, the climate is mite and healthy… one of its most special details consists in the multitude of its memories.” The history of this place in Sicily is unforgettable, and it still preserves the elegance and prestige with its limestone buildings from different epochs seeing the ageless Athena with her golden hair dressed in white and armed with a sword. The glory of old Syracuse is sung by Livius, Plutarch, Cicero, Ovid, Pindar, Virgil, Plato. It witnessed various wars, conflicts and competitions, the most famous victim was the prodigy Archimedes, whose death signalled the intellectual decline of this fertile land. Reflecting the historical ongoing of the island Syracuse absorbed each single epoch, culture, fashion, architectural design and various languages, as well. Truth to be told, the memory of Syracuse as the Mediterranean capital with its Cathedral, its Greek Theatre and the Roman amphitheatre, Caravaggio’s inspiration for the Paradise Latomia, the suffering devotion of local women for St. Lucy and for Our Lady of Tears. What else may be added to the Syracusan epopee, as a good luck would have it, just come and be inspired! At the end of the tour we suggest a lovely fish restaurant. Half day excursion

Ortigia , the heart of civilization: Temple of Apollo, C.so Matteotti, Piazza Archimede, Artemis fountain, Via Roma, Piazza Duomo, The Duomo, The historic buildings, The church S. Lucia alla Badia, The source Arethusa, Palazzo Bellomo, Castello Maniace. Syracuse of Neapolis : S. Nicolò dei Cordari, The Roman amphitheatre, The Altar of Hiero II, The Greek Theatre, The Galemi aqueduct, Latomia del Paradiso, The ear of Dionysius, The cave of the Cordari, The Regional Archaeological Museum by Paoplo Orsi, The Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Lacrime

Boat trip Ortigia

Durations

Day Tour

Languages

English
Italian

Tour's Location

Sicily,Italy

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