Free Tour of Ortigia Island

Duration: 2h
Languages: Italian
Quality Verified Registered on December 07, 2021

We are a group of licensed tour guides from the Sicilian region who want to enhance the city of Catania by offering, in the low season, a quality service within everyone's reach. Professionals who in addition to knowing 6 languages (English, Spanish, French, German, Russian and Greek) have developed over the years individual, cultural, historical and artistic learning paths, to meet all needs. We like to define ourselves as ambassadors of culture and beauty.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

The island of Ortigia is the oldest and most fascinating part of Syracuse , a place that has seen a succession and stratification, in over three thousand years, of important expressions of the major civilizations of the Mediterranean. In just over a square kilometer there are Greek temples and Christian churches, Swabian, Aragonese and Baroque palaces, courtyards, Arab alleys, shops, modest houses and large public buildings.

The itinerary starts from Ponte Umbertino which connects the island with the mainland. Continuing towards Via dell'Apollonion it will be possible to admire the remains of the Temple of Apollo , the oldest stone temple built by the Greeks in the west. The guided tour will continue towards the center of the island passing through Piazza Archimede with its beautiful Diana Fountain , the work of Giulio Moschetti.

After a short walk through the alleys you will arrive at Piazza Duomo . The square, one of the most beautiful in Italy, shines with light thanks to the limestone with which the surrounding buildings were made: the Cathedral , the Town Hall or Palazzo Vermexio, Palazzo Beneventano .

Ortigia beating heart is a guided tour of the historic center of Syracuse:

  • Umbertino Bridge & Small Port
  • Temple of Apollo
  • Fountain of Diana
  • Piazza Duomo
  • Cathedral € 2.00
  • Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia
  • Arethusa source
  • Maniace Castle (external)
  • Porta Marina & Porto Grande

Entrance tickets not included in the participation fee

Meeting point Piazza Pancali, 8 (in front of the sushi restaurant)

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  • Meeting point:
    Piazza Emanuele Pancali, 8, 96100 Sir...
    Piazza Emanuele Pancali, 8, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy
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    Piazza Pancali, 8, (in front of the sushi restaurant)

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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manuela 14 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022
Rispetto all estero in italia sono piu approssimativi
Warren 20 Dec 2022

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Travelled alone - Dec 2022
Great tour of Ortigia with Angela. She was knowledgeable, clear and a pleasure to have as a guide!
Lili 22 Nov 2022

Very well informed, professional, enthusiastic, speaks clearly and loudly, it is almost impossible not to listen, he speaks so excitingly
Blanca 13 Sep 2022

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022
Muy bien el tour. Bastante completo y dinámico.
Anna 13 Sep 2022

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022
Le due ore di tour sono volate...Angela è stata una piacevolissima guida. Mai noiosa ed è riuscita a spiegarci 10 secoli di storia in maniera accattivante con la narrazione di aneddoti e leggende
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 21 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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