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Ortigia Free Walking Tour: discover history & monuments

Duration: 1h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Hermes
Registered on March 15, 2022

Hermes Sicily Tours is a group of licensed tour guides active in Syracuse and eastern Sicily. Since 2005 we have run shared group tours so that also families, small parties or solo travellers can discover the history and monuments of our island lead by an experienced, professional guide but also in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

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

Tour description

Ortigia free walking tour is the ideal way, for those visiting Syracuse for the first time , to discover the historic center of the city. You will be accompanied by a licensed tour guide who will tell you about the origins and anecdotes of the city of Archimedes and will show you the most important monuments.
Ortigia is a small island and we will meet at the entrance to the island and then move into its heart and through the characteristic alleys . We will be able to admire the remains of the ancient Greek city, such as the temple of Apollo , the elegant fountain of Diana and Piazza Duomo , the city center with its cathedral and the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia. Unmissable stop of the tour will also be the legendary Arethusa spring with its papyrus plants. Our guide will tell you about the romantic myth linked to the source but will also introduce you to the exploits of Archimedes , the great Greek inventor who lived in Syracuse.

Our guided walk lasts about 1 hour and 30 minutes and takes place entirely outdoors.

The Ortigia free walking tour is only available in English .

At the end of the tour the guide will be available for information on the must-see monuments of the city but also to give you advice on the best restaurants, beaches or other Sicilian places.

Note: reservations are allowed for up to 6 people in a single group. If your group has more than 6 participants please consider a private tour.

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  • Meeting point:
    Via dell'Apollonion, 19, 96100 Siracu...
    Via dell'Apollonion, 19, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy
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    The tour starts from the temple of Apollo (right side, next to the fountain). The guide will have a written "Ortigia tour".

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).

Tour opinions

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Jonathan 15 May 2023
New York

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
A great way to cover the highlights in a clear and understandable way. Ava was excellent. In every way
Paul 09 May 2023

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Travelled in couple - May 2023
Very enjoyable experience. Eva’s English and knowledge made the walk an excellent experience.
Regula Häberli 02 Nov 2022

Eva weiss sehr viel und gibt unaufgeregt viele Informationen und Erklärungen.
Jennifer 17 Oct 2022

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Travelled in couple - Oct 2022
Would definitely recommend this walking tour - it was such a great way to get the lay of the land. Our guide was great - very knowledgeable and presented the information in a fun and interesting way. Afterwards we knew a little more about Siracusa and had some great recommendations about what to see, do and eat.
Johanna 26 Sep 2022

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2022
Sehr interessante Tour! Gerne wieder
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 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.