Ortigia: History and Architecture Walking Tour

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Take a stroll through the alleys of Ortigia to uncover its charm and history on a walking tour. Discover curious anecdotes that make Ortigia a great stage for fascinating narratives.


  • Admire the old town's enchanting Piazza Archimede and Duomo
  • Look around and admire hidden details of Sicilian architecture
  • Discover an incredible crossroad of cultures at Syracuse Cathedral
  • Experience the solemn and sacred energy inside the ancient church
  • Enjoy an authentic and interactive history lesson with a local guide


Discover the beauty that hides in the alleyways of Ortigia on a walking tour accompanied by a local guide. Stroll through Piazza Duomo, marvel at the Syracuse Cathedral, and see the stunning Fountain of Arethusa. Meet your guide and head to Piazza Duomo, strolling through the streets of the historic center and discovering marvelous details carved into the stone of a mantelpiece or an entrance portal. Get introduced to local tradition as well as the myths and legends that have made Ortigia famous. Visit the magnificent Cathedral of Syracuse, a 1000-year-old home of the divine, which incorporates the ancient Doric temple dedicated to Athena. Marvel at the baroque facade and then step inside to see its Roman-style interior in all its glory. Admire fascinating dwellings set between period furnishings and frescoed vaults, resulting in a little-known jewel that represents the city's identity. See gorgeous marble statues of Santa Caterina, the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus, and Santa Lucia. Next, go to the Arethusa Fountain, and listen to the famous myth of Arethusa and Alphaeus, as your gaze travels further until you catch sight of the tip of Ortigia, dominated by the massive Maniace Castle reflected in the waters of the Porto Piccolo.


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