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Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto Full-Day Tour from Catania

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Explore the Greek and Roman monuments of Sicily on an 8-hour tour to Syracuse in the archelogical park of Neapolis. Marvel at the beauty of Ortygia Island, and visit the small town of Noto to see its unique style of Sicilian Baroque architecture

Highlights

  • Discover the Greek and Roman temples of the archaeological park of Neapolis
  • Explore Ortygia Island to see the historic heart of Syracuse
  • Wander among the baroque palaces of Noto
  • See the Arethusa fountain
  • Admire the largest cavea ever built by the ancient Greeks

Description

Learn the ancient history of Sicily on a full-day sightseeing tour that takes in the archaeological park of Neapolis, home to the majority of classical monuments of Greek and Roman Syracuse. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in Catania, transfer to the ruins of Syracuse, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During a guided walk you will discover many old Roman streets, as well as monuments such as the Greek Theatre, whose cavea is one of the largest ever built by the ancient Greeks. Near the Greek Theatre, you will see the latomie, including the limestone cave known as the “Ear of Dyonisius,” as well as the Christian Church of San Nicolò ai Cordari. Admire the Amphitheatre of the Roman imperial age, and more. Then, continue to Ortygia Island to experience the historic heart of Syracuse. Located at the park’s eastern end, and separated by a narrow channel, Ortygia is filled with Greek temples, Christian churches, and Arabian streets. Visit the Arethusa fountain and Piazza del Duomo, where the baroque palaces, such as Beneventano del Bosco Palace and Senate Palace are among the most beautiful in Sicily. After lunch (own expense), go to the small town of Noto, noted for its unique style of Sicilian Baroque architecture, and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Wander the open air museum and beautiful Corso Vittorio Emanuele to admire the many palaces and churches that, grouped together, are known as the “Stone Garden.”

Includes

Return transfers by shuttle bus Multilingual guide (English and Italian) Entrance to the archaeological park of Neapolis
Food and drinks

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  • This activity cannot be booked as a private tour for 1 person
  • If you are traveling alone and unable to book, this means there are no other travelers currently booked for the same day
  • In such cases, please check the activity page in a few days and attempt to rebook

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