Syracuse and Ortigia Island

Free Transfer
Half day 08:00 – 14:30
Easy route

The Syracuse and Ortigia Island tour offered by the Etna Est is a half-day excursion to the beauty of the historic city of Syracuse and its enchanting island of Ortigia.

Famous for being the birthplace of one of history’s greatest mathematicians and inventors, Archimedes, Syracuse is a city that hides priceless treasures.

This is the only excursion offered by Etna Est not including a trekking on Mount Etna, but our highest active volcano in Europe is always there watching us from far away.

Among archaeological rests surrounded by Mediterranean vegetation and a very evocative atmosphere, you will spend hours in full relaxation enjoying unique places in the world.

The pulsating center of Syracuse awaits you with the small island of Ortigia, the place that closes the great gulf of Syracuse and gives truly enchanting, typical and dreamy views.

So what are you waiting for to book this magnificent excursion to discover the fascinating province of Syracuse?

Syracuse and Ortigia Tour: details of the experience

The Syracuse and Ortigia tour is a half-day excursion with a minimum of 6 participants, which will take you to discover the southernmost province of Catania.

Here are all the stages of the Syracuse and Ortigia Island tour:

    • Departure from your facility with a free transfer
    • Arrival in Syracuse and visit to the Neapolis Archaeological Park*/li>
    • Walk by the island of Ortigia
    • Return to Catania.

* = Entrance fee is not included in the price

Full Description Syracuse and Ortigia Island

If you have chosen to discover the southernmost province of Catania and its natural and architectural beauty with the Siracusa and Ortigia tour, you will depart directly from your accommodation with the free transfer provided by the Etna Est agency.

On the way, our guide will introduce you to the history of Syracuse and give the most important information you need to know before arriving at your destination.

Once in Syracuse, the first stop will be the visit of the magnificent Neapolis Archaeological Park where you will immerse yourself in the endemic vegetation and discover monumental caves and ravines, including the uniquely fascinating Ear of Dionysius.

Also inside the Neapolis you will admire the Greek Theater, a privileged setting every summer for concerts by great international artists and theatrical performances by renowned companies, and the Roman amphitheater.

It will be like taking a journey through time among the paths of the Archaeological Park, where you will discover the ancient history of Syracuse, a city very different from Catania though so close, but both beautiful with their own peculiarities.

Last stop to end the Siracusa and Ortigia tour on a high note is the splendid baroque island of Ortigia, the pulsating center of the city, where you can visit the Cathedral, the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia and the Arethusa Spring.

Among its characteristic alleys and large squares, you will walk on the light-colored streets looking at monuments that have been the bakcground for unforgettable movie scenes, to overlook the Syracuse Gulf with its placid waters.

The calm of Ortigia contrasts with the vitality of Catania, which awaits your return, laden with magnificent images and memories that will be indelible.

Info and booking


(65€ kids up to 12 yrs)

Tour Schedule

The Syracuse and Ortigia tour begins at approximately 8 a.m., when the free transfer will pick you up from your hotel or apartment to take you on a discovery of the magnificent city of Syracuse and ends at 2:30 p.m. at the starting point.

In just a few hours you will take home a wealth of unparalleled beauty, knowledge and excitement in one of the most beautiful cities in all of Sicily.

Additional Info

Syracuse and Ortigia Island is a simple tour suitable for everyone; it does not involve any kind of trekking but only a walk through the beauty of the archaeological park and the island of Syracuse. Children have a €10 discount on the participation fee.

The island can be reached on foot via bridges, so there is no need to take any means other than the one that will take you to your destination and back to your accommodation.

Participation fee includes:

  • Insurance
  • Multilingual escort (no tour guide)
  • What is expressly stipulated in the program

As already written, the participation fee for the Syracuse and Ortigia tour does not include tickets to access the Neapolis Archaeological Park or the churches at the island of Ortigia.