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Introduction to Syracuse Tour with the Neapolis and Duomo

Your essential primer on Ortigia and the Neapolis
From US$643 privately
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Tour Details
4 hours
Product Type
  • Neapolis
  • Piazza Duomo
  • Apollo Temple
  • Fountain of Arethusa
Photos & Highlights
  • Get acquainted with Syracuse's main sites, history, and neighborhoods
  • Led by an expert in history or local culture
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Tour Description
Explore Ortigia and the Archaeological Park of the Neapolis on our four-hour introductory tour with a local expert. Tailored to provide an ideal introduction for those visiting Syracuse for the first time or travelers returning, discover the local history and cultural depth of this fascinating region of Italy during the walk.
  • The Neapolis
  • Duomo
  • Apollo Temple
  • Arethusa Fountain
  • 4 hours with a Ph.D. or MA level guide
  • Entrance fees
We'll begin by discovering the Archaeological Park of the Neapolis, one of the most significant Greek and Roman archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. The ruins are a testament to the crucial role this city played in ancient antiquity, as the imposing remains of the Greek theatre demonstrate. With our local expert, we will learn about Neapolis' monumental fountain, the Roman amphitheater where gladiators once fought, and the Ear of Dionysius, a huge cavern with surprising acoustic properties due to its shape. Many legends are associated with this cave and its assumed builder, the infamous tyrant Dionysius.

Following the visit to the archaeological park, we will head off to nearby Ortigia for a pleasant stroll through its quaint streets and alleyways. We'll explore around two hundred and fifty thousand years of history as well as Ortigia's architectural stratifications and decorations which its complex and rich past. We will finish the tour by discussing Ortigia’s splendid architectural history and the remains of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Gothic-Catalan, Norman, and Renaissance styles that decorate this island, just under a square kilometer in size.
What is a private tour?
Our private tours are limited exclusively to travelers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is solely shared between you and your traveling companions. 
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
We meet at the main entrance of the archaeological park of the Neapolis. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map.
The tour ends in Ortigia.
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine, but in the case of inclement weather, your expert will modify the tour so more time is spent indoors. It never hurts to be prepared; we encourage keeping an eye on the weather and bringing along an umbrella, sunscreen, water, or a hat as needed.
Can children join this tour?
Yes, we can adjust this tour to be more appropriate for younger learners. 
Is this tour walking intensive, and/or wheelchair accessible?
We do cover quite a bit of ground on this tour and therefore we recommend contacting us with any mobility questions; we will be happy to advise if the itinerary will be appropriate for you or propose modifications where necessary.

It is not our first time in Sicily and in Syracuse, we would like a more in-depth tour instead of an Introduction. Is that possible? 
Yes, we will inform our expert and they will be happy to plan an itinerary appropriate for you.
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The tour was really amazing. It’s everything you expect and even more, our guide Lucia was so nice and had a lot of knowledge about everything we asked. The guide even could adapt the tour to our interest (mainly Greek archeology) showing a great ability of adaptation to its clients. With this tour one can really comprehend the history of Siracusa, Neapolis and Ortigia, acquiring a great sense of its development throughout ancient times to our days.
Agata was a delightful woman with a rare depth of knowledge. A winderful guide and new friend.
Terrific tour in Siracusa. Historical knowledge and local insight. Wonderful.