Syracuse is perhaps the most fascinating city in Sicily, and Ortygia, the historic city centre, offers you the chance to spend a few hours exploring its many alleyways that go back some 2.000 years, passing through the Jewish area. This long history is perfectly represented in the spectacular cathedral of Ortygia. According with your preferences you can visit the Neapolis Archaelogical Park, an area teeming with nature and full of archaeological discoveries pertaining to Syracuse’s long and colourful history.
After visiting the Greek Theatre, we will have lunch with local products, which is not included and visit the typical market, full of spice stalls, dried and fresh fruit, tomatoes cherry, vegetables, cheese and fish, almond sweets and chocolate of Modica.After the lunch, we continues with a visit of the island of Ortigia, Syracuse’s historic center, which since 2005 has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site for its unique charm due to the presence of the remains of ancient Greek temples, the Maniace Castle, the baroque churches, noble palaces and the amazing Cathedral overlooking the main square.During a long walk through the alleys of Ortigia, we will admire the famous painting by Caravaggio entitled “Burial of Saint Lucia” dedicated to the patron saint of the city and we will stop at a company that works on papyrus plant whose existence in this area of the Sicily dates back to the times of the Greeks.The tour continues with the discovery of underground Ortigia. We will visit an ancient medieval public wash and, exploring the Giudecca of Ortigia, we go down in the basement of the neighbourhood to observe a crypt built in 1700, an air raid shelter used during the Second World War, and one of the extant Jewish baths, employed between the fourteenth and the fifteenth century, for the rites of purification of women of the Jewish community.