Welcome to Southeastern Sicily

The temptation is to stay in Syracuse, sipping granite (flavoured ice) in cinematic piazzas and sunning yourself on the seafront, but drag yourself away and you'll be falling head over heels for Sicily's most beautiful towns. Top billing goes to Noto, Modica and Ragusa, each one a feast of architectural flourishes and gastronomic delights – ice cream in Noto, chocolate in Modica and one of Sicily's finest restaurants in Ragusa. All three towns rose from the rubble of an earthquake in 1693 to become luminous examples of Sicilian baroque, a style that lends the region a cohesive aesthetic appeal.

Then there is the region’s countryside, a sun-bleached canvas of sleepy backroads lined with carob trees, epic rocky ravines studded with prehistoric tombs, and tranquil, sandy beaches backed by bird-rich greenery.

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$72.54 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Siracusa Food and Wine Walking Tour

Meet at Archimede Square at 6:30pm to start a flavorful evening of gastronomic and cultural discoveries with a passionate local guide. Walking and sharing with you all the secrets of ancient Syracuse, your guide will bring you to an authentic family tavern hidden in the little streets of Ortigia. Keeping primitive charm, they are always attractive with their hospitality, traditional way of cooking, and warm family atmosphere - which unfortunately can be lost in most tourist restaurants.This tour perfectly combines a wine and culinary experience with a sightseeing walk through the most breathtaking monuments of the old city. Piazza San Rocco, Piazza Duomo, Santa Lucia Church (with a Caravaggio painting), Piazza San Giuseppe, the Jewish district, Piazza Archimede, and a lot of other treasures will capture your attention.While walking through the town at dusk, you will stop in three different places where tables await you. First will be a Sicilian Trattoria where according to freshness and availability will be served Fish of the day marinated in Sicilian style, Traditional Mussels soup, Sicilian anchovies Beccafico Little fresh fish fried in Olive oil, Prosecco and white wine Second venue will be a typical wine bar where You will taste Seasonal bruschetta tasting, Siracusan cheeses, ricotta with pistachio, Salami and prosciutto tasting, Sicilian Vegeterian Caponata and arancino with 2 types of Sicilian Red wine: Tour will end in Pastry bar for Cannolo and dessert tasting accompanied by Limoncello and other Sicilian liquors. You will be introduced to the real taste of old Syracuse. See the 'Itinerary' section for more details on each stop.Just follow your expert guide through the town and eat and drink as a local. This is a filling and amazing culinary experience. You won’t need to eat before or after the tour.

$27.63 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ortygia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Walking Tour

The private walking tour lasts about 2 hours and crosses the picturesque streets of the old part of Syracuse discovering the traces left by all the different people who governed Sicily. You will meet our guide at the ancient Greek Apollo Temple where he will give you a short introduction about the history of the town. After a short walk you will reach Cathedral Square and be surprised by the magnificent bright limestone buildings: the town hall, Palazzo Beneventano, the bishop's palace and St. Lucy's Church, but most of all the Cathedral itself, the only church still in use today which time ago was a pagan temple. You should not miss to visit its interiors (optional visit, admission ticket not included). The tour then continues to Aretusa Fountain near the sea. The myth of Aretusa was told by Ovidius and in its clear fresh water grows papyrus which probably was brought here when Archimedes lived in town. The way back leads through the Jewish Quarter to Via Maestranza, the street where the nobility of the town had their pompous homes. On Archimedes Square, the neoclassical Fountain of Diana remembers once more the glorious past of Syracuse. The tour will end at the local fish and fruit market where you can take a breath of local life, colors and scents. Please note that the market is open only in the morning and on working days.

$27.63 Cultural & Theme Tours

Archaeological Syracuse: Neapolis Park Walking Tour

This guided visit to the Neapolis archaeological park of Syracuse is a private walking tour. The tour can be booked in English, Italian or German language. Meet your local guide and start this 1h30m tour that will let you discover the most important ancient Greek and Roman monuments of Syracuse. During your visit, see the ancient Greek theater, cut in the rock of the Temenite hill, the Nympheum fountain and the beautiful panorama from the top of the hill. Explore the "latomie del Paradiso" ancient stone quarries, the beautiful local flora, the "Ear of Dionysius", a grotto famous for its shape and echo and the Roman Amphitheater.

$50.66 Tours & Sightseeing

Noto Walking Tour

Noto is a European capital of the Baroque and UNESCO Patrimony since 2002. Noto is one of the most beautiful cities of Sicilian art, as a splendid historical center where you can admire many civil and religious monuments. See Santa Chiara, SS, Salvatore, Cathedral S. Nicolo, Ducezio Palace, Nicolaci Street with its amazing balconies, Nicolaci Palace, Church of Montevergini, Church of San Domenico, Fontana d'Ercole and the Communal Theatre. There will be free time for shopping in the main street. A must-experience is the Sicilian pastry dessert of cannolo (literally meaning 'little tube') or the semi-frozen dessert called Granita, made with sugar, water and flavorings, both originally from Sicily.

$44.90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Syracuse's Archaeological Park Private Walking Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse, Province of Syracuse, SicilyMeet your guide at the entrance of the Archaological park of Syracuse and start this informative private tour around one of the most important ancient monuments in the world, UNESCO world heritage. During the private tour, you will discover the Greek theater, the biggest Greek theater in Sicily, the Nympheum fountain, the ancient stone quarries "Latomie", the "Ear of Dionysius" cave, famous with its unique acoustics and shape, the Roman Amphitheater, and enjoy beautiful local flora and spectacular panoramic view from the top of the hill. This is a private tour, which guarantees friendly and relaxed atmosphere and personal attention from your guide.Duration: 2 hours

$21.88 Kid Friendly

Ortigia Evening Walking Tour in Siracuse

Meet your guide at 5pm by the Apollo Temple of San Paolo Church. After admiring the temple with your guide, you’ll walk together in the cool early evening air to via Cavour, one of Ortigia’s most colorful streets. Pass the locals on their evening strolls, and take a look at the elegant Archimede Fountain.Pass through the Jewish district of the town, which was founded in the 3rd century, and head through the heart of Ortigia to reach Piazza Duomo. Admire Siracuse Duomo and the Church of Santa Lucia, then amble across to the Arethusa Fountain with its papyrus plants. After two hours of exploring with your guide, your tour ends next to the seafront. It’s the perfect place to continue your evening out.