Spend a day in the sunny city of Syracuse in southeast Sicily on a full-day tour from Taormina! With stunning coastal scenery as well as ancient Greek and Roman ruins, the city is the perfect destination for a day of leisurely sightseeing. Discover intriguing attractions like the Ear of Dionysius on a visit to Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (entry own expense), and then explore Syracuse’s island neighborhood of Ortygia in the afternoon.
Leave central Taormina in the morning and travel south along the coast to Syracuse, on the southeastern corner of Sicily. After relaxing in the comfort of your air-conditioned coach on your 1.5-hour journey, hop off and head out to explore the city with your guide!First stop is Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Syracuse’s famous archeological zone that’s home to a vast collection of Greek and Roman ruins from all over Sicily. After paying your entrance fee, head inside to see impressive excavations and well-preserved monuments like a Greek theater, Roman amphitheater and the Ear of Dionysius – an artificial limestone cave. Learn about fascinating structures like the Altar of Hieron II, where bulls were once sacrificed during ancient festivals, and hear tales of Syracuse in bygone days.Leave the archeological zone and head over to the island neighborhood Ortygia, where most of Syracuse’s fascinating sights can be seen. Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense) and then explore the local attractions, discovering Piazza Archimede, a lively square that’s home to the Fountain of Aretusa – a carving of the Greek goddess’ maiden. Gaze at the square’s Gothic palaces and then continue your stroll around the area to discover the delights of Piazza del Duomo – Syracuse’s central square. Pose for photos in front of Syracuse Cathedral, and admire at the squares other attractions: 17th-century Archbishop’s Palace, the Palace of Beneventano del Bosco and Il Lucertolone – the City Hall. After exploring Ortygia and learning about the city’s history and sights, return to your coach for the journey north. Your tour then finishes back at the start point in central Taormina.