Water activity

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

Activity provider: LUCIA MORTELLARO

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

Activity provider: LUCIA MORTELLARO

From US$ 31.57 per person

Admire the natural beauty and old-world wonders of Ortigia Island from the water on this boat tour from Siracusa. See a heart shaped sea cave and the Arethusa fountain.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible


  • See the ancient buildings on Ortigia Island from the water
  • View the legendary Arethusa Spring
  • Take pictures at the Cave of Love
  • Spend time snorkeling
Full description

Embark on a boat tour of Ortigia with this tour from Siracusa. View the historic center of Siracusa from the water. Travel along the coast to admire Maniace castle and several sea caves.

Push off from Siracusa and pass under the Umbertino bridge. Take in sweeping views of the entire port. Go by the luxurious yachts at Foro Italico, and catch a glimpse of a cathedral dome. Observe the legendary Arethusa fountain.

Exit the port and see the immense Maniace castle. Head out to the northern coast of Syracuse. Have some fresh fruit and juice as you travel to a spot where you can get out and have a 10 minute swim.

Enter Capuchin cave, Coral cave, a stalactite cave, and the heart-shaped Cave of Love. Snap souvenir photos with the heart behind you.

  • Boat tour
  • Prosecco, juice, and seasonal fruit
  • Skipper
  • Snorkeling time
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Please arrive 15 minutes before the departure time. Please look for the Ortigia Island excursion office. To find the boat, please look for the Ortigia Island boat.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The roof may not be accessible in bad weather
  • You can request the photos that are taken on board at the end of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 179 reviews

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great activity! the tour is beautiful and the guide was perfect, he spoke mostly Italian not much English but the scenery spoke for itself. an agency welcomes us which is great for changing just before the excursion and going to the toilet. fruit and a glass of prosecco are offered it's nice. I recommend this company for the excursion

September 13, 2022

Very pleasant trip. The captain was very jovial but it was a shame his English was limited because he couldn't explain all the sights to us very clearly. Drinks were a bit limited, and I was a bit concerned about the failure to indicate the presence of any life jackets for safety - the sea got quite rough at times.

September 8, 2022

The boat trip itself was a lot of fun. We were a total of 15 people and everyone still had enough space. Unfortunately it was very windy that day and that's why we only looked at one grotto, but nobody could do anything about that. Unfortunately, the guide hardly spoke any English, so we didn't understand anything. So if you're doing the tour for the experience rather than knowledge of the area, it's highly recommended.

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August 28, 2022

Product ID: 407395