Guided tour

Syracuse: Ortygia Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

40 reviews

Activity provider: Hermes Sicily Tours

Syracuse: Ortygia Walking Tour

Activity provider: Hermes Sicily Tours

From US$ 16.87 per person

Explore Ortygia, the old town center of Syracuse, on a walking tour. Discover the Apollo temple, the unique baroque cathedral, and enjoy the beautiful panoramas of the sea.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover Syracuse's enchanting town center
  • Visit monuments ranging from the Greeks to the baroque age
  • Choose between a private tour or shared group tour
Full description

Embark on a walking tour crossing the picturesque streets of the old part of Syracuse and discovering the traces left by all the different people who governed Sicily. You will meet your guide at the ancient Greek Apollo Temple where you will be given a short introduction to 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. It is the only church still in use today which many years ago was a pagan temple, and you should not miss the opportunity to visit its interiors (optional visit, admission fee 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 was probably 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.

  • Walking tour with a licensed guide
  • Admission fees
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Please meet at the Apollo temple, on the right side. The guide will have a "Hermes Sicily Tours" logo.

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Know before you go

  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship, no shorts or sleeveless tops are allowed and shoulders must be covered for both men and women
  • Please note that the market is open only in the morning and on working days
  • The tour is bookable as a private tour all around the year with an English, German, or Italian-speaking guide. During some periods of the year also the shared group option is available
  • Group tours are bookable only in English or Italian. The group tour will take place in the requested language or in rare cases of very small groups, the guide will explain both in English and Italian
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 40 reviews

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Very well organized tour, with earphones and radio to be able to hear well even if at a distance. I also appreciated the message with the name of the guide and his contacts. The walk is very well thought out and allows you to see all the most characteristic corners of the island. Sebastiano, our guide, in addition to telling us a lot of curiosities and giving us some interesting explanations, also gave us many tips on where to shop (especially culinary) that were greatly appreciated! Really satisfied: highly recommended!

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August 12, 2022

Bellissima visita di Ortigia guidati da Sebastiano. Un’esperienza raccomandatissima per approfondire le proprie conoscenze della località e vivere appieno Ortigia. Sebastiano è stato di gran lunga la migliore guida che abbiamo avuto nel nostro soggiorno a Siracusa e la sua simpatia e conoscenza di tutto i diversi luoghi a reso la visita eccezionale.

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August 7, 2022

Great tour with Eva, we were the only English-speaking people so we had a private tour. Very interesting, especially when you’re interested in the history of a place. We recommend this tour!

September 9, 2022

Product ID: 173952