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Syracuse: Ortigia Sunset Cruise with Aperitif

1. Syracuse: Ortigia Sunset Cruise with Aperitif

Discover the caves and coves of Ortigia Island and admire a spectacular sunset on a sunset cruise. Savor prosecco with a tasting platter showcasing the best of local restaurant produce during your boat tour. Begin the cruise by sailing toward the exit from the small port and heading toward the north coast. Here, meet the Capuchin cove and the first Capuchin cave before passing in front of the dolphin-shaped rock. Next, enter the Coral Caves and marvel at the walls of soft red coral in each cave. Continue to the Grotta Dell’Amore, where the local partner will take photos you can collect at the end of the tour. After, enter the largest cave on the Syracusan coast, the Grotta delle Stalattiti. See the impressive variety and play of colors formed inside the cave, as well as the strange shapes created naturally by the force of the waves and humidity. Then, tuck into the onboard platter and uncork a delicious prosecco as you begin to return to Ortigia Island. On the way, stop for a swim in crystal-clear waters near Maniace Castle. Hop back on the boat and wait for the sunset to arrive as you listen to the onboard music, played throughout the cruise. After admiring the sunset, conclude the tour by passing under the Umbertino Bridge.

Syracuse: Island of Ortigia Boat Trip and Sea Caves

2. Syracuse: Island of Ortigia Boat Trip and Sea Caves

An unique and relaxing tour, rich in history, monuments, sea caves and nature. A beautiful and fantastic experience, advisable to photograph the beautiful landscapes and sunsets. Starting from the "Umbertino" bridge, continuing from the small port of "S. Lucia" we head towards the sea caves and the heart-shaped cave (Syracuse side). After that you go on along the "Alfeo" seafront on the island of Ortigia, where you will admire the Maniace Castle and the "Fonte Aretusa" , where you can take a short stop to get a bath and photograph the beautiful panorama it offers us. At the end of the tour you will see "Porta Marina".

Syracuse: Ortigia Island Guided Walking Tour

3. Syracuse: Ortigia Island Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of Syracuse on this guided walking tour of the island of Ortigia. Uncover how major Mediterranean civilizations have left their mark in this unique area as you pass by elegant buildings, sculptures, fountains, and grand squares. Meet your guide at Piazza Emanuele Pancali, 8 Siracusa. Follow your guide as they effortlessly navigate through a maze of narrow streets until you reach the 6th century ruins of the Apollo Temple. Walk to Piazza Archimede to admire a classical fountain that depicts the mythical goddess Diana. Pass through charming shops and alley restaurants as you make your way through downtown Ortigia. Finally, reach the Piazza Duomo which opens out into a wide space that is surrounded by breathtaking Baroque architecture. End your walk here, where you can take some time to admire the Cathedral of Syracuse which was built atop a Temple to Athena. 

Syracuse: Ortygia & Neapolis Archaeological Park Guided Tour

4. Syracuse: Ortygia & Neapolis Archaeological Park Guided Tour

The guided tour of Syracuse will make you discover the historic center located on the island of Ortigia and the Nepolis. Let's start from one of the two bridges that connect Ortigia to the mainland, the Umbertino Bridge with a visit to the Temple of Apollo which dates back to 580 BC. and represents the oldest Doric temple in all of Sicily. We continue in the heart of the island discovering piazza Archimede square, dedicated to the great Syracusan mathematician, with the beautiful Diana Fountain. Walking through the alleys we arrive at piazza della Minerva square, made of white limestone with beautiful buildings that overlook the square. The most important building is the Cathedral of Syracuse dedicated to the Nativity of Mary Most Holy, founded on the remains of the ancient Temple of Athena of which some columns that re-emerge from the walls of the church are still visible both on the external side but above all by visiting the Cathedral at the internal. The imposing façade is built in Baroque and Rococo style and is surrounded by other beautiful buildings overlooking the square, such as the Palazzo del Vermexio seat of the Town Hall, Palazzo Beneventano and the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, which preserves inside the splendid work of Caravaggio "The burial of Saint Lucia". We continue the guided tour walking towards the sea admiring the Fonte Aretusa, an unusual mirror of fresh water inhabited by fish and ducks and where papyrus plants grow. A few meters away we find the Alfeo seafront, where we conclude the first part of the visit, the oldest stretch of seafront on the island where you can admire the beauty of the sea that surrounds Ortigia and the imposing Maniace Castle, a fortress dating back to the Swabian period that in past it was prison and military barracks. We move to the Archaeological Park of Neapolis with the visit that starts from the Church of San Nicolò ai Cordari of the eleventh century and in the lower part where we find the Roman Pool, large water tanks dug into the rock with pipes that brought the water to the Roman amphitheater for nautical games and water fights. The nearby Roman amphitheater dating back to the Augustus era was in fact used for various shows, the most famous of which were the fights between gladiators: it has an elliptical structure carved into the rock and is spread over three levels. We continue our visit with the Altar of Hieron, the immense altar dedicated to Zeus where the sacrifices of the bulls took place. The guided tour continues towards the Latomie del Paradiso, quarries used for the extraction of stone, of which we will visit the most important, the Ear of Dionysus. The cave is 23 meters high and is very impressive due to the exceptional echo inside it. We conclude the visit to the Nepolis admiring the beautiful Greek theater carved into the stone, the most famous and important monument of the archaeological park, built by the Greeks and renovated by the Romans.

Syracuse: Sunset Aperitif Tour

5. Syracuse: Sunset Aperitif Tour

Let yourself be overwhelmed by a unique sensory experience an aperitif at sunset on the boat. The tour will start from the Umbertino Bridge heading towards the Porto Piccolo of Syracuse (Lo Sbarcadero), dedicated to our patron Saint Lucia. From there we will go to three natural sea caves, one of which is heart-shaped. We will then continue towards the Lungomare di Levante of the island, we will admire the imposing fortress in the heart of the ancient city, the Maniace Castle. The colors of the sun that embrace the sea accompanied by a delicious aperitif with a platter of typical Sicilian dishes and prosecco DOP will make this experience even more magical. We will continue the excursion with further important monuments such as the Fonte Aretusa, a fresh water spring that meets the Ionian Sea, there will be the possibility of a refreshing dip in these crystalline waters. We will end the tour returning from the Porto Grande (La Marina), passing under the Umbertino bridge. It is recommended for two people who are interested in the aperitif to contact the property for availability.

Sicily: Siracusa and Ortigia Island Half Day Guided Tour

6. Sicily: Siracusa and Ortigia Island Half Day Guided Tour

Meet your Guide at your hotel or directly in the city center, and you will be driven (shared transportation: included) to the Archaeological Park that highlights the Greek Theatre, the Roman Amphitheater and the Paradise Quarry. We then take the taxi back to the center to start your guided walking tour strolling through the streets of Ortygia Island, the heart of the city center connected to the mainland by Umbertino bridge. Syracuse, that belongs to the UNESCO heritage, was founded by colonists from Corinth in 735 B.C. and once the most important competitor to Athens. Admire the Dome in Baroque style, the Arethusa Fountain, the Maniace Castle (external view), the Temple of Apollo and the beautiful palaces around Ortygia.

From Sciacca: Syracuse and Ortigia Island Day Trip by Bus

7. From Sciacca: Syracuse and Ortigia Island Day Trip by Bus

Our Tour will start at 7:00 by bus from your hotel in Sciacca or from the Gulliver agency and will last about three and a half hours. Syracuse: The first stop of the excursion is Syracuse where you will have the opportunity to stroll through the typical narrow streets, churches, old buildings, splendid fountains and admire the remains of Greek civilization such as the Archaeological Park of Neapolis surrounded by olive and cypress trees and other flora typical Mediterranean. Visits: the magnificent Greek theater of the 5th century BC, the Roman amphitheater, the Latomie, the legendary cave "L'Orecchio di Dionisio", the Church of the Madonna delle Lacrime in front of the entrance to the Archaeological Museum of Syracuse which is a surprising sanctuary rather atypical for its architecture compared to the local landscape. Ortigia The second stage of the excursion includes a visit to the old part of the city, i.e. the historic center which is actually an island: Ortigia. It is joined to the mainland by means of two bridges, the Ponte Umbertino and the Ponte Santa Lucia, and is characterized by typical narrow streets, monuments, museums and restaurants. Excursion duration: Full day Departure time: 7:00 Includes: Meeting at the hotel/Gulliver Agency, transfer to Syracuse to the Greek Theater, the Ear of Dionysius and Ortigia. I'm going back to the hotel. Does not include: Guide, entrance tickets to museums and places of interest, meals and drinks.

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What people are saying about Umbertino Bridge

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Excellent for Francesco for having included my daughter's friend at the last minute (making us pay the right price .... That is, reduced because it is always a teenager ... 15 years old, unlike the online booking that considers them adults for that age), exhaustive, friendly and competent for OTTO who guaranteed us a very pleasant experience) aboard the boat. All organized very well. Well done!

We didn't get a reminder about the tour the day before as you usually do, we arrived at the wrong time and moved on disappointed, that they didn't know us as they did two days before on the tour in Catania. Very disappointing. Hope we get a refund!

Wonderful experience! From Captain Gaetano who, with his joy and love for his land, told us about the history, art and nature of Ortigia and Syracuse, to the dip in the Ionian Sea, to the aperitif and to the breathtaking sunset… everything perfect.

Caetano, our guide, made the visit very pleasant, fun and interesting, and even let us take a bath. The walk was super nice and the aperitif very good. Thank you very much.

Experience to do absolutely .... Otto was an excellent guide, golden boy ... suggestive caves and the journey ... aperitif at sunset top !!!!