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Full Day tour of Syracuse, Ortigia and Catania from Taormina

Discover the stunning baroque centers of Sicily

Highlights

  • Travel comfortably with our top notch vehicles from Taormina/ Giardini di Naxos 
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Syracuse archaeological park from an expert guide
  • Take a guide walking tour of the island of Ortigia and discover its landmarks
  • Enjoy free time admiring the stunning Catania 
  • Taste a typical Sicilian lunch

Departure

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat at 8.30 AM Taormina, 9:00 Giardini Naxos

DURATION

Approx. 9 hours

period

APRIL 1 to OCTOBER 31

language

English

Description

Sicily’s Baroque towns are one of the island’s most evocative hidden wonders, and this full day trip from Taormina/Giardini di Naxos, introduces you to three of the best. See ancient Syracuse and its historic center on the island of Ortigia, and bask in Noto’s Baroque magnificence.

The first stop on the tour after leaving Taormina or Giardini di Naxos by a comfortable minivan on the island of Ortigia, which happens to be the historic center of Syracuse. Meet up with a local guide who will introduce you, from outside, to the Cathedral, the Aretusa fountain and many other attractions of the city centre. You can ask your guide all questions you have about the beautiful town while you’re there, but don’t keep them for too long otherwise your lunch, which is included in the tour, will get cold.

Syracuse’s Archaeological Park is one of many historic attractions on the island, but few are so complete. That’s your second stop on the tour after leaving Ortigia, and you’re going to be blown away. Constructed five centuries before Christ and then rebuilt eight centuries later, it’s centered around the Teatro Greco, a 16,000-seat amphitheater. Other key sites you shouldn’t miss include the Latomia del Paradiso, the limestone quarry for which the stone that built the city was extracted.

Wrapping up our awesome trip to Syracuse, Ortigia, and Catania, we dive into Catania's vibrant food scene—truly a shining star in Sicily. Positioned between the mighty Mount Etna and the beautiful Ionian Sea, Catania is a blend of history, culture, and fantastic food. Surrounded by gorgeous baroque buildings and lively streets, get ready for a tasty surprise that'll tickle your taste buds. This unexpected tasting adventure will let you try some of the best local treats, capturing the real essence of Catania's diverse food culture.

As the late afternoon rolls in, our adventure comes to an end, and you'll get a ride back to Taormina. The memories of this Sicilian adventure are bound to stick around, leaving you with a lasting impression of our exploration through Syracuse, Ortigia, and the delicious flavors of Catania.

Inclusions

  • Personalized attention
  • Professional English speaking driver
  • Round-trip transportation from Taormina/Giardini Naxos by luxury A/C Mercedes Minivan or
  • Minibus
  • Guided walking tour of Siracusa (Ortigia) with professional English speaking guide
  • Guided visit of Siracusa archeological park
  • Typical Sicilian lunch
  • Surprise tasting in Catania
  • Water on board

Meeting Point

This tour departs from Taormina and from Giardini Naxos. Choose the departure point at the moment of booking.

TAORMINA (8:30am)
Bus Terminal Via Pirandello, 75 98039 Taormina, ME

Please meet our tour guide inside the parking of the the Bus Terminal, near the Rico Caffè.


GIARDINI NAXOS (9:00am)

Viale Dionisio, 12, 98035 Giardini Naxos, ME

Please meet our tour guide inside the Recanati Terminal Bus, at the corner with Roulotte House.

Notes

Please note that Italy's law doesn't permit selling alcoholic beverage to teens under 18 y.o. so clients under this age will be served non-alcoholic beverages.
Please let us know in advance any special need or impaired mobility of the clients and we will do our best to accomodate them.
We strongly suggest good walking shoes (no flip-flops!) as well as hat and sunscreen.

 

*please note that from 25 March 2024 the tour will include a stop with surprise tasting in Catania instead of the stop in Noto*

Rain Policy

This tour runs rain or shine.

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