History on stage

A walk through the alleys and squares of the island of Ortigia reveals centuries-old beauty: admire the Temple of Apollo, the oldest Greek temple in Sicily, and the luminous Cathedral which dominates the elegant Piazza Duomo and incorporates the Doric temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. At every step one has the feeling of discovering not only curious anecdotes about real life but also myths and legends that make Ortigia an illustrious stage for fascinating stories.


Guide included

Entrance ticket to the Sveva Chapel and the Alagoniana library

Entrance ticket to the Cathedral

Granita tasting


Departure and Piazza Archimede

Piazza Archimede

Temple of Apollo

Cathedral of Syracuse

A guide will accompany you to discover the beauty hidden in the alleys of Ortigia. The meeting point is at the hotel reception.

From the temple of Apollo to Piazza Archimede, walking through the streets of the historic centre and discovering wonderful details carved into the stone of a shelf or an entrance portal, one has the feeling of telling the stories of local tradition and of the myths and legends that have made Ortigia famous in the world.

Once in Piazza Duomo, you can visit the magnificent Cathedral of Syracuse, the millenary seat of the divine, which incorporates the ancient Doric temple dedicated to Athena.


Granita tasting

Other treasure to discover

Immediately after visiting the Cathedral, you can enjoy a refreshing granita, a symbol of the Sicilian gastronomic tradition, while admiring the beauty of the facade of the Cathedral.


Swabian Chapel

Alagonian Library

Arethusa spring

You can then visit the Swabian Chapel and the Alagonian Library.

The historical dimension in its most complete expression: fascinating residences with period furnishings and frescoed vaults give rise to a little-known jewel that represents the identity of the city.

At the end of the tour, at the Arethusa spring you can hear the famous myth of Arethusa and Alpheus while your gaze extends to the tip of Ortigia, dominated by the mass of Castello Maniace which is reflected on the waters of Porto Piccolo.


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