Syracuse, Ortigia and Catania Day Trip from Taormina
Explore three of Sicily’s most breathtaking Baroque cities on this full day tour
Looking for a stress-free way to explore Sicily’s most captivating Baroque cities? Departing from Taormina, on this day-long tour you’ll be driven to the ancient city of Syracuse and explore its city center, the island of Ortigia. Afterwards, wander freely through Catania, a city known for its rich history and stunning views of Mount Etna. With all the logistics taken care of for you, this is the best way to discover Sicily’s most evocative Baroque cities!
- Visit the Syracuse Cathedral
- Baroque frescoes
- Temple of Apollo
- Island of Ortigia
- Noto Cathedral
Your immersive daytrip through Sicily’s Baroque cities begins in Taormina. From here, your English-speaking driver will pick you up by minivan, and transport you and the rest of your intimate group to the island of Ortigia, the historic center of Syracuse. Your expert, local guide will be waiting to take you on an informative tour through the stunning city center, before breaking for a traditional Sicilian lunch.
Next, follow your guide to Syracuse’s famous Archeological Park. Your jaw will drop as you walk through this incredible piece of history while learning about ancient sites, such as the Teatro Greco and del Paradiso. After leaving Syracuse, the enchanting, Baroque city of Catania will be your last stop of the tour. Enjoy one hour of free time to explore the majestic city at your leisure. Before driving back to Taormina, you and your group will even be treated to a surprise tasting!
Syracuse, Ortigia and Catania Full Day Tour Description
Your 10.5-hour tour includes:
Roundtrip transportation by minivan from Taormina
Guided walking tour of Ortigia
Guided visit to Syracuse Archeological Park
Free exploration in Catania
Traditional Sicilian lunch
Maximum group size of 8 people
Your journey through Sicily’s most notable Baroque towns begins with your minivan pick up. Your English-speaking driver will meet you in Taormina, where you’ll meet the rest of your small group.
Your luxury minivan will have air conditioning and your driver will provide water on board, so you can sit back and enjoy your comfortable drive to your first majestic stop of the day, the island of Ortigia.
Explore the Island of Ortigia
Less than two hours away from Taormina, begin your tour on the island of Ortigia, the stunning historic center of Syracuse. Your friendly, local guide will be waiting to take you on an enlightening tour though the city center’s most captivating landmarks.
Admire the impressive architecture of Ortigia’s extraordinary Cathedral, along with the historic Fountain of Aretusa, a breathtaking natural spring within the city center. Your guide will continue leading you through the rest of Ortigia’s highlights, detailing the history of the island and ready to answer any questions you may have.
Following your guided walk, satisfy your appetite with an authentic, Sicilian lunch before continuing your exploration of the ancient city of Syracuse.
Historic Tour of Syracuse’s Archeological Park
After your delicious lunch, your guide will take you on an in-depth tour of Syracuse’s famous Archeological Park. Immerse yourself in history as you’re guided through this fascinating site, which was built five centuries BC, and rebuilt eight centuries later. Visit the iconic Teatro Greco, an ancient 16,000 seat amphitheater, which the archeological park is structured around. Your guide will explain the storied history of this amphitheater, along with other key landmarks that you’ll explore, such as the del Paradiso, a vast limestone quarry from which stone was once extracted to build the city of Syracuse.
Visit the Baroque City of Catania
Your final stop of the day is Catania, one of Sicily’s most captivating cities, famed for its lavish, Baroque architecture. Enjoy one hour of free time to explore this incredibly ornate city at your leisure. Gaze in amazement at the intricate details of the churches and palazzi.
Before heading back to Taormina, you and the rest of your group will be treated to a surprise tasting! Savor the moment while appreciating the elaborate architecture that surrounds you, before hopping on your luxury minivan for the drive back to Taormina.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What to bring?
Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?
No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Sicily.
Is lunch included in the price of the tour?
Yes, a traditional Sicilian lunch in included in the price of the tour.
Does this tour include hotel pickup?
No, hotel pickup not is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point in Taormina
Where does this tour end?
This tour ends at the same spot as your meeting point.