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3 hours

Sicily Walking Tours: City Tours

Tour of Ortigia in a Golf Cart


Discovering the Charms of Ortigia

Explore the enchanting island of Ortigia, the historical heart of Syracuse, with Your Own Italy’s “Private Tour of Ortigia in a Golf Cart.” This unique experience offers a comfortable and intimate way to navigate the narrow streets and discover the rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant marketplaces of this ancient island. Accompanied by an expert local guide, you’ll be whisked away on a journey through time, from Greek and Roman ruins to medieval lanes and Baroque palaces, all from the comfort of your private golf cart.

Discovering the Charms of Ortigia

Baroque Beauty and Ancient Ruins: Begin your tour with a visit to the magnificent Piazza Duomo, a masterpiece of Sicilian Baroque architecture, and home to the stunning Cathedral of Syracuse, built upon the ruins of an ancient Greek temple. As you wind through the streets, marvel at the blend of architectural styles that tell the story of Ortigia’s diverse past.

Fountain of Arethusa: Visit the mythical Fountain of Arethusa, a fresh spring with a legend that dates back to Greek mythology. This natural wonder is linked to the story of the nymph Arethusa and the river god Alpheus, adding a layer of mythic charm to Ortigia’s already magical atmosphere.

Jewish Quarter and Mikveh: Explore the historical Jewish Quarter, where you can discover the ancient Mikveh, an underground Jewish ritual bath that dates back to the Byzantine period. This hidden gem offers insight into the multicultural history of Syracuse and the rich tapestry of cultures that have thrived on the island.

Local Markets and Artisan Shops: No visit to Ortigia is complete without a stop at the vibrant local markets. Experience the colors, smells, and tastes of Sicily as you explore stalls laden with fresh produce, seafood, and artisanal products. Your guide can help you interact with local vendors and recommend the best spots to sample Sicilian delicacies.

Your Own Italy: A Journey Through Ortigia’s Heart

Your Own Italy’s “Private Tour of Ortigia in a Golf Cart” offers a unique and intimate way to experience the charm and history of this ancient island. With expert guidance, personalized attention, and the ease of golf cart travel, you’re invited to uncover the secrets of Ortigia and immerse yourself in the beauty of Syracuse.

Ready to Explore Ortigia’s Enchanting Streets?

Are you prepared to embark on a journey through Ortigia’s rich history, stunning architecture, and vibrant culture, all from the comfort of a private golf cart? Contact Your Own Italy to customize your tour of Ortigia, and discover the soul of Syracuse in style and comfort.

What's Included

Discover the charm of Ortigia, the heart of Syracuse, in a unique and leisurely fashion. Your personal guide will meet you right outside your accommodations, ready to whisk you away on an enchanting tour through the island’s narrow streets aboard a comfortable golf cart. This intimate exploration allows for a relaxed and comprehensive view of Ortigia’s most notable sights.

Guided Tour from Comfort: Enjoy the historical narratives and insights from your guide as you navigate Ortigia’s alleys in the ease of a golf cart.
Cathedral of Syracuse: Marvel at this architectural masterpiece, which seamlessly blends elements from its origins as a Greek temple to its current Baroque façade.
Fonte Aretusa: Encounter the legendary fresh-water spring with its papyrus plants, a natural wonder tied to ancient myths.
Maniace Castle: Explore this impressive fortress that stands guard at the tip of Ortigia, offering insights into Syracuse’s military past.
Levante Seafront: Breathe in the sea air along the picturesque eastern waterfront, capturing the essence of Mediterranean life.
Temple of Apollo: Witness the remains of this ancient Greek temple, marking the entrance to Ortigia and serving as a testament to the island’s ancient Greek heritage.
Giudecca District: Wander through the historic Jewish quarter, a maze of narrow lanes rich in history and culture.
Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Lacrime: Conclude your tour with a visit to this modern sanctuary, known for its remarkable conical structure and the sacred icon of the Virgin Mary.

This personalized tour of Ortigia offers a delightful way to experience the historical and cultural jewels of Syracuse, all while enjoying the relaxed pace and unique perspective from your golf cart ride.


Tips for Your Ortigia Tour

Wear Comfortable Clothes: Opt for comfort and practicality, considering the Mediterranean climate and the outdoor nature of the tour.
Camera Ready: Keep your camera or smartphone charged and ready for the myriad of photo opportunities along the way.
Stay Hydrated: Carry a water bottle, especially during warmer months, to stay refreshed throughout your adventure.
Listen and Engage: Your personal guide is a treasure trove of stories and facts, so feel free to ask questions and engage in the rich history of Ortigia.


Is there a dress code I should know about?
There is a dress code for churches and basilicas. Shoulders and knees must be covered; shorts, miniskirts, and sleeveless shirts are not permitted. It is also recommended that you not take large bags or backpacks on tours that include churches as you may not be permitted to enter and storage accommodations are not usually available.
What if there is bad weather?
Our tours operate rain or shine!
Is tipping customary in Italy?
Tipping is indeed customary in Italy ! It is considered a kind gesture and proper etiquette to leave “a little something extra” depending on the level of service you receive. For a private guide it is suggested to leave 15 – 25 euros for a typical 3-hour tour.
What happens after I’ve requested a booking through your website?
Your Own Italy will send a confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking. You will then be invited to make your payment using a link that will be provided.
Can wheelchair users go on this walking tour?
Not all walking tours are fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with walking disabilities. However, if anyone in your group requires special accommodation, please let us know when completing the booking and we will work out suitable alternative routes.
Can tours be modified?
Yes, we will do our best to adjust any tour to accommodate special requests.
How far in advance should I book my walking tour?
Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance. While we cannot guarantee availability if booking occurs in less than 48 hours, we will do our best to accommodate your request.
What are Your Own Italy’s payment terms?
Full payment is due when the tour confirmation email is sent, within 24 hours of your booking. You will be provided with a link to our payment page. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
What is your cancellation policy?
Tours must be canceled by email 24 hours prior to the start of the tour. If cancellation is made in less than this time, Your Own Italy cannot guarantee a full refund.
How do I amend a reservation?
Any changes to existing reservations must be requested by email. All efforts will be made to accommodate changes, but they cannot be guaranteed.
What should I do if I have a larger group than the size suggested on the website?
Your Own Italy is delighted to accommodate large groups. Please specify the number in your party when booking, and every effort will be made to organize a tour within the time limits provided.

Meeting Point

Please specify when booking whether you would prefer to meet your private guide at your accommodations or at a designated point near the highlights of the tour.

Duration Of Tour

Walking Tours last approximately 3 hours unless otherwise specified.
Tour times are average – some groups prefer a more leisurely pace with fewer sites, with your private guide, this is your option.