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Sicily Walking Tours: City Tours

Introductory Tour of Siracusa


Discover Siracusa: A Gateway to Ancient Civilizations

An Introductory Tour of Siracusa (Syracuse) with Your Own Italy is a captivating journey through one of Sicily’s most historic and picturesque cities. Known for its rich Greek history, stunning baroque architecture, and vibrant markets, Siracusa offers a unique blend of ancient and modern that beckons travelers to explore its many layers. This personalized tour is designed to immerse you in the city’s most iconic sights, from the ancient Greek ruins of the Neapolis Archaeological Park to the charming streets of Ortigia, the city’s island heart.

Neapolis Archaeological Park: A Journey Through Time
Your exploration begins at the Neapolis Archaeological Park, where history comes to life. Marvel at the Greek Theatre, one of the largest of its kind, carved directly out of the rock face. Nearby, the Ear of Dionysius, a limestone cave famed for its unique acoustics, offers a glimpse into the ingenuity of ancient civilizations. The Roman Amphitheater and the Altar of Hieron II further attest to Siracusa’s historical significance as a cultural and political powerhouse of the ancient world.

Ortigia: The Soul of Siracusa
Cross the bridge into Ortigia, the heart of Siracusa, where a labyrinth of narrow streets leads to architectural wonders and hidden gems. At the center of it all stands the magnificent Cathedral of Siracusa, a structure that encapsulates the city’s layered history, built upon the ruins of a Greek temple dedicated to Athena. Stroll along the waterfront for breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and discover the Fountain of Arethusa, a freshwater spring with a mythological past.

A Taste of Sicilian Life
Siracusa is not only a feast for the eyes but also for the palate. The city’s markets and eateries offer an authentic taste of Sicilian cuisine, known for its fresh seafood, sun-ripened produce, and rich flavors. Enjoy a guided tasting tour, sampling local specialties like arancini, cannoli, and the island’s famous lemons, providing a culinary experience as rich and varied as Siracusa’s history.

Your Own Italy: Crafting Unforgettable Journeys in Siracusa
With Your Own Italy, your Introductory Tour of Siracusa is just the beginning of a personalized Sicilian adventure. Our commitment to creating immersive, tailored experiences ensures that your journey through Siracusa reveals not just the landmarks but the soul of this ancient city.

Embark on Your Siracusa Adventure
Are you ready to delve into the history, beauty, and flavors of Siracusa? Contact Your Own Italy to start planning your custom tour of this enchanting Sicilian city. Discover the magic of Siracusa with us, where every corner tells a story, and every meal is a celebration of Sicilian tradition.

What's Included

  • Expert, licensed English-speaking guide

Practical Tips for Your Siracusa Tour

Best Time to Visit: Spring (April to June) and fall (September to October) offer pleasant weather, ideal for exploring Siracusa’s outdoor treasures.
What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes are essential for navigating Siracusa’s cobblestone streets and archaeological sites. Sun protection is recommended for sunny days.
Language: While many in Siracusa speak English, learning a few basic Italian phrases can enhance your experience and interaction with locals.
Respect for Heritage Sites: Siracusa’s rich history is preserved in its monuments and sites. Please respect these treasures by following guidelines and instructions during your visit.


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.