Boat excursion to Syracuse and Ortigia Island

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Difficulty level
0 of 5

Min. Age
1 year and older

1 HOUR or 2 HOURS 

Morning and Afternoon
Specific schedule.

Spoken languages
ITA / ENG

Boat excursion to Syracuse

A boat trip to Syracuse is the best solution for discovering a city overlooking the sea. Syracuse with its historic center on the island of Ortigia is one of the destinations to visit during a tour in Sicily. And visiting them by boat is the perfect choice to fully experience the colours, smells and beauty of the sea.
In fact, in addition to the artistic and historical beauties that this city offers, this magical place it also gives the opportunity to enjoy unique naturalistic shows.

Ortigia Island tour and boat excursion in Syracuse

The island of Ortigia, also known by the name of “The pearl of Syracuse“, is the oldest part of the city: almost all the travelers who land on its soil, or who they visit it on a sailing boat, they fall in love with its beauty, its sea, its monuments and its spectacular view.

According to a myth, which dates back to ancient Greece, Leto, who became pregnant by Zeus and chased by a snake sent by the very jealous Hera, first landed in Ortygia, where she gave birth to Artemis, goddess of the moon and of hunting. Then with his little daughter he crossed the sea and finally arrived in Delos, where Apollo was born, god of the sun and of the arts, seat of one of the most important oracles of antiquity.

The island, which already in the time of the ancient Greeks was situated in a strategic position and was rich in water, over the centuries has been the protagonist of numerous invasions: Greeks, Romans, Saracens. Indeed, Suebi and Aragonese came to this location and, even now, their presence is evidenced by the beautiful monuments.

Syracuse boat trip: around the island of Ortigia

A Syracuse tour not to be missed is certainly the one that includes a visit to the island of Ortigia and a boat ride that allows you to discover the historical beauties, the unique and beautiful sea caves, and to take a swim break which provides for a total duration of 1 hour and 10.

The landing points of the boats that transport tourists to discover the beauties of Syracuse are in the large port of Ortigia.

The tour includes a tour of the island of Ortigia and a passage in front of the Maniace Castle, one of the most important monuments of the Swabian period, built by King Frederick II and which, at the time, served as defense for the entire city and the visit of some caves.

A boat excursion to Syracuse and the Island of Ortigia is a unique experience, which can become even more so if you choose to take the glass-bottom boat tour, thanks to this solution it is also possible to discover the marine fauna and flora.

The experience of the boat tour in Ortigia in Syracuse gives you the opportunity to admire the caves and discover the beauty of the Sicilian sea up close!

During your trip to Sicily, among the experiences not to be missed there is certainly a boat tour in Syracuse and the island of Ortigia! You will be amazed and you will fall in love with the natural beauty of the sea. 

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The photographs within this hike/article, were not taken during one of our hikes, but are used for informational purposes only