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Ortygia (Ortigia)
Ortygia (Ortigia)

Ortygia (Ortigia)

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Free admission
Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicily

The Basics

According to Greek mythology, the goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis on Ortygia. The island’s name comes from the ancient Greek word forquail, as Leto’s sister is said to have turned into a quail that turned into the island when she fell into the sea.

Learn more about ancient legends by joining a guided walking tour of Ortygia, a popular day-trip destination from the nearby cities of Taormina and Catania. A tour of Ortygia is easily combined with a stop in the picturesque town of Noto.

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Siracusa - Ortigia & Noto Tour
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Fantastic private tour of Siracusa,Ortigia,& Noto Tour
My wife and I took A private tour on Sunday, May 2, 2019 to Siracusa, Ortigia, and Noto. Our driver, Giuseppe, was on time, drove safely, and had a great personality. His car was clean and comfortable. He shared a tremendous amount of very interesting knowledge about the sites we visited. He attended to all of our needs. We had great conversation about many topics during the drive. Part of our trip was in pouring rain and Giuseppe made sure he dropped us off right at the entrance. He even gave us his own umbrella to use on the tour to keep us dry! It rained on and off during the day, and he was very flexible in allowing us to wait until the rain stopped so that we could use our time to maximize seeing the sites. When we return to visit Sicily, we will request Giuseppe to take us on another tour! I highly recommend Giuseppe for any private tour of Sicily. He is kind and very knowledgeable about the island of Sicily.
Cathy0515, May 2019

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Archaeology buffs particularly enjoy exploring Syracuse’s Old Town, where many ancient monuments were incorporated into later churches and palaces.

  • Modest attire is required to enter the Syracuse Duomo—cover your shoulders and knees.

  • The streets of the Old Town are largely accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

Located just off the mainland, Ortygia can be reached only on foot or by bus.

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When to Get There

Visit Ortygia during daytime hours to ensure the Duomo and other Old Town attractions are open.

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Must-Sees in Syracuse’s Unique Historic Center

Don’t miss the city’s Duomo, featuring an ornate 17th-century baroque facade and the interior of a former Greek temple. Other top sights are the Fountain of Arethusa (a natural spring where according to Greek mythology, the nymph Arethusa returned to Earth’s surface after escaping from underwater Arcadia) and the Temple of Apollo (Sicily’s oldest Doric temple, dating from the sixth century BC).

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