Silversea Luxury Cruises A Siracusa, Sicily

Siracusa, Sicily
Siracusa, Sicily

Siracusa, known to English speakers as Syracuse, is a wonder to behold. One of the great ancient capitals of Western civilization, the city was founded in 734 BC by Greek colonists from Corinth and soon grew to rival, and even surpass, Athens in splendor and power. It became the largest, wealthiest city-state in the West and a bulwark of Greek civilization. Although Siracusa lived under tyranny, rulers such as Dionysius filled their courts with Greeks of the highest cultural stature—among them the playwrights Aeschylus and Euripides, and the philosopher Plato. View more

The Athenians, who didn't welcome Siracusa's rise, set out to conquer Sicily, but the natives outsmarted them in what was one of the greatest military campaigns in ancient history (413 BC). The city continued to prosper until it was conquered two centuries later by the Romans. Present-day Siracusa still has some of the finest examples of Baroque art and architecture; dramatic Greek and Roman ruins; and a Duomo that's the stuff of legend—a microcosm of the city's entire history in one building. The modern city also has a wonderful lively Baroque old town worthy of extensive exploration, as well as pleasant piazzas, outdoor cafés and bars, and a wide assortment of excellent seafood. There are essentially two areas to explore in Siracusa: the Parco Archeologico, on the mainland; and the island of Ortygia, the ancient city first inhabited by the Greeks, which juts out into the Ionian Sea and is connected to the mainland by two small bridges. Ortygia is becoming increasingly popular with tourists, and is starting to lose its old-fashioned charm in favor of modern boutiques. Siracusa's old nucleus of Ortygia, a compact area, is a pleasure to amble around without getting unduly tired. In contrast, mainland Siracusa is a grid of wider avenues. At the northern end of Corso Gelone, above Viale Paolo Orsi, the orderly grid gives way to the ancient quarter of Neapolis, where the sprawling Parco Archeologico is accessible from Viale Teracati (an extension of Corso Gelone). East of Viale Teracati, about a 10-minute walk from the Parco Archeologico, the district of Tyche holds the archaeological museum and the church and catacombs of San Giovanni, both off Viale Teocrito (drive or take a taxi or city bus from Ortygia). Coming from the train station, it's a 15-minute trudge to Ortygia along Via Francesco Crispi and Corso Umberto. If you're not up for that, take one of the free electric buses leaving every 10 minutes from the bus station around the corner.

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Excursions depuis Siracusa, Sicily

Wine Tasting at Pupillo Winery

Embrace the splendid legacy and flavours of Siracusa during this half-day excursion to the Azienda Agricola Pupillo Winery. Sicily has more vineyards than any other Italian wine region, competing with Apulia for first place as Italy's largest wine producer. The Siciliy wine region lies on the low Gibellina Mountains in the "Mazara Valley."


Azienda Agricola Pupillo Winery

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Azienda Agricola Pupillo Winery. This historic landmark in Targia spans over 346 acres (140 hectares), and is located near Siracusa's Archaeological Park and city centre.


Winery Tour and Tasting

Upon arrival, take a guided tour of the winery and its elegant garden, then proceed for a wine tasting accompanied by Sicilian specialities. The Azienda Agricola Pupillo is a remarkably beautiful estate, adjacent to Syracuse. Dating back to the 12th century, the property has belonged to the Pupillo family for four generations. Today it is managed by Nino Pupillo and by his daughter Carmela. On its 20 hectares of vineyards, the estate mostly produces Moscato di Siracusa in its three possible variations - dry, semi-sweet and sweet.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 328 yards (about 300 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the winery. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages.

Golf at I Monasteri Golf Resort

Experience a relaxing round of golf in Floridia during a full-day golfing excursion at the lovely I Monastery Golf Resort.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the I Monasteri Golf Resort, an exclusive old Sicilian house of nobility. Located in the white hills of Iblee, the 18-hole, Par-71 course is surrounded by lush green citrus, palms, carob and olive trees.


Upon arrival at the I Monastery Golf Resort, begin your 18-hole round of golf at this beautiful course. Enjoy the hills of Iblee and the Mediterranean landscape and learn how golfing in Sicily is a sport enjoyed year-round because of the mild climate and low rainfall in winter.


Following your visit, re-board your vehicle and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, soft spikes and sun protection are recommended; denim blue jeans, shorts, swimsuits, beachwear, sweatpants, t-shirts, sleeveless tops, tank tops, and flip flops are not permitted. Space on this tour is very limited.

Mount Etna & Catania

Experience Sicily's magnificent volcanic splendour and historic past during this memorable full-day visit to Mount Etna, and a sightseeing tour of Catania. Mt. Etna is Europe's most active volcano soaring to a height of 10,813 feet (3,296 metres).


Depart the pier for a brief sightseeing drive through Siracusa.


Siracusa

Partially-located on the mainland of Sicily's east coast and partially on an island connected to the mainland by three bridges, this powerful city-state was once the bulwark of Greek civilization. Along the way, pass by the Island of Ortygia, then continue on through the main streets of this historic town. Leaving Siracusa, re-board your coach for the drive to Catania.


Catania

Upon arrival at the Catania Centre, take a brief sightseeing drive past Via Etnea, Villa Bellini and Piazza Stesicoro. Next, proceed to Piazza Duomo for a short walking tour past the Cathedral, University and other scenic landmarks. Following your walking tour, some time is made available to explore the area before re-boarding your coach for the 45-60-minute drive to Mount Etna.


Mount Etna

Mount Etna is Europe's most active volcano. Its slopes soar to a height of 10,813 feet (3,296 metres) above sea level, and are covered with cones and craters. Upon arrival at the 6,398-foot (1,950-metre) Crateri Silverstri, you may opt to visit one of the bars or restaurants, or walk around the visitor area for magnificent panoramic vistas and photos over woods, orchards, vineyards and the Catania Gulf. The highlight of your visit is the sight of the awe-inspiring crater and lava streams, including those stemming from eruptions in 2001 and 2002.


Following your visit, proceed to the nearby Parco dei Principi restaurant for a typical Sicilian lunch with wine. After lunch, re-board your bus for the approximate 2-hour return drive to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves minimal walking of approximately .50 miles (800 metres) in Catania, and uneven ground at the Crateri Silvestri area, and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to bring a winter jacket with a windproof outer-layer, as the temperatures atop Mount Etna can be windy and cool, even during the summer months. Closed-toe shoes are recommended for guests who opt to walk around the Crateri Silvestri at their discretion. Caution is also advised when walking across lava and rocky ground, where crevices still exude fumes and heat. Guests who do not wish to walk here may relax in the bars and restaurants in front of the coach parking area.

Classical Siracusa

Sicily's ancient treasures and picturesque beauty are yours to discover during this memorable visit to Siracusa, and a walking tour through Ortygia's Old Town. Once one of ancient Greece's most important cities, today Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian) is a lively town on Sicily's southeast coast overflowing with amazing remnants from its long history.


Depart the pier for the scenic drive to Siracusa.


Siracusa Archaeological Site

Upon arrival, proceed to the archaeological site and commence your walking tour though this historic venue. Along the way, a visit is made at the Roman Amphitheatre of Augustus, used for contests between gladiators and wild beasts, followed by the Altar of Hieron, constructed in the 2nd century B.C. to celebrate the 'Eleutherian Feast'.


Next, see the Ear of Dionysius, an enormous grotto with an extraordinary echo, and the Greek Theatre. One of the largest theatres in the Hellenic World, the Greek Theatre was constructed in the 5th century B.C., and subsequently enlarged to its present size. Leaving Siracusa, re-board your coach for the brief drive to Ortygia.


Ortygia

Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour through the Old Town, whose narrow streets are lined by old, Baroque-style houses with charming balconies. A visit is made to the Baroque-style Cathedral, which was erected over the remains of the Doric Temple of Minerva. Inside the cathedral, see 12 undamaged Doric columns and a splendid painting of Antonello da Messina.


Next, proceed for a visit to the picturesque Arethusa Fountain, celebrated by Pindar and Virgilio as the mythical spring of the nymph Arethusa. From here, your walking tour continues past several 15th- and 16th-century nobility palaces, including Palazzo Impellizzeri, Palazzo Bonanno, and Palazzo Bufardeci. Additional sites to be seen include Piazza Pancali, the Church of San Francesco, Archimedes' Square with the Fountain of Diana, Via della Giudecca, Via della Maestranza, and Corso Matteotti, Ortygia's main and most elegant shopping area.


Following your walking tour, some free time is made available for you to browse the shops at your leisure before walking back to the pier.


Please note: The visit to the Siracusa archaeological site and Ortygia are entirely on-foot for approximately 2000m (1.25 miles), and includes paved and unpaved surfaces and uneven ground inside the archaeological site. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection is recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

The Baroque Town of Noto

Discover the splendid beauty, history and architecture of the island of Siracusa during this picturesque, half-day excursion to the Baroque town of Noto.


Scenic Drive

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive through the countryside, and past villages and almond groves en route to Noto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Noto is the second-largest town in the province of Siracusa and the best example of Sicilian Baroque architecture on the island.


Noto

Originally settled in the 5th century B.C., Noto was destroyed by the Earthquake of 1693, and rebuilt on a grid plan according to the architectural theories of the 18th century. Handsome palaces, churches and other Baroque monuments line the streets, built from the local white limestone that has mellowed to a golden hue over time.


The town is built on terraces connected by monumental flights of steps. Its major buildings are located in three groups along the main street, Corso Vittorio Emanuele. The street widens in three places dominated by the expansive facades of Baroque-style churches.


Walking Tour

Upon arrival, your guided walking tour of Noto begins at the Public Gardens. Admire the busts of artists who contributed to the town's culture and style, then proceed for a visit to four of the town's most impressive landmarks; the Church of St. Dominic, the Church of St. Charles, the Cathedral and the Ducezio Palace. Afterward, some time is made available to explore Noto at your leisure before re-boarding the coach for the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.



Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1,400m (.90 miles), with some steps to negotiate at the Cathedral. The visit to Noto is entirely on-foot. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sunscreen.

Ortygia Island Stroll

Indulge your senses with Siracusa's Old World beauty, charm and architecture during a scenic walking tour of Ortygia Island. On the Island of Ortygia, which is connected by three bridges to the mainland, you will find yourself in the middle of ancient history surrounded by the many monuments.


Ortygia Island

Depart the pier for a guided walking tour through the Old Town, whose narrow streets are lined by old, Baroque-style houses with charming balconies. A visit is made to the Baroque-style Cathedral, which was erected over the remains of the Doric Temple of Minerva. Inside the cathedral, see 12 undamaged Doric columns and a splendid painting of Antonello da Messina.


Next, proceed for a visit to the picturesque Arethusa Fountain, celebrated by Pindar and Virgilio as the mythical spring of the nymph Arethusa. From here, your walking tour continues past several 15th- and 16th-century nobility palaces, including Palazzo Impellizzeri, Palazzo Bonanno and Palazzo Bufardeci. Additional sites to be seen include Piazza Pancali, the Church of San Francesco, Archimedes' Square with the Fountain of Diana, Via della Giudecca, Via della Maestranza, and Corso Matteotti, Ortygia's main and most elegant shopping area.


Following your walking tour, some free time is made available for you to browse the shops at your leisure before walking back to the pier.



Please note: This tour takes place entirely on-foot for approximately 2000m (1.25 miles), and includes an extensive amount of walking over uneven ground and cobblestones, with some steps to negotiate at the cathedral. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Bring local currency for any purchases.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Siracusa at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Siracusa at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guide is English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Siracusa at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6-8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Siracusa at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car or van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6-8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Tour Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Ragusa and Modica

Embrace the splendid beauty, architecture and flavours of Sicily during this scenic, full-day excursion to Ragusa and Modica.


Ragusa Ibla, St. George's Church, Giardino Ibleo Garden and Church of St. James the Apostle

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive to Ragusa Ibla, the Old Town and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ragusa Ibla is the hub from which the city of Ragusa developed. It is located in the eastern part of the city, on a hill approximately 1,312 feet (about 400 metres) above sea level. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the Old Town. Along the way, see highlights that include St. George's Church with its impressive Baroque façade and bell tower, the 19th-century Giardino Ibleo Garden and 14th-century Church of St. James the Apostle, which was rebuilt in the 18th century. The impressive Cathedral was built between 1706 and 1760, and stands on a wide terrace on a loggia overlooking the central Piazza San Giovanni. Its 'campanile' (bell tower) makes the monumental façade strangely asymmetrical.


Free Time, Lunch, Modica Walking Tour, St. Peter's Church, and Dolceria

Following your guided walking tour, some free time is made available for shopping, browsing or visiting the Giardino Ibleo Garden. Afterward, meet your guide and proceed for lunch at a local restaurant, then re-board your coach and head to Modica, perched on the southern slopes of the Hiblean Mountains. The upper-town is perched on a wedge-shaped plateau, while the lower part that surrounds it is in the unusual shape of a 'Y'. Upon arrival in Modica, take a guided walking tour in the Baroque part of the city, pass by St. Peter's Church and stop by a local 'dolceria' for a tasting of chocolate made from an ancient Maya recipe. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.24 miles (about two kilometres), at times over uneven and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the Cathedral. Walking in Ragusa is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Proper attire is required to enter the cathedral; shorts and bare shoulders are not permitted. The driving time between the pier and sites visited is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction.