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  • Address: Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
The city of Syracuse on the eastern coast of Sicily is partly located on an island called Ortygia, where much of the city’s history can be found. The island figures into Greek mythology as the place where the Greek goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis, and its name comes from the ancient Greek word for quail; Leto's sister is said to have turned into a quail and become the island when she fell into the sea.
 
There are two islands that connect the island with mainland Sicily, and most of the city of Syracuse is on the mainland. Among the sights in the historic city on Ortygia are its seventh-century cathedral and the Fountain of Arethuse.

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The island of Ortygia is only about one mile long and a half-mile wide, so it's most easily explored on foot.

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Ortygia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Walking Tour, Syracuse, null
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Ortygia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Walking Tour

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This private walking tour explores Ortygia, the old town center of Syracuse, which is placed on a small island. It is enchanting for its position and ...  Read more

Location: Syracuse, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.70
Full-day Syracuse and Noto tour from Taormina, Taormina, Walking Tours
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Full-day Syracuse and Noto tour from Taormina

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Departure to Siracusa. The visit begins with the Neapolis archeological park, the most characteristic part of the old Greek city (Greek theatre, Latomia del ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.20
Syracuse, Ortigia, Noto & panoramic tour of Catania, Catania, Full-day Tours
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Syracuse, Ortigia, Noto & panoramic tour of Catania

This tour includes : Professional English -speaking driver (or other language you prefer), Transportation by Mercedes luxury AC van,  all taxes and ...  Read more

Location: Catania, Italy
Duration: 6 to 9 hrs

From USD $95.66
Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina, Taormina, Day Trips
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Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

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Spend a day in the sunny city of Syracuse in southeast Sicily on a full-day tour from Taormina! With stunning coastal scenery as well as ancient Greek and ...  Read more

Location: Taormina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.81

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