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Syracuse Cathedral (Duomo di Siracusa) Tours

Syracuse Cathedral (Duomo di Siracusa)
The ornate 17th-century facade of Syracuse Cathedral (Duomo di Siracusa) is typical of many Sicilian baroque churches, but belies the unusual interior of this former Greek temple. Built in the fifth century BC and dedicated to the goddess Athena, the building was converted into a Christian church over a millennium later.
 
The Basics
The Syracuse Cathedral (Duomo) is one of many ancient Greek and Roman remains that dot this UNESCO-listed city, though one of the few still in active use today. The temple’s original Doric columns—still visible from both inside and outside—were incorporated into the structure of the seventh-century Byzantine church, and Norman and baroque elements were added over the subsequent centuries, making today’s cathedral a remarkable mix of architectural styles. Inside, the baptismal font is a retrofitted Greek vase, decorated with a number of 13th-century bronze lions.
 
Syracuse Duomo is a highlight of any walking tour of the city’s historic center, and can easily be visited as part of a day trip from the nearby city of Taormina. Join a guided tour of that includes this unique church to fully appreciate its history and architecture.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Modest attire is required to enter Syracuse Duomo, so be sure to cover your shoulders and knees.
  • Walking tours of the duomo and city of Syracuse cover quite a bit of ground; comfortable shoes are recommended.
  • The cathedral is accessible to wheelchair users via a ramp at the main entrance.
  • Flash photography isn’t allowed inside the church.
 
How to Get There
The Syracuse Duomo is on the pedestrian-only Piazza Duomo in the city’s historic center of Ortigia and can only be reached on foot.
 
When to Get There
The duomo closes at from 12pm to 4pm, so time your visit for early morning or late afternoon to catch it open but without the crowds.
 
The Relics of Saint Lucy
Syracuse Cathedral is home to a number of relics of Saint Lucy (Santa Lucia), patron saint of the city, including bone fragments and clothing. On the first Sunday in May and December 13, the cathedral’s 16th-century statue of Saint Lucy is the focal point of a religious procession through the city streets.
Address: Piazza del Duomo 5, Syracuse, Sicily 96100, Italy
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Private tour to Syracuse - Archaeological Park and Ortigia with option of Food and Wine tasting

Private tour to Syracuse - Archaeological Park and Ortigia with option of Food and Wine tasting

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Explore the deep historical roots of Sicily on this private tour. Spend four to five hours touring monuments and landmarks in Syracuse and learning about their fascinating past. See spots that were important in classical Greek and Roman times, and take a walking tour of Ortigia, the center of Syracuse. If you have selected that option, a visit to a top restaurant completes the tour with a tasting of local wines and food.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$177.01
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$177.01
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Siracusa Walks

Siracusa Walks

Defined by Cicero as “the most beautiful city in Magna Graecia”, Siracusa is an elegant town where the ancient Greek grandeur is still very much alive and historic jewels abound at every corner. An expert local guide will take you through the island of Ortigia, the soul of the city, connected to the mainland via two bridges. Streets are lined with honey-colored palaces and lead to the magnificent Cathedral Square, where light reflects off the bright stone facades of churches and palaces creating a dazzling effect. During the tour you will see Baroque churches and ancient Greek ruins, including the 6th-century Temple of Apollo and the beautiful Fonte Aretusa, a natural fountain surrounded by Greek legends. You will also pass through colorful shops and stalls selling wonderful Sicilian delicacies and beautiful artisanal pieces, as well as panoramic spots like the Maniace Castle.
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  • 3 hours
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$185.44
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$185.44
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Private Tour of Mount Etna and Etna Winery Visit with Tasting from Syracuse

Private Tour of Mount Etna and Etna Winery Visit with Tasting from Syracuse

During the private tour by comfortable air-conditioned car, you will visit Etna - the highest active volcano in Europe. This tour is private - only for your party, nobody else to ensure the highest standards for our clients. Pickup and drop-off in Syracuse included. Your friendly private licensed guide will tell you history of volcano creation, about eruptions, culture, myths, and folklore of "Mamma Etna" and Sicily itself. Driving by private car through authentic mountain villages, you will visit local honey farm and taste the produce of the fertile volcano terrain, and finally reach “Rifugio Sapienza” at 2000mt. Here you can visit famous Silvestri Craters, admire unforgettable panoramas, visit shops with souvenirs of lava, refresh yourself at some restaurant or bar. Optional ascent with cable car and jeep with the authorized Alpine Guide to 3000mt. Then you will visit one of the best Etna wineries and have lunch of fresh local food with fine red and white Sicilian wines.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$299.84
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$299.84
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Jewish Siracusa

Jewish Siracusa

Present on the island since early Roman times, the Sicilian Jewish community was one of the most important in the Mediterranean area, with Siracusa being one of the major centers. This tour will explore the Jewish influence on Siracusa’s cultural heritage by taking you through the ancient Jewish quarter in Ortigia, home to the synagogue and the miqwè, Europe’s most ancient Jewish ritual bath. Other highlights of the Jewish presence in town include the Catacombs of San Giovanni and the crypt of S. Marciano. During the tour you will visit also the archaeological park Neapolis to admire the famous Greek theater and the famous Orecchio di Dioniso, an impressive cave shaped as a giant ear.
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  • 4 hours
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$316.70
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$316.70
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Private 7-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting from Syracuse

Private 7-Hour Tour of Three Etna Wineries with Tasting from Syracuse

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During this private (from 2 people) 7-hour tour by comfortable air-conditioned car with English speaking local licensed guide, you will visit three best Etna wineries, where you will learn about their wine production process. Wines from these wineries are on top lists of inernational wine ratings. The owners will take your group around their vineyards and to the cellars, and you will taste different types of white, rose and red wines, accompanied by fresh domestic food. All food, drink, and fees are included in the price of this tour. This tour is private, only for your group - nobody else, to assure the highest quality service.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$335.97
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$335.97
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Private Ortigia Evening Walking Tour in Siracuse

Private Ortigia Evening Walking Tour in Siracuse

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Stroll and sightsee around Ortigia, the historic center of Siracuse, and learn about the city from a local guide. Taking place in the cool early evening, the 2-hour walking tour showcases locally loved spots such as via Cavour and the Jewish district as well as Siracuse Duomo, the Arethusa Fountain, and other landmarks. You’ll hear the secrets of centuries of Sicilian history and traditions as you explore.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.21
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$119.21
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