A journey through three thousand years of history in one of Sicily’s most beautiful cities, one of the few in the world to have received prestigious UNESCO World Heritage status on two occasions, for its Greek ruins and Baroque masterpieces.
- Neapolis Archaeological Park
- Greek Theatre
- Latomia del Paradiso
- Ear of Dionysus with unique acoustic effect
- On leaving the port, we will set off towards the Neapolis Archaeological Park, located in the north-west of the modern city, where we will be able to admire what remains of Greek Syracuse. Founded in the 8th century BC by the Corinthians, the city was one of the richest and most powerful in the Mediterranean, as demonstrated unequivocally by the monumental ruins of this exceptional site of historical and artistic interest.
- We will visit the imposing Greek Theatre, built when the splendour of the ancient polis was at its peak. Carved partially out of the rock with an extremely large cavea, it was one of the most famous theatres of the ancient world. Our next stop is the ancient stone quarry known as the Latomia del Paradiso, the easternmost of those that used to surround the ancient urban area. Several earthquakes have caused the collapse of the roofs of the large caves dug to extract stone and the quarry is now open to the elements. Its floor is covered with a lush citrus garden that offers picturesque views. * The northern side of the quarry is home to a large crevice, opened up by the ancient quarrymen. Caravaggio called it the Ear of Dionysus because its shape is similar to that of an ear.
- We will go into the cave to appreciate the exceptional acoustic effect that has made it famous all over the world. Since the late 18th century, it has been a destination for travellers, who were fascinated by the charm of this unusual place.
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Please note: The journey time to Siracusa is approximately 1 hours.