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Neapolis Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico della Neapolis) Tours and Activities

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Neapolis Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico della Neapolis)
The Neapolis Archaeological Park (Parco Archeologico della Neapolis) is home to many of Syracuse’s most important Greek and Roman ruins, including the Greek Theater dating from the fifth century BC, a third-century-BC sacrificial altar, second-century Roman amphitheater, and a limestone quarry that provided stone for the ancient city.
 
The Basics
A must for archaeology buffs, the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site just outside the city of Syracuse, and visitors can tour its Teatro Greco that once held 16,000 spectators for the staging of the final tragedies of Aeschylus; Teatro Romano that hosted gladiatorial combats and horse races; monolithic Ara di Gerone II altar dedicated to Heron II, where 450 oxen could be sacrificed at one time; and the sprawling Latomia del Paradiso quarry complex.
 
Because its size and history spanning centuries, it's best to explore the Neapolis Archaeological Park with a guide. Join a walking tour of the archaeological park from Syracuse, or from the Sicilian cities of Taormina or Catania. You can also combine a visit to the park with day trips to the nearby towns of Ortigia and Noto.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Tours of the Neapolis Archaeological Park require walking over uneven terrain, so wear sturdy shoes' a hat and sunscreen are also useful.
  • Because of the rough terrain, the park is not accessible to wheelchairs.
  • In late spring, the Greek Theater begins its annual season of classical theater performances.
  • A tour of the park is particularly interesting for fans of archaeology.
 
How to Get There
The Neapolis Archaeological Park is located just outside Syracuse, an easy walk from the historic center or the train station.
 
When to Get There
The open-air park can get uncomfortably hot under the Sicilian sun in the summer, so plan to visit first thing in the morning or in the late afternoon. The Teatro Greco is often used during the summer months for classical plays; the park closes earlier than usual on performance days.
 
Natural Acoustics
Part of the park’s ancient limestone quarry, the Ear of Dionysius cave boasts acoustics so precise that it is said that the tyrant Dionysius kept his enemies imprisoned inside so he could more easily eavesdrop on them.
Address: Parco Archeologico della Neapolis, Province of Syracuse, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto, Private Tour from Catania

Syracuse, Ortygia and Noto, Private Tour from Catania

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Southeastern Sicily is filled with stunning architecture, ancient ruins, and seaside views. Take a private tour from Catania to Syracuse, Ortigia, and Noto for a taste of beautiful Sicily and a chance to learn about its history. Ancient Greek and Roman ruins await you in Syracuse while charming streets and beautiful baroque architecture lie in Ortigia and Noto.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Siracusa - Ortigia & Noto Tour

Siracusa - Ortigia & Noto Tour

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Take a tour of three southeastern Sicilian cities on this private tour with hotel or port pick up. See ancient Greek and Roman ruins at the Neopolis Archeological Park in Syracuse; stroll through the small streets of the island of Ortigia and shop for Sicilian products; and discover the UNESCO-listed baroque architecture of Noto, including its magnificent cathedral.
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  • 8 hours
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Guided Syracuse Tour with Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off

Guided Syracuse Tour with Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off

Syracuse has a world of offering for travelers: one of Sicily’s greatest archeological sites, colorful markets, and Ortygia, the island-like historical center. With this tour, save time by seeing many of the city’s highlights in one day. Start with a visit to the Neapolis Archeological Park, have a lunch of traditional food products at a city market (your expense), and explore Ortygia. Plus, this tour stands out by making a stop at one of Caravaggio’s paintings and by visiting underground Ortygia.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Siracusa,Ortigia and Noto Tour

Siracusa,Ortigia and Noto Tour

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Head from Catania to three of Sicily’s top destinations during this full-day, attraction-packed guided tour. Travel comfortably by air-conditioned minivan, with shared hotel transfers. Highlights include the Neapolis archaeological park in Syracuse (admission tickets purchased separately), a visit to the Greek and Baroque-influenced island of Ortigia, and a stop in picturesque, UNESCO-listed Noto.
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  • 8 hours
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$109.00
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Syracuse and Ortigia tour

Syracuse and Ortigia tour

A stop not to be missed. In one day you can visit the ancient archaeological heart of Syracuse, explore the most recent mysteries and walk on the island of Ortigia, the oldest part around which the city was born. Ortigia contains colors, smells, romantic stories and irresistible views. It is no coincidence that it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Syracuse's Archaeological Park Private Walking Tour

Syracuse's Archaeological Park Private Walking Tour

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Take a private walking tour of the ancient Neapolis Archaeological Park of Syracuse, UNESCO world heritage, and one of the most important archaeological parks of Italy. During this 2 hour private walking tour with a local knowledgeable guide, you will discover the most important ancient Greek and Roman monuments - the Greek Theater, the biggest Greek theater in Sicily, the legendary "Ear of Dionysius", famous for its unique acoustics, the altar of Hiero, and the ancient Greek quarries "Latomie", the Roman amphitheater. Private tour guarantees friendly and relaxed atmosphere and personal attention from your guide. Up to 10 travelers can be accommodated per booking.
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  • 2 hours
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Syracuse Ortigia and Noto Day Trip from Catania

Syracuse Ortigia and Noto Day Trip from Catania

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Delve into ancient Roman and Greek history on a visit to both Neapolis Archaeological Park and Ortygia Island in Syracuse. Neapolis is home to some of Syracuse's most notable ruins, including a massive Greek amphitheater that is still used for performances during the summer months. Marvel at age-old quarries and a Roman amphitheater where gladiators fought each other to the death. Afterward, head over to Ortygia Island―a small island that serves as Syracuse's historic center―and nearby Noto, a stunning town filled with exquisite, photo-worthy baroque architecture.
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  • 8 hours
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Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

Syracuse Day Trip from Taormina

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Explore the southeastern coast of Sicily on a day trip to Syracuse from Taormina. Led by a professional guide, see the impressive collection of ancient Roman and Greek ruins, soak up scenic views of the water and learn the rich history behind the city from your guide. Visit the archaeological site of Parco Archeologico della Neapolis (own expense) and spend the afternoon discovering Ortygia, Syracuse’s island neighborhood.
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  • 9 hours
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Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto tour from Taormina and nearby area

Syracuse, Ortigia and Noto tour from Taormina and nearby area

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Some of Sicily’s most important archaeological and architectural treasures are located in Syracuse, Ortygia, and Noto, but the logistics of visiting all three in one day can be tricky. With this tour, save hours with convenient hotel pickup in Taormina and private transportation all day. Stop at the Neapolis Archaeological Park in Syracuse to explore on your own, and then enjoy free time to sightsee and shop in Ortygia and Noto.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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Syracuse and Noto

Syracuse and Noto

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Get good value for your money by seeing two of southeastern Sicily’s most popular destinations with this daylong tour of both Syracuse and Noto. Travel with a guide to Ortygia, the Neopolis Archeological Park, and baroque Noto. Plus, this trip includes round-trip transportation from your hotel in Catania.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Ancient Syracuse: private guided tour of the Neapolis archaeological park

Ancient Syracuse: private guided tour of the Neapolis archaeological park

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Get up close and personal with some of Sicily’s best-preserved ancient ruins—and learn all about Syracuse and its history from your guide—when you embark on this private walking tour of the Neapolis Archaeological Park (entrance own expense). Choose from morning or afternoon departure times, and enjoy several hours to explore. You’ll see the ruins of the Greek Theatre, the Altar of Hieron, the Ear of Dionysus cave, and more.
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Sicily UNESCO Tour

Sicily UNESCO Tour

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Enjoy the best of South Italy in our private tour. All you can see and enjoy in a fantastic week full of freedom, Sicilian authentic spirit, hearty locals, cooking class experience, wine tasting, lunch in a small country side trattoria, knowledgeable guides, breath-taking panoramas, elegance and comfort.
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Syracuse Private Daytrip from Taormina

Syracuse Private Daytrip from Taormina

This is a private tour that will take you to one of the most charming towns of Sicily. You will experience art, history, architecture, sea and the delicious food and wines of the region. An expert private driver (and guide if you wish) will pick you up at yur hotel in the Taormina area so you will spend a fun and relaxing day under the Sicilian sun. Please note that your private driver will be at your complete disposal so you are free to customize the itinerary in the area as much as you like
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  • 7 hours
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Syracuse private shore excursion: Archaeological park and Ortigia

Syracuse private shore excursion: Archaeological park and Ortigia

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When your cruise ship reaches dock in Syracuse, explore the ancient ruins of the Ionian coast on this private shore excursion. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the Neapolis archaeological park, and stroll among the ruins and relics with your private guide. Gain insight into region’s Greek and Roman history through its ancient architecture, and enjoy a guided walking tour through Ortygia— Syracuse’s beautiful Old Town.
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  • 4 hours
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Syracuse's Private Half Day Tour

Syracuse's Private Half Day Tour

The eastern Sicilian city of Syracuse is known for beautiful Mediterranean views and ancient ruins. Get a comprehensive overview of the city and its history during this half-day private tour. Discover the ancient Greek and Roman ruins of the Neopolis Archeological park, including the Ear of Dionysius. Then head to the small island of Ortigia, connected to Syracuse by a couple of bridges, to explore its landmarks.
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  • 3 hours
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Syracuse tour

Syracuse tour

The tour in Syracuse-Ortigia-Noto is a comfortable tour suitable for those who like to relax in the name of culture. Organized for small groups, it gives the possibility to see more locations on the same day.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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Half Day Tour of Syracuse

Half Day Tour of Syracuse

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I will accompany you to discover the places of my childhood. My father is a tour guide so I grew up playing in the places I try to make tourists appreciate today. I will let you discover the history, art, habits and typical Sicilian dishes with the eyes of a local, the perfect mix to appreciate one of the most important Mediterranean cities in the Greek period and beyond. In addition we can add the market tour to taste some of the most delicious sicilian local food.
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  • 3 hours
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Ancient Syracuse

Ancient Syracuse

It is an exciting journey to discover one's origins while walking in places of extraordinary beauty.
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Tour of the Archeological Park

Tour of the Archeological Park

We will discover together the beauty of the archeological park of Syracuse,area where i grew up following my father on his Tours ( he is a tour guide too). We will visit the largest greek Theatre of Sicily, the biggest sacrificial altar of the greek period, a Roman amphitheatre and a huge stone quarries. Inside the quarry we will enter inside the famous Grotto called the Hear of Dyonisus famous for its properties to amplify the voices. I look forward to showing you the wonders of Syracuse.
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  • 2 hours
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Tour Syracuse Ortigia Noto

Tour Syracuse Ortigia Noto

A daily tour to the suggestive places of Syracuse (Archaeological park of Neapolis, Ortigia) and Noto. An organized tour with comfortable and latest generation minivans and / or minibuses that will accompany you on this wonderful experience. The Baroque style that characterizes and unites these splendid places in Sicily will dominate. Possibility of Pick up and drop off from and to the accommodation facilities.
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  • 8 hours
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Top experience in Syracuse and Ortigia

Top experience in Syracuse and Ortigia

Visit and taste the art, colors and flavors of one of the wonders of Sicily, Syracuse and its enchanting island Ortigia. Live and immerse yourself in the architecture and culture of ancient Magna Grecia and taste the flavors and smells of this fantastic land
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  • 8 hours
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Archaeological Tour - All inclusive - Neapolis Park Syracuse

Archaeological Tour - All inclusive - Neapolis Park Syracuse

Syracuse has a lot of charm and one of the elements that contributes to its charm is certainly the historical and archaeological value of the city. With this tour you will discover the historical beauties of the city in the Archaeological Park of Neapolis.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$66.49
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Classical Syracuse - Half day guided tour

Classical Syracuse - Half day guided tour

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Thanks to this tour, you will discover the "Classic Syracuse" with a guide always by your side who will show you the hidden wonders inside the Archaeological Park of Neapolis and the island of Ortigia.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$248.43
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Sicilian Baroque Tour

Sicilian Baroque Tour

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The Baroque Tour in Sicily offers our guests the chance to visit the key places of baroque art and architecture. Sicily is renown as the capital of baroque. Catania, Syracuse, Noto, Modica and Ragusa represent the best examples of this style. The Baroque Tour in Sicily will offer you the chance to visit the most famous buildings, churches and monasteries in exclusive guided visits. You’ll have the chance to attend special baroque events: theme dinners and music performances. Lodging will be at I Monasteri Golf and Spa Resort, a charming and exclusive resort a few miles off Syracuse, which is the result of an amazing restyling of a former Benedictine monastery. The resort comes with pool, a spa by Clarins and 18 holes (par 71) golf course among scented citrus groves. Blue crystal waters will also expect you at nearby beaches. Contact us if you travel with kids as we can arrange/advise accordingly.
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  • 6 days
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