Catania, Sicily, Italy
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Approximately 6 Hours
Meals not included
Syracuse boasts a warm climate, blue skies, a beautiful bay and the ancient ruins of a Greek city that was once the rival of Athens. It was converted to Christianity by St Paul, who preached in the quarries here.
Enjoy a guided visit to the city's Greek theatre that dates from 5th century BC and is one of the largest and best-preserved theatres of the ancient world. Its seats, hollowed out of the rock, are carefully shaped for the spectators' comfort.
At the Ear of Denys you will encounter a strange phenomenon -- an artificial grotto in the form of an earlobe, 213 feet long and 76 feet high, which enabled the tyrant Denys to overhear the talk of the prisoners he confined in a lower room. See the Arethusa Fountain, the legendary cradle of the city running with fresh water despite its proximity to the sea.
Like many Christian churches, Syracuse's 7th-century cathedral was built on the foundations of a former pagan temple, using the original nine columns that can be seen on the north side and the 19 columns of the nave. Its monumental baroque façade is lined with oleanders. Inside, note the 13th-century font and the St Lucy Chapel.
Travel time to Syracuse is approximately one hour each way. Expect extensive walking and long lines.
Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.