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Sightseeing Cruise to Ortigia Island & Sea Caves

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Experience a wonderful boat excursion and enjoy the great port, or Syracuse and the splendid monuments at Ortigia. Upgrade your tickets to include a private 2-hour tour and snorkeling.


  • Hop on to a boat and go on a joyous excursion to the island of Ortigia and admire the landscapes the region has to offer, from the natural Fountain of Arethusa to the 13th-century citadel, Maniace Castle.

  • Look out for monuments and other structures on the excursion and listen to stories about their legacy. Have your photo taken in front of the cave of love.

  • Take a short stop for an invigorating swim in the azure waters, provided the weather conditions are favorable.

  • Choose between a 1-hour shared tour and a 2-hour private one!

  • Fun Fact: It is believed that the Goddess Diana transformed the Greek nymph Arethusa into the fountain of sweet water that is so well-known today, as she fled from the advances of the river god Alpheus.


  • 1 or 2-hour boat tour (as per option selected)

  • Shared or private tour (as per option selected)

  • Fresh fruits, prosecco, soft drinks, & water (optional)

  • Snorkeling equipment

  • English or Italian-speaking skipper

  • Swimming stop, if weather permits

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Experiencing Ortigia on foot is one thing but soaking in the beauty as you cruise along the sea is totally mesmerizing. Visit the beautiful island of Ortigia which is a visual pleasure for everyone admiring this beauty. On this tour, get to witness stunning landscapes, monuments, and caves as you marvel at the island of Ortigia.

Ortigia's Monumental Structures

Once you board the boat, go around the island admiring the magnificent structures and other monuments that make up the island. Witness the majestic beauty of the Grand Harbour, one of the largest natural harbors in the Mediterranean. The Ithalic Forum, where opulent ships are docked or cruising, will be your next stop. As you sit in your boat, get to see the Duomo cathedral and a portion of its facade. Following that, we shall view the enormous Maniace Castle, which indicates the harbor's exit, and the charming Arethusa fountain from the water.

Explore Sea Caves

You will first notice Ortigia as you enter the water and be mesmerized by its vibrant façade, magnificent churches, and massive walls. Next, we depart the island and travel to Syracuse's northern coast where you get to sample delicious fresh fruits and sip on fresh juice. Get close to the caves, where you can take a swimming break by diving into the crystal clear waters. We first enter the cave of the cappuccini, followed by the cave of the coral, and then the Grotta Grande, also known as the cave of stalactites. We will halt as is customary in front of the heart-shaped grotto known as the cave of love, where you can snap family portraits for keepsakes.

Important Information

  • Swimming/snorkeling stops will be made but may vary according to the weather.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the attraction.

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

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