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Guided Boat Tour of Ortigia Island with Grotto Visit

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1 hr

Explore one of Sicily’s most beautiful destinations by boat, discover enchanting grottos, and learn about the island’s myths and legends from your experienced guide.


  • Revel in the sights and sounds of the sea as you discover the charming island of Ortigia with an expert guide.

  • Get the chance to see historical landmarks like the natural Fountain of Arethusa and the 13th-century citadel, Maniace Castle.

  • Explore the enigmatic sea grottos and get a close look at coral formation, stalactites, and stalagmites.

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

  • 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-hour boat tour

  • English/Italian-speaking skipper

  • Swimming stop, if weather permits


  • Food and drinks (can be purchased onboard)

cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 48 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

See Some of Ortigia’s Most Significant Monuments

The boat ride facilitates views of some of the best historical and cultural sites located along the coast of Ortygia. These include the stone Umberto I Bridge, the only surviving part of the Spanish bastion that once defended the island, a former Bourbon prison, and the 13th-century Maniace Castle.

Visit the Sea Caves

Spend some time exploring the sea caves that adorn the northern side of the island. The boat will enter the cave in a way that lets you see coral formations, stalactites, and stalagmites up close.

If weather permits, the boat will stop for a short time where the water is bluer. Take the opportunity to wade around in the beautiful Sicilian sea before returning to the land.

Important Information

  • Please note that the commander reserves the right to cancel the excursion at any time depending on the weather conditions.
  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

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

  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your tour to avoid any delays.

Meeting Point

  • Please check your final voucher for the meeting point details and specific instructions.
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