After an hours’ coach ride you’ll arrive at the archaeological park's spectacular ruins where you will view the ancient Greek Theatre. The largest theatre on the island was built to show that Syracuse was at the forefront of Greek Cities, and this was the first ancient theatre to revive classical drama. 

Also of interest is the "Ear of Dionysius", a cathedral-sized artificial grotto resembling an earlobe. Appropriately enough, the acoustics are excellent. 

The visit continues to the Roman Amphitheatre, built for gladiatorial contests, this impressive construction indicates that Syracuse was a sparkling jewel in the Roman crown.

Board your coach and head towards Ortygia, a tiny islet connected to the mainland by 3 bridges. Proceeding by foot your guide will show you the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, one of the oldest temples in Sicily and the Cathedral, built over the ruins of the Temple of Minerva and featuring a magnificent Baroque-style facade. 26 of the original Doric columns from Minerva’s Temple remain and form part of the Christian church (exterior visit).

Continue to the Arethusa fountain, a fresh water spring populated by ducks and papyri plants. 

Afterwards you will be given some time at leisure before returning to the ship.

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