Clients of our flats and suites in Catania often ask us what to see in Syracuse in a day e how to get there from Catania. Thanks to our experience, we have created this guide where we recommend the perfect itinerary for a day trip to Syracuse and Ortigia.
You will discover what to see in Syracuse, what to see in Ortigiawhich are the most beautiful beaches but also where and what to eat typically in this wonderful area of Sicily.
In addition, we will provide you with all the useful information with prices for travelling from Catania to Syracuse in a day.
Let's start with the best advice on what to see in Syracuse in one day leaving from Catania.
If you decide to do a day trip to Syracuse you must make sure you visit the most evocative places in this part of Sicily. Siracusa is a city rich in history, in fact, it was for centuries the capital city of Sicily until its conquest by the Arabs and was the birthplace of illustrious figures such as Archimedes e Elio Vittorini.
Visiting this town on the south-east coast of Sicily is a must. Starting from the town itself, we recommend three unmissable places to include in your itinerary.
Here one breathes in all the antiquity and majesty of this land. The Greek theatre of Syracuse is a theatre located within the Neapolis Archaeological Park and is one of the greatest examples in Sicily along with the Greek Theatre of Taormina. It can be visited every day and the entrance ticket costs about 16 euro, but the visit includes the entire archaeological park as well as the theatre. This is a must-see in Syracuse that no tourist should miss.
Another very special archaeological site to visit near Siracusa is the Euryalus Castle. The construction of the castle is due to the military genius of the famous tyrant of Syracuse, Dionysius. The site is located a little outside the city centre but offers breathtaking views. It is also open in the evening until 7.30 p.m., the best time to enjoy the spectacle.
With the same ticket that grants you access to the theatre in Syracuse you can admire the Ear of Dionysus. It is an artificial cave located in the old stone quarry near the theatre. Legend has it that it was Caravaggioa seventeenth-century painter, who named the inlet after it because of its particular shape. Truly suggestive!
Obviously, you cannot go to Syracuse in a day without getting lost among the characteristic streets of the historic city centre which takes the name of Ortigia, in the next paragraph we recommend what to see there too. Our recommendations on what to see in Syracuse are not yet finished.
Ortigia is the historic centre of Syracuse. It is very special because it is a small island connected to the rest of the city by a tongue of land but it represents the beating heart of Syracuse. It can all be visited in a day and is easily reached from Catania in about an hour.
We thought of the perfect itinerary on chat to see in Ortigia in a day. The starting point is definitely the Cathedral of Syracuse (located on the small island of Ortigia).
The Syracuse Cathedral is entirely built with the typical white stone of the area that gives a wonderful visual effect, in fact Ortigia is also called the white city. The full name is Metropolitan Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The cathedral is truly imposing and overlooks one of the most beautiful squares in the whole of Sicily. It can also be visited inside where it hides treasures of painting and sculpture.
A few steps from the cathedral, down towards the sea, you will find the Source Arethusa. In the Arethusa fountain is set the legend of Arethusa and Alphaeusone of Syracuse's most fascinating myths. Its peculiarity is that papyrus plants can still be seen growing inside. In Ortigia you can also visit the Papyrus Museum which is really interesting because it tells of a technique that has now disappeared and is shrouded in fascination.
Another stop not to be missed is the Diana's Fountaina true masterpiece of sculpture as you can see from this picture. It is located in the centre of Ortigia and was built in the early 1900s.
There is much more to see in Ortigia and so we recommend that you lose yourself in its narrow streets to discover crazy views. However, a really important thing to do in this area is to taste the typical food!
La Sicily is the realm of street food of quality, so we can't help but offer you some typical dishes that you can easily find in many places in the area.
Here are the typical dishes of Ortigia and Syracuse and where you can find them (these are tips from real locals):
Tips: if you want eating like a real person local spending very littlewe advise you to go to the Syracuse Municipal Market in Ortigia. You will find plenty of street food, including fish at low prices, and you can taste typical products, such as local cheeses and cold cuts, directly from the producers. A treat to add to your one-day itinerary in Syracuse.
Looking for relaxation and beautiful beaches? Siracusa e Ortigia also offer this. In this area there are Sicily's most beautiful beaches and are suitable for all tastes because the landscapes vary so much. Small sandy coves, nature reserves or cliffs.
To give you the chance to choose the one that suits you best, we have decided to list here the 10 most beautiful beaches near Syracuse and Ortigia easily accessible:
These are the 10 beaches in Syracuse and Ortigia most impressive and, as you can see, there is something for everyone. If you want to make a one-day visit, you certainly can't see them all, but two or three of them can be visited perfectly because they are not very far apart. If, on the other hand, you just want to relax, you are spoilt for choice.
If you are looking for what to see in Siracusa in one day is probably because you are touring the whole of Sicily or staying in the area. Catania is one of the closest towns in eastern Sicily to Syracuse, and many tourists, including customers of our facilities, set off from here to explore it.
La distance between Catania and Siracusa is 50 km and there are many means to get there. The average journey time is 1 hour but varies depending on the means.
To get to Syracuse from Catania in a day, the most common means are:
Among the various options if you want to see Syracuse in one day and depart from Catania we recommend the machine because you can also move to more places, but if you don't have it, the bus is a good option and takes you right into the heart of Syracuse and Ortigia.