A tour of Ortigia and its street market


Exploring Syracuse and its foodie secrets

Ortigia, Syracusa's ancient beating island heart, boasts over 2,600 years of history. It was once amongst the most important of any in the Mediterranean, mightier for a period even than Athens and Carthage. Boasting a fascinating archaeological remains, a picturesque web of ancient streets, a multitude of al fresco restaurants and bars, divine piazzas, inspiring sea views and a sublime cathedral, Ortigia has much to offer. One fundamental aspect of the town is missing off this list, however, and that is the vibrant daily market.

During your guided tour around Ortigia, your local expert will lead you through the island's bustling market, an explosion of colour, flavours, fragrances and sheer atmosphere. You'll be able to speak to vendors, identify seasonal produce, and learn about food provenance. Of course, you will be able to sample some mouthwatering food along the way, including some local cheeses, delicious sun-dried tomatoes, olives and other local products. 

As you continue to explore Ortigia, the discussion with your guide will touch on a variety of gastronomy-related themes such as how Sicilians shop for their food, Sicilian cooking and diet, etc. You will be able to taste granita and/or a cannolo, and learn the secrets of these Sicilian classics.

Ortigia is an open-air museum with a multi-millennial history, so part of the tour will include some of the town's most fascinating landmarks. Once all the walking is done, you'll be able to sit down over a glass of Sicilian wine at one of the oldest wine shops on the island. A well-earned break and an opportunity to learn more about Sicily's viticultural traditions and the importance of wine has had, ever since Dionysus himself brought the first vine to the island many myths ago.

Tour duration: approx. 3.5 hours
Starting time and location: 09:30 in front of the Temple of Apollo, Piazza Pancali, Ortigia

For more information, please contact your Experience Specialist.

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