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What is this?

A walking guided tour of Ortigia leading you through its narrow medieval streets, unveiling the island's rich history that dates back to Ancient Greece. Highlights include the magnificent Cathedral of Syracuse, an architectural marvel that incorporates elements of a Greek temple, and the Arethusa Fountain, linked to intriguing myths. Along the way, gain insights into the local culture, cuisine, and the island's strategic importance throughout history. End your walking tour of Ortigia at the food market, where you will enjoy a locally inspired lunch from a revered “Salumeria.” After Ortigia, your culinary expedition continues as you self-drive to an Olive Oil Experience. Here, you'll visit an olive grove and farm in Siracusa, learning about the region, the different olive cultivars—including Tonda Iblea, Siracusana, Nocellara, Biancolilla, and Ogliarola—and the harvesting techniques. Explore the captivating eighteenth-century farm, as well as their "Olive Oil Room," and enjoy tastings.

What makes this unique?

Embark on a one-of-a-kind culinary and cultural journey in Ortigia. Begin with a guided walking tour that takes you through Ortigia’s storied past, concluding at Ortigia's Food Market. Here, engage with local vendors and savor seasonal produce with a locally sourced lunch at a much-loved “Salumeria.” Following this, the Olive Oil Experience offers a unique chance to visit an authentic olive farm. Discover the secrets behind one of Sicily’s most treasured products as you transition from the vibrant atmosphere of Ortigia to the serene olive groves, showcasing the diversity of Sicily’s landscape and its culinary treasures. Curated for those eager to explore the essence of Sicily, this experience unveils the secrets of Sicilian olive cultivars like Tonda Iblea and Nocellara, along with traditional harvesting techniques. This tour combines expert guidance, local immersion, and the discovery of hidden gems, making it a memorable exploration of Sicilian culture and food.

What is the profile of the host?

The tour is led by an expert guide and olive oil expert.

What to bring?

Drive yourself to the meeting point. Bring comfortable footwear.
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EUR 390
per person

Private experience

6 hours
This exclusive experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: Guided walking tour of Ortigia with a tasting lunch at local "Salumeria". Visit to an olive grove and farm in Siracusa with an olive oil experience with tastings.
Offered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Private experience

6 hours
This exclusive experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: Guided walking tour of Ortigia with a tasting lunch at local "Salumeria". Visit to an olive grove and farm in Siracusa with an olive oil experience with tastings.
Offered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
calendar
EUR 390
per person

Private experience

6 hours
This exclusive experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: Guided walking tour of Ortigia with a tasting lunch at local "Salumeria". Visit to an olive grove and farm in Siracusa with an olive oil experience with tastings.
Offered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Private experience

6 hours
This exclusive experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: Guided walking tour of Ortigia with a tasting lunch at local "Salumeria". Visit to an olive grove and farm in Siracusa with an olive oil experience with tastings.
Offered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish