• Explore the breadth of Syracuse’s heritage, from classical archaeology to Baroque architecture
• Visit a range of archaeological parks and sites, including the Neapolis Archaeological Park with its Greek theatre, Roman amphitheatre and famous ancient cave, the Latomia del Paradiso
• Take in the atmospheric and extensive Catacombs of San Giovanni
historian, long-term resident of Piacenza and fluent Italian speaker
Morning departure from London Gatwick to Catania. Transfer to Grand Hotel Ortigia for seven nights. Welcome and introduction.
Visits in Ortigia including the cathedral, Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia (site of Caravaggio’s Burial of St Lucy), Fountain of Arethusa and Temple of Apollo.
Excursion to Noto to explore its beautiful monuments and splendid Baroque architecture. Return to Syracuse via the Roman Villa at Tellaro.
Morning visit to Castello Eurialo (subject to confirmation) followed by a free afternoon and evening lecture.
Morning: Neapolis Archaeological Park including the Greek theatre, latomie (famous quarries now turned into gardens) and Roman amphitheatre. Afternoon visit to Catacombs of San Giovanni. Free evening.
Morning: Castello Maniace and Art Gallery Ortigia di Cetty Midolo. Afternoon: Museo Archeologico Regionale Palo Orsi. Evening lecture.
Excursion to Ragusa to explore sites including the churches of San Giorgio and San Giuseppe, followed by Ragusa Archaeological Museum.
Lunchtime departure from Catania to Gatwick.
1 Oct — 8 Oct 2020
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As one of ACE’s Gentler Tours, the walking on this tour will not be challenging and any inclines will be taken at a slow pace. There will be plenty of opportunities for participants to take optional independent rest stops in the towns we visit and rejoin the group later. Please note that some ancient sites have uneven ground.
E GENTLER TOUR
Syracuse is one in a new series of more gently paced tours, created specially by ACE for those who prefer a more laid-back, less physically demanding itinerary while retaining the same high level of academic content. Walking distances are typically shorter, visits are more relaxed, and time is dedicated to the gradual appreciation of, and explorations within, our immediate surroundings. Hotels will usually be situated in central locations to allow for ease of access to major amenities; while group members are regularly encouraged to enjoy each location in their own way and at their own pace.
Cost of £2495 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, six dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £395.