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Shore Excursions

Our most recommended Sicily Shore Excursions

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

1. Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

Embark on a boat tour of Ortigia with this tour from Siracusa. View the historic center of Siracusa from the water. Travel along the coast to admire Maniace castle and several sea caves. Push off from Siracusa and pass under the Umbertino bridge. Take in sweeping views of the entire port. Go by the luxurious yachts at Foro Italico, and catch a glimpse of a cathedral dome. Observe the legendary Arethusa fountain. Exit the port and see the immense Maniace castle. Head out to the northern coast of Syracuse. Have some fresh fruit and juice as you travel to a spot where you can get out and have a 10 minute swim. Enter Capuchin cave, Coral cave, a stalactite cave, and the heart-shaped Cave of Love. Snap souvenir photos with the heart behind you.

From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

2. From Palermo: Monreale and Cefalù Half-Day Trip

Escape the hustle and bustle of Palermo city center on a half-day tour to Monreale and Cefalù. Marvel at a Norman cathedral on the slopes of Monte Caputo, and learn the Greek and Medieval history of one of Sicily’s most beautiful towns. Following a pick-up from your hotel or the port of Palermo, transfer to Monreale where you will have approximately 1-hour to tour the Duomo. An official audio guide is included to learn the history of the 12th-century building, considered one of the greatest landmarks of medieval ecclesiastical architecture in the south of Italy. Then, drive along the north coast of Sicily, on route to the beautiful town of Cefalù. Sit back and relax on the 1.5-hour journey, and on arrival go to the 12th-century Duomo. See traces of the Middle Ages at the Osterio Magno. Get panoramic views from the Porta Terra. Discover Greek and Arabic pottery in the Mandralisca Museum, and walk down some curving stone steps to a picturesque cluster of 16th-century wash basins at the Lavatoio.

Palermo: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

3. Palermo: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

Discover Palermo, the chief town of Sicily, on an open-top, hop-on hop-off bus tour! Start from the terminal outside the Politeama Theater, cruise past the Massimo Theatre, and continue towards Piazza Quattro Canti and the nearby Vucciria Market. The tour continues towards the botanical gardens, passing near Palazzo Steri. After a quick glance of the central station, you'll find yourself in the vicinity of the Royal Palace, the Flea Market, and the Cathedral. Then return to the terminal along the ancient via Roma. The second route takes you to the beautiful villas of Palermo. Starting from the terminal outside the Politeama Theatre, admire the gorgeous English Garden and then continue towards Villa Malfitano and the wonderful Zisa Castle. The tour passes near the Mercato del Capo and the Massimo Theatre, towards the port, and then returns to the terminal in Politeama Square.

Agrigento: Punta Bianca Natural Reserve Boat Trip

4. Agrigento: Punta Bianca Natural Reserve Boat Trip

Starting from the dock of San Leone, sail eastward, to discover the beautiful reserve of Punta Bianca, a natural place, which houses within it: a sanctuary "castellucciano" dating back to the Mycenaeans, the beautiful hill of white marl and the barracks. After that, you will head towards the Patella rock, a perfect area to take a dip, surrounded by Mediterranean flora and fauna. Resuming navigation, you will arrive in the second focal point of the excursion: Palma di Montechiaro, with its sulphurous waters and the inlet of the ancient castle, which will wrap you completely in its ancient history, before returning to San Leone.

Agrigento: Scala dei Turchi Boat Tour

5. Agrigento: Scala dei Turchi Boat Tour

Starting from San Leone, you will begin the navigation, while admiring the beautiful landscapes of the area. After crossing the river Akragas, namesake of the ancient Greek city of Agrigento, you will reach the beach of Maddalusa and the bay of Kaos. Once arrived in Realmonte, the Scala dei Turchi will welcome you in all its majestic beauty and elegance. You can also take advantage of it to dive into its crystal clear and limpid waters. Heading further west, you can admire the lighthouse of Capo Rossello, but also the Bay of Madonnina and Rocca Gucciarda, which tells a legend known in this area. After a last refreshing dip, you will visit the area of Pietre Cadute and Cappellaccio, seeing the beach of Siculiana and Giallonardo. You will live then, a unique experience, among wonderful beaches, coves and turquoise waters, which will leave you unforgettable memories.

3-Hour Messina Segway PT Authorized Tour

6. 3-Hour Messina Segway PT Authorized Tour

On this fun, informative Segway tour, discover the city of Messina, which was entirely rebuilt after the terrible earthquake destroyed it in 1908. Starting from Via Castellammare, near Via Garibaldi, next to the Catalani Church, you will go to the city's commercial center - Piazza Cairoli - and on to Piazza Pugliatti where there the Court of Justice and university are located. Next, move on to Piazza Duomo to admire the fountain of Orion and the Cathedral with its bell tower, famous for its astronomical clock unveiled in 1933 when the reconstruction of the Christian temple was finished. You will see the church S.S. Annunziata dei Catalani, with its beautiful baroque fountains in front. Nearby in Via Lepanto, see the monument dedicated to Don Juan of Austria before proceeding to Piazza Antonello, enclosed by neoclassical palaces. On the way to the medieval church San Francesco d’Assisi, admire the baroque palace Monte di Pietà. Continue through the public gardens to reach Piazza Unità d'Italia, where you will see the Palace of the Government and the fountain of Neptune by Montorsoli. From here, you will ride back to Piazza Municipio, observing the statue of Ferdinand de Bourbon and the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele along the way. Tour itinerary can be modified on-site with your guide to include, for example, shopping at Viale San Martino; a panoramic view from Montalto Church, or the North Coast Museum.

3-Hour Palermo Segway PT Authorized Tour

7. 3-Hour Palermo Segway PT Authorized Tour

Palermo's metropolitan attractions and incredibly diverse history are yours to discover as we guide you through the streets on your personal Segway. Early in the tour we pass the Teatro Massimo, Italy's largest opera house. Then you step back to the time of the Saracens as we cross the Arab-flavored Capo Market toward the cathedral, built in the 1100s but renovated in various styles through the centuries since. Further on, the Norman Palace recalls the time after the Saracens. It and the Bishop's Palace overlook Piazza della Vittoria and Villa Bonano, where traces of the old Roman city are preserved. Little remains from the time of Greek dominance or from the Phoenicians who founded the city. Palaces and churches, Town Hall Square with the Pretoria Fountain, Garibaldi Gardens and the fascinating Castello a Mare, or "castle in the sea" -- you will be amazed at all that Palermo has to offer.

From Palermo: Half-Day Corleone Excursion

8. From Palermo: Half-Day Corleone Excursion

Enjoy a full-day shore excursion to Corleone, a small town that has had its history and culture shaped by the Mafia. Visit the museum in Corleone and admire the breathtaking scenery of Sicily as you journey through green valleys, cornfields and vineyards. Corleone is a small town and commune of approximately 12,000 inhabitants in the province of Palermo in Sicily, Italy. Several Mafia bosses have come from Corleone, including Tommy Gagliano, Jack Dragna, Giuseppe Morello, Michele Navarra, Luciano Leggio, Leoluca Bagarella, Salvatore Riina and Bernardo Provenzano. It is also the birthplace of several fictional characters in The Godfather, including the eponymous Vito (Andolini) Corleone. The local mafia clan, the Corleonesi, led the Mafia in the 1980s and 1990s, and were the most violent and ruthless Mafia clan ever to take control of the organization. The Corleone municipality has an area of 22,912 hectares (56,620 acres) with a population density of 49 inhabitants per square kilometer. Located in an inland area of the mountain, in a valley between the Rocca di Maschi, the Castello Soprano and the Castello Sottano. Corleone is located at 542 meters (1,778 feet) above sea level. Many interesting sights of nature include the Gorges of the Dragon in the vicinity of the Ficuzza forest and the Due Rocche Waterfalls. 

3-Hour Siracusa Segway PT Authorized Tour

9. 3-Hour Siracusa Segway PT Authorized Tour

The grandeur of an ancient city that repulsed Athens remains to be discovered in Siracusa, or Syracuse. It contains some of Italy's most impressive Greek ruins. The mists of time quickly envelop us as we roll off toward the remains of the encircling wall built by Dionysius I, and the temple to Apollo. Next we head to Piazza Archimede, named after the ancient city's most famous citizen, with its beautiful fountain. Via Roma leads us to the elegant cathedral, its backbone made of Greek columns. Past other baroque monuments in the Old Town area on Ortigia Island such as Benevento del Bosco Palace and the Town Hall, we ride to Arethusa Spring, with its papyrus plants. We pass other landmarks before crossing Umberto Bridge. The Regional Archaeological Museum and Catacombs of San Giovanni are on the way to the Neapolis, where we can see the massive Greek theatre, the Roman amphitheatre and the "Ear of Dionysius," a chamber cut into limestone where Dionysius reportedly imprisoned adversaries so he could hear what they said echoing off the walls.

Messina Shore Excursion: Private Trip to Taormina & Etna

10. Messina Shore Excursion: Private Trip to Taormina & Etna

Experience an unforgettable day climbing one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. Visit one of the pearls of the Mediterranean, Taormina. Disembark at the port of Messina to meet your driver. Begin your private excursion by climbing Mount Etna. It is the highest volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. It has also been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2013. Be driven up to 1800 meters. From there, explore the Silvestri Craters and its lava-covered slopes. Continue onward to Taormina, perched on a terrace overlooking the sea. Considered the "Lady of the Ionic Coast", it has historically been a destination for celebrities. From this hilltop town, enjoy a splendid landscape, dotted with colorful coves interspersed with Mediterranean scrub and sea. Visit the ancient theatre in Taormina, one of the greatest of the Greek-Roman era, and afterward immerse yourself in the city. Return to the parking area in Taormina to head back to the port of Messina with your driver.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 90 reviews

This was one of our favorite experiences during our time in Ortigia - we went on the earliest outing times possible (9:30am) which helped stave off the heat and the more crowded outings. The captain took us to a couple spots we could swim off the boat, showed us some really cool caves and told us highlights about the various buildings and structures along the coastline and city's edge. It was very cool to see Ortigia and Siracusa from the boat - totally different perspective. The water was amazingly clear and a great temperature, and we also enjoyed fresh fruit and some Prosecco. Would recommend this in a heartbeat!

Nice variety, beautiful views, a nice tour around Ortygia, nice swim, delicious with fruit and prosecco in abundance Steven was a good guide and gave us a nice afternoon The boat was certainly not too full and was covered

It was a great experience. We had a good time, we had a good time also because there were only 8 of us on the boat. The guide, Gaetano, was super nice and efficient. Experience to try absolutely.

A very effective way of visiting places outside of Palermo if you don’t have your own transport. One comment, the guide could have provided a bit more information during the trip.

Neno made the trip easy and enjoyable with my family.