Sicily cultural holiday

“Enjoy a relaxed city break in Siracusa, based in Ortigia, the historic centre, on this tailormade Sicily cultural holiday. Day trips to Plemmirio Marine Reserve and fishing villages such as Porto Palo are included.”


Siracusa | Ortigia | Plemmirio Marine Reserve boat trip | Porto Palo | Marzamemi |

Description of Sicily cultural holiday

Explore the historic city of Siracusa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the surrounding area, with this idyllic Sicily holiday. You’ll be accommodated in a cosy B&B on Ortigia, the island that forms the ancient centre, and be escorted throughout by a friendly and knowledgeable local guide.

Highlights of this trip, and there are many you can be assured, include tasting a variety of mouthwatering Sicilian delicacies in the Oritigia market, and wandering contentedly through traditional fishing villages such as Porto Palo and Marzamemi, which are also fantastic places to find fresh street food.

While any time of year is good to visit Siracusa, the autumnal months of September and October are especially recommended. The weather is cooling off, but the sea remains warm enough for swimming and snorkeling. Plus there are fewer visitors at this time of year. Your guide will be at hand to show you around the narrow yet lively streets of Ortigia, sharing tips and stories that are known only to the locals. If you like, you can also take a sightseeing trip by APE, which are the quirky traditional three-wheelers that are very fun to scoot around in.

A boat trip is included that will take you along the city’s picturesque coastline, and to the nearby Plemmirio Marine Reserve. This idyllic area was mentioned in Virgil’s ‘Aenid’ and boasts inviting waters, shoals of fish and sandy coves.

While this is only a short trip, in Siracusa and Ortigia you’ll find it very easy, and pleasant to slip into the rhythms of Sicily-time.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Our aim is to make our Travel Experiences sustainable for the long term: we know that tourism can have both an exceptionally positive and potentially negative impact on local communities. For this reason, we promote responsible travel that means: to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment.

We start from the beginning, helping our travellers to choose their customized daily experiences based on these sustainable categories:
- Green
- Hand-made
- Eat local
- Live local
- Sport
- Adrenaline

For this trip we minimised carbon emissions making the following considerations:

- WATER CONSERVATION - We support initiatives that encourage conservative use of water (like refilling water bottles or turning off water when brushing teeth). For this purpose, we kindly ask to our travellers to read the Responsible Travel Conduct what we will send before departing for Sicily, which is a region that has been suffering periodically of drought (especially in summer season)

- LOCAL FOOD AND GOODS - We include and strongly inspire our travellers to eat locally produced food and goods (like organic food, natural local products which come straight from the garden to the kitchen), like during the wanderings in Siracusa and Portopalo/Marzamemi. In each destination we chose local and authentic places, like fresh markets, where is possible to taste local food, usually from who produced it

- WATER BOTTLES - We encourage our travellers to refill a water bottle from water 'bubblers' where available to avoid unnecessary purchasing of bottled water and the subsequent waste disposal issues

- RECYCLING – Our Local guides also provide travellers with awareness on how they can reduce and recycle in Sicily

- PUBLIC AND ECOLOGICAL TRANSPORT – Since we have a high range of biking tours in our offered experiences, we strongly encourage our travellers to choose ecological transportation like bicycle during their free time, especially in the area nearby Siracusa since there is the outstanding Natural Reserve of Vendicari

- NATURAL RESERVE – We included in this travel experience a natural reserve as well. We offer the possibility to explore it as much as possible and without rush, the Marine Reserve of Plemmirio. Established in 2005 for its 2,500 hectares of salt water and beautiful emerald green seabed’s, which have given back many amphorae, planking, shipwrecks and other archaeological finds

The Impacts of this Trip

This Travel Experience is planned to ensure that we support local communities by:

- SMALLER-SCALE LOCALLY-OWNED ACCOMMODATION – Choosing local B&B, like the one of this trip in Siracusa. Located in the old centre, Ortigia, all bright and near all the facilities, it could be the best starting point to live the travel experience as a local. Thus, the B&B provides sustainable practices like recycling or changing towels on request

- LOCAL GUIDES - Hiring local guides for how they tell their territory. In this way we could learn about the culture and way of life directly from those who live it and put money into local hands and economies

- FARE WORKING CONDITIONS - Defining a tariff policy that calls for a clear decision-making freedom of the price by its suppliers, stakeholders, partners and local guides

- TAILOR MADE EXPERIENCES - Organizing tailor made experiences for the limit size of 8-10 people because we believe that larger group could not join the real experience and could otherwise impact on the local communities

- CROSS-CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING - Offering real life experiences, which promote cross-cultural understanding like the journey in Siracusa with the APECAR (three-wheeler): this is a way to make travellers discover an old type of transportation that in the past characterized the territory until the late 60s. Thanks to young cooperative organizations, this way of transport is having a second life: travellers could see with the eyes of a local what is all around him/her and have a fun memory as well

- LOCAL SUPPLIERS - Recommending local eateries and stores to our travellers to engage locally-owned and operated services to support local people (like artisans, wine producers, organic farmers and so more). We chose them one by one, shaking their hands, learning their stories and feeling the passion they put in their own activities. During the wanderings both in Siracusa and Portopalo/Marzamemi, we stop only by suppliers who sell local and fresh food (like in the fresh market of Marzamemi)

- RESIZING SEASONALITY – This Travel Experience emphasize the interesting aspects (events, traditions and natural views) of Sicily in low season as well. This region has a temperate climate all year long; for this reason we suggest our travellers to visit it when is less crowded (from November to February as well)

- ARTISAN AND IMMATERIAL HERITAGE – Helping to keep alive traditions and supporting ancient knowledge, taking people to visit artisan shops during the wanderings

- SLOW TOURISM - Promoting slow tourism as an alternative to everything-at-once, which allow traveller the “luxury” of look, taste and feel its final destination

- UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL DAILY EXPERIENCES - Promoting less famous Sicilian destinations by proposing unique and original daily experiences, like the wandering in Porto Palo and Marzamemi. They are wonderful villages but due to their proximity to more famous destinations, they are often neglected. Both Porto Palo and Marzamemi lived a second life when tuna fishing was one of the main economic income in Sicily in the past few decades. Wandering around is a way to discover that history as well

- RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT – Each traveller will receive our Responsible Travel Code of Conduct before arriving in Sicily. In addition, our local guide will explain during each daily experience the right travel code and will answer to whichever question concerning it


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