SAFETY ON BOARD
“…alla via così..” we sail on board of M/n Linea d’Ombra to discover the charming natural scenary of the Porto Grande,together with places,myths and legends inside this port that from the ancient times was the active centre of “ the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them”as Cicero described Syracuse.
TOUR ITINERARY : Duration 50/60 min.
1 Boarding area: Foro Italico near ex-Port authority.
2 Umbertino and Saint Lucia bridges:they connect Ortigia island to the land
3 Anapo and Ciane estuaries,well known in the Greek mythology:the god river Anapo and the Ciane nymph mixed their waters when she was changed into a spring by Pluton.
4 Mussels farm, area dedicated to the breedingfarm of mussels,which are fixed to the “bisso” (the higher part is visible).
5 Galera rock: rock in front of the Plemmirio Natural Marine Protected Area, within this first rock formation there were many underground passages,now the the sea abrasion effects are evident on the top.
6 Carrozze beach and the typical calcareous platform:there are ruins belonging to the Bronze Age (XV-XII B.C.), where Thapsos potshered were found.
7 Punta Castelluccio
8 Ripe Bianche
9 Forte Vigliena
10 Maniace Castle The Castello Maniace is a citadel and castle in Syracuse. It stands on a large promontory, where it was constructed between 1232 and 1240 by the Emperor Frederick II. It bears the name of George Maniakes, the Byzantine general who besieged and took the city in 1038. A notable feature of the castle is the decorated portal.
Today the castle is open to public and is a local tourist attraction in Syracuse.
11 Arethusa fountain, a place rich in evocations overlooking the Porto Grande.The myth of her transformation begins when Arethusa came across a clear stream and began bathing, not knowing it was the river god Alpheus. He fell in love during their encounter, but she fled after discovering his presence and intentions, as she wished to remain a chaste attendant of Artemis. After a long chase, she prayed to her goddess to ask for protection. Artemis hid her in a cloud, but Alpheus was persistent. She began to perspire profusely from fear, and soon transformed into a stream. Artemis then broke the ground allowing Arethusa another attempt to flee. Her stream traveled under the earth to the island of Ortygia, but Alpheus flowed through the sea to reach her and mingle with her waters.
SEA AND COAST ITINERARIES
Mini cruises in the Porto Grande of Syracuse and in the water off Ortigia island, navigation coasting along the COAST N/E, visit to the fascinating caves, the eastern waterfront, ancient greek arbour,Tonnara Santa Panagia,excursion towards S/E along the Plemmirio and White Ripe,educational tour “Let’s discover Syracuse from the sea” for school groups and cultural activities.
School groups- Educational tour
An educational tour linked to the sea for students that refers to Itinerarium maritimum,inspired by an itinerary drawn at the time of Caracalla by an anonymous author. It aims to constitute a reference point for the sea use all around Ortigia island and the port. It helps steudents to be aware of the historical and artistic heritage of the sea related to a specific geographical area. In particular our activity is to provide the students with the historical dimension and artistic value of the glorious past that has distinguished Syracuse over the centuries. Tools and interpretative keys will be provide to understand the different historical phases that characterized men activities in relationship with the sea from the prehistoric times till today.
Organize and test extracurricular tours to develop confidence on topics related to the sea and in particular to the maritime history of the ancient Mediterranean; improve the awareness of the historical and artistic needs along the coasts of Syracuse.
Elaborate a model of information on cultural issues related to the sea and the ancient navigation;acquire necessary and essential tools to value cultural elements that characterize the city of Syracuse and the sea through the direct visual interaction with sites and monuments;identify the main potential information of the Porto grande and evaluate strategies for enhancement,preservation and protection of the resources; approach to new skills related to the study, research, appreciation of historical and artistic heritage of naval and maritime history,underwater archeology of the ancient Mediterranean.