Explore the archaeological museum of Syracuse with a private guide. The 'Paolo Orsi' museum is one of the most important archaeological museums in Sicily and Italy, famous for its collections of ancient Greek Syracuse
. A part of the museum is dedicated to the prehistory of Sicily and Pantalica
, an Unesco
world heritage site. Important finds of Roman age are also exposed at the museum. The museum is located inside Villa Landolina, in front of the modern church of Our Lady of Tears. Our certified guide will lead you through the most important finds, telling you about Greek and Roman civilization, during a 2 hours private tour.
The walking tour starts with the prehistoric sector of the museum. A short introduction will give you an idea about the origins of the island. You will see the first human traces in Sicily which date back to the paleolithic era and the evolution of local cultures through the bronze age ending at the numerous finds of the Pantalica necropolis, an Unesco world heritage site not far from Syracuse. A highlight of the sector A are the skeletons of two dwarf elephants, a species which once lived in Sicily and extinct long time ago.
Entering in the sector B you will discover the history of Greek colonization in Sicily and you will admire incredible masterpieces found in Syracuse: black and red painted pottery, marble sculptures and impressive decorations coming from ancient temples. You will also be surprised by the aesthetic taste in daily-life objects.
The visit ends at the sector D, dedicated to Hellenic and Roman Syracuse. Here you will admire two of the highlights of the museum: the Landolina Venus, a marble statue representing the goddess of love, and the sarcophagus of Adelfia, a wonderful marble coffin decorated with scenes from the Holy Bible, dating back to the early Christian age.