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Sports & Fitness On Your Sicilian Holiday

There are some really great activities to do in and around Siracusa if you're keen to enjoy your Sicilian 'pasta and gelato' holiday experience but are also conscious of your health and body...

Siracusa offers the possibility of a range of sports, cycling or hiking trails. From water sports, as one would expect from a costal town, to golf, riding, flying, trekking, horse riding and canoeing.

Our particularly mild climate makes outdoor activities possible even in the late autumn and early spring. Look out for the brown tourist guide signs for 'Nature Reserves' dotted along the roads. Parking is not always well thought out and neither are the roads to get to places but if you prefer to go off the beaten track then do your research prior to heading off. There are an abundance of passionate bi and multi lingual tourist guides also just waiting to show you around so please do ask a member of the Hotel Algila or Hotel Antico Roma 1880 reception team who will put you in the right direction for all your leisure needs.


If you prefer to go it alone then you can try with public transport using the app / web 'MOOVIT'


We are also able to support you with transfers to locations that public transport does not serve if you prefer a trek or cycle in solitude, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


There are endless places to enjoy the views and be in nature. Trails and paths litter Siracusa and bordering towns and villages.

Most popular:

Papyrus walk along the Ciane River just outside Ortigia

LENGTH OF WALK: 3.4 miles (5.5km). Allow 2 hours.

Other peaceful locations include:

Isola - where you can find several secluded beaches and trails off of them.

Terrauzza & Fanusa



ROWING For canoeing you can contact the 'Canoa Ciane Siracusa', at Via Testaferrata 22.

Phone: (Italy +39) 0931 22800.



Cycling is feasible with either your own equipment or the use of the free bicycles available to guests of the Hotel Algilà. These can be used for a trek into the countryside, a leisurely ride to the beach, or to get around the city on two wheels. Those with small children can also be accommodated using the bicycle seats provided.

Navigating the surroundings on bicycle has never been easier, particularly since Siracusa recently inaugurated a cycle path to the north of the city. Not only does it offer spectacular views along the beautiful coast but from a northward vantage the magnificent volcano Mount Etna looms in the foreground. MAP MY RIDE is a great site that allows you to find all the best cycle routes in and around Siracusa.



The Golf Club Canottieri on Viale Pantanelli, makes its facilities available to golf enthusiasts and offers a golf pro for lessons and tips.   The club also allows you to rent equipment on site.

For more info contact (Italy +39) 095 572147


For fans of equestrian sports there is the Società ippica siracusana (Syracusan Equestrian Society), which also offers a riding school and horse therapy with a qualified instructor. The Society has its own facilities -roughly 50,000 square feet in the city, and it is suitable for both amateur and professional activities.  

For More Info Contact (Italy +39 0931 21772)



A lover of all things under the sea?

Scuba diving and snorkeling activities are numerous.   Email contacts for the main ones: Il Paguro Scuba Center (Diving). E-mail: Mira Nausicaa (Scuba diving and boat rental). E-mail: Blunose (Diving and excursions). E-mail: Approdo S. Lucia (Diving and boat landings). E-mail: Ognina Diving Center (Diving). E-mail: Capo Murro Diving Center (Diving and excursions). E-mail: The Handicapped Scuba Association of Italy (in Milan, Italy) organizes activities and diving courses for people with disabilities. For possible activities in Siracusa (+39) 02 537299.



Tennis and match ball can be played at the Tennis Club Siracusa, at Viale Santa Panagia, 268.

Tel (+39) 0931 757988.


Sailing fans can contact the Circolo velico Ribellino Tel (Italy +39) 0931 60480 There is also The Marzamemi YACHT CLUB at the marina in Marzamemi about 50 minutes drive from Siracusa. For More Info (Italy+39) 0931 841776

The major race to look out for is

'The Syracuse-Malta Race' (which in even years starts from Malta, and in odd ones from Siracusa). 2020 marks the 60th anniversary and will take place in July.

For More Info (Malta +356) 333 109 or



Aviation enthusiasts can head to Avio Club in Siracusa, with a runway of 400 meters / 1312 feet in length, in Rinaura, 7 kilometers / 4.3 miles from the city.  

It is possible to arrive by air, but necessary to advise in advance by phone at (Italy+39) 330 698 963. Email:


Finally, there are several gyms in Siracusa if you would like to go for a pop in class or swim.

'Cittadella Dello Sport' Siracusa | Via Paolo Caldarella, 4, 96100 Siracusa

Tel: (Italy+39) 380 597 1584

You might even get to see the famous Siracusan Water Polo team training if you're lucky.

Email: for more info on schedules and spectating.

'Cittadella Dello Sport' Siracusa
'Cittadella Dello Sport' Siracusa


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