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Regulating Tourist Bus Access in Siracusa: LTZ BUS

28 February 2023
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Regulating Tourist Bus Access in Siracusa: LTZ BUS

Siracusa is a beautiful city in southern Italy that attracts a large number of tourists every year. However, the city center is subject to a Traffic Limited Zone (ZTL), where tourist buses are not allowed to transit or park without a daily permit. This article aims to provide information on the guidelines and procedures for tourist buses to circulate and park in Siracusa's ZTL.

The ZTL was established to protect the historical center of Siracusa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, from traffic congestion and pollution. Tourist buses are allowed to reach specific checkpoints within the ZTL, where they must purchase a daily permit to circulate and park in designated areas. This measure ensures that tourists can still visit the city center while preserving its cultural and environmental heritage.

Guidelines

Tourist buses without a valid daily permit are not allowed to enter or park within the ZTL, except for the streets leading to the checkpoints. Tourist buses with a seating capacity of 10 or more passengers must pay a fee at the checkpoints to obtain a daily permit. The checkpoints are located at the central command (24/7), Casina Cuti (8:00 AM-6:00 PM), and Von Platen Parking (8:00 AM-8:00 PM). The daily permit must be displayed on the bus windshield. The fees for tourist bus permits are based on the number of seats and range from €50.00 to €80.00 for 24 hours.

Benefits

The ZTL ensures that the city center of Siracusa remains accessible to tourists while preserving its cultural and environmental heritage. Tourist buses can still reach specific checkpoints and park in designated areas, allowing visitors to enjoy the city's attractions without causing traffic congestion or pollution.

Tourist bus parking

Tourist buses can park in designated areas within the ZTL, including private parking areas of accommodations,

  1. Adequate private parking areas of accommodation facilities
  2. Von Platen Parking, a short distance from the Archaeological Park of Neapolis
  3. Molo S. Antonio Parking, near the island of Ortigia.

The fees and opening hours for tourist bus parking are as follows:

Parking Area Fee for 24 hours Opening Hours
Von Platen Parking €20.00 8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Molo S. Antonio Parking €15.00 8:00 AM-8:00 PM

Tourist bus stops

Tourist buses can only drop off and pick up passengers at specific locations within the ZTL, including: 

  • Via Demostene n° 2 parking spaces
  • Viale Teocrito n° 1 parking space
  • Casina Cuti area
  • Molo S. Antonio Parking

Tourist bus checkpoints

Tourist buses must purchase a daily permit at one of the three checkpoints within the ZTL: central command, Casina Cuti, and Von Platen Parking. The permit fee is based on the number of seats and ranges from €50.00 to €80.00 for 24 hours.

Checkpoint payment points:

  1. Central command (24/7) - Via del Porto Grande n. 2
  2. Casina Cuti (8:00 AM-6:00 PM) - Largo Anfiteatro
  3. Von Platen Parking - Via Augusto Von Platen 40 (8:00 AM-8:00 PM)

Tourist bus fees:

  • For buses with up to 20 seats: €50.00 for 24 hours; €2.50 for every subsequent hour.
  • For buses with more than 20 seats: €80.00 for 24 hours; €50.00 for every subsequent day.
  • Payments can also be made through a POS.

Reaching the checkpoints without incurring sanctions: From the Siracusa Sud motorway exit towards the Casina Cuti checkpoint in Largo Anfiteatro:

  1. former SS 124 - Viale Paolo Orsi - Corso Gelone - Via Augusto - Largo Anfiteatro - Casina Cuti and vice versa; From the Siracusa Sud motorway exit towards the Molo S. Antonio checkpoint:
  2. former SS 124 - Via Columba - Via Elorina - Via del Porto Grande and Molo S. Antonio Parking. From SS 115 towards the Casina Cuti checkpoint in Largo Anfiteatro:
  3. Via Elorina - Via Columba - Corso Gelone - Via Augusto - Largo Anfiteatro - Casina Cuti. From SS 115 towards the Molo S. Antonio checkpoint:
  4. Via Elorina - Via del Porto Grande and Molo S. Antonio Parking. From the Siracusa Sud motorway exit towards the Von Platen checkpoint in Via Von Platen:
  5. former SS 124 - Via Paolo Orsi - Corso Gelone - Viale Teocrito - Via Von Platen. From SS 115 towards the Von Platen checkpoint in Via Von Platen:
  6. Via Elorina - Via Columba - Via Paolo Orsi - Corso Gelone - Viale Teocrito - Via Von Platen.

Conclusion

Tourist buses are an important means of transportation for visitors to Siracusa. However, they must comply with the ZTL regulations to ensure the preservation of the city's cultural and environmental heritage. By following the guidelines and obtaining a daily permit, tourists can still enjoy the city's attractions while minimizing their impact on the city center.

Contacts and useful information

For more information on tourist bus permits and parking in Siracusa, please contact the Municipal Police at 800 632328 or visit the official webpage.


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