Discovering Siracusa

Walking through charm and myth

Syracuse has ancient origins, founded in 734 BC from the Corinthians it was considered the largest Greek city of antiquity. A cultural centre for people like Archimedes and Plato. Dominated by Romans, Byzantines and Arabs. Rebuilt after a violent earthquake in 1693, its late Baroque style has incorporated the remains of the Greek city in a perfectly harmonious way, creating a unique and fascinating union.

The island of Ortigia, the historic centre of the city, is the oldest and most suggestive part of Syracuse. Walking through the narrow streets typical of the place you come across ruins of temples, squares, palaces and churches without neglecting the charm of the Jewish quarter.

The beautiful Piazza del Duomo with its jewel Cathedral, the Church of Santa Lucia which houses a painting by Caravaggio and the Aretusa fountain are some of the unforgettable destinations recommended.

The archaeological park of Neapolis is an open-air museum that tells the story of the city from the prehistoric to the Byzantine period. Here the Greek Theatre still stages extraordinary classical performances in the months of May and June; the Roman Amphitheatre, the Ear of Dionysius and the Latomie of Neapolis, stone quarries used as prisons for slaves.

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