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  • 1 Greek theatre (Teatro Greco) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Giulio-E.-Rizzo I - 96100 Siracusa

    This 5C BC theatre, one of the largest monuments from antiquity, was carved into the rock using the natural slope of the Temenite hill. Inaugurated with Perseus by Aeschylus (think about it), it was built by Damocope, also known as Myrilla. Transform..

  • 2 Ear of Dionysus (Orecchio di Dionisio) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    v. Giulio-E.-Rizzo I - 96100 Siracusa

    Caravaggio christened this amazing cave in the Latomia del Paradiso quarry: as a result of its exceptional acoustics, the tyrant Dionysus could, it is said, hear everything his opponents whispered. A legend, of course: nevertheless this place, create..

  • 3 Parco Archeologico della Neapolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Viale Paradiso I - 96100 Siracusa

    Apart from the Acropolis in Athens, this ensemble is perhaps the most powerful and evocative site bearing witness to the Ancient Greeks. It has the largest Greek theatre in the world, the amazing "ear of Dionysus", a Roman amphitheatre and ..

  • 4 Piazza Duomo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Duomo I - 96100 Siracusa

    Irregular and slightly concave in front of the cathedral, this charming square is surrounded by attractive Baroque palaces. Notably Palazzo Senatorio, but also Palazzo Benavento del Bosco, which has an attractive interior courtyard. The church of San..

  • 5 Cyane Spring (Fonte Ciane) Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    I - 96100 Siracusa

    It is never a good thing to go against the wishes of Gods: take poor Cyane, for example, a charming nymph, who opposed the raising up of Persephone by Hades. He, in his anger, changed her into a spring. But bad things can be good: today the spring is..

  • 6 Catacombs of San Giovanni Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via S. Giovanni alle Catacombe I - 96100 Siracusa

    The Acradina district has since Roman times been devoted to the dead. Carved from solid limestone rock in the 4C-5C and extending over a wide area, the catacombs were centred on the tomb of St Martian, one of the earliest martyrs. Quite complex in st..

  • 7 Latomia (Quarries) Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    v. Romagnoli I - 96100 Siracusa

    The word Latomia describes the old stone quarries used for the construction of public buildings. And as nothing goes to waste, they made excellent prisons. The Paradise Latonia is the most attractive of these quarries. Now it contains a ravishing gar..

  • 8 Ortigia Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Isola di Ortigia I - 96100 Siracusa

    The oldest part of the city, the island of Ortigia is linked to the mainland by the Ponte Nuovo; the road continues as Corso Umberto I, one of Siracusa's main thoroughfares. Here the sea is of course the main feature, from the waterfront that extends..

  • 9 Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Viale Teocrito 66 I - 96100 Siracusa

    This archaeological museum is tucked away in the park of Villa Landolina. It contains Sicily's most important collections of artefacts from prehistory to the establishment of Greek colonies at Syracuse. Visitors follow a chronological layout that per..

  • 10 Fonte Aretusa Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Capodieci I - 96100 Siracusa

    The nymph Aretusa had had enough of Alpheus who was too forward for her liking. Diana helped her, aiding her escape through an underground route to Ortigia, where Arethusa was changed into a spring. Peace at last? No, Alpheus had more than one trick ..

  • 11 Cathedral (Duomo) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Duomo I - 96100 Siracusa

    This is a former temple built in honour of Athena which was transformed into a church in the 7C then, probably into a mosque by the Arabs, before being remodelled in the Norman era and collapsing in the earthquake of 1693. Entrusted with the reconstr..

  • 12 Bellomo Palace Regional Gallery Interesting

    Museums and art

    Via Capodieci 14-16 I - 96100 Siracusa

    This museum is set up in a palace built in the Suebian era. It was extended in the 15C, then reconverted when the friars of the Benedictine monastery next door became its owners. It is mainly devoted to Sicilian art and has two major works, an Annunc..

  • 13 Mergulese-Montalto palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Montalto I - 96100 Siracusa

    Built in the 14C and, sadly in a bad state, this palace has superb ornamental windows surrounded by richly sculpted arches and separated by fine torso columns.

  • 14 Via della Maestranza Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. della Maestranza I - 96100 Siracusa

    This street is among the main routes through Ortigia and is flanked by noble houses in the Baroque style. Among the most remarkable are the Interlandi Pizzuti palace (at no. 10), the Impellizeri palace (no. 17), the stern Bonanno palace (no. 33), the..

  • 15 Roman Amphitheatre Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Paradiso I - 96100 Siracusa

    Built in the imperial era, it has, like the Greek theatre, profited from the configuration of the terrain, at least for one of the hemicycles which is carved directly into the rock. In the centre of the arena, the rectangular cavity, linked to the en..

  • 16 Eurialo Castle (Castello Eurialo) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    v. Epipoli I - 36056 Belvedere

    Dioniso the old surrounded the Epipoli plateau with ramparts. In total, there is 27 kilometres of ramparts! At Belvedere, on top of Eurialo hill stands one of the world's most impressive ancient fortresses. Three trenches take you into the keep in wh..

  • 17 Maniace castle (Castello Maniace)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    v. Castello Maniace I - 96100 Siracusa

    Built on the point of Ortigia by Frederick II of Suebi, in the first half of the 13C, this sandstone fortress bears the name of a Byzantine general, Giorgio Maniace who was the first to fortify the island in 1038, in order to avoid it falling into th..

  • 18 Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art

    Museums and art

    v. delle Vergini I - 96100 Siracusa

    In the former church of Montevergini and the neighbouring monastery paintings by Italian artists (Fermariello, Cingolani...) and foreign too.

  • 19 Archimedes Square (Piazza Archimede)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Archimede I - 96100 Siracusa

    Decorated in the centre with the Fountain of Artemis (19C), this square at the end of the Via della Maestranza, is surrounded by attractive palaces. It honours the most famous son of Syracuse, born in 287 BC, a mathematician and inventor and famously..

  • 20 St Francis Church of the Immaculate Conception

    Religious buildings

    v. della Maestranza I - 96100 Siracusa

    In this church with a bright, convex and linear facade an ancient ceremony used to unfold on the nights of 28 and 29 November, the Svelata (unveiling) during which the image of the Madonna was unveiled at the first light of dawn.

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