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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: 390931483020
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This offshore island was occupied by the Greek colonists who fortified it...

This offshore island was occupied by the Greek colonists who fortified it and constructed the earliest structures, including the temples of Athena and Apollo, whose remains can still be seen today.

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Architecture and history in the ancient heart of Syracuse

We only had a day to explore the ancient heart of Syracuse, but we would have happily stayed a few days longer. The best part was strolling along Via della Maestranza and looking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We only had a day to explore the ancient heart of Syracuse, but we would have happily stayed a few days longer. The best part was strolling along Via della Maestranza and looking up at the wonderful Baroque palaces that line the street. Several of the old buildings have been restored, but there are many that are simply crumbling apart,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful walking city. The cathedral, built from a Greek Temple is unique. The Sicialian puppet show and museum, the Jewish ritual bath, perhaps most of all the wonderful food. The views, the nearby Greek and Roman ruins all add to the experience

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It has to be said that without the historic island of Ortigia at its tip, then Syracuse would hardly be worth a visitors glance. Ortigia is the original Greek part of the town, although it soon spread onto the mainland to become at one time the most populated city in the world. Today Ortigia has the plushest shops with a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Beautiful part of Siracusa where the Greeks settled thousands of years ago they knew what they were doing by choosing the best location for their temples. Don't miss Archimedes fountain, Duomo square and just wonder around its beautiful narrow streets filled with genuine Sicilian spirit, tastes and smells. If you are there you must visit the "parco archeologico" where the... More 

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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This small Island is ideal for just wandering and stopping to look and experience. Most roads are traffic free and those which do allow cars the flow is very slow. Lots of wonderful small shops, bars and restaurants to enjoy. Make sure to visit the market in the morning, amazing sights and smells. We will return.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing place, nice view to the see, wonderful buildings, interesting castle + museums. A great idea to spend a day in Syracuse. Piazza Duomo is wonderful.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This island is part of the city of Siracusa. It is somewhat set apart, best accessed by foot. Beautiful architecture. Great sea views. Lots of shopping and eating. One of the prettiest places we've been in Sicily.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely loved this historic island of Siracusa. Compact, walkable, historic, and water on all sides. I would recommend staying here if staying in Sircusa. Lovely walks, great markets for food shopping, ceramic shops and local food and wine shops, historic piazzas & churches - it has it all. Even swam late season off Via Eollo on the east side. We... More 

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Lancaster, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard to describe Ortigia other than how I described it in my title of this review. It's a small, ancient part of Siracusa with a number of beautiful sights, but also interesting things to see around every twisted corner. Take the time to wander into the narrow alleys and soak up the ambiance of Sicily. I recommend visiting the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Give yourself 4 nights in this magical place! I stayed three and wish I had a fourth! Lots to see and do - lovely during the low season and many of the best places are still opens during that time. Planning to return and would highly recommend visiting!

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