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Ortygia

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 61 Attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Islands, Religious Sites
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Owner description: This offshore island was occupied by the Greek colonists who fortified it and constructed the earliest structures, including the temples of Athena and... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

We had a few days in Ortygia and went just to chill and ejoy some sun and Italian food and drink. We did venture out to Syracusa but quickly rushed back for some peace and to sit and watch the world go back with a sea view and beer - Bar De Mare by Lunar Russo was our favourite for... More

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Whistler, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

An amazing historical island. Needless to say this is THE area of Siracusa. Fantastic history, architecture and food. One of the best places in Sicily.

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

This is a delightful old area, simply steeped in history and antiquity, you can almost hear the cries as 400 Athenian ships were destroyed in the wonderful harbour and thousands of prisoners captured. narrow winding streets with all sorts of interesting lanes leading off, little restaurants, bars, music joints, handicrafts. Delightful atmosphere. The Piazza near the Duomo has great cafes,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

I spent a week in Ortigia/Ortygia in August 2014 and it was one of the highlights of a three month trip to Italy. Ortygia is an island connected by road and pedestrian bridges from the main (newer) area of Syracuse. If you are looking for beautiful old buildings, the cultural centre and Duomo of Syracuse, this is the place to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Very friendly population, only few non Italian tourists, very safe and beautiful. Restaurant of high quality, excellent service and no fabicated food. All dishes made on the spot and reflecting local taste and style.

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Toronto, Canada
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263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to simply wander more or less randomly. We did that all day and never got bored. At one point we got semi-lost in a maze of alleys but this is not a problem - just keep going and very soon you come to the sea or a main road. Never felt the slightest apprehension of... More

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Washington DC
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We based our week's vacation in Sicily in the Ortigia sector of Siracusa and good have stayed there the whole time happily. Ortigia is historic, hip, bustling, beautiful, friendly, and self-contained, with lots of great restaurants, lodging, shops, churches and spectacular historic sites. It's easily the best place to visit in Sicily and provides great value on everything

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Boston, Massachusetts
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We walked and walked - a great place to explore. Good shopping, plenty of choices for dining, and museums and churches to explore. Wish we had a few more days.

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Staines, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Was on a tour and left on Ortygia for 3 hours to entertain myself. Not possible. It's just a coastal town. Stopped for an ice cream and was assailed by deformed beggars. Buildings are quite attractive as is the waterside area but most of it is just like visiting any other Italian town. #1 attraction here - sorry, no.

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Spent a total of 3 days wandering around this lovely location in September. Wish we had another 3 days. Fascinating history, beautiful area, great restaurants and markets, plenty to see and do.

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