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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Description: 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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Love Love Love Ortygia!

Just stroll around under the hot sun. Get a gelato on the waterfront, drink an espresso under the Duomo, order a pizza or a pasta on one of the little hidden squares. Watch the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

Just stroll around under the hot sun. Get a gelato on the waterfront, drink an espresso under the Duomo, order a pizza or a pasta on one of the little hidden squares. Watch the sun set. Limoncello here, limoncello there. What more can a man ask for! Just loved Ortygia!

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manchester
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

Interesting wandering around the streets and alleys, nice shops, wonderful architecture, lots of flowers, boat trips etc

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

Small cosmopolitan area with superb Greek temple at its centre. Shops, some bars and restaurants tucked away in quiet streets which are earily deserted at night.

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Staines, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Ancient city, lots of little passages as well as grand squares / roundabouts. Some very good restaurants tucked away and plenty of places to find a gelato. Hard to find parking if driving in, use the car park either at the marina (right side of the island as you cross the bridge) or park in one of the car parks... More 

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Scotland
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192 reviews 192 reviews
127 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Suggest you take the bus round 1st to get a measure of the city. Then meander about and enjoy the many squares and alleyways. Lots of speciality shops and the Jewish area is particularly interesting.

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Drogheda, Ireland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Lovely historic area with narrow old streets where the layers of history can be seen on top of one another.

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Brussels, Belgium
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Great buildings, nice setting. Interesting things to visit but above all a fantastic setting to have dinner, or just a coffee.

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Brussels, Belgium
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

this is the old part of the city made of naaro streets, ancient temples transformed in catholic churches, and palaces and houses sometimes converted in hotels and guest rooms. Few cars are allowed. Enjoy getting lost in the dedalus of streets - you will always find the sea somewhere. Note that the ancient greek theater is located elsewhere in the... More 

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USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We enjoyed the square and basilica. There was a photo shoot going on that had drawn a small crowd. We enjoyed people watching over a glass of wine and a stroll to the water to watch the sunset.

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Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Lovely area, fun to find your way through different streets Remember to try and go to tearoom of puppets. Try different shops for gelato and go to the street market on Tuesday morning.

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