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Ortygia

Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 60 Attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Islands, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
Owner description: This offshore island was occupied by the Greek colonists who fortified it and constructed the...
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Type: Religious Sites, Islands, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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 Apollo, whose remains can still be seen today.

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We took the Interbus from Catania to Ortigia - just over an hour and only 9 euros each. The bus stops near the main rail station in Siracusa and Ortigia is only a 10 minute walk away. Try not to arrive after 1pm as most of the shops will be closed until 4pm. The buildings and scenery are very impressive.... More 

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Perth, Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Ortygia is the best place to stay when in Ortygia. Firstly it is beautiful, with so much to do and see, landmarks, beaches, restaurants and cafe's everywhere and you can walk to all of them. Don't miss it when in Syracuse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Gorgeous, laid back city, every street is picturesque and there are some lovely shops, restaurants and cafes...well worth a visit

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This place is what you would expect of staying in Sicilia. Don't come to Sicily without seeing this area. It is beautiful with its churches and buildings from its classic past. If you want to feel like an Italian then come and visit here. Something about Ortigia just reels you in to its magic spell and just walking around the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Brilliant food! I took my parents there for there first trip abroad and they loved the streets and small bars, We did not give ortygia enough time and it is easily a 2/3 day stay. Curved streets, mostly pedestrianized and a walk around the island see's stunning views. recommended.....

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Dripping with atmosphere, great for wandering and exploring. Magical environment during the Xmas holidays.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Small, twisting, narrow, cobblestone streets, that transport you to a long-gone era! Also squares, fountains,and beautiful buildings and cathedral. Nice small restaurants, stores, bars all over town, and it's mostly pedestrian. Beautiful at night also when fountains and some buildings are illuminated. At the entrance you encounter Greek ruins! Very enjoyable, not to miss!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I absolutely loved staying in Ortygia for 3 nights! It was quaint, with beautiful architecture that just glowed during the "golden hour" before sunset. Fantastic seafood and dining in general. Great churches and little museums/exhibits, beautiful sea views, and a very walkable town...though if needed there is a little shuttle bus to get around. I used this (via a transfer)... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

This is what Siracusa is about: cobblestone streets, views to the sea, the castle, palaces and churches. Oh and wonderful restaurants and cafés.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The small island of Ortigia, which is attached to Siracuse by 2 bridges is full of interest. Narrow streets, churches, the beautiful Piazza del Duomo and lovely sea views from all round the island. A lively market is held most days near the Apollo Temple selling fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts and clothing.

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