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Ortygia

Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 57 Attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Islands, Cultural
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, Cultural
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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Athens
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

Loved strolling thru the many alleyways and side streets..the Cathedral Square..Very picturesque.Great views of the sea....If you are in Siracusa...you just walk over to Ortigia.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Loved our three night stay in Ortygia. What a quaint and beautiful island. The center has so many wonderful restaurants, gelato and sweets shops, churches, tiny streets to explore, and stunning views of the ocean. It is the perfect place to spend a few nights...unforgettable at night with the central square lighted and the fountains showing its majesty!

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Mellieha, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This place is a must if you are in the Syracuse area. Nice restaurants, streets and you will surely enjoy the experience of a nice walk around the streets of Ortigia!! I recommend a nice platter of typical Sicilian food at the Fratelli Burgio to complete this interesting visit to Ortigia!!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

You cannot miss this when you go to Syracuse -- I highlight of my trip to Syracuse. Narrow streets, many restaurants, shop, the cathedral square -- families strolling with their children..just lovely.

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Mellieha, Malta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

trip round the place with the boat, but as it happens all over places sellers try to grab you to sell you their trip

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

It was nice to walk around and see the sights. The restaurants were touristy. The duomo was amazing.the temple of Apollo lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Little town with narrow streets, plenty coffee shops and small restaurants, most of their streets are pedestrian only, lovely architecture. I really enjoyed it!

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Beautiful small streets in the center. We were lucky to find a small beach, but not crowded at all, almost at the end of Ortygia. In august it is only bearable if you lay in the sea or in the shadow :)

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Best with a local guide to get the best from the island. Vespa drivers are considerate, but the old lanes you'll be sharing with them are very narrow! Beware, too, of dog deposits. Eat at a trattoria with sea views.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We had heard from friends that Syracuse was the most interesting city in Sicily, and that Ortygia was the best part. They were right. We started with a wonderful hotel on the water, the Hotel Livingston, and spent a day and a half on the island touring sights and eating at great restaurants, venturing off the island only once, to... More 

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