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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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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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The Jewel in the Sicilian crown

Cicero understandably called Syracuse 'the most beautiful of Greek cities and the most beautiful in the world'. It is a walk through history, timeless and enthralling. Once... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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94 reviews 94 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Cicero understandably called Syracuse 'the most beautiful of Greek cities and the most beautiful in the world'. It is a walk through history, timeless and enthralling. Once you have enjoyed a morning of intellectual stimulation in the Syracuse Archaeological Museum (must see the ' Landolina Venus') and walked through the Archaeological Park (see the 'Ear of Dionysus') and visited the... More 

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

I can certainly recommend Ortygia for a visit. We had a hire car and there is parking at the front of the Island as you approach from main Syracuse. It costs 50c per hour and the 1 Euro per hour after. Plenty of parking adjacent the marina. Across for the Marina is the Market - every day but Sunday and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

From the taxi driver who sang opera along to a CD all the way from Catania to the narrow streets, large squares, beautiful buildings, clear blue sea, exciting market, delicious food and helpful, cheerful people, we had an amazing 4 days in Ortigia. Not particularly for young children I would say as nothing much for them to do and no... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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69 reviews 69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

On the advice of our apartment host we returned to Ortigia several times, at different times of the day and evening and wandered through the many streets and piazzas finding new areas and corners to explore each time. There are some real gems if you give yourself time to get off the main touristy areas, including delightful art and craft... More 

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Upminster
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We loved our trip to Ortygia, the tiny island connected by bridge to Siracusa. For all intents and purposes, they are one and the same, Ortygia being the "old town". As part of a holiday group, we started with a boat trip around the bay, taking in the sights of the city walls and the tops of the Jesuit seminary,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

pre-dating Siracusa, this ancient island-town has charm and layers of history, from the Greek-Roman ruins and Baroque churches to an attractive marina, and numerous reasonably-priced restaurants.

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Repentigny, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Wonderfull city to visit to eat to do shopping to farniente and the people from syracusa are very Nice

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

the "old town" of siracusa is a great place to just walk the streets. there are architectural delights everywhere. the main plaza and its baroque style church are perfect photo spots. the fresh market near the bridges is fun stroll in the morning. and there seems to be a gelato shop always close at hand. what's not to like?

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The sightseeing within Ortegia its fabulous baroque buildings And the food is as fresh as a visit to the local market Public transport outside is not so reliable, and car hire maybe necessaary

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

There is much to be said for visiting Ortigia when it is warm but not hot. Somehow a warm day brings out its laid back feel as you stroll through the island's streets or visit the temple of Apollo before finding one of the many cafes tucked away in its maze of old alleys (but avoid the tourist traps which... More 

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