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Ortygia

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 60 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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Madrid
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Not to many tourist, wonderful weather, nearby to lovely towns as Noto. Lot of history behind. Good to visit for 3 days. Take a boat around the island.

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Washington, DC
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

From the square where Melina walked through to the puppet museum (that I only saw through the window) to foosball in front of the famous fountain....this is a cool/romantic/historic place to spend 2 or 3 nights....unfotunately I only had 2 days! Easy to walk (recommend) and even a bike rental to the Greek theater and beyond! Ortigia is a quaint... More

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Fribourg, Switzerland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

When we entered ortigia we did not expect such magic atmosphere, white marbles, narrow caracteristiques streets and the see appearing everywhere You can also find excellent restaurants and don't forget to try the granita con briohe

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Klaipeda, Lithuania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Very nice place for visiting all corners! Fine musems, palaces, squares, market in the street. In the market we tried and bought very delicious cheese, fruits, vines. Great!

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Leicester
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Ortigia is fascinating with a long history. Tiny winding streets are full of interesting little shops and locations and present new vistas at every turn. There are lots of historical features and lovely views.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

There's a variety of architectures, wonderful narrow streets, good restaurants, interesting shops, and it's all surrounded by water. Parking is easy at the Talete covered carpark just over the bridge (well signed) and you can walk round the whole island. But you'll probably need a good day to see everything. While there are tourist shops there's fewer of them than... More

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Rome, Italy
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72 reviews 72 reviews
6 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Lovely area of Syracuse with local market - open in the morning - a selection of typical stores, some amazing restaurants and views into the sea.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

What a lovely place to explore eat and savour . The Cathedral was great with the relics of St Lucy left arm and beautiful paintings. The Caravaggio painting in the church was also a highlight. The quality of food in the restaurants was superb and typical Sicilian cuisine. Also must do is the market and local deli which has a... More

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Enschede, The Netherlands
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The whole island is beautiful. All the buildings look good, the people are nice and a lot of good food. It's a bit too touristic in the summer but I guess everybody wants to see this island ;)

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Bucharest
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Visiting Ortygia is just like traveling back in time. The place is amazing with great old buildings, lovely streets, nice people. There is no beaches but you can enjoy the sea from a charming terrace of a restaurant (which we find in general are fairly priced). An interesting thing to do: go into the street market (just north from Apollo's... More

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