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Ortygia

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 62 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Lovely historic town centre. Good restaurants and a pleasant place to amble for a few hours. Walking recomended

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This island just off Siracusa is a great place to visit but certainly attracts the crowds in big numbers which becomes somewhat wearing after a while. That said it is packed full of interesting buildings churches etc, enough to keep the really keen observer going for days. It also has a active arts sector. Go early if you want to... More

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Ortygia is a gem: enjoy the morning market, the Duomo, the Caravaggio, the sea front, the friendly folk and the quaint streets. Be sure to spend a few days, it warrants time.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Ortygia located in Syracuse is a stunning and Romantic Island that offer a beautiful seaview all around, exellent food, baroques bulding aside to greeks Ruins and Wonders of Beauties....Piazza Duomo, The Greek Theater and a Pearl The Archeological Museum where you can admires The Venus Of Syracuse. A unique experience Walking al along the sea under the Sea! It's like... More

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I like the most the atmosphere, the nice weather and the kind friendly locals and love the icecream from Amalia's Bar in the harbour

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Great place to walk around. We loved the people, food and history. We stayed at Domus Mariae Albergo. We also ate at La Tavernetta Da Piero and had a great meal.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Give yourself a day ( with local street map) and you will soon find your way around the many interesting streets.

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Ortygia is splendid, well kept, clean and just beautiful, but it gets frustrating after a while on how many people there are around. On all our tour of Sicily it was the busiest place (not even Catania was like that). Although the place is very beautiful and some of the monuments are just incredible it fells good to leave it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

unique island, still not to busy, lots of very good restaurants, little shops and full of intersting sights

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Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Walked around this small island, through the old town, and was really impressed. The Temple of Apollo and the freshwater spring (Fonte Aretusa) so close to the sea were particularly impressive. We enjoyed our visit!

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