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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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Charming village

Small narrow laneways, some quality shops (usual designer labels but also some specialist and unique stores including the silk store in Via Roma), markets, large number of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Small narrow laneways, some quality shops (usual designer labels but also some specialist and unique stores including the silk store in Via Roma), markets, large number of restaurants and of course churches - one with a Caraveggio. Very pleasant seaside setting - water looks crystal clear. Definitely allow a couple of days in your itinerary to soak up atmosphere of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Ortygia is a small island connected to Siracusa by two bridges just 100 metres away. It is without doubt a tourist destination, but without anything for tourists to do, except pay twice the price for everything compared to on the mainland just 100 metres away. Yes you can hire a boat to take you around the island in an hour,... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Yet another restaurant serving fabulous food, especially the fish dishes. It was full when we arrived but they fitted us in, and turned a lot of people away. The locals all seem to eat there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Stay and visit here. It's breathtakingly beautiful. You can walk everywhere. It's quiet and there are lots of shops and places to dine. It's a photographer's dream especially around sunset. Do not miss this gem of an island.

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Oslo, Norway
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Ortygia is a historic peninsula in Siracusa. This is the old-old town in this historic city, and it is very pretty. It is said to have been very rough 20 years ago, but is now slowly redeveloping into a full-blown tourist economy. The buildings are limestone, which gives the whole place a beautiful colour, and there is great things to... More 

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

It is a great place to walk around with history from every period since the Greeks at every turn. Plus a great food market and pleasant atmosphere.

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Solvang, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The whole town center area was this calming, pretty color of sand. Very clean with tiny narrow alleyways and walkways, great restaurants, drinks and even a Cannoli Window!

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Moscow, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Although archeological sites are far from there, this is the site of the old Syracuse, what the remains of a greek temple certify. However the best thing is walking along the narrow streets of the island connected to the mainland by several bridges. Visit the jewish quartier (giudecca) and don't miss the chance of a dinner in any of the... More 

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Reno
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Goethe said that you can't know Italy without visiting Sicily but I would go further and say that to truly understand ancient history you have to visit the beautiful Ortygia

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We spent a week in Ortigia in an apartment just off the Piazza Doumo. Fantastic! We loved wandering the maze of tiny streets, entranced. Very friendly people. Went to the open market for fresh fish, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. It was wonderful to watch the ebb and flow of activity in the piazzas, families just out strolling, visiting greeting friends... More 

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