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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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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Beautiful part of Siracusa

This island attached to modern Siracusa by a bridge is the most interesting part of Siracusa, Sicily. With many beautiful piazzas and churchs this is the place to visit when you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

This island attached to modern Siracusa by a bridge is the most interesting part of Siracusa, Sicily. With many beautiful piazzas and churchs this is the place to visit when you are in Sicily.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We never got tired of wandering around Ortygia, by day or night. The maze of street, at every turn was a lovely building, square or water view. On the whole it wasn't that touristy and we really felt we were part of the Secacusa life...visiting the markets to get all the fresh produce ( I can still remember the freshly... More 

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

A wonderful experience visiting all the old historical sites which you find in abundance all over Ortigia impressive churches, .magical little streets, amazing markets and of course the sea all around you. I loved it !

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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Ortygia is very pretty place to walk around. Duomo worth visit. If doing day trip to syracuse plan your trip so you are in right place at right time i.e. when your language tour goes in catacombs otherwise long wait. Then you find all shut in ortygia until 4. Suggest ortygia first because of market then visit archaeological park and... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Great city to potter round, admiring and eating the almond cakes in the bakeries, the utterly stupendous Piazza del Duomo, the walk round the coast and the castle grounds.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A island with a long history. It was good to wander around and get a feel of the place. Had a lunchtime meal at a restaurant which was not nice. Be careful that you do not eat at "touristy" restaurants. - not good value. Seek out side street smaller ones. - more authentic food.

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Brasilia, DF
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were there in may 2013. I really was looking forward to know the "Eureka" place, but it was not all that much for me.. Difficult to get around by car, and parking is a bit of a trouble. Good to walk and sightseeing, Beautiful, but actually I was expecting more. The museum is tiny, and not so interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

We were so happy that we changed our plans and stayed 5 days in Ortygia vs other nearby towns. We enjoyed the charming streets and could easily walk everywhere. There are many historical sites to visit on the island. We picked a hotel that was halfway down the coast so we had easy access to all of the restaurants and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Visited in February-fabulous place full of history & stunning architecture. Wonderful restaurants everywhere. Great access to other local sites & views of Etna on a good day. What more could you want. Highly recommend the greek amphitheatre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We rented an apartment with a beautiful roof top terrace just opposite the puppet theatre. Small island that is easy to walk around and apart from a modern car park it's all quaint, narrow streets and lanes that you get lost in. Loads of nice restaurants and bars, great ice cream and granita's, superb weather in the autumn when we... More 

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