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Ortygia

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 61 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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Dublin, Ireland
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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We stayed here for four days. Nice little streets to explore and get lost in. A beautiful part of sicily

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Simply stated, a must for any individual or group. Between the architecture, history and food, there is something for everybody. This is a walking trip. Park outside and walk into the town and just soak it in. It is hard to be in a hurry so devote at least half a day to your visit of Ortygia. Find a small... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Typical Sicilian town with lots of history. Good boat trips from the quay and plenty of restaurants ini the town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a must for history and culture buffs. Ortygia is synonimous with Archimedes. Some of our present science was born here!

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Hopkinsville
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73 reviews 73 reviews
37 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The highlight if my trip to Sicily. Beautiful baroque center for walking on the way to the beautiful harbor. Time well spent. Find a small place for lunch and don't be in a hurry.

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Madrid
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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
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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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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