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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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Sao Caetano do Sul, SP
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73 reviews 73 reviews
32 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Ortygia is the active center of Syracusa. Allow yourself to get lost in the streets, walking around charming restaurants, feeling the Sicilian way of life. Do not worry to get lost because from any place you can go to the Duomo or walk in the direction to the ocean. By the way, do not miss the Piazza del Duomo, a... More

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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This ancient city is a treasure. Easily walkable, beautiful scenery, wonderful open air market, little restaurants with delicious affordable food. Try the local house wines. Always good. No fast food chains anywhere. What a relief!

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Menlo Park, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Got up early to see the fish market being set up. Enjoyed watching both the seafood and the vegetable selection. I did not like the fact that many venues did not open until 11 AM which was a little late for catching the bus out of Siracusa.

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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

were led to believe this was an area that would blow us away, not so, a bit of a disappointment, never the less a very popular visit.

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New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Interesting place, but very touristic. Too many people in October, can just immagine summer time. A lot of restaurants. I would not recommend any specific ones. They are basically the same quality. Mussels, pasta and fish. Dont take the boat trip around the island. Not really interesting and expensive. Parking is a problem, but you can park on the way... More

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Hertfordshire , Uk
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49 reviews 49 reviews
34 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Our first visit was on a Sunday morning which was good timing. It was much quieter and we were able to park on the street free of charge, though make sure you avoid the tow away zones. We enjoyed walking round the market and under the tree shaded walkway that leads to the Aquarium where there is a shady garden... More

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ISTANBUL
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41 reviews 41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Love this town with very friendly atmosphere and people.One of the most interesting piazzas, Piazza Duomo. Piazza Archimed also very interesting. Our hotel was on the North side. Very interesting neighborhood.

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69 reviews 69 reviews
31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

As there are many locals who still live the centro storico, a tourist will be charmed with ambience of the place where the baroque buildings are real homes for people, kids, dogs etc... It is worth to see how attractive might be a historical centre of an old city where is a harbour.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

It was nice to walk the narrow streets, the main piazzas and look out over the sea. A visit here is highly recommended.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

in the heat of the sicilian sun a place to sit in cafes eat ice cream and dart up interesting alleyways. fortunately a large number of interesting old churches are closed so no need to feel the pressure of culture

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