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Ortygia

Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 57 Attractions in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Islands, Cultural
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing, Shopping
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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.

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Sag Harbor, Ny
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108 reviews 108 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Sicily is a little tricky if you have been already to Cinqueterra, The Amalfi Coast, or Tuscany, which are very hard to compete with. Ortygia is a mixed experience - And my experience is colored by being there off-season - ...way off season. Restaurants.....pretty good - the ones that were open when we were there in November. There is a... More

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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113 reviews 113 reviews
36 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

Of course we visited this city island in November when the the tourist numbers were extremely low but shopping and eating was minimal also. If one is interested in looking at the buildings and enjoying the history, this is the time of the year to visit.

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Cleveland, Oh
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145 reviews 145 reviews
15 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

A small island filled with phoenician, greek, roman ruins and barocco churces and palazzi: this is quintessential Sicily at its best. Ortygia is very walkable and cozy. It has the right combination of restored houses and churches with a charming decadence. Has great squares, narrow alleys and it is sorrounded by water. It has great restaurants, enoteques, shops and cozy... More

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

all the delights of a post medieval city but including a greek temple converted to a cathedral. a Caravaggio to admire. nice piazza side lunch

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Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

So compact, so walkable. The Piazza del Duomo is the most wonderful square. Sit at one of the cafés and gaze on the marvellous honey-coloured cathedral with its bishop flying through the blue sky above you. Take in the Caravaggio in the Santa Lucia church. Plenty of restaurants, cafés, and smart shops on the way up from the bridge to... More

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Vancouver, B.C.
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Ortigia is so charming, no one should miss it on their trip to Sicily. Easy to get around on foot, leave your car and use public transportation to get to Siracusa's attractions - but stay in Ortigia!

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Ortygia is in fact a small island connected to the mainland . A good place to stroll around , see the main Cathedral and the coffee shops in the main square . The real gem here , however, is a painting by Caravaggio , " The Burial of Saint Lucy" , which is now being exhibited in a small church... More

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Vetroz, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Good and quiet hotel. Nice place to visit but very bad weather in November. Better to have a small car to drive in Ortygia.

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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164 reviews 164 reviews
41 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Beautiful, historic, and clean what else could you want? Easy to walk in a day and a half with charming streets, the usual curio shops, Designer stores, great and casual restaurants, gelato and pizza places, and lots of great coffee. Historic areas in and and off the island. Many great hotels. I expected a quaint archeological town and it is... More

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Gainesville, Fl
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

We got to spend 2 nights in Ortygia during a Rick Steve's tour. Great restaurants, lovely streets, a wonderful place to spend some time and feel "away". Everyone we met was friendly and welcoming.

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