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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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At least a week's worth of interest within easy walking: Architecture, Art, History Restaurants, Local Market

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Gwynedd, United Kingdom
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Gwynedd, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

At least a week's worth of interest within easy walking: Architecture, Art, History Restaurants, Local Market

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Darwin Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Beautiful old city with heart. Just as beautiful in the winter. Wander the streets and discover its secrets.

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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

We loooooved this place. Just get lost walking around the cobblestone streets and taste gelato and bakery treats along the way. We found the morning market and are the most amazing fruit and grilled peppers. The people are amazing and visiting in the off season was great- no tourists and you could see the residents living their daily lives. Don't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

lovely district of syracuse with really nice houses and places.it's a bit a pity that car can cross the center of this small area and a bit dissappointing that Italian government didn't invest more money to clean and maintain this very turistic area. Anyway the laguna is awesome and contrast with sea front impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

so, if you come in Sicily you must to see ortigia, it's a island of Syracusas City, in this part of town there are a lotta monuments and much resturants, so be happy, this is a dream.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Good for shopping and coffee shops. Quiet and Relaxing. Very old historical city, lovely museums, beautiful harbor, but alas plenty of abandoned houses, pity!

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We are living in Ortigia for the winter of 2015. This is a special town which, as a traveller, you should not miss on any visit to Sicily if possible. It oozes longevity and history from every little alley and building. The Lungomare is quite unique. We walk it every day, usually right round the Island, and every day it... More 

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Syracuse, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

An amazingly interesting place, recommended with kids who find plenty to look at and enjoy, or alone!

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We stayed just across the bridge, in Siracusa, so were able to walk across the bridge into Ortigia. You can walk around the perimeter of the island, then walk through the labarynthine streets. We watched the sunset and had oysters and Prosecco as the sky turned orange. Wander into the Papyrus Museum for a friendly chat, walk through amazing churches,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

Sicily is stunning, but in it's own right this is a particularly beautiful part of the island. A couple of nights on the island of Ortigia, as part of an island tour, are highly recommended.

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