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“Wander and enjoy”
Review of Ortigia

Ortigia
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$29.89*
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Ortygia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Walking...
Ranked #1 of 149 things to do in Syracuse
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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.
Reviewed January 2, 2014

This is a place to amble slowly around. One side feels like a holiday island, the other side is more cosmopolitan. The only downside is the amount of litter and dog poo everywhere.

1  Thank HelenRose
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"narrow streets"
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"old town"
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"small island"
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"beautiful island"
in 55 reviews
"place to stay"
in 31 reviews
"every corner"
in 44 reviews
"bars and restaurants"
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"couple of days"
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"piazza duomo"
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"on foot"
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"the main square"
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"fish market"
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"historical sites"
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"gelato"
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"walk around"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

We were here in the fall a couple years ago. This is one of those places short on must-see 'A' list attractions but absolutely full of local atmosphere. Does it cater mostly to tourists? Yes, in some areas. Does it feature a decent quotient of authentic local culture as well? You bet. The large Duomo square is especially impressive during the golden hour when the marble pavement reflects the surrounding buildings. A walk around the periphery is a great idea. The only thing that underwhelmed us here was the local massage service nearby on the 'mainland' section as suggested by our hotel. The masseuses were a tad flakey and we would not return. I am done. The end.

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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Liked the small narrow streets…. but wouldn't want to drive in them! The Duomo area is fantastic and do sit out in the Piazza in one of the restaurants there….watche the sunset on the Duomo.

2  Thank Meg44AixenProvence
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Fantastic place! The feeling is like you've been there in your previous life. Concentration of cultures and history. Even ir you plan a short visit, worth staying at least for couple of days. Evening walks and dinner there is must!

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Reviewed December 13, 2013

If you like old buildings which are not manicured beyond recognition, this is definitely the place for you. Every alley is lined with fantastic old buildings, frequently in a state of some decay, and the island is dotted with palazzi dating from Syracuse's former status as one of the world's most important cities.

Rehabilitation and regeneration are gradually taking place but, given the state of the economy, seem to have stalled in many instances, with the result that many of the old buildings are still in an unimproved condition.

Having said that, some of the city has been restored to a very high standard; the Piazza del Duomo, for example, has been stunningly revived and is a scene of outstanding beauty.

The sunsets visible from the Fountain of Arethusa, with its fish and papyrus, are breathtaking; at this time of the evening, a huge flock of birds arrives in the trees alongside the terrace and the volume of the birdsong is astounding. Nearby, on the seafront is a restaurant with a cave and natural pools in the basement; yet another unique feature of an amazing island!

2  Thank Historygirl_13
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