SIRACUSA E ORTIGIA
Syracuse is the fourth city in Sicily in terms of inhabitants (123,850) and in the past it was one of the largest metropolis in the world. Set in the Eastern coast of Sicily, it is crossed by two legendary streams: the Ciane and the Ananapo.
It is a marvelous city with a glorious past, a land of conflict and a worthy adversary of Athens, Carthage and Rome for dominion of the island.
Today Syracuse is one of the cities in Sicily with the highest density of tourists, thanks to its many beauties, insofar as it was the cradle of theater and splendid Baroque art.
Cicerone defined it as “the largest and most beautiful of all the Greek cities” and since 2005 UNESCO has declared it, and the rocky necropolis of Pantalica, a World Heritage.
A fascinating city with an incredible concentration of cultural heritage: temples, theaters, basilicas, towers and castles. It is just as fascinating to discover the perfumes and flavors of this land and its sea which make the territory’s cuisine unique and memorable.
The island of Ortigia is an extension of the city and the oldest part of Syracuse.
A suggestive place waiting to be discovered, it is characterized by alleys where most of the museums, palazzi of the nobility and the Aretusa Fount, which is one of its most interesting monuments, may be found. Moreover, thanks to its crystal clear blue sea, its lovely beaches and its characteristic Mediterranean climate, Syracuse is considered one of the most noteworthy seaside resorts.