Welcome to Siracusa, a beautiful region of Sicily that is a must see for those looking to explore Sicilian heritage and the fantastic scenery in this area. Centred around the ‘Old City’ of Ortigia, Siracusa offers visitors a fantastic opportunity for visitors to explore the city’s cultural heritage.
Ortigia is the hub of activity for Siracusa. Joint tickets are available for the Archaeological Park and Archaelogical Museum for those interested in the island’s heritage. Fancy a break? Stop off at the Piazza del Duomo for a coffee or a glass of local wine and enjoy the beautiful Sicilian sunshine.
Famed for its history, Siracusa is a great base for those interested in learning about the history of this fascinating island. The Paolo Orsi Museum is widely renowned as being one of the best archaeological museums in southern Italy.
Fontaine Beach is Siracusa’s beach to the south of the city. There are more beaches on the south eastern coast which are frequented by visitors. These beautiful Sicilian beaches are suitable for families and couples alike, with the gently shelving water meaning the coves are suitable for families with younger children.
Paradise Quary (Latomia del Paradiso) is a quiet, green spot, filled with Sicilian lemon trees. The famous Orecchio de Dionisio cave is to be found here. Based on the legend that Dionysius would eavesdrop on his kingdom’s prisoners here, the site is now popular with tourists. Leaving the park, take a stroll down the Via Romagnoli towards the other quarries in the area which supposedly contains the necropolis of Archimedes.
Take a bus to the Latomia de Cappuccini, where Siracusa’s prisoners of war were incarcerated after the city defeated invaders from Athens. It was also used as an early Christian meeting and burial area, citrus grove and pleasure ground.
A great range of restaurants await your arrival in Siracusa. Pasta and pizza may be found in abundance as well as traditional Italian gelato. A great range of ice cream flavours are available, including almond and pistachio, as well as more traditional favourites.
With its artistic and cultural heritage, there is a wealth of dramatic, theatrical and art-based events throughout the year, with the focus moving to the Greek Theatre during the summer months, where open-air plays are staged. The Isle of Ortigia benefits from a wide range of evening entertainment too, and some clubs even have dance floors on the beach.
Siracusa is a great base for tourists looking to explore the south-eastern corner of Sicily, especially Ragusa, Noto and Catania. Offering visitors a chance to explore this historic area of Sicily, Siracusa is also a great base for those looking for a holiday steeped in culture and heritage. Grab your passport, some suntan lotion and hop on the short flight to this beautiful island. Take advantage of the great deals offered by lastminute.com and book your Italy holiday today.
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