Syracuse

Syracuse

Awash with history, the streets of Syracuse are testimony to a multitude of cultures and influences from the Greeks and Romans to the Arabs, Normans and Aragonese. The archaeological site that houses the Greek and Roman amphitheatres, the old stone quarries and the Archaeological Museum is to the northwest of the town and the Greek theatre is still used today for Sicily’s prestigious annual Greek theatre festival.

Yet much of Syracuse’s charm is to be found on the island of Ortigia, the city’s ancient historic centre which is connected to Syracuse via several bridges. Here, atmospheric medieval lanes and alleyways lead down to the sea or inwards to the magnificent pedestrian Piazza del Duomo, a spectacular wide open space famed by the honey-coloured Duomo (built on the site of an ancient Temple of Athena) and the exquisite Palazzo Beneventano. Nearby, there is the Swabian Castello Maniace, the Doric Temple of Athena and the enchanting papyrus-encircled Fonte Aretusa.

To the south of the city, there are clear waters, white sandy beaches and the marine and nature reserves of Plemmirio and Vendicari.

  • Villa Archimede

    Villa Archimede, Syracuse Magnificently contemporary, the architects of Villa Archimede have created a truly exceptional villa which blends perfectly with its surroundings and is also completely envi ...

    Villa Archimede

    Syracuse
    Sicily
    Ultra modern design and eco-friendly efficiency at this exceptional contemporary villa in Syracuse
    Weekly prices
    sleeps 8 £ 2800-£6400
    sleeps 12 £ 3500-£8000
    Sleeps
    12
  • Palazzo del Sale

    Palazzo del Sale, Syracuse Top marks for the Palazzo del Sale’s location, perfectly-placed for exploring Ortigia in the heart of ancient Syracuse. Just under an hour from Catania airport, the city is ...

    Palazzo del Sale

    Syracuse
    Sicily
    Shabby-chic Sicilian style décor at this 7-room B&B in prime position on Ortigia in Syracuse.
    Prices
    3 nights from £ 255 per person on BB and private airport transfers
  • La Giuggiulena

    La Giuggiulena, Siracusa With amazing views of the sea below and across to the island of Ortygia, the Giuggiulena is an excellent option for a city stay in Syracuse. Close to a rocky beach, bars and ...

    La Giuggiulena

    Syracuse
    Sicily
    Drift off to the sound of waves crashing on the rocks below this 7-room B&B in Syracuse
    Prices
    3 nights from £ 255 per person on BB and private airport transfers