A worthy rival of Athens, Rome and Carthage over the control of the Mediterranean Sea, Siracusa is today one of Italy's most charming cities and a monument to Baroque architecture that has earned Unesco World Heritage status.
With more than 3000 years of history and once the greatest city of the ancient world, it is hard to think of a reason not to go to Siracusa.
The Unesco centre of Siracusa presents a fascinating historical landscape waiting to be explored.
Discover ancient dwellings in its archeological park or walk along Baroque monuments in its old city center Ortigia or simply, contemplate its natural surroundings above and under the sea.
Siracusa’s monuments hold great artistic and cultural value – just imagine entering into Ortigia’s Cathedral built on top of a Doric Temple, with a Norman roof and a Baroque façade...
If you fancy watching Greek plays in ancient theatres, Syracuse offers classic plays every May and June within its very centuries-old Greek amphitheatre.
Don’t forget that Syracuse is also the birthplace of the great mathematical mind Archimedes and you can learn everything about his inventions in Archimedes’ Park Museum.
After a long day’s walk, simply rest on a seaside terrace and have a glass of fresh almond milk with nuts, according to typical cultural traditions.
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Walking around is definitely a delight, and a free one.
A great walk is heading towards the legendary Fountain Arethus in Ortgyia of which the legend says a nymph got transformed into today’s freshwater spring fountain around which papyrus grows.
Syracuse’s fresh fish and vegetable market is another must-see.
This is where all local produces can be found in a very colourful setting while Syracusans discuss food, prices and their daily lives.
A great day trip from Syracuse is visiting the Unesco towns of South-East Sicily.
Caltagirone, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli were built in an astounding Sicilian Baroque and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Use the bus from Siracusa to reach Ragusa, Noto, Scicli and Modica.
Just few moments outside Siracusa starts the Plemmirio Nature Reserve.
Here you will find a number of inlets and deserted beaches but if you fancy a bit of animated beach life you may head for the beach of Arenella, just 5 km outside Siracusa. There is a bar restaurant and the opportunity to hire sunloungers.