Ortigia, Syracuse

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Ortigia is the historic city center of Syracuse on the island of Sicily. Connected to the main island by a series of three bridges, this small island features the majority of Syracuse's cultural and artistic heritage, spanning more than 2,500 years of history. Meander through the narrow alleyways admiring the mix of medieval architecture and Roman ruins. You'll see the ancient Temple of Apollo and the city's main cathedral, which was built using remains from the Temple of Athena. Try to stop by island's outdoor market, where you can buy local goods and handmade products. Put Ortigia into our Syracuse trip app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Syracuse.
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  • I left my car on an public parking spot and we walked the main avenue threw barock bildings to piazza duomo.Than you reach the historic center.Also the most famous museum of Archimedes and Leonardo da...  more »
  • Ortigia attracts for the story that accompanies it. Amazing because it is full of life, little shops and boutiques and restaurants. The central square is wonderful and leaves you speechless. One of the nicest I've ever seen. Shame we could not take a full sun.
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  • Lose yourself on the streets is an indispensable work. I was delighted! We have been in the month of March and I believe that it has been a success. Temperature 15/18 degrees, without crowds. A very nice site!
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  • Go to Noto/Taormina!!! Beautyful. Ortigia is very dirty and humid place. Creepy insekts every where in the rooms. Take some medicin with you!!! And Take care of All your stuff!
  • We have really enjoyed a relaxing stay in Ortigia where there are historical sites to see including a very impressive Duomo. Lots of good places to shop, eat and drink. The highlight for us was going to the Sunset Bar on Lungomare Altea on an evening to watch the spectacular sunsets ~ especially as our visit was in February!
  • Best place in Sicily, ever. Lungomare Alfeo, mercato, Duomo, Caravaggio. Superb food. I looove this place:)
  • Great place for easy stroll, amazing Piazza and a number of great wine bars and restaurants along the narrow streets
  • One of the most beautiful, characteristic an rich historical sites in the world (said by one who was born in Rome)
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