Scavi di Megara Hyblaea, Syracuse

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Megara Hyblaea – perhaps identical with Hybla Major – is the name of an ancient Greek colony in Sicily, situated near Augusta on the east coast, 20km north-northwest of Syracuse, Italy, on the deep bay formed by the Xiphonian promontory. There were at least three (and possibly as many as five) cities named "Hybla" in ancient accounts of Sicily which are often confounded with each other, and among which it is sometimes very difficult to distinguish.
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  • Timeless setting that helps you identify the Greek civilization that came before us. Very large park but uncared for. Antiquarium inaccessible.
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  • I insisted on driving out to visit this archeological site even though our friends from Augusta tried to discourage me. They had gone once as schoolchildren and it hadn't left a good impression. There...  more »
  • I subscribe to everything the few reviewers have written about it. This site holds so much potential... the trained classic scholar, the ruins, the blue sky, the poor signage (obviously) makes y...  more »
  • Reaching this site requires driving over narrow and rutted roads while breathing the miasma from the nearby petrochemical complex. The site itself is unintelligible to those without a map or plan -- the signs have long since faded completely. I suggest the site is interesting only for those with substantial background knowledge. If you do go, stop at the ticket office along the road to the park; the man there has the key to the gate, and will not let you in unless you pay the (nominal) entrance fee.
  • This is the remains of an amazing Helenistic period town. They have been well excavated to exhibit stages of the towns development. Unfortunately the information boards are damaged, most are not readable others only with great patience. If you are not familiar with Roman or Greek town layouts and able make your own interpretation you will be severely disappointed. If you are in the enviable position of having the right knowledge you will be fascinated, but still left wanting information. This place screams out for a guide book or better still a phone app to tell you what you are looking at. The road to the site is narrow, it is unsurfaced and potholed in places. There are several iron staircase around the site that have rusted and are not safe, be cautious. As others have said it is hard to find, impossible without a sat nav.
  • A unique place. Stroll in the countryside between those paths is magical but it should be better looked after. A site undervalued.
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  • Unfortunately the megarian colony in Sicily's oldest pouring into utter abandonment. Very few maintenance. Signs missing or mediocre, rough service road, suffocated from the commercial port of Augusta and industries. Though excavations joints you will be refreshed. Definitely deserves a visit.
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  • A site of great archaeological importance but would require more maintenance and enhancement.
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