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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  • August 1, 2017
    After having visited my question is ... because a tourist should visit it? Directions to get there average ... Although you could do better, certainly you have to just look for it to happen to us. The narrow road leading to the site there are the oldest walls and tombs not reported, not guarded, so abandoned in nature and at the mercy of anyone. Arrived at the cottage with ticket, I stopped to ask written because everything seemed except a ticket office, two nice boys they opened the archaeological area and they let us giro....il site is in complete abandonment, is wonderfully preserved (although I don't understand why they replace stones, moved rocks, cemented and then restored walls over the cement raise them ... personally I find this questionable choice) but difficult to read as it lacks an absolute panels that explains what you are seeing! The panels are all fallen or absolutely unreadable, blackened or faded by the Sun, the stakes for the amenities gone, arrows to indicate the path that makes me a few ... It is hard to turn: at least the names of the main roads could be specified, those of the most important structures ... nothing! Tickets cost 4 euros, if maybe you would use that money to restore the site.
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  • May 12, 2017
    This site is difficult to find - we only found it because I had copied the local map from Google earth. Signage gets worse the nearer you get to the site. The site has so much to offer. So much has be...  more »
  • May 8, 2017
    I visited this beautiful place of important historical and archaeological value, unfortunately more and more carelessness, indifference and rudeness have defaced the beauty. Difficult to reach because poorly marked, the box office staff in a hut along the way to enter it, anyone who checks the entry. The ruins full of weeds with cartels killed or if still erect totally unreadable. From from Augusta I am deeply ashamed whenever I visit this place, the cradle of my roots. Definitely deserves a visit, but not under these conditions
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  • 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.
  • 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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  • Typical example of cultural historic site abandoned by the State
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