Syracuse is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Sicily: its archaeological and architectural heritage is steeped in history and offers visitors the possibility to time travel, simply by walking along its streets and scrutinizing the monuments integrated within the urban fabric. Ready to learn more about its fascinating past?
Island of Ortigia
The island of Ortigia is connected to the mainland by the Ponte Umbertino and represents the heart of the city of Syracuse, as well as the primitive settlement. Strolling around this neighborhood, you can still see traces of the Greek and Roman civilizations and recognize on the buildings the indelible mark of the Aragonese and the Arabs.
Duomo di Siracusa
The Duomo di Siracusa lies on the elevated part of the island of Ortigia, on the ancient foundations of a Doric temple dedicated to the goddess Athena in the 5th century BC.
The façade, built by Andrea Palma, is a typical example of Baroque and Rococo and its dazzling white colour expands dramatically the dimensions of the whole square, invading the eyes and the spirit of the observer. The Cathedral become a World heritage site in 2005.
Orecchio di Dionisio
L’Orecchio di Dionisio is an artificial grotto located under the Teatro Greco di Siracusa (Greek Theatre of Syracuse). Dug into limestone, it is approximately 23 m in height and develops in depth in an “S” pattern. This special shape allows it to amplify sounds up to 16 times. According to legend, it was the tyrant Dionysius who requested the construction of the grotto, where prisoners wanted to hear the speeches secretly.