Due to its strategic position, Syracuse was a crucial crossroad of commercial exchange in Mediterranean sea, “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all.” (Cicero)
The closest airport is Catania 45 minutes from Syracuse.
You can find places where history comes back to life through unique eye-witness accounts: the great splendor of Magna Graecia, the Romans and Byzantines, Arabs and Normans, Swabian and Aragonese.
For this reason, the city is an UNESCO World Heritage Site from 2005,
The Island of Ortygia constitutes the oldest part of Syracuse and it’s connected by three bridges to the mainland. It’s like an open air museum, and in each corner you can find amazing testimonies of the magnificence of this city.
The cathedral of Syracuse is located on the island of Ortigia . It was built incorporating the temple dedicated to Athena, that was converted into a Christian church with the advent of Christianity. As evidence of this, we find inside the Doric columns of the ancient temple.
The Maniace Castle, dates back to the Swabian era, dominates the extreme point of the island.
One of the most famous touristic attraction is the archaeological park of Neapolis. It is an area of about 200,000 square meters , built in the early ’50s in order to bring together in a systematic way all the monuments , which were scattered in several private properties. In this archeological site we can admire.
A visit of the Basilica of Santa Lucia is a must of your Syracusa tour. This Byzantine church is located in Piazza Duomo and there is a Caravaggio Painting inside.
If you have time, we suggest you a visit to the Noto Valley – composed by eight gorgeous late-Baroque cities of which Noto and Palazzolo Acreide are considered among the highest expressions of 18th-Century, late Baroque in Europe – became one of the Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2002. The eight cities already exist during the Middle Age, after the catastrophic earthquake of 1693, they were rebuilt in Baroque style.