Siracusa is located on the eastern coast of Sicily facing the Ionian sea, 40 km (26 miles) south of Catania and around 3½ hours drive from
Castelbuono. Siracusa has around 120.000 inhabitants and it was here the scientist Archimedes was born. The town devided in several parts where ortigia and
Neapoli are of most interest from a historical point of view.
Ortigia is a small island with 2 natural harbours. It was here the town was founded by corintian settlers in 733 BC. The legend says that the corintians
travelled to Sicily on a domand from the oracle in Delphi. Siracusa has always been a stronghold of Greek dominians which one can see also today.
The town part Neapoli is placed in north-west end and there one finds the archiological site holding a Greek theatre, the Roman amphitheatre and the old
quarrels where Latomia del Paradiso is the most significant.
The modern part of the town is in the part Acradina with business quarters as in the periode of the Greeks many years ago. North of Acradina is the old
residential quarter Tiche with the old catacumbs, a testamony showing the important role Siracusa held in the beginning of the christianity. The town was
converted by the apostle Paul.
At Siracusa there are wonderful sand beaches. From one of the harbours at Ortigia there is a possibility for a lunch with tipical Sicilian courses on
board a boat while sailing.
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