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Siracusa (Syracuse)

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The new Santa Lucia church
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The Greek theatre
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From Marzamemi, a village further south along the seaside of Siracusa
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From Ortygia - by night
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You'll find Siracusa in the purple-coloured province of Siracusa south-east of Sicily
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Ortygia from above

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.

more about Siracusa

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The old part of the church for S. Giovanni
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From the catacombs in Siracusa
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The crypt under the church above
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From the country side
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Old mansion in the country side
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The racecourse for flat racing
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The cathedral

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