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Syracuse on Sicily’s Ionian coast was one of the largest cities in the ancient world. Legend has it that the Corinthians first colonized the island of Ortygia or Ortigia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before setting up the city of Syracuse or Siracusa around 700 BCE. Today the ruins of this ancient Greek city forms one of the greatest archeological sites of Sicily at the Parco Archeologico della Neapolis. Pay a visit to the Roman Amphitheater, the Teatro Greco, and the Orecchio di Dionisio. The bustling Ortigia market with its fresh fare of seafood, desserts, and spices is also worth a visit. Sit back and relax with a glass of wine and seafood pasta at a café lining the Piazza Duomo, surrounded by ornate Baroque palaces. Golden and blue are the colors that strike you here – think citrus orchards, Baroque town squares, ancient alleyways, and the midnight blue Mediterranean Sea. Need we say more?

Highlights

  • Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
  • Ortigia Market
  • Baroque Architecture

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