siracusa: surroundings

In a wonderful location with a large natural harbour, Siracusa's main attraction is its historic centre, the island of Ortigia. We mention only some of the many interesting spots: Tempio di Apollo, the most ancient, Piazza Archimede, Via Roma with its barocco balconies. A short walk leads to the impressive Piazza del Duomo, the cathedral was originally a greek temple dedicated to Athena, converted by the Byzantines into a church; following on towards the harbour, the Fountain of Arethusa, characterized by the growth of papyrus; the Maniace Castle, a Norman fort built on the end tip of Ortygia by Frederick II. Finally on Via Capodieci, beside pretty shops, Palazzo Bellomo is a beautiful Norman building containg the Regional Museum. Outside the island of Ortigia, a must see is the Archeological Park with its magnificent treasures: the Greek Theatre and the Latomia del Paradiso.

Nearby Siracusa, there is the beautiful Plemmirio marine reserve, especially recommended for those fond of diving. In the surroundings, our favorite places are the natural reserves of Ciane, Cava Grande del Cassibile, Pantalica, declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 2005, and finally Vendicari with its pristine beaches of unique beauty. But even more beaches follow to the tip of the province, Portopalo Capopassero. A little further away to see the unique landscape offered by the National Park of Etna, Iblei Mountains and the Nebrodi.

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