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Ortigia

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Address: Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0931 483020
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This offshore island was occupied by the Greek colonists who fortified it...

This offshore island was occupied by the Greek colonists who fortified it and constructed the earliest structures, including the temples of Athena and Apollo, whose remains can still be seen today.

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An amazing place, nice view to the see, wonderful buildings, interesting castle + museums. A great idea to spend a day in Syracuse. Piazza Duomo is wonderful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An amazing place, nice view to the see, wonderful buildings, interesting castle + museums. A great idea to spend a day in Syracuse. Piazza Duomo is wonderful.

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This island is part of the city of Siracusa. It is somewhat set apart, best accessed by foot. Beautiful architecture. Great sea views. Lots of shopping and eating. One of the prettiest places we've been in Sicily.

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Corrales, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Absolutely loved this historic island of Siracusa. Compact, walkable, historic, and water on all sides. I would recommend staying here if staying in Sircusa. Lovely walks, great markets for food shopping, ceramic shops and local food and wine shops, historic piazzas & churches - it has it all. Even swam late season off Via Eollo on the east side. We... More 

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Lancaster, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's hard to describe Ortigia other than how I described it in my title of this review. It's a small, ancient part of Siracusa with a number of beautiful sights, but also interesting things to see around every twisted corner. Take the time to wander into the narrow alleys and soak up the ambiance of Sicily. I recommend visiting the... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Give yourself 4 nights in this magical place! I stayed three and wish I had a fourth! Lots to see and do - lovely during the low season and many of the best places are still opens during that time. Planning to return and would highly recommend visiting!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such an atmospheric place to walk around and soak up both the grandeur of the old architecture and ruins but also to experience the Sicilian people and their way of life.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice view, with beautiful streets, with many restaurants.The sea is so blue. Perfect for walk and taste the sicilyan food.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Ortigia, home of Archimedes after it was recommended by a friend. We were not disappointed. There are layers and layers of history here from Greek to Roman to baroque. To whatever is in between and after. As per usual with a lot of old Italian towns, the pavements are not pushchair friendly.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There isn't much to do in this cute little town except look at the buildings and drink coffee. There's a cathedral with a nice guide that offers tours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a great old town in Sicily. Has it all- restaurants, shops and hotels. Stay at least two nights.

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