Ortigia, Syracuse

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Address: Isola di Ortigia, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

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Adjoining the mainland of Syracuse, the Island of Ortigia welcomes you to one of the most interesting archaeological sites in the world that date back to the Greek times. The whole town was rebuilt several times since the Greek settlement and with its medieval lanes, Baroque buildings and historic churches, a walk here is anything less than enchanting.

The beauty of the whole town is that it maintains this historic world away from the modern buildings- resembling almost a theme park but with priceless architectural touches and gorgeous public squares.

The famous attractions include ‘Via Cavour’ piazza where you can gorge on local delicacies at one of the restaurants and leave with a souvenir, the Castello Maniace fortress that dates back to the 13th century (forming the extreme tip of the island) and the Fonte Aretusa that makes evening walks a romantic affair.

The Piazza Duomo is another tourist favourite known for the famous Greek Temple of Athena while the Galleria Regionale di Palazzo Bellomo Art Museum is loved for its exclusive art collection that covers the range from the Byzantine era to the 18th century. When here, don’t forget to explore the underground tunnels of Ipogei di Piazza Duomo (used during World War II) and the underground Jewish ritual bath that was a secret up until its discovery in the 20th century!

Ortigia Ticket Prices

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Ortigia Opening and Closing Hours

  • Timings of individual attractions vary. For more information, visit the official website.  

How To reach Ortigia by Public Transport

  • Bus: at Interbus Spa (3.2 kilometers away)
  • Train: Siracusa Train station (3.2 kilometers away)
  • On Foot
  • By renting electrical bicycle/ bike/ scooter/ car

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  • Hands down one of the best places of Sicily. Culture, food, view and near beaches. I highly recommend visiting the small streets of this small island and enjoy the medieval feeling and cosy environment.

  • Definitely a place to visit, Ortigia is a small island where time seems to have stopped between ancient greece and baroque time. Enjoy the tour, sneak in the narrow streets, try some takeaway specialities, visit Duomo and others historical monuments, have a view on the sea, and if you feel too warm you can have a nice swim from rocks around :) I advise you to park outside the island, and allow you at least half a day to visit the place. Enjoy :)

  • Best part of Sicily! Lovely place to spend time. Parking is a nightmare though.

  • One of the most unique locations of the world. Antic building starting from antique Greece up to baroc are all over this beautiful island. Mix of culture and history, great views, wind from sea, cultural events and great food - it is Ortigia.

  • Wonderful place. Main square is a masterpiece. Must be seen.

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