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Syracuse, Sicily

Syracuse is one of the most historically rich cities in the world. With three thousand years of history behind it, it boasts countless monuments, museums and itineraries.

One of the most important things to see is the Temple of Apollo in Ortygia, which does not require an entrance ticket as it is open and visible to all. From here, continue to Piazza Archimede, on which stands the famous Fountain of Diana. Not far from here (about 200 metres away) is the Temple of Minerva, the columns of which are incorporated into the Duomo itself. The square on which it stands is by far one of the most beautiful in Italy, with a series of Baroque palaces one after the other, such as Palazzo Vermexio (the town hall), Palazzo Borgia del Casale and the Archbishop’s Palace. On the right-hand side of the square is the Church of S. Lucia alla Badia, which even houses a painting by Caravaggio: ‘The Burial of S. Lucia’. Continuing along the same road, we come to the Fountain of Arethusa, from which we walk along the sea to Castello Maniace.

The Neapolis Archaeological Park is also fascinating and includes the Roman Amphitheatre, the Altar of Hieron, the Greek Theatre, the Latomia del Paradiso, the Grotta dei Cordari and the Ear of Dionysus.

The Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum is one of the most important and prestigious in Europe for the quality and quantity of its exhibits. It is divided into four sectors: A, B, C and D.

Sector A exhibits rocks, faunas and fossils as well as artefacts ranging from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic ages to the Historic period. Sector B is dedicated to the Greek colonies in Sicily and contains vases, bas-reliefs, architectural elements made of terracotta and stone that were part of the temples, as well as important statues (such as the Kouros of Lentini dating back to the 5th century BC).

Sector C is dedicated to the sub-colonies of Syracuse, such as Eloro, Akrai, Casmene and Camarina.

Sector D contains all the material from the Hellenistic to the Roman period.


How to get to Syracuse

By Train

Syracuse Central Station ( Piazzale della Stazione Centrale 21, 96100 – Syracuse.
Tel: 0931.69650

By Bus

Extra-urban service AST – Azienda Siciliana Trasporti (
Tel. +39 0931. 462711, Toll free number: 840.000.323, Autolinee Interbus, Segesta, Etna trasporti (
Tel. +39 0931. 66710

By Ship

The nearest ports to Syracuse are Catania, Augusta (SR) and Pozzallo (RG)Port of Catania:
Connections with Naples: TTT lines, Tel: 899 018103 (
Connections with Malta: VIRTU FERRIES Ltd. Tel: 095.535711 ( of Pozzallo (RG):
Connections with Malta: VIRTU FERRIES Ltd. Tel: 0932.954062 (

By Plane

The nearest airport is Catania Airport, which is about 45 minutes from the centre of Syracuse.
Fontanarossa “Vincenzo Bellini” International Airport, Via Fontanarossa – 95121 Catania.
Email: [email protected], Tel. +39 095. 7239111

By Car

From the North (Province of Messina and Catania):
Highway NSA 339 Catania-Siracusa, follow the highway junction (RA 15) Tangenziale di Catania that links the SS114 Orientale Sicula continue towards Siracusa.

A18/E45 Messina-Catania highway, follow the highway link (RA 15) Tangenziale di Catania that joins the NSA 339 Catania-Siracusa highway and continue along the SS114 Orientale Sicula in the direction of Syracuse.

From the South (Province of Ragusa)
Highway A 18 SR-GELA/Siracusa-Rosolini, connecting the entrance of the Province to the municipalities of Avola, Noto, Rosolini, Pachino and Portopalo di Capo Passero.

From the west:
A19 Palermo-Catania highway. Once you reach the RA 15 junction, Tangenziale di Catania, continue along the NSA 339 Catania-Siracusa highway with signs for “aut. CT-SR” and continue along the SS114 Orientale Sicula in the direction of Siracusa.