Hotel Caiammari

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Via Daniele Impellizzeri -Contrada Isola Fanusasa, Syracuse, Sicily, 96100, Italy
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Excursion to Mt Etna from Siracusa

by wandering786

I am planning on spending 3 nights in Siracusa in June, 1st day is arrival from Central italy, 2nd day is to check out Siracusa , 3rd day I'd like to visit Mt Etna. Wanted to know the best way to do this from Siracusa-rent a car? Train? Or book a day tour? Ideally would like to hike up Etna a little bit as well

RE: Excursion to Mt Etna from Siracusa

by Sjalen

OK, there is a little railway called Cirumetnea which you can hop on in Catania only an hour or so by train from Siracusa. You can get off this here and there, but it won't take you up Etna, just around the slopes.

Renting a car is an option if you think you're a good enough driver to take the hairpin bends up Etna's northern side towards the peaks. It gets better later on as you get up the mountain but along the slopes it really is sharp bends to get up there.

Another alternative is to go with a guided bus tour but you have to pay quite a bit (something like EUR 60) for a place in the jeeps the last bit up to the sulphur fields at the peak (even if people say it's worth the money). Go to this site and click on "Saistours per tour operator" and you will see the English site with coach tours:

RE: Excursion to Mt Etna from Siracusa

by Sinkovec


I heard that it's not very clever to pay for 'gondola', which takes you on the top of the mountain. You see most of the beautiful things of Etna below begging of gondola. It's very expensive too.

OK, bye

RE: RE: Excursion to Mt Etna from Siracusa

by Sjalen

Yes, the sulphuric fields are of course not BEAUTIFUL but nevertheless fascinating. It's green and wonderful on the slopes indeed.

Travel Tips for Siracusa

Baroque bravura

by TheWanderingCamel

I think this is may simply be an excuse to post some more photos - Ortygia is just SO photogenic. As you walk through the city your eye is constantly taken by delightful details. Much of the city is scruffy and shabby - though that is rapidly changing as restoration projects overtake the place. You have to hope they don't get too carried away with all that cleaning and smartening up - much of the city's charm comes from the patina that only comes with 500 years. It's all too easy to sandblast and scrub softly worn old stone into something that looks as though it was pressed out of a mould down at the local garden ornament workshop just yesterday and no matter how skilfully limewashed paints are applied, the new stuff never looks like the paint that sun and salt air have worn into the washed-out and patchy pinks and terracottas that look so right against the clear blue sky.

All of this faded charm is what you expect to find in a place like Syracuse. What may come as more surprising, is the grandeur and opulence that is a legacy of the 18th century rebuilding of the city after the devastating earthquake of 1693. Wonderful flourishes of Baroque exuberance are everywhere. I found myself constantly stopping to take in yet another lovely window or doorway, elaborate portals, stucco decorations on coffered ceilings, church facades like a tiered wedding cake, silver altars and barley sugar-twist pillars - and who was the 18th century aristocrat that rode around in the golden coach now parked in the Palazzo di Senato on the Piazza Duomo?

Visit the Siracusa Archaeological Museum

by MikeBird

The Paolo Orsi Archaeological Museum, located on Viale Teocrito opposite the Lacrime Basilica in Siracusa, provides some excellent exhibits that enable the visitor to put some detail on the archaeological sites in the region. The displays are clearly labelled and chronologically arranged. There's a rather detailed visitors leaflet available free of charge which can help you get more background but we just enjoyed looking at the exhibits and marvelling at their intricacy and detail.

The entry fee is 4.5Euros for adults. Photography inside the Museum is not allowed.


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 Hotel Caiammari

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Address: Via Daniele Impellizzeri -Contrada Isola Fanusasa, Syracuse, Sicily, 96100, Italy