Public squares in historical cities draw people together in the evenings - with the facades and pavements well lit and stairs in front of important buildings inviting to sit down and slower the step.
One can feel such lively atmosphere at Piazza del Duomo in Ortigia island. It is wonderful open place with irregular shape - pleasant and relaxed, enclosed by finest historical architecture (Duomo, Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco, Palazzo del Senato, the Church of Santa Lucia). Nobody seem to hurry here; people talk to eachother, mingle with strangers, tourists sip coffe, wine or beer, take photos while others come to see Duomo in last minutes before closure. Most just sit down on the stairs before cathedral and when you do - it's like being in theatre; it's good spot to observe people and their interactions. Many late day minutes can be spend on this square - indeed very nice ones.
This is the place to hang, 4 bars in area plus plenty of room to sit even if you are not drinking. Hence this is where everyone is and spends quite a lot of nights - although I first spent a week here without knowing its existence - so you need to know, where it is you need to go......
Dress Code: This is Italy - the bella figura is everything - so not super smart - but pretty cool - anything goes.....
There is here no more to do, but this city offer a beatyfull atmospher for a quite walk in the night!
Oritigia is hystorical center of Siracusa, more interessant for the little street, balcon and the architecture.
The people are friendly, bat pay attention to the not honest person.
I say to stay here no more three day, and then to go in outside of the city, the little city like Palazzolo were you can find very typical place to eat, and a strange sensation mountain and then, avola, capo passero, Buccheri etc
Dress Code: I belive the here is no a problem choice the right dress, ok is not Afric, but yuo non need in winter to like a Snowman.
The seafront on the city centre island of Ortygia is full of restaurants and bars where people quench their thirst or sit and relax during the hot hours of the day. In the evening, the place is bustling with people out for a drink or a meal and it is very atmospheric when the lights reflect into the sea below. I missed the full moon but people say it is even more special then and one of the restaurants has a lunar name as if to emphasise this.
Dress Code: You are welcome in almost anything but of course Italians always dress up a bit for dinner themselves...
sip a beer and eat a delicious 4 euro big pizza in the most beautiful square in siracusa, opposite the cathedral. about 9ish in the evening the place is buzzin with romance and amblin sweet families.
Dress Code: there are tourists in this spot so you can be forgiven your khaki shorts and t-shirts, as long as theyre clean and youve had a shave (ladies)............
A few bars, one plays r&b and is more drinkers, one round corner jazzy beats and house wine is 3 euros a glass and nice.
all the slick boys and girls of siracusa come a strut their stuff, breezin into the street on their lil mopeds. forget about dancing its just not dun in these bars, sitting, sipping and pouting are the main activities!
Dress Code: smart,black, tight, lip gloss and tanned svelt bodies only! that just the guys!