Siracusa Travel Guide

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Siracusa Things to Do

  • Fonte Aretusa - Fountain of Arethusa

    This piazza is named after the great genius of mathematics and physics, Archimedes, who was born in Siracusa 287 BC and died in 212 BC. Piazza Archimede is known as the 'elegant living room' of Ortigia. In the middle of the square is the fountain of Diana, the mythological goddess of the hunt and the protector of the chastity of virgins. There...

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  • Walking

    On the island of Ortigia the Lungomare Alfeo is a lovely spot for an evening passeggiata or indeed any time of the day. The promenade has bars and restaurants and is a lovely spot to enjoy the sunset while sipping a drink.

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  • Markets

    Every Wednesday morning, just once a week, nice and busy like it should be Large section selling fruit, vegetables, local produce inc dairy produce and meats and fish and eggs. Stalls selling clothes for all members of the family of every quality; some high quality and expensive and some not; lost count of how many stalls selling beautiful baby...

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Siracusa Hotels

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Siracusa Restaurants

  • Taberna Sveva

    On our first stroll around Ortigia on the evening of our arrival, I spotted this little trattoria in a small piazza near the castle at the southeastern extremity of the island. We strolled for another hour or so but something about this place kept pulling me back - I just instinctively knew that it would be a great place to eat and I certainly...

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  • Ristorante Ostrica Park

    Good food, comfortable feeling about the place Good view across the bay from inside seating or outside seating. Ostrica - Oyster in English Fresh fish and pasta or rice dishes We do not go for the fish to be weighed before it is cooked and served in case we go over budget,. The chef special of spaghetti alle vongole is popular with...

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  • Ristorante Jonico a Rutta e Ciauli

    I tend to visit Siracusa at least once a year (my girlfriend's parents live there) and I never miss the chance to eat at this excellent restaurant. So far it has never disappointed me in terms of food quality. It is a pizzeria/restaurant, so you can go for a quick pizza or have a full meal. It is quite large and in the summer it is worth trying to...

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Siracusa Nightlife

  • going out in the square

    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,...

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  • see and be seen

    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...... This is Italy - the bella figura is everything - so not super...

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  • Notte a Siracusa

    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...

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Siracusa Transportation

  • ZTL Ortigia, Siracusa

    Zona Traffico Limitato :There are cameras sited around Ortigia to take photographs of vehicles inside the limited zone without permission from the Polizia Municipale or having a resident pass. If driving your own or a hired vehicle the registration number will be traced and the driver issued with a fine.There used to be a map showing the zones, I...

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  • Stazione Ferroviaria di Siracusa

    Welcome to Siracusa Train Station! The address is Piazzale della Stazione Centrale, Siracusa.Free parking in front of the station if you arrive early. There are a couple of bars, one on either side of the main building, the one on the left. also a tabaccheria, has an entrance from the station platform and is my favourite, see 3rd photograph.There...

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  • Siracusa Province Group Travel

    The Provincia Regionale di Siracusa in collaboration with Coordinato degli Operatori del Trasporto Locale provides a touristic transport service which runs to various sites of archaelogical, historical and natural interest within the Province of Siracusa for groups of 4 upwards with a driver - Siracusa Provincia Aperta - 1.10.2015.This service runs...

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Siracusa Shopping

  • Centro Commerciale Belvedere Auchan...

    This out of town Centro Commerciale with a large car park and lots of shops has an Auchan hypermarket which sells food and drinks and just about everything else including phones, electrical goods, household goods. It sells all things Italian with a proportion of French foods as it is a French brand hypermarket.There are plenty of places to sit and...

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  • Sicilian Marzipan Fruits

    Frutta Martorana - A Sicilian speciality - Marzipan fruitsThe larger selection of marzipan fruits and jellied fruits is available at certain times of the year.This is a good bar / gelateria on the street coming down from the Piazza Duomo, Ortigia. Cannoli can be bought and packed to take away (Cannoli da Viaggio).The bottom of the street is Via...

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  • A little bit of everything grocery shop...

    La Greca is a handy corner shop in the Plemmirio neighbourhood on the Isola side which is the side facing the Porto Grande di Siracusa.Opening Hours:Monday to Friday: 11:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 22:00Saturday: 11:00 - 14:30 & 18:00 - 24:00Sunday: 18:30 - 23:00Large parking area at the side in this area of Plemmirio. Nothing special just items you may...

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Siracusa Local Customs

  • So niceee

    I am always touched and attracted by nice and unexpected details when exploring new places. The way this horse-drawn carts was transformed into souvenir shop looks amazing. So colourful but with style, not a bit of kitsch in it. It could easilly be considered as an piece of naive art.We bought here a very cheap plastic rain coats and some souvenirs...

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  • Papyrus

    The papyrus you see growing in the Fonte Aretusa is not an exotic import from Egypt. The plant has been growing in Syracuse for thousands of years, along the banks of the Ciane River. The plant has a myriad of uses, the best known of which is the production of a medium to write or paint on - don't call it paper! The technique for producing sheets...

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  • get your free map here

    I searched everywhere before going to Sicily for a map for Siracusa. Guide books have tiny, pretty useless maps. Besides, I really like maps. After arriving in Siracusa, I checked all the souvenier stands. I found a tourist book with a really large, hard to read map. 4.5 euros, but I got the book, too. We had been wandering, around Siracusa for 2...

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Siracusa Warnings and Dangers

  • Guardia Costiera/Coastguard Siracusa -...

    La Capitaneria di Porto di Siracusa recently issued warnings to swimmers and bathers in the seas in the Province of Siracusa. All must proceed with the utmost caution and not enter the sea to swim if the water is at all rough, especially in windy weather. Advice for serious sea swimmers is to wear a swimming hat to make you visible to rescue boats,...

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  • Flashers

    The only time I've ever been flashed in my life was in Sicily. Perhaps you are not familiar with this expression in English--it means that a total stranger shows you his, er, equipment, shall we say. Needless to say I don't have a picture to put here.

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  • Pigs in the road!

    Watch out for this traffic hazard. We were leaving Taormina and there was a huge pig just casually prancing down the road. Wish I'd had my camera ready.

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Siracusa Tourist Traps

  • Siracusa puppet show

    Just came back from an 18 day trip to Sicily and spent a week exploring the streets of Siracusa.Everywhere I went I saw advertisement for the puppet show and puppet workshop. After a few days of seeing all the ads and reading some posts we decided to go. I called ahead and made a reservation. Sorry I did!First off I counted 50 people in a room that...

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  • Greek Theatre completely covered

    We went to "Neapolis Parco Archeologico", which was not difficult to find, as long as you follow the tour buses and continue walking through a corridor of souvenir stalls. What we got to see was quite disappointing, as the Greek Theatre, the main attraction of the site, was completely covered under pieces that belonged to a theatre play to be held...

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  • La Finanziera restaurant in...

    La Finanziera restaurant in Via Epicarno. The Rough Guide [which on the whole was accurate and helpful] calls it inexpensive. Unfortunately I had not been in Sicily long enough to know how monstrous was the price of my meal.

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Siracusa What to Pack

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    by Nobbe Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Photo Equipment: Don't forget to bring a camera during your visit to Siracusa.

    Miscellaneous: This cave in the limestone quarry is called 'The Ear of Dionysos'. Still, noboy knows for sure why they digged into the stone in this shape. Maybe because of the acustic from the greece theatre which is situated just beyond the cave. This cave can be found in the archeologic area.

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Siracusa Off The Beaten Path

  • Birdwatching in Plemmirio

    The first SWALLOWS have arrived on the eastern coast of Sicily having flown across the Ionian Sea following over-wintering in Africa. First there were four, then there were eight, next time I looked there were eleven, then there were twenty and they were still arriving yesterday.What a joy they bring - spring has sprung - the swallows have brought...

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  • Siracusa Solariums 'a chilometro zero'

    Solariums / Sea Bathing Platforms - Ortigia usually has platform access to the sea during the summer holiday season at Forte Vigilena on the Lungamare di Ortigia. This year Comune di Siracusa has added three more sea access platforms around the Siracusa coastline. The largest of the new solarium is Sbarcadero Santa Lucia, area of the Porto Piccolo...

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  • Plemmirio Coastal Access Point 34

    The protected marine area of Plemmirio has nominated access points to the coast around the peninsula. We walked around the headland of the bay on my curved photograph, probably a couple of miles altogether. The whole of Plemmirio can be walked or cycled or different sections explored.Punta Mola, Sbocco 34, is also a sea access point across the...

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Siracusa Sports & Outdoors

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    I passed this shop, All4Fitness, the other day and thought that if I needed to that I would rent a bike from them so I include it here in case visitors or tourists stay at a hotel in Siracusa or Ortigia that does not have bicycles to use. It is a fitness shop and it sells bicycles, amongst other items, and has bicycles for hire. If coming on a...

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  • Rent a bicycle in Ortigia

    I passed this shop, All4Fitness, the other day and thought that if I needed to that I would rent a bike from them so I include it here in case visitors or tourists stay at a hotel in Siracusa or Ortigia that does not have bicycles to use.It is a fitness shop and it sells bicycles, amongst other items, and has bicycles for hire.If coming on a coach...

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  • Siracusa Go Bike Scheme

    This weekend the 'Go Bike' scheme restarted in Siracusa.I photographed the sign with the explanation of the rules and the costs, if you have any difficulty with reading it please let me know.Firstly, buy the card from one of the places listed and then follow the instructions for how to proceed.There are 10 bike sharing stations scattered around...

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Siracusa General

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  • Ortigia

    Package travel certainly has its advantages, primarily because it costs less, but there are risks that you will not see all of what you should or planned to see. Additionally, if you get even a bad travel guide then such trip can eventually turn out as a huge disappoinmtment. How much and what can be seen out of one destination if time for...

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  • Syraza - Siracusa - Syracuse

    Siracusa was originally named Syraza, it is in Siculo tongue which means "abondance of water", due to a quantity of waterways and swamplands in the area in ancient times. The town is built on an ancient Greek settlement founded by Corinthians in 734BC, amalgamating with the Sicels (Sikels). Sikels or Sikeloi were Italiac people who arrived several...

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  • facades and balconies

    Walking and watching old houses in Ortygia with their typical facades, with balconies full of plants and drying clothes - these are pleasant views for the eyes. You could take just any of old streets, as lots of old has been kept... it keeps you busy all time. Siracusan people here make a lot of effort to keep their balconies fine - how else if...

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Duomo - Temple of Athena - Tempio di Atena
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Parco Archaelogico della Neapolis
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Ear of Dionysius - Orecchio di Dionisio
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Teatro Greco - Greek Theatre
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Temple of Apollo - Tempio di Apollo
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Pizza Cooked in a Wood Oven!
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Seafood and Takeaway - Fish Cooked to Order!
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Bar with bay view
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The Greek Theatre Festival in Siracusa
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In Piazza Duomo
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Buy AST Bus Tickets in Ortigia
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Siracusa Bus Station
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Get there from Catania
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Siracusa Bar
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Best Pizza in Central Siracusa by recommendation
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