Excursion to Siracusa and Ortigia Island

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Excursion to Siracusa and Ortigia Island

Departure by bus from the hotel from Sciacca to go to Syracuse; a ​​rich city in eastern Sicily history, art and culture which still retains ancient civilization splendor. Ortigia greek theater is very important and famous and the city center monuments are the heart of the city .

Syracuse is a historic city in Sicily. The city is notable for its rich Greek history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of the preeminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. This 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Syracuse is located in the southeast corner of the island of Sicily, next to the Gulf of Syracuse beside the Ionian Sea.
In the modern day, the city is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the Necropolis of Pantalica. In the central area, the city itself has a population of around 125,000 people. The inhabitants are known as Siracusans. Syracuse is mentioned in the Bible in the Acts of the Apostles book at 28:12 as Paul stayed there. The patron saint of the city is Saint Lucy; she was born in Syracuse and her feast day, Saint Lucy’s Day, is celebrated on 13 December.

The island of Ortigia is the historical heart of Siracusa. There are fewer archaeological sites exposed to view here (the island has been heavily built-up ever since the time of the Greeks), but this is the part of Siracusa you’re likely to be wandering around after you’ve ‘done’ the mainland points of interest.

Duration excursion: Full day
Start time: 07:00

Included:
Meet at the hotel, transfer to Syracuse at the Greek Theater, the ear of Dionysius and Ortigia. Return to the hotel.

Not included:
The guide, admission fees to museums, theater and places of interest, meals and drinks

Price:
Cost up to 8 people Euro 60,00 p.p.
Cost up to 19 people Euro 50,00 p.p.

On request departure from other places.

Syracuse

Syracuse is a city built on the sea that Cicero considered to be the most beautiful Greek city in the Mediterranean.

It is rich in history and monuments and expresses all the variety and cultural complexity of Sicily, from prehistory to the present day.

We will certainly be impressed by Our Lady of Tears (Madonna delle Lacrime) which was erected in memory of the miraculous tearing of a godly image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Syracuse the Ear of Dionysius

Steeped in history and legend, a cave-shaped giant ear, certainly not to be missed.
The Ear of Dionysius is an artificial cave, funnel-shaped, carved in limestone, with a unique shape, vaguely similar to an auricle,
The cave is equipped with exceptional acoustic properties, the sounds are amplified up to 16 times.

Syracuse Greek theater

We can discover the Greek Theater

The Greek theater of Syracuse (5th century BC), between the rocky slopes of the Temenite hill, a bit far from the center of Syracuse is one of the most beautiful that antiquity has left us as an inheritance.

The cavea that receives the stands is one of the largest in the Greek world with its 140 meters in diameter. It faces the sea and is certainly the most visited site of the city.

Ortigia

The island of Ortigia is the heart of the beautiful city of Syracuse, a region rich sources and centuries of history.

Walking in this area means tasting centuries of history, some of the main things to visit are, Fonte Aretusa, Castle Maniace, the cathedral of the city, the Temple of Apollo.