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Syracuse Ortygia is a character-rich old town on a small Syracuse island. The Archaeological Park contains an interesting variety of important historical sites.
What makes Ortygia
Its highlights include ancient sites, narrow backstreets, a restaurant-dotted waterfront, and the Piazza del Duomo (cathedral square). Short bridges link the island of Ortygia with contemporary Syracuse.
The star of the Neopolis Archaeological Park is the 5th century BC Greek theatre (see photo). Also don't miss the Archaeological Museum and the "Ear of Dionysius" cavern.
does the rest
of Syracuse area offer?
Unfortunately, it offers little that would be compelling to a tourist. However, near Syracuse, the town of Noto is remarkable. Its baroque architecture is superb.
history in brief
Syracuse was founded in the 8th century BC by Greek colonists. Rome took the reins in 212 AD and for many centuries Syracuse was a prosperous Mediterranean city.
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