In Syracuse we recommend you to visit the necropolis of Pantalica and the enchanting island of Ortygia, the oldest part of this impressive city.

Open directions in Google Maps
Here are the coordinates for your GPS:

  • Latidude: 37.067086202547
  • Longitude: 15.288140773773

Syracuse - the UNESCO World Heritage Site on the east coast of Sicily

Known as „Pearl of the Greeks“ Syracuse (ital. Siracusa) is located on the southeast coast of Sicily - a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site with a cultural diversity spanning 2,700 years of history. During the ancient world Syracuse was a city of millions and one of the mightiest and most glamorous metropolises of the Mediterranean world. Today it is a vibrant provincial city with 123,000 inhabitants.

Almost untouched by modern times you find the Parco Archeologico della Napoli, an archaeological site designed as a park and located in the new part of Syracuse, and the winding old town on the Ortygia (ital. Ortigia) peninsula.

The most important sights are on Ortygia and form a picturesque ambience amidst Greek, Roman and Baroque architecture. The oldest testimony from the beginnings of the city are the remains of the Greek temple, the "Tempio di Apollo". Around Piazza Archimede there is not only the famous fountain "Fontana di Artemide" but also numerous noble palazzi.

Through winding alleys, the path leads to "Piazza del Duomo", the highest elevation in the old town with the religious centre of the city, the "Duomo S. Maria delle Colonne“.

Absolutely worth seeing is also the fortress "Castello Maniace" at the southern tip of the peninsula, built in the 13th century to protect the port. From here you have a wonderful view over the coast.

Tips

In summer it is advisable to visit the Parco Archeologico in the morning hours when the sun is not yet too high in the sky. Ortygia, on the other hand, is fascinating in the afternoon when the sun bathes the facades in honey-yellow light.

Those who want to admire the splendour of Ortygia from the sea side should take a boat trip around the island and to the nearby caves.

Parking

Especially in the high season it is advisable for day tourists to park outside the peninsula Ortygia, e.g. on the parking lot: Molo Sant'Antonio (via Bengasi/via Rodi) for €1,00/hour, only 5 minutes walk from Ortygia.

Opening Hours & Prices

Parco Archeologico

Viale Teocrito 66
Opening hours: daily 9:00 - 18:00 (closing at 16:30 during the acting season)
Entry fee: €10,00, reduced €5,00, combined ticket Parco + museum "Paolo Orsi": €13,50/ reduced €7,00

Duomo S. Maria delle Colonne

Piazza Duomo 5
Opening hours: 07:30 - 19:30
Entry fee: €2,00

Palazzo Bellomo

Via Giuseppe Maria Capodieci 16
Opening hours: Tue - Sat 09:00 - 19:00, Sun 14:00 - 19:30
Entry fee: €8,00, reduced €4,00

Castello Maniace

Via del Castello Maniace
Opening hours: Mon 14:30 - 19:45, Tue - Sun 08:30 - 19:45
Entry fee: €4,00, reduced €2,00

Holiday rentals nearby

Casa Ortigia ☀ Holiday apartment in Sicily

Casa Ortigia
Holiday apartment in Sicily

Spacious holiday flat in the heart of Ortigia – the historic part of Siracusa

  •  6
  •  110 m²

Siracusa, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

Casa Ortigia II ☀ Holiday apartment in Sicily

Casa Ortigia II
Holiday apartment in Sicily

Holiday flat in the heart of Ortigia – the historic part of Siracusa

  •  2 + 2
  •  70 m²

Siracusa, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

Villa Salvo ☀ Villa in Sicily

Villa Salvo
Villa in Sicily

Luxurious holiday villa with pool near the cultural capital Siracusa

  •  12 + 2
  •  180 m²

Fanusa, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

Villa Sunshine ☀ Villa in Sicily

Villa Sunshine
Villa in Sicily

  •  20
  •  200 m²

Fanusa, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

Villa Deep Blue Sea ☀ Villa in Sicily

Villa Deep Blue Sea
Villa in Sicily

Villa with pool in a quiet location near Siracusa

  •  8 + 2
  •  150 m²
  •  1,000 m²

Arenella, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy

Villa Asparano ☀ Villa in Sicily

Villa Asparano
Villa in Sicily

  •  7 + 3
  •  130 m²
  •  200 m²

Ognina, Siracusa, Sicily, Italy