Going towards Ortigia is like going towards a dream that begins every time you cross the Umbertino bridge to reach Piazza Pancali, which already 2500 years ago was the Agora of the city in whose vicinity you can find the first traces of Syracuse city of Magna Graecia ;

In Ortigia you can admire the remains of the TEMPIO D'APOLLO, the largest Ionic temple dedicated to Apollo and its columns obtained from blocks of local stone whose quarries were found in the Plemmirio area. Near the temple you will find practical totems to learn about the architectural and historical peculiarities of the temple. Over the centuries, the temple of Apollo was a Byzantine church, an Arab mosque, a Norman basilica and a military barracks at the time of Charles V.

Continuing on the right side you can admire the portal that opens on the right side of the temple to glimpse from this particular window the Old Market of Ortigia , noisy and colorful fish and fruit market. Going through the market is always an experience where you can buy something, listen to the vendors celebrating their products. Here you will find fish, fruit and cheeses to eat by stopping for a few moments or comfortably in the numerous refreshment points.

Enter with curiosity the winding streets of Graziella, then strolling along Via Vittorio Veneto, Via Resalibera, Via Mirabella and Via Tommaso Gargallo. Along these streets humble residences alternate with architectural magnificence of palaces and churches.

Nearby the Giudecca district, the ancient Jewish quarter until 1492. Island within the island with its hidden and mysterious treasures : The Church of San Giovanello , the Church of San Filippo Apostolo, former synagogue and seat of early Christian hypogea that can be visited starting from 10:00, the Miqweh the Jewish purification bath remained hidden eighteen meters below, held until the last century. The Jewish bath is located in Via Alagona and can be visited every day from 10:00. In Via della Giudecca the small Teatro Dei Pupi takes shape every day .

Stroll along the eastern seafront, getting lost in the horizon of the Ionian Sea and admire the ancient walls of the MANIACE CASTLE; the fortress on the sea that bears the name of the general who freed Sicily from Arab domination . It can be visited from 09:00 to 13:00, closed on Mondays .

Take Via Roma to reach Piazza Minerva   and admire the imposing Doric columns of what was once the Temple of Athena visible on the left side of the cathedral of Syracuse; The Cathedral is located in the highest part of the island of Ortigia, which has always been a sacred and cult area that can be visited every day from 9:00 to 19:00.

In Piazza Duomo you can visit the Artemision i the second oldest temple in Syracuse in the basement of Palazzo VERMEXIO   or visit L'IPOGEO the entrance is located near the Archbishopric, a network of tunnels, passages and cisterns. 

Contemplate the painting by Caravaggio which can be visited free of   charge every day from 11:00 to 16:00 except on Mondays inside the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia .

Visit Porta Marina and walk along the Aretusa promenade to admire the exciting sunset of Syracuse that lights up the entire Porto Grande with its colors to reach the  ARETUSA SOURCE . The myth of is well represented in the splendid fountain in Piazza Archimede with the young Arethusa at the feet of the goddess Artemis and an agile and muscular Alfeo.

Taste the flavors of Syracuse along via Cavour full of excellent restaurants and then enjoy Ortigia again, the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean.

You can reach Ortigia from our B&B comfortably on foot or by shuttle bus n 1, the nearest stop is in Via Bengasi

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