Go to Ortigia is like going to a dream that begins every time you cross the bridge Umbertino to arrive in Piazza Pancali that already 2500 years ago was the Agora of the city in whose vicinity you can find the first traces of Syracuse, city of Magna Grecia.
In Ortigia you can admire the remains of the TEMPLE OF APOLLO the largest Ionic temple dedicated to Apollo and its columns made from blocks of local stone quarries which were found in the area of Plemmirio. Near the temple are practical totem to learn about architectural and historical peculiarities of the temple. Over the centuries, the temple of Apollo was Byzantine church, Muslim mosque, Norman basilica and military barracks at the time of Charles V.
Continuing on the right side you can see the portal that opens on the right side of the temple and trough it see the Old Market of Ortigia, that is a noisy and colorful fish and fruit market. To cross the market it is a growing experience where you can buy something, listen to sellers who celebrate their products. Here fish, fruit and cheese to eat pausing a few moments or comfortably seated in the many eateries.
Delving curiously through the winding streets of Graziella strolling then for Via Vittorio Veneto, Via Resalibera, Via Mirabella and Via Tommaso Gargallo. Along these roads alternate humble abodes and palaces and churches full of architectural magnificence.
Nearby the Giudecca is the old Jewish district until 1492. Island in the island with its hidden and mysterious treasures: The Church of St. Giovanello, the Church of St. Philip the Apostle former synagogue and center of early Christian tombs. Visits starting from 10:00 The Miqweh the Jewish purification bath remained hidden eighteen meters below the ground until the last century. The Jewish bath is located in Via Alagona is open every day from 10:00. In via della Giudecca takes shape every day the little Teatro Dei Pupi. Where there are shows with Sicilian puppets.
Walking on the eastern waterfront of the Ionian Sea and admire the ancient walls of CASTLE MANIACE; The sea fortress that bears the name of the general who liberated Sicily from the Arabs. Open from 09:00 to 13:00, closed on Mondays.
Along Via Roma to arrive in 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, always sacred area of worship and open every day from 9:00 to 19:00.
In Piazza Duomo you can visit in the basement of the building Vermexio The Artemision the second oldest temple in Syracuse or visit HYPOGEUM The entrance is located in the vicinity of the Archbishopric. A network of tunnels and tanks underground the square.
Contemplate the painting of Caravaggio visit free of charge every day from 11:00 to 16:00 except Monday inside the Church of Saint Lucia to the Abbey.
Visit Porta Marina and walk the Arethusa path to admire the exciting sunset of Syracuse that illuminates with its colors the big harbor to reach near, the ARETUSA Fountain.
The myth of Arethusa is well represented in the beautiful fountain in the Piazza Archimede with the young Aretusa at the feet of the goddess Artemis, and a nimble 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.