Rich in history & culture

You’re going to want to get an early start on your day in Siracusa. The city was once one of the largest and most important in Western Civilization, and its long history and strong culture means there’s still a lot to see and do here.

Classic sights like the Ortygia, Neapolis, and the Basilica of Santa Lucia are always worth a visit, but if you’re looking for something a little more offbeat, take in a puppet theatre show. Opera dei Pupi performances (like the plays Pinocchio was a part of) are a traditional form of Sicilian entertainment. And while there’s no chance of one of your marionettes becoming a real boy, a puppet still makes for a great souvenir.

The stunning Fonte Aretusa was once the source of the city’s drinking water, and now the pond and surrounding area is a scenic spot, perfect for a picnic lunch. Many shops sell delicious arancini (rice balls) and slices of square Sicilian pizza for take-away.

And for a little dolce? You can’t leave the island without trying some of the world-famous cannoli (cannolo is the singular word, but let’s be honest, you’re going to want more than one!), crispy pastry filled with sweetened ricotta cheese. The Fonte Aretusa is also the sport where locals like to gather for their after dinner passeggiata, a leisurely stroll where the goal is to see and be seen.

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The city's cathedral was originally built in the 600s on the site of a Greek temple dedicated to Athena. The cathedral's facade incorporates original columns from the temple.


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These baths are among the oldest in Europe, and served the Jewish community of Siracusa for almost 800 years. Deep underground and carved from solid rock, the baths were forgotten and re-discovered in 1989.

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Explore the Neapolis Archaeological Park, featuring most of Siracusa’s classical monuments including the Greek Theater and Latomia del Paradiso. Medieval and Baroque old town Ortigia features Arethusa Fountain and the Temple of Minerva, with stunning views of the Bay of Siracusa.

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Siracusa, Sicily, Italy At a glance

Current Time:
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Exchange Rates:
  • 1.07
  • 1.42
  • 0.87
  • 1.41
  • 72.72
  • 3.40
  • 23.09
  • 1.49
Local Details:
GPS: 37°4'31.71"N 15°17'11.71"E
Size: 204.10 KM2 (78.80 MI2)
Population: 123,408
Density: 605 Pop/KM2 (233 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: +39

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