WHAT TO SEE IN SIRACUSA
Two intense days to get the most from the beautiful Siracusa and its surrounding area. What to see in Siracusa? We are here to show you.
First of all, the Greek Theater, the Roman ruins, and Norman Castle are all not to be missed, but the beaches are also gorgeous. Ortigia, the historical center of Siracusa, is also a must see.
There are plenty of attractions to see, like the Temple of Apollo, the Fountain of Diana, and the narrow, enchanting streets that meander towards the large central city square, where the Duomo stands, carved out from the Temple of Minerva.
The sights to see in Siracusa also include the Alfeo Seafront Promenade, passing by the beautiful Fonte Aretusa, then arriving at the Maniace Castle, built on the extreme tip of the Ortigia Island by Emperor Frederick II around 1200. The enchanting Puppet Opera is also in Ortigia, with portrayals of the epic adventures of Charlemagne, Rolando and the paladins.
In the Archeological Park you can visit the Latomie of Paradise, stone quarries and the Ear of Dionysius, with its exceptional acoustics. You have to try it to believe it. More sights to see in Siracusa include the Greek Theater, where starting in May you can see classic performances of two Greek tragedies and one comedy. The magic of theater comes to life every year, with its actors and enchanting sunset. The Roman Amphitheater sits near the Greek theater, and is also one of the places to see in Siracusa.
Make sure not to miss the San Giovanni Church and the Catacombs, with its Norman gothic style church, where you can go down into the San Giovanni catacombs, and ancient part of the underground Christian necropolis.
The second day can be dedicated to an out of town trip to the Cavagrande Natural Reserve in Cassibile, to the golden Arenella Beach, and the sand dunes at Fontane Bianche. Finally, the Vendicari Fauna Reserve and Calamosche Beach are beautiful spots to visit.