Steeped in rich Greek heritage while also being distinctively Italian, Siracusa is a fascinatingly complex city for which the term ‘the best of both worlds’ was created. Located on the beautiful island of Sicily, Siracusa is the capital city of the province of Syracuse. Notable for its Greek roots, the city still shows many signs of this ancient affiliation. With Grecian amphitheatres, architecture and culture, the city used to be one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. And for that reason, alongside many more, Siracusa is an absolute must visit holiday destination.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city offers an exceeding numbers of photo opportunities alongside beautiful dining options and coastal views. Next to the Ionian Sea, the city offers both remarkable seaside views as well as all the perks of an exciting city break. For ancient Greece aficionados and sun-seekers alike, Siracusa has something for everyone.
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Wine & dine
Sicilian cuisine is known the whole world over and there are plenty of options to choose from when you are here sampling it first-hand. Romantic dinners are in abundance in Siracusa, whether you’re eating outside in the Duomo square or upstairs on the floor of Palazzo Borgia del Casale, fine dining is guaranteed. With beautifully sourced fresh and local fish, delicious potato gnocchi and a number of spicy seafood dishes, you’re sure to capture the essence of Italy with every mouthful.
In addition to the Sicilian classics, you can also try some of the dishes which stay true to the cities roots with a Greek twist. But no matter whether it’s antipasto or meze you’re after, you’re bound to be satisfied. What’s dinner without something delicious and rich to wash it down with? Try some of the beautiful and rich local wines that are produced in the neighbouring regions.
From the Greek ruins to the town’s historical centre, there are countless things to do in Siracusa. Take the perfect selfie in front of the Greek theatre or just simply sit back with an Italian cappuccino as you bask in the beauty of the nearby Roman Amphitheatre. If you’re interested in the ancient Greeks, then you can also visit the birthplace of famed mathematician and engineer Archimedes. Also discovered within the Neapolis, or ancient city, are the ancient quarries which are also a veritable goldmine for stunning photos.
For something a little more modern, although only just, you can also visit the beautiful Arethusa Fountain and while you’re there why not chuck in a penny and make a wish? Just a short journey away sits Avola, where you can spend a day or two on the beautiful beach residing there, ensuring that you get some much-needed rest after the many sights you’ve taken in on your stay. Within seconds of arriving, you’ll notice the cultural significance of the 2,700-year-old city of Siracusa and you’ll never want to leave its majesty.