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Welcome to Syracuse

With its ancient ruins, baroque squares, and medieval lanes lined with time-worn palazzi and hip cafès, Syracuse embodies the allure of Sicily past and present. The Duomo and Neapolis Archaeological Park, home to the largest Greek theater on the island, top the list of sights to tour in Syracuse, but visitors also gravitate towards Ortygia, the peninsular old town where the city was founded almost three millennia ago. Here, trendy wine bars and chic artisan boutiques vie for space with nonna-filled markets and fishermen mending their nets along the waterfront.

Top 10 attractions in Syracuse

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Ortygia (Ortigia)

Ortygia (Ortigia)

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The captivating former Greek and Roman city of Syracuse wasn’t actually founded on Sicily, but on a tiny island just offshore called Ortygia. Connected by two bridges to the mainland and modern expanse of the city, Ortygia is where you’ll find Old Town highlights such as the Duomo, Temple of Apollo, and Fountain of Arethusa.More
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Syracuse Greek Theater (Teatro Greco)

Syracuse Greek Theater (Teatro Greco)

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Syracuse’s Greek Theater (Teatro Greco) was one of the largest in the world when it was constructed, able to seat up the 16,000 spectators. Hewn directly from the side of the Temenite Hill overlooking the Sicilian countryside, the stone theater is a highlight of the UNESCO-listed Neapolis Archaeological Park.More
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Syracuse Cathedral (Duomo di Siracusa)

Syracuse Cathedral (Duomo di Siracusa)

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The ornate 17th-century facade of Syracuse Cathedral (Duomo di Siracusa) is typical of many Sicilian baroque churches, but belies the unusual interior of this former Greek temple. Built in the fifth century BC and dedicated to the goddess Athena, the building was converted into a Christian church over a millennium later.More
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Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)

Ear of Dionysius (Orecchio di Dionisio)

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The Neapolis Archaeological Park outside of Syracuse is home to important Greek and Roman ruins, but the most unusual sight is an ancient limestone cave known as the Ear of Dionysius. Its unique tapered shape produces acoustics so precise that the tyrant Dionysius is said to have imprisoned enemies here to better eavesdrop on them.More
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Tellaro Roman Villa (Villa Romana del Tellaro)

Tellaro Roman Villa (Villa Romana del Tellaro)

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Set in the Sicilian countryside outside of Noto, the Roman Villa of Tellaro is home to a number of striking mosaics dating from the fourth century that depict intricate hunting scenes and stories from Greek mythology. Ancient history buffs will especially enjoy a visit to this carefully preserved site with its spectacular original floor.More
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Nicolaci di Villadorata Palace (Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata)

Nicolaci di Villadorata Palace (Palazzo Nicolaci di Villadorata)

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The historic center of Noto is a treasure trove of Sicilian baroque architecture, and the Palazzo Nicolaci is among the finest examples of this 18th-century style in the city. With ornate balconies and whimsical carvings adorning its facade, the palace—together with a number of equally sublime baroque churches—is a highlight of Noto.More
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Church of Santa Chiara (Chiesa di Santa Chiara)

Church of Santa Chiara (Chiesa di Santa Chiara)

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Home to one of the most sublime historic centers in Sicily, Noto is a baroque treasure and the Chiesa di Santa Chiara, officially known as the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, one of its many gems. The church’s refined exterior is just an amuse-bouche to the glory of its interiors, a triumph of decorative stucco and gilding.More
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Basilica of San Salvatore (Basilica del SS. Salvatore)

Basilica of San Salvatore (Basilica del SS. Salvatore)

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The UNESCO-listed town of Noto is a treasure trove of Sicilian baroque architecture, and this basilica is one of the city’s headliners. Standing at the top of a monumental staircase, the 18th-century church has an ornate facade that will delight any architecture aficionado and is one of the most impressive interiors in Noto.More
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Church of San Domenico (Chiesa di San Domenico)

Church of San Domenico (Chiesa di San Domenico)

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Noto is most known for its UNESCO-listed clutch of churches and palaces built in the sumptuous Sicilian baroque style, and the 18th-century Church of San Domenico (Chiesa di San Domenico is considered one of the town’s architectural treasures. Admire its ornately carved facade before stepping inside to marvel at the exuberant stuccowork.More
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Tecnoparco Archimede Museum (Tecnoparco Museo di Archimede)

Tecnoparco Archimede Museum (Tecnoparco Museo di Archimede)

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An open-air science and technology museum, the Tecnoparco Archimede Museum (Tecnoparco Museo di Archimede) is dedicated to the of the Greek mathematician Archimedes. Explore the third-century inventor’s technological innovations, and learn how they are used today.More

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