Siracusa is like a swimming pool city that faces a beautiful sea and reminds you that life is worth to live again.
If you never been to a city built on the Mediterranean sea, wherefrom any angle and view you will be able to see the beach, Siracusa is the place to be.
Siracusa has a lot of history, the Greeks thought that this city was the best city to partner with, because of their history and buildings.
Platone and the temple of Artemide are just some names related to this city, this is a good hint to make you decide that this city is a must-visit.
The first Christian church of the western world was founded here by St. Paul, that traveling to Rome, stopped in Syracuse for three days.
If you have still some doubts, I urge you to go visit Siracusa and here on this guide I will show you what to do and the food to eat.
Siracusa What To Do
The cool part that is facing on the sea of Siracusa is called Ortigia, living in Ortigia is probably the dream of any person I Know.
This is the oldest part of Syracuse and is considered one of the most beautiful inhabited islands in the world.
From here you can find a succession of temples, churches, palaces, fountains, etc… The seashore walk is full of restaurants, bars, and clubs. The Temple of Apollo, in Ortigia, is the oldest in Sicily.
Many legends are wrapping around Siracusa, the one of the Fonte Aretusa, the symbol of Ortigia is one of the most fascinating.
Arethusa was a Greek nymph loved by Alpheus but did not want to know to be with him: she, therefore, asked Artemis to help her and to transform her into the source of Ortigia.
Alfeo, in order not to be separated from her, asked the gods to transform him into a river so that he could live forever in the embrace with his nymph.
The source is a large pool of water in which papyrus threes can grown, this is the only place in Europe that has papyrus threes.
The dome and the square of Ortigia are super nice, in fact, the dome of Siracusa changed its function many times depending on the civilizations that were there in ancient times.
The Chiesa di Santa Lucia Alla Badia is another important thing to visit in Siracusa, here you can find of the last canvas painted by Caravaggio that represents the burial of Saint Lucia.
The Archaeological Park of Neapolis, this roman Theater has kept intact its shape carved into the rock that has defended it from material stripping. It could accommodate thousands of spectators.
Castello Maniace is a castle built at the end of the island of Ortigia, it is fully immersed in the waters of the mediterranean sea.
The Catacombs of San Giovanni and the Crypt of San Marciano are standing an open-air basilica (without a roof) that conceals one of the most ancient places in Syracuse: the Greek aqueduct that the Romans later turned into catacombs.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Museo Archeologico Paolo Orsi
Museo di Palazzo Bellomo
Ara di Ierone
Latomia del Paradiso / Latomia dei Cappuccini
Riserva di Vendicari
Riserva Naturale Fiume Ciane
La spiaggia di Fontane Bianche
Museo Del Papiro
Le Saline di Siracusa
Archimedes, the extraordinary inventor, was born in Syracuse and rests in the (alleged) tomb in the Archaeological Park of the Neapolis.
Walking through junipers, lentils, and Salicornia threes next to the sea for 13 kilometers of pristine coastline.
Food In Siracusa
Sicily is the food heaven, and in Siracusa on top of walking around a beautiful city, you will be able to eat great food.
A very typical dish from Siracusa is la Pasta bottarga (salted, cured fish roe, typically of the grey mullet or the bluefin tuna.) e Nocciola (hazelnuts).
This is a premium dish that you can find for cheap in this city and perfectly done.
La caponata e la pasta Alla norma is another great specialty of this beautiful city, you can find this dish also in other Sicilian cities.
Pasta o’furno is the typical pasta cooked in the oven, they add meatballs to the recipe and a lot of love.
Zuppa di Pesce is a tasty dish of fresh fish, typical from the poorest culinary tradition, its preparation includes cleaning and cooking fish in a cartoon made with fish waste.