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Syracuse and Surroundings

Villas in Sicily near Syracuse

SyracuseSouth-eastern Sicily, whose centre is the splendid city of Syracuse, still shows impressive traces of its glorious Greek origins. Syracuse was once the most powerful and largest Greek colony, the head of that Magna Grecia territory which dared to challenge both Athens and Rome, and was eventually defeated despite the great contribute of the genial Archimedes. The myth is quite at home here. Syracuse sparkles with two jewels: Neapolis - the Greek town, which is now an archaeological district - and Ortygia, a tiny island still showing a manifest stratification of those cultures which made the history of both Syracuse and Sicily.

Visitors will be allured by the dreamy atmosphere surrounding the maze of streets and architectural structures in Ortygia, bearing Greek, Byzantine, Norman and Baroque traces. They will probably wish to come back in the future and observe with a more attentive eye maybe the lateral perimeter of the Cathedral – to appreciate the wonder of this baroque structure incorporating the core of a Greek temple – or perhaps a museum or a noble mansion, or another of the innumerable evidences of 3000 years of Mediterranean culture visible in the old town.

Yet, the wonders of Syracuse are not confined in Orytgia! The surroundings of the town are going to charm the visitors as well. To visit the Iblean tableland means to discover a range of new flavours, ancient traditions and interesting towns as Ferla, Buscemi, Palazzolo Acreide and the nearby necropolis of Pantalica marked by thousands of rock-hewn tunnels. Further on, the coast and the bluest of seas, with the splendid Vendicari natural reserve.

Two places are worth a visit as an ideal conclusion to journey in south-eastern Sicily: Avola, with its baroque monuments and delicious almonds, and the canyons in Cavagrande. Furthermore, if you have got a romantic and poetic soul, you will surely love the sunset in Plemmirio, where you may hear the sea breathing.

Villas in Sicily near Syracuse

Terrace in Syracuse

Syracuse charm

The Ear of Dionysus

Maniace Castle in Syracuse

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