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City walk through Syracuse

The main attractions in Syracuse during a city walk

A walking tour through Syracuse means visiting Sicily during the Greek era. Although the main attractions are divided between the old town on the island of Ortigia and the new town Neapoli, a city walk offers a good way to explore the main attractions and most beautiful places of the city: the Archaeological Park with the Greek theatre, the Ear of Dionysius and the grave of Archimedes, the Temple of Apollo, the Cathedral and the beautiful old town of Syracuse – these are reason enough to take a short walk through the city.

Short city walk through Syracuse

A full day in Syracuse offers the perfect opportunity to explore the main attractions and most beautiful places in Syracuse during a leisurely city walk. For the tour you should plan a full day of time in any case. Because there are so many attractions you should be prepared to have a somewhat busy schedule in order to see everything without stressing yourself out.

  • The tour starts in the Archaeological Park in the new town Neapolis - with the admission ticket you can visit all the major attractions of the park.
  • At the very beginning you pass the Roman amphitheatre and the Altar of Hieron II on your left hand side.
  • The Greek theatre was once the largest theatre in the ancient world and still thrills today many spectators in the summer months.
  • We continue to the Ear of Dionysius in the latomie with its impressive acoustics.
  • A leisurely walk along a street of tombs finally leads to the grave of Archimedes.
  • If you started the tour early enough then you can even take a trip to the Archaeological Museum - you should plan approximately 2 hours for the visit. Otherwise you can continue further in the direction of the old town island of Ortigia. It’s approximately half an hour on foot - alternatively there is a large car park located at the beginning of the island, or you can use the regularly scheduled public buses.
  • The old town of Syracuse offers the opportunity for a leisurely afternoon stroll. Immediately after arriving on the island you will see the Apollo Temple, the first Doric temple in Sicily.
  • Now follow the Coros Matteotti to the Piazza Archimede with the Fontana di Artemide to the Piazza Duomo and the Cathedral of Santa Maria delle Colonne, which rests on the foundations of the ancient temple of Athena.
  • Finally, take a stroll to the Fonte Arethusa, the mythical spring of fresh water and along the seafront to the Castello Maniace.

At this point it's time to finish the day in one of the restaurants in the old town with good food and a glass of wine.

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