Ortigia
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This offshore island was occupied by the Greek colonists who fortified it and constructed the earliest structures, including the temples of Athena and Apollo, whose remains can still be seen today.
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lise588
Paris, France8 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Perfect visit : the cathedral, the charming Archimede piazza, the fountain of Arethusa, the ghetto district with the theatre of the puppi. Ortigia is really beautiful!
Written 6 October 2022
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Nigel_P_London
London, UK71 contributions
Sep 2022
Ortigia is undeniably pretty, but it's one of those places that is the victim of its own aesthetic appeal. Everything here is geared towards tourism. Apart from the international brand shops on the main street, I didn't see one local shop for local people, although there are plenty of italians living on the near-island, or at least there were some living near the apartment we rented. Yes, it's completely true that by renting an apartment we contributed to the problem. Also after visiting Naples or Rome or Venice, the sights are rather so-so. The much vaunted Caravaggio in the main piazza isn't, in fact, there at all, only a photograph of it. The Bellomo museum is worth a visit, but is not a must-see. The cathdral is rather lovely, particularly for its nave pillars, which are hacked from a solid wall. Best is to spend half a day strolling here, and the excellent public bathing deck on the north shore, known as the solarium. The views from the southern tip at sunset are beautiful. I preferred the buzz of the main modern city though, despite the tranquillity of Ortigia.
Written 6 October 2022
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ME D
Greater Manchester, UK31 contributions
Oct 2022
Walking through these old narrow streets is one of the most beautiful experiences. There are lovely craft based shops as well as restaurants and cafes serving diverse and traditional plates. The relaxed atmosphere is amazing and I thoroughly recommend the market where you can eat products on sale in one of the many cafes or buy clothes and gifts. The ports are exceptional and there are many tourist trips on offer - the cathedral is stunning
Written 4 October 2022
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orrdin
New York706 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This is the place where all the main attractions sit so best to find a hotel in the old town and walk around on your own. And see the whole thing in half a day.
Written 4 October 2022
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Johann L
Vergeze, France23 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Very beautiful place, with nice streets, great sea view and a castel that you can visit. It's temporary exhibition was very poetic !
Written 4 October 2022
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tassia
sydney9 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Such a lovely place with significant Greek and Roman history, beautiful little laneways and gorgeous water for swimming.
Written 28 September 2022
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ingridj212
London, UK304 contributions
Sep 2022
We loved Ortigia. We stayed at the Caportigia hotel nearby and walked in each day to enjoy the shopping and the wonderful food and architecture. Lovely atmosphere.
Written 27 September 2022
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sarahbZ6282EX
Nairobi, Kenya7 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Exceptional day out! Took our breath away. Definitely put it on your list. We were blown away by the architecture and little streets to stroll round. Life experience
Written 25 September 2022
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Craig R
Toronto, Canada88 contributions
Sep 2022
This is an incredible place to visit, just to experience the history. We came here on a private tour from Taormina, visiting Syracuse and Noto as well on a full-day tour.
Written 22 September 2022
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JeanBryden
Edinburgh, UK161 contributions
Sep 2022
Ortigia is full of atmosphere, with many narrow streets and good shops and restaurants.Beaches are not great but the cultural experience makes up for it.it’s neigh our Syracuse is a poor relation in character.
Written 22 September 2022
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