Museo del Papiro
Ortygia's Museo del Papiro offers a fine collection of papyrus documents and products, boats and an English-language film about the...
Museo Aretuseo dei Pupi
The small Museo Aretuseo dei Pupi chronicles Sicily's history of puppet theatre.
Flanked by the crenellated walls of Forte Vigliena along Ortygia's eastern waterfront, this platform surrounded by flat rocks is a...
With outdoor seating in the adjacent alley, cool-kid Clandestino bar serves a vast array of beers along with a decent selection of wines.
With its cosy front porch opposite Ortygia's waterfront, this is a handy place for aperitivi after a dip in the sea. It also serves...
Via Alagona 52 · interesting places nearby
Buried 20m beneath the Alla Giudecca hotel in Ortygia's old Jewish ghetto (known as the Giudecca) is an extraordinary ancient Jewish miqwe (ritual bath), reputedly Europe's oldest. The baths were once connected to a synagogue, but were blocked by members of the Jewish community when they were expelled from the island in 1492. Regularly scheduled tours are offered in English and Italian.
It's a fascinating sight – the three deep pools intended for total immersion constantly bubble with fresh water, now pumped out of the chamber to prevent flooding. To the sides of the main pools are two separate, private pools, reserved for the sole use of the rabbis.