Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Syracuse

Parco Archeologico della Neapolis

For the classicist, Syracuse's real attraction is this archaeological park, home to the pearly white 5th century BC Teatro Greco. Hewn out of the rocky hillside, this 16,000-capacity amphitheatre staged the last tra…
Top Choice Piazza in Syracuse

Piazza del Duomo

Syracuse's showpiece square is a masterpiece of baroque town planning. A long, rectangular piazza flanked by flamboyant palazzi, it sits on what was once Syracuse's ancient acropolis (fortified citadel). Little rema…
Top Choice Area in Ragusa

Ragusa Ibla

Ragusa Ibla is a joy to wander, its labyrinthine lanes weaving through rock-grey palazzi to open onto beautiful, sun-drenched piazzas. It's easy to get lost but you can never go too far wrong, and sooner or later yo…
Top Choice Ruins in Syracuse

Teatro Greco

For the classicist, the highlight of the Neapolis archaeological area is the lustrous white Teatro Greco, hewn out of the rocky hillside. A masterpiece of classical architecture, this amphitheatre could seat 16,000 …
Top Choice Cathedral in Syracuse

Duomo

Built on the skeleton of a 5th-century BC Greek temple to Athena (note the Doric columns still visible inside and out), Syracuse's cathedral became a church when the island was evangelised by St Paul. Its most strik…
Top Choice Cathedral in Noto

Cattedrale di San Nicolò

Pride of place in Noto goes to San Nicolò Cathedral, a baroque beauty that had to undergo extensive renovation after its dome collapsed during a 1996 thunderstorm. The ensuing decade saw the cathedral scrubbed of ce…
Top Choice Museum in Syracuse

Museo Archeologico Paolo Orsi

About 500m east of the archaeological park, this modern museum contains one of Sicily's largest and most interesting archaeological collections. Allow plenty of time to investigate the four sectors charting the area…
Palace in Ragusa

Castello di Donnafugata

Located 18km southwest of Ragusa is the glorious, crenellated Castello di Donnafugata. A sumptuous, neo-Gothic palace, it's home to the Collezione Gabriele Arezzo di Trifiletti, an extraordinary fashion and costume …
Piazza in Noto

Piazza Municipio

About halfway along Corso Vittorio Emanuele is the graceful Piazza Municipio, flanked by Noto's most dramatic buildings. To the north, sitting in stately pomp at the head of Paolo Labisi's monumental staircase is th…
Archaeological Site in Valle Dell'Anapo, Ferla & the Necropoli di Pantalica

Necropoli di Pantalica

On a huge plateau above the Valle dell'Anapo is the site of Sicily's most important Iron and Bronze Age necropolis, the Necropoli di Pantalica, with more than 5000 tombs of various shapes and sizes honeycombed along…