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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 Italian in Syracuse

Bistrot Bella Vita

Owned by affable Lombard expat Norma and her Sicilian pastry-chef husband Salvo, this casually elegant cafe-restaurant is one of Ortygia's latest stars. Stop by for good coffee (soy milk available) and made-from-scr…
Top Choice Vegan in Syracuse

Moon

If vegan fare usually makes you yawn, subvert your thinking at boho-chic Moon. A cast of mostly organic and biological ingredients beam in decadent, intriguing dishes that might see a tower of thinly sliced pears in…
Top Choice Italian in Ragusa

I Banchi

Michelin-star chef Ciccio Sultano is behind this contemporary, smart-casual eatery, which includes a dedicated bakery, specialist deli counter and the freedom to choose anything from caffè and just-baked pastries, t…
Top Choice Sicilian in The Noto Coast

La Cialoma

Food-lovers flock here from across the southeast for long, lazy feasts on the piazza or seaside terrace. The latter is especially enchanting, and utterly appropriate for a daily-changing menu determined by the morni…
Top Choice Sicilian in Noto

Manna

Divided into a slinky front bar and sultry back dining rooms, Manna wows with its competent, contemporary creations. Season and premium produce dictate the menu, which might see anchovy and sardine polpettine (patti…