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 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 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…
Jewish Site in Syracuse

Miqwe

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…
Church in Syracuse

Basilica di Santa Lucia al Sepolcro

The northern end of Piazza Santa Lucia, one of the city's biggest squares, is dominated by the Basilica di Santa Lucia al Sepolcro. The current 17th-century building stands on the site where the city's patron saint,…
Church in Syracuse

Basilica & Catacombe di San Giovanni

The city's most extensive catacombs lie beneath the Basilica di San Giovanni, itself a pretty, truncated church that served as the city's cathedral in the 17th century. It is dedicated to the city's first bishop, St…
Castle in Syracuse

Castello Maniace

Guarding the island's southern tip, Ortygia's 13th-century castle is a lovely place to wander, gaze out over the water and contemplate Syracuse's past glories. The castle grounds house two exhibitions, one shedding …
Church in Syracuse

Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia

The Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia is dedicated to the city's patron saint, St Lucy, martyred in Syracuse during the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The church is home to Caravaggio's arresting masterpiece,…