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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 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 Modern Sicilian in Syracuse

Don Camillo

One of Ortygia's most elegant restaurants, Don Camillo specialises in sterling service and innovative Sicilian cuisine. Pique the appetite with mixed shellfish in a thick soup of Noto almonds, swoon over the swordfi…
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…
Top Choice Sandwiches in Syracuse

Caseificio Borderi

No visit to Syracuse's market is complete without a stop at this colourful deli near Ortygia's far northern tip. Veteran sandwich-master Andrea Borderi stands out front with a table full of cheeses, olives, greens, …
Theatre in Syracuse

Ciclo di Rappresentazioni Classiche

Syracuse boasts the only school of classical Greek drama outside Athens, and in May and June it hosts live performances of Greek plays (in Italian) at the Teatro Greco, attracting Italy's finest performers. Tickets …