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Syracuse accessible tours Ortigia Island disabled Sicily excursions

 

Syracuse accessible tours Ortigia Island disabled Sicily excursions is one of the few centers in the Mediterranean to keep the Greek town plan under such good conditions as to be still visible on the map.

The structure of the narrow streets, despite more than two millennia of evolution, still respects the "comb" orientation that is irradiated by a main street, the Via Sacra ( now Via Dione ), which runs along the center of the island.

With the centuries the was canonized around "ronchi" ( alleys ) and courtyards, where people live, outdoor, most of the day, while the house is conceived as a repository of work tools and night shelter.

The Syracuse accessible tours Ortigia Island disabled Sicily excursions is great little more than a square kilometer, but inside it concentrates an extraordinary density of monuments of historical and artistic interest.

Touring Ortigia Island

A not superficial stay in Syracuse accessible tours Ortigia Island disabled Sicily excursions must include at least three days.

Two of which must be dedicated solely to Ortigia Island.

One should be paid to the archaeological treasures of the mainland.

Entering from the main bridge, Umberto Bridge, the first thing you see are the ruins of the Temple of Apollo, one of the most important monuments of Ortigia Island.

Here was found the structure of Greek origin modified in some details like the front steps of Byzantine origin.

A few meters away there is the fish market of the city, very folkloristic, but to visit early in the morning.

Continuing the walk you arrive in Piazza Duomo, the apotheosis of this stylistic fusion and recognized by many as one of the most beautiful squares in Italy.

There are few words to describe the feeling you get coming to this square: here overlooking the Duomo, Palazzo Vermexio ( the Town Hall ), Palazzo Beneventiano, the Church of Saint Lucia, the Bishop's Palace and Palazzo Borgia del Casale.

Strolling along the promenade you will reach the Castello Maniace, jutting into the sea in defense of the natural port of Ortigia Island.

Last, but not least, attraction of this Syracuse accessible tours Ortigia Island disabled Sicily excursions is the Fountain of Arethusa, the source of fresh water flowing into a pond just a few steps from the sea.

The fountain is the symbol of the city and has been sung by many poets such as Virgil, Ovid, Shelley and D'Annunzio.

The special feature of this source is the presence of the papyri inside the semicircular basin.

Ortigia Island Nightlife

In the evening it is very pleasant to walk through the streets of Ortigia Island and maybe stop to eat at one of the many restaurants that are encountered along the way.

Of course, things to do in Syracuse are not only found in the historic center of Ortigia Island.

The Archaeological Park of Neapolis, another epitome of history, culture and architecture: from the Greek Theatre at the Roman Amphitheater, the Altar of Hieron to Latomie of Paradise.

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