What to do in Syracuse, Sicily in the Mediterranean

If the locals are trying to sell something, it is because it is an attraction.  Some good, some manufactured. By looking at the tours offered locally you can research what there is to be seen.

This is a city it is enjoyable to walk around. Many tours start at the ruins of the ancient Greek Apollo Temple with a brief introduction to the history of the town. Down to Cathedral Square and the bright limestone buildings: the town hall, Palazzo Beneventano, the bishop’s palace, and St. Lucy’s deconsecrated Church. The Cathedral, also a huge nod to St Lucy, claims to be the only church still in use today which was a pagan temple. It was a Mosque in 878 and reclaimed in 1089. The interior has a fee so is often an optional extra. The tour then continues to Aretusa Fountain near the sea. The myth of Aretusa was told by Ovidius and in its clear fresh water grows papyrus which was probably brought here when Archimedes lived in town.

Then through the Jewish Quarter to Via Maestranza, the street where the nobility of the town had their pompous homes. On Archimedes Square, the neoclassical Fountain of Diana. Most tours end at the local fish and fruit markets.

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Our own films, made at various destinations, try to show what a cruiser can expect. As one person’s meat is another one’s poison, by looking at the film you might discount some places, and decide on another. Cathedral, museum, gardens, town walk …… or beach. We show as much as we can film each time we stop on a ship.

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