"Siracusa: a Sicilian gem" Top 5 Page for this destination Siracusa by MikeBird

Siracusa Travel Guide: 273 reviews and 942 photos

I couldn't possibly hope to encapsulate the wonderful history of this ancient city and port. Much has been written about it and so I suggest you visit other websites to acquire a fuller and more detailed summary but in essence Syracusa was, from the 8th century BC, a major Greek colony - Archimedes was born and lived here - before being ransacked by the Romans. They in turn were overrun by Barbarians and later Byzantines, Arabs and Normans. Following a major earthquake in 1693 much of the city was rebuilt in the Baroque style. With such a diverse range of influences it's hardly surprising that the city is a fascinating place to visit with plenty to interest the visitor.

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  • Pros:Steeped in history and atmosphere
  • In a nutshell:Indulge yourself in the atmosphere of this place
  • Last visit to Siracusa: Dec 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • rosata's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Good to see your view of Siracusa :) Lia

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Cheers Michael! Must finish my income tax declaration but gave myself a short break to see your writing about Siracusa. So much more pleasant than number crunching. haha. Will be back :) Thank you for your nice comment about Sicilian flavours. :)

  • JohnG135's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    We will spend Christmas in Siracusa is this year and your advice has been very valuable in our planning. Thank You.

  • lee.evelyn's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    Great Pages! Very helpful with the planning of my trip to Sicily this October.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    We have not been to the island, but a maybe trip one day when back to Italy. YOu have great pictures and the comments are well done

  • Manara's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    What a lovely page! I have fond memories of Siracusa and its theatre.

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    This looks an interesting place, especially the harbour and archaeological park.


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