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SYRACUSE AND ISLAND OF ORTIGIA

https://www.secretsiracusa.it/en/where-to-go/ortigia-island/

28th May 2020

8:00 a.m.   Departure Taormina (the departure spot will be defined at the conference desk)
9:30 a.m.   Arrival in the historic center of Syracuse
1:00 p.m.   End of the Syracusa visit (lunch at the Cantine Gulino of Syracuse)
3:00 p.m.    Visit of Ortigia island 
5:30 p.m.    Return to Taormina 

The cost for this single all-inclusive excursion is 95.00

Summary information about Syracuse

Second Greek colony of Sicily after Naxos, it was founded in 734-733 BC. by colonists from Corinth, because rich of water, elevated and located in the center of the gulf. Syracuse will become for Cicero "the largest and most beautiful of all Greek cities". The name originates from Syraka ("abundance of water"), thanks to the numerous courses of water and the marshy area of the city.

During the Greek period, Syracuse reached its peak. Today there are several testimonials historical buildings of this era: the Fonte Aretusa of Ortigia, the Greek Theater, the Galermi Aqueduct, the Ear of Dionysus and the Altar of Hieron, to name a few. But also the Greek temples: Apollo and Zeus. The power of Greek polis of Syracuse extended to the Adriatic, with several Syracusan colonies. After the Greeks. Despite this, significant remains of the time remain: from the Roman Amphitheater to the Gymnasium, up to the catacombs.

Syracuse is the first city in the West with one Christian community. Ortigia is the historic center of Syracuse. Visiting Ortigia means making an immersion of about 3 thousand years history. The Temple of Apollo, with monolithic columns, is the oldest monument. The Cathedral is built from another temple, that of Athena. A few steps from the bright living room of Piazza Duomo is the surprising Arethusa Fountain, very close to the sea and made more elegant by a tall and green papyrus, the same as the River Nile. After the violent earthquake of 1693, the historic center took on the Baroque style which still distinguishes it today. Characterized by huge historical, architectural and landscape riches, the city was declared by Unesco in 2005, together with the Rock Necropolis of Pantalica, heritage humanity.