19 Sights in Syracuse, Italy (with Map and Images)

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Explore interesting sights in Syracuse, Italy. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 19 sights are available in Syracuse, Italy.

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1. Syracuse

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Syracuse I FRATELLI ANGELO e GIORGIO BONOMO from Pomezia, ROMA, ITALIA / Attribution

Syracuse is a historic city on the Italian island of Sicily, the capital of the Italian province of Syracuse. The city is notable for its rich Greek and Roman history, culture, amphitheatres, architecture, and as the birthplace of the pre-eminent mathematician and engineer Archimedes. This 2,700-year-old city played a key role in ancient times, when it was one of the major powers of the Mediterranean world. Syracuse is located in the southeast corner of the island of Sicily, next to the Gulf of Syracuse beside the Ionian Sea. It is situated in a drastic rise of land with 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) depths being close to the city offshore although the city itself is generally not so hilly in comparison.

Wikipedia: Syracuse, Sicily (EN), Website

2. Greek Theatre

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Greek Theatre fotovideomike from Italia (Michele Ponzio, @michele_ponzio) / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Greek theatre of Syracuse lies on the south slopes of the Temenite hill, overlooking the modern city of Syracuse in southeastern Sicily, Italy. It was first built in the 5th century BC, rebuilt in the 3rd century BC and renovated again in the Roman period. Today, it is a part of the Unesco World Heritage Site of "Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica". Despite its abandoned state, it remains one of the most beautiful locations in the world, offering the most grandiose and picturesque spectacle that there is.

Wikipedia: Greek Theatre of Syracuse (EN)

3. Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia

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Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia Giovanni Dall'Orto / Attribution

Santa Lucia alla Badia is a baroque-style, Roman Catholic church, now deconsecrated, located on the south corner of the piazza duomo, located to the south of the facade of the Cathedral of Syracuse), located in the island of Ortigia, the historic city center of Siracusa in Sicily, Italy. The church building and adjacent former monastery is now used for special exhibitions and functions.

Wikipedia: Santa Lucìa alla Badìa, Siracusa (EN)

4. Ear of Dionysius

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Ear of Dionysius Michael Wilson from York, United Kingdom / CC BY 2.0

The Ear of Dionysius is a limestone cave carved out of the Temenites hill in the city of Syracuse, on the island of Sicily in Italy. Its name, given by the painter Michelangelo da Caravaggio, comes from its similarity in shape to the human ear. The name is also linked to the acoustic effects inside the cave: it is said that people's voices echo up to 16 times.

Wikipedia: Ear of Dionysius (EN)

5. Stentinello

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Stentinello is a Neolithic village located in the plain of Targia, near the northern entrance of Syracuse, eponymous site of the Stentinello culture dating back to the fifth millennium BC, contemporary of the Castellaro Vecchio culture of the Aeolian Islands and the Ghar Dalam culture of Malta. A variant of it is the Kronio culture of western Sicily.

Wikipedia: Stentinello (IT)

6. Cathedral of Syracuse

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The Cathedral of Syracuse, formally the Cattedrale metropolitana della Natività di Maria Santissima, is an ancient Catholic church in Syracuse, Sicily, the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Siracusa. Its structure is originally a Greek doric temple, and for this reason it is included in a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated in 2005.

Wikipedia: Cathedral of Syracuse (EN)

7. Area Monumentale della Neapolis

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Area Monumentale della Neapolis Agostino Sella / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Archaeological Park of Neapolis is a natural area full of archaeological finds belonging to several eras of Syracusan history. For the quantity and relevance of its monuments it is considered one of the most important archaeological areas of Sicily, as well as among the largest in the Mediterranean.

Wikipedia: Parco archeologico della Neapolis (IT)

8. Via dei Sepolcri

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Via dei Sepolcri trolvag / CC BY-SA 3.0

The Via dei Sepolcri is a suggestive road 150 meters long that leads to the top of the Temenite hill, located within the Archaeological Park of Neapolis in Syracuse, crossing it you can see the high rocky walls that surround it on both sides and the votive shrines that have been dug along the way.

Wikipedia: Via dei Sepolcri (IT)

9. Terme di Dafne

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The Baths of Daphne, also known as Bath of Daphne, are part of an archaeological complex of Syracuse, inside which was already found the so-called Greek arsenal of Syracuse, located near the small port of the city, precisely between the foundations of a civil building west of the Greek arsenal.

Wikipedia: Terme di Dafne (IT)

10. Basilica Santuario della Madonna delle Lacrime

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The Basilica of the Madonna delle Lacrime, also called Madonnina delle Lacrime is a 20th-century Roman Catholic Marian shrine church in Siracusa in Sicily, Italy. The modern building, derided by some as an inverted ice-cream cone, dominates the skyline of the approach to Ortigia.

Wikipedia: Madonna delle Lacrime, Siracusa (EN)

11. Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista

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The church of San Giovanni Battista, popularly known as San Giovannello, is located in Piazza del Precursore, in the Giudecca district of Ortigia in Syracuse. It was built on another early Christian basilica of the fourth century, the latter built on the orders of Bishop Germano.

Wikipedia: Chiesa di San Giovannello (Siracusa) (IT)

12. Teatro Comunale

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Teatro Comunale Gregory Palmer / CC BY 2.0

The Municipal Theater of Syracuse is a building located in Ortigia and is dedicated to theatrical works. It was inaugurated in 1897, remained in operation until 1962 when it was closed for maintenance work, and officially reopened to shows on December 26, 2016.

Wikipedia: Teatro Comunale (Siracusa) (IT)

13. Isola di Ortigia

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Ortygia is a small island which is the historical centre of the city of Syracuse, Sicily. The island, also known as the Città Vecchia, contains many historical landmarks. The name originates from the Ancient Greek órtyx (ὄρτυξ), which means "quail".

Wikipedia: Ortygia (EN)

14. Tomb of Archimedes

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Tomb of Archimedes Carlo Pelagalli / CC BY-SA 3.0

The alleged tomb of Archimedes is an artificial cave carved on limestone, located inside the Grotticelle Necropolis, which in turn is located in the northernmost part of the Archaeological Park of Neapolis, located in the urban territory of Syracuse.

Wikipedia: Tomba di Archimede (IT)

15. Arsenale greco

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The Greek arsenal at Syracuse is part of a small port known as Lakios, where in ancient times ships were built and repaired. To make it easier to work, when they fail, they can be towed to a dry place, or their hulls can be redesigned.

Wikipedia: Arsenale greco di Siracusa (IT)

16. Castello Eurialo

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Castello Eurialo Giovanni Dall'Orto / Attribution

The Euryalus Fortress located in the frazione of Belvedere, was the key point in the fortifications of the ancient Greek city of Syracuse. It is located on the highest point of the hill of Epipolae, around 7 km northwest of Syracuse.

Wikipedia: Euryalus fortress (EN)

17. Catacombe di San Giovanni

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Catacombe di San Giovanni Giovanni Dall'Orto / Attribution

The Catacombs of Syracuse are underground cemetery areas dating back to the ancient age, both of the first imperial age and of the subsequent late empire and considered second in importance and extension only to those of Rome.

Wikipedia: Catacombe di Siracusa (IT)

18. Ginnasio romano

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The Roman gymnasium is a monumental complex of Syracuse, probably dating back to the second half of the first century AD. But erroneously identified as gymnasium that includes a theater, a quadriportic and a temple.

Wikipedia: Ginnasio romano (IT)

19. Ipogeo di piazza Duomo

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Ipogeo di piazza Duomo Jerome Bon / CC BY 2.0

The hypogeum of Piazza Duomo, located in Syracuse, is an underground route that from the highest point of Ortigia, or from Piazza del Duomo, then appears at the Foro Italico where the navy walls are located.

Wikipedia: Ipogeo di piazza Duomo (IT)

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