17 Sights in Syracuse, Italy (with Map and Images)
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1. Greek Theatre
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.
2. Ear of Dionysius
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.
3. Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia
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.
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.
5. Cathedral of Syracuse
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.
6. Area Monumentale della Neapolis
The Archaeological Park of Neapolis is a natural area full of archaeological finds belonging to several eras in Syracusan history. For the quantity and relevance of its monuments it is considered one of the most important archaeological areas in Sicily, as well as among the largest in the Mediterranean.
7. Via dei Sepolcri
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.
8. Terme di Dafne
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.
9. Basilica Santuario della Madonna delle Lacrime
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.
10. Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista
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.
11. Teatro Comunale
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.
12. Arsenale greco
The Greek arsenal of Syracuse is a part of the small port, called Lakkios, where in ancient times boats were manufactured and repaired. To facilitate the work they could be pulled dry when they suffered breakdowns or to be able to restructure the hulls.
13. Tomb of Archimedes
The alleged tomb of Archimedes is an artificial cave dug on limestone, located inside the necropolis Grotticelle, which in turn is located in the northernmost part of the archaeological park of Neapolis, located in the urban territory of Syracuse.
14. Castello Eurialo
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.
15. Catacombe di San Giovanni
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.
16. Ginnasio romano
The Roman Gymnasium is a monumental complex of Syracuse, probably dating back to the second half of the first century AD but mistakenly identified as a gymnasium that includes a theater, a quadriportico and a temple.
17. Ipogeo di piazza Duomo
The hypogeum of Piazza Duomo, located in Syracuse, is an underground path that from the highest point of Ortigia, or from Piazza del Duomo, then appears at the Foro Italico where the walls of the Marina are located.
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