Syracuse is one of the most beautiful cities on the Mediterranean, rich in history and architecture, reflecting the diversity and cultural complexity of Sicily from prehistoric times to the present day. The history of Syracuse and Sicily began in the 8th century BC with the Greek colonization.
The city’s name derives from the Sicilian Syraka, which means plenty of water, because of the presence of many rivers and a wetland.
Set in a splendid, romantic spot, Syracuse features a magnificent natural harbor. Nowadays the city is divided between the historical town, the island of Ortigia and the new town.
Enjoy a memorable journey in time among Ortigia’s Greek temples and Christian churches, splendid Swabian, Aragonese and Baroque palaces or meander among the beautiful courtyards, squares and alleys of this magical island. Discover the talent of Italian artists such as Antonello da Messina and Caravaggio at the Regional Gallery. The eye never rests in Ortigia.