Syracuse is the capital of Syracuse province in Southeastern Sicily, Italy, on the Ionian Sea. Its main attraction is the ancient city of Neapolis with its Greek theatre dating back to the 5th century BC. Other highlights are the old stone quarries, the Roman amphitheatre and the famous “Ear of Dionysius”.
The old town, on the small island of Ortygia, is connected by a bridge with the mainland, where the more modern districts are situated. Packed with over 2,500 years of history, architectural styles vary widely, encompassing Greek and Roman remains, Mediaeval Norman buildings and a great deal of understated Baroque. Restaurants, trattorias and bars abound.
Things to See & Do
* Neapolis - the ancient city, including the Greek Theatre , Quarries, Caves and Roman Amphitheatre.
* Piazza del Duomo
* Apollo Temple
* Ortygia - old town
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Italian
Land Area –204 km²
Population – 125,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – 39
Port Location – The port is located within walking distance of Siracusa’s historical area.
Travel Links – Sicily's main airports are in Palermo and Catania. Catania is the larger airport, with domestic flights to most parts of Italy, some international routes and many charter flights. Palermo is smaller, although growing, with a range of domestic flights and a few international budget flights.
Regular buses run to and from Catania, Noto, Modica, Ragusa and Gela as well as more local destinations.
The railway station is 10 minutes walk from the centre of the old town. About 1/2 the intercity trains from mainland Italy (Rome and Naples) continue on from Messina and Catania to Syracuse. Less frequent local trains continue on to Noto, Modica, Ragusa and Gela.