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Discovering Sicilian flavors: the Ortigia Market in Syracuse

The Ortigia Market is one of the most fascinating and characteristic places in Syracuse, a place to fully immerse yourself in Sicilian culture and discover the typical products of the local cuisine.

Its strategic location and wide selection of typical products make it one of the most famous markets in all of Sicily. If you stay at the Hotel Algilà, do not miss the opportunity to visit this enchanting place and discover the regional flavors and aromas.

Gastronomy and typical products

The Market of Ortigia is a must-see place for lovers of the cuisine and typical products of Sicily. Here you can find a wide range of fresh and local products, such as cheeses, cold cuts, vegetables and seafood.

Among the cheeses, you can't fail to taste pecorino and caciocavallo, two Sicilian specialties known all over the world. Perhaps accompanied by a taste of cured meats, such as prosciutto crudo and salami.

As for vegetables, Pachino tomatoes are a must, but be sure to also try eggplant, peppers and zucchini. And if you love citrus flavors, you can't miss Syracuse lemons, also used in many local recipes.

But it is undoubtedly fish that is the star of the market. Here you can find fresh fish just caught by local fishermen, including sea bass, gilthead bream, bream, shrimp and squid.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for something quick and tasty, try arancini, panelle and cannoli, three of the island's most famous street food specialties. Don't forget to also enjoy the famous Sicilian granita, the perfect dessert to cool off during hot summer days. Choose from classic flavors, such as lemon, almond and pistachio, or try other delicious variations.

Opening hours and tips for visiting

The Ortigia Market is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the best experience, we recommend visiting the market early in the morning, when the stalls are full of fresh produce and the market is less crowded.

Where it is located and how to get there

The Ortigia Market is located in the heart of the historic center of Syracuse, on the island of Ortigia of the same name. If you stay at the Hotel Algilà, you only need to take a short walk of about 10 minutes to reach the market. Alternatively, you can rent one of our bicycles for free.


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