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Discover what to see in Ortigia: itinerary between history and beauty

The island of Ortigia, the enchanted center of Syracuse, contains in less than one square kilometer an extraordinary wealth of historical evidence and architectural beauty. With nearly three thousand years of history, this small island in the heart of ancient Syracuse hides in every corner a piece of the past waiting to be discovered.


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Let's explore the island: here are some of the main attractions and things to see in Ortigia for an unforgettable experience.


Cosa vedere a Ortigia
What to see in Ortigia: a historical itinerary between art and culture

Piazza Duomo and its Baroque splendor


One of the most iconic places in Ortigia is undoubtedly Piazza Duomo. Here, welcoming us is the imposing cathedral, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture. The Cathedral of Syracuse stands majestically with its white facade and intricate details. Inside, you can admire frescoes, mosaics and priceless works of art.

But it is not only the cathedral that makes this square a special place: the surrounding buildings, also in Baroque style, add a touch of elegance and grandeur to this splendid setting.


The Fountain Arethusa


One of the most evocative places in Ortigia is the Fountain Arethusa. Legend and history come together in this corner of paradise, where a freshwater spring meets the sea. Legend has it that Arethusa, a nymph banished from the river Alphaeus, found refuge in this spring, turning into a perennial spring.

Today, the Arethusa Spring is a must-see destination for visitors, with its lush vegetation and swans swimming placidly in its waters.


Archimedes Square and the Fountain of Diana


Another fascinating place is Archimedes Square, dedicated to the famous Syracuse mathematician and scientist. The heart of this square is the Fountain of Diana, a Baroque work depicting the goddess Diana surrounded by nymphs and animals. The fountain, created in 1907 by Giulio Moschetti, is a sculptural masterpiece and one of the symbols of Ortigia. Stop to admire the finely detailed sculptures and rich detail of the work.


The Regional Gallery of Palazzo Bellomo


If you are an art lover, you cannot miss the Regional Gallery of Palazzo Bellomo. This magnificent 18th-century palace houses a valuable collection of artworks ranging from the Middle Ages to the Baroque. Here you can admire priceless paintings, sculptures and artistic artifacts from not only Sicily but also other parts of Italy. A visit to the Regional Gallery of Palazzo Bellomo will allow you to immerse yourself in the art and culture of Ortigia and appreciate the works of the great masters who have left an indelible mark on the history of art.


The charm of Maniace Castle


For all the lovers of medieval fortresses, Maniace Castle is a must-see during a visit to Ortigia. This imposing structure, of Frederician origin, dominates the eastern coast of the island and offers breathtaking views of the sea. It represents an important example of military architecture and its history is linked to epic episodes and historical events. Inside the castle, you can visit the halls, prisons and towers, discovering what life was like for the soldiers and nobles who lived there.



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