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The island of Ortigia: photos, description (Ortigia)

The island of Ortigia - this is the real "heart" of the ancient Syracuse. Here there are not very many archaeological sites, as the island is repeatedly built up since the ancient Greeks, but it is a great place to stroll after a day's sightseeing. Tourists love to wander through the narrow streets among medieval buildings, Baroque churches and romantic castles. In Ortigia is difficult to get lost - the map and guide will help you navigate and explore the old buildings, for example the extravagant Palazzo Impellizzeri, decorated with faces, historical buildings, facing the sea churches, picturesque alleys and more. Some of the once opulent palaces are now abandoned to weeds and vines grew vigorously on their dilapidated balconies and this adds special charm to the city quarter. Ortigia has to offer unique gems, such as the small Church of San Martino, a simple old building with a beautiful interior, decorated with mosaics.

To the rest of Siracusa Ortigia is connected by three bridges. Central - Ponte umbertino - is a continuation of the wide Boulevard of Corso Umberto, one of the main arteries of the city. After passing this bridge, you can be at the ruins of the Greek Temple of Apollo. And turn right into Corso Matteotti and after passing through the rows of clothing stores, you can come to Piazza Archimede, Ortigia centre. Here is the Fountain of Arethusa is one of the oldest landmarks of Syracuse. Despite the abundance of scurrying to and fro of cars, the square looks very nice and is a great starting point for exploring the whole island.

To the right of the Piazza Archimede is via Cavour, which is lined with numerous restaurants and souvenir shops. The street terminates in the oval Piazza Duomo with the amazing beauty of the buildings, producing a lasting impression. And in the evening take a stroll through the colored lights of the promenade in the direction of Castello Maniace - a quiet walk to remember.