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Top 9 Must-Do Activities in Syracuse

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Syracuse, Sicily, is a city rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. It is an excellent destination for those who want to experience authentic Italian life, immerse themselves in ancient ruins and architecture, and enjoy the scenic coastline. Here are the nine best things to do in Syracuse, Sicily.

Read also: The 8 Best Things To Do In Catania

Quick Sicily Travel Guide

Sicily Accommodation: San Domenico Palace and Grand Hotel Timeo for luxury accommodation in Taormina, and Casa Nostra Boutique Hotel or Palazzo Natoli Boutique Hotel for intimate vibes in Palermo. Dome or B&B Oriental Palace in Catania. Room Of Andrea Hotel or Gaura Apartments in Trapani. Le Tre Campane Ortigia or Palazzo Alfeo Aparthotel in Syracuse. Principe Di Salina Boutique Hotel or Il Gabbiano Relais in Stromboli on the Aeolian Islands.

Top Sicily Activities:

1. Visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis

Greek Theater in Neapolis in Syracuse
Greek Theater of Syracuse

The Archaeological Park of Neapolis is a vast area that houses many ancient Greek and Roman ruins. Among the highlights are the Greek Theater, the Roman Amphitheater, and the Ear of Dionysus. The park is vast, so plan to spend a half-day exploring the area and learning about Syracuse’s ancient history.

2. Stroll around Ortigia Island

Fontana Aretusa in Syracuse
Fontana di Aretusa

Ortigia Island is the historical center of Syracuse and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is a labyrinth of winding alleys, Baroque churches, and charming piazzas. Take a leisurely stroll and explore the narrow streets, enjoy the local cuisine, and relax in the picturesque squares.

In addition to the beautiful panoramas, don’t miss out the Aretusa fountain (on the western coast of Ortigia) famous for its mythological origins.

3. Visit the Temple of Apollo

The Temple of Apollo is one of the most impressive ancient ruins in Syracuse. The temple dates back to the 6th century BC and is located in the heart of the city. It is a must-visit site for those who love ancient architecture and history.

4. Explore the Catacombs of San Giovanni

Catacombs of San Giovanni in Syracuse

The Catacombs of San Giovanni is a fascinating underground network of tunnels and tombs that date back to the early Christian era. The catacombs were used to bury the dead, and they are a unique and eerie experience for visitors.

5. Take a boat tour of the coastline

Syracuse coastline - Plemmirio beach
Coastline of Plemmirio

Syracuse is blessed with a stunning coastline, and the best way to see it is by boat. Take a boat tour and explore the crystal clear waters, hidden coves, and picturesque fishing villages along the coast. Click here to book a private boat tour with food and wine.

6. Visit the Regional Archaeological Museum Paolo Orsi

Syracuse, Sicily

The Regional Archaeological Museum Paolo Orsi is one of the best museums in Sicily. It houses a vast collection of artifacts from the prehistoric era to the late Roman Empire. The museum is an excellent place to learn about the region’s history and culture.

7. Enjoy the local cuisine

Piazza del Duomo restaurant

Sicilian cuisine is famous for its fresh seafood, pasta dishes, and delicious desserts. Syracuse has an excellent selection of restaurants, cafes, and street food vendors where you can try the local specialties. Where to eat in Syracuse? Some of the restaurants that you should not miss are La Lisca, Le Sorelle Bandiera, Le 7 Spezie, Jobi, L’Ufficio and A Putia Delle Cose Buone.

8. Visit the Duomo di Siracusa

The Duomo di Siracusa is a beautiful Baroque cathedral that stands on the site of an ancient Greek temple. The cathedral’s interior is stunning, with ornate decorations and artwork that date back to the 17th century. On the same square, have also a look at Palazzo Beneventano, Palazzo Arcivescovile and Chiesa di Santa Lucia alla Badia.

9. Relax on the beach

Beach of Ortigia, Syracuse

Syracuse is home to several beautiful beaches, and they are the perfect place to relax and soak up the Sicilian sun. If you prefer to stay close to Ortigia, you can enjoy the beautiful coastline of Ortigia itself. Otherwise some of the best beaches include Fontane Bianche, Arenella, and Calamosche, offering crystal clear water with paradise beaches.

Syracuse is a city that offers a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. With so much to see and do, it is the perfect destination for those who want to experience authentic Italian life, stay close to the seaside and immerse themselves in ancient ruins and architecture.

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    Chiara Magi
    Chiara Magi
    I'm a photographer and filmmaker, and most of all probably the biggest lover of Sicily! I am also the creator of Sicily Insider, sharing the best travel information, tips and advice.

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