Located in the south eastern part of the island of Sicily and next to the Gulf of Syracuse and Ionian Sea, the city is an important historic center of the world. Founded by the ancient Greek Corinthians 2,700 years ago, the city is rich with Greek history and culture and such influence can be seen on its amphitheaters and magnificent architecture made the Roman statesman Cicero describe it as “the greatest Greek City and the most beautiful of them all.” It is also the birthplace of the leading Greek scientist Archimedes and the venerated young Catholic martyr St. Lucy. The city is also mentioned in the Bible as the apostle Paul stayed there.
With the famous Greek Amphitheater, the Ear of Dionysus, Fountain of Arethusa, Tomb of Archimedes, Temple of Zeus and the Roman Theater together with the Necropolis of Pantalica, the city is listed among the World Heritage Site. There are also a number of beautiful churches and building built from the 7th century until the 18th century, which style ranges from Byzantine to Baroque. The Cathedral of Syracuse was built in the 7th century over the Temple of Athens and shows Greek influences with its Doric structure. The Basilica of Santa Lucia is also worth a visit because this Byzantine church was built on the same place where the saint is martyred. The Castello Maniace, Archbishop Palace, Palazzo Beneventano del Bosco and the Archaeological Museum are sure to capture your fancy.
Corso Umberto I
After sightseeing in the historic city of Siracusa, go treasures hunting in the city’s elegant street of Corso Umberto I. The shops are full of beautiful clothes, jewelry, furniture and antiques. Its souvenir shops will delight you with the distinctive Sicilian craftsmanship. You will also be treated with the Sicilian cuisine in its restaurants
Foro Siracusano is the center of the Arcadina district and it is on the end of Corso Umberto and intersects with Piazza Marconi. You will see the ruins of Foro Siracusano in its lawn which has the remains of an ancient pavement and towers of the agora, and the Temple Zeus made by Hieron.
Piazzale Guglielmo Marconi
The piazza is near Foro Siracusano and Corso Umberto I and ideal for your Italian/Sicilian cuisine craving. The piazza is also the best place to catch a bus to travel within the city and its nearby towns.