one of Italy’s top up-and-coming tourist destinations,
is renowned for its exceptional climate, the warmth and hospitality
of its people, the beauty and originality of its monuments,
its pristine beaches and the unique Italian cuisine fused
with various local specialties.
The largest of all the islands in the Mediterranean, Sicily
is an autonomous region which has always been considered a
crucial location by the various historical empires of Europe.
Siracusa was described as the greatest and most beautiful
city of all Ancient Greece by Cicero. Over the centuries many
invaders visited and ruled the island contributing to the
rich and varied culture of Sicily; the arts, cuisine, architecture
and language have all been influenced by Greek, Roman, Germanic,
Arabic and Norman conquerors.
Syracuse (Italian : Siracusa) is located in the
south-east of Sicily beside the Ionian Sea and as it is 2,700
years old is noted for its rich history (particularly its
Greek history), culture, legends, nature, sea, art, amphitheatres
and architecture. It is listed as a World Heritage Site by
There are numerous ancient buildings worth visiting
in the historic centre on the island of Ortigia
; there is an interesting Cathedral,
the Fontana Aretusa, the Castello
Maniace and the Temple of Apollo.
The Temple of Apollo has undergone
many changes, becoming a Church in Byzantine times and
then a mosque under Arab domination.
Many of the city’s best sights are to be found in the
excellent Archaeological Park of Neapolis.
Here you will find the Greek Theatre, one
of the largest and best preserved of its kind. There are still
performances held here to this day. Please enquire at the
reception for information regarding shows. Close to the theatre
are the latomie, stone quarries,
the most popular being the Orecchio di Dionisio
(Ear of Dionysius).
The bus station is 7 km away as is the train station.
Many shops, bars, restaurants, pizzerias, minimarkets and
newsagents are close to La Rosa sul Mare
resort. It is also possible to hire boats nearby.