For a glimpse into the ancient world that inhabited the shores of Sicily thousands of years ago, pay a visit to Syracuse and be seduced by an Aladdin's cave of archaeological treasures that a rich blend of civilisations left behind. There was a time when Syracuse was the largest and most important city in Sicily and the variety of fascinating temples, amphitheatres and monuments that can be found in this region stand witness to this era of power and prestige. Cicero wrote that Ancient Syracuse was, “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all”.
Choosing to book a Syracuse apartment or a holiday villa in this region provides access to all the delights of modern Syracuse. A proclaimed UNESCO world heritage site, perched on the Ionian coast, Syracuse enjoys a prime location for exploring Sicily's southeastern shores. Its medieval streets and beautiful Baroque architecture take you on a journey back in time whilst providing a range of convenient facilities and amenities to make your holiday enjoyable.
The key historical sites of Syracuse include the Neapolis Archaeological Park based on Termite Hill, with its majestic Greek and Roman amphitheatres; and the magical island of Ortygia with its unmissable labyrinth of atmospheric streets, stunning Greek temples and vibrant window into traditional Sicilian life.
Choosing Syracuse province as a base for your self-catered holiday opens the door to a rich and varied list of activities and experiences. Enjoy historical monuments, blissful coastline, tranquil countryside or the bustling streets of its medieval towns – Syracuse has it all.
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Syracuse holidays offer a range of activites for a variety of interests. As well as providing access to some of the most impressive archeological sights you will find in Sicily, you can also arrange experiences from Sicilian cooking classes and wine-tasting to sailing, hiking and scuba diving. Foodies will adore the traditional trattorias that line the streets, serving excellent pizza, seafood and other Sicilian specialities, whilst beach lovers will find glorious, sandy stretches of spun gold coastline within a stone's throw of this perfectly situated base.
Ortygia island is known as the beating heart of Syracuse and presents a breath-taking assortment of historical highlights, winding streets and picturesque sea views. Wander the island on foot to admire the charming Norman and Baroque architecture and enjoy getting lost in the winding streets, exploring the numerous shops, bars and places to eat. The early mornings play host to a bustling street market, bursting with tempting fresh produce from the natural larder of Sicily – expect cheeses, cured meats, sun dried tomatoes and wines. Sicilian markets are ideal for picking up indulgent delicacies to enjoy back at your self-catered Syracuse villa.
Later, take a step back in time with magnificent archeological gems such as the fountain of Arethusa and the Temple of Apollo with its ornate Doric columns. Continue your adventure via the Piazza del Duomo to admire the mighty cathedral and relax in the pedestrian square.
The alternative historical site of Neapolis Archaeological Park can be found to the northwest of Syracuse. Here you will find an incredible spread of perfectly preserved Greek and Roman relics. The majestic, stone Greek amphitheatre, built in the 5th century BC, could accommodate an audience of up to 15,000, hosting myriad performances including some of the original plays of Aeschylus.
In comparison, the Roman arena was used for a more blood-thirsty purpose – the gladiatorial battles that were so popular at the time.
Additional sights within reach of Syracuse include the eerie San Giovannni Catacombs, a mass underground burial ground where hundreds of adults and children were laid to rest; and Eurialo Castle, a key hub of defense designed by the famous Greek inventor, Archimedes.
Our villas and apartments in Syracuse province are in close proximity to some of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily. There are opportunities at Ortygia to swim from the rocks and snorkel but for paradise sands, head south of the city, down the Ionian coast. The Marine Reserve of Plemmirio offers snorkelling and diving tours to explore the depths of the shimmering aquamarine waters, whilst the family-friendly resort of Arenella reveals a seafront straight off the front of a postcard – craggy white cliffs framing silky sands. Fontane Bianche is another vibrant resort town based near Syracuse – head here if you are looking for buzzing nightlife teamed with a long sweeping beach of fine, powder soft sand.
From Syracuse you can continue south to visit the stunning Baroque cities of Ragusa and Modica. Sample traditional Modican chocolate liqueur, or continue along the southeast coast to explore the ribbons of sandy coastline that loop around the Ionian shores.
To the north, you can travel to Catania with its vibrant bars, clubs and restaurants catering to a lively student population against a UNESCO-listed, historical centre backdrop. Catania is also the closest airport for those looking to fly from other parts of Sicily, Italy and other international hubs.
Choose a villa in Syracuse area and you will find all the treasures of Sicily’s southeastern region at your fingertips.