The Archaeological Park of Neapolis
Without a doubt one of the finest archaeological parks in Sicily, Neapolis features a variety of impressive historical monuments including a Greek theatre carved out of the surrounding rock. You can catch classical Greek performances here in the spring.
The quarry to the east of the park is an Eden of citrus trees and greenery, living up to its moniker of ‘Paradise Quarry’, whilst the cavernous Ear of Dionysus is also situated nearby. Another highlight includes the necropolis, a burial ground where Archimedes himself was supposedly laid to rest and the Roman amphitheatre, reclaimed by grass and flowers, is a tranquil spot away from the crowds that can frequent the main site.
Latomia dei Cappuccini
Rarely top of the list in a Syracuse guide, this quarry is well worth a visit. Hop on a bus to the far end of Riviera Dionisio il Grande to visit these sombre quarries and their lush Mediterranean gardens. This ancient spot has a sombre past – prisoners of war were trapped here and left to meet a grisly death by starvation. However, in recent years the gardens have been used as a citrus orchard and are home to two elegant, open air theatres.
Catacombs of San Giovanni
Explore beneath the city and visit the San Giovanni catacombs, constructed as a Christian burial chamber and thought to house 10,000 burials entombed in its depths. From modest niches to ostentatious chambers, a guided tour will showcase the most interesting sights as well as the lovely ruins of the church above.
Syracuse excursions and day trips
The island of Ortygia