On Sicily’s southern coast, Siracusa – also known as Syracuse – is one of Sicily’s most photogenic towns, occupying a peninsula that’s almost an island. It stretches out into the water, a mass of honey-coloured mansions and elegant churches against the deep blue of the Mediterranean.
Siracusa holidays take you to the heart of this atmospheric region, where citrus orchards are heavy with oranges and lemons and the glittering sea is visible at the end of every winding medieval street. But Siracusa holidays are not only about the splendours of the town.
The southeastern corner of Sicily has some of the island’s most beautiful coastline with wide, soft, sandy beaches as far as the eye can see. If you’re looking to discover a fabulously beautiful setting with incredible historical riches, close to balmy beachlife and with activities for everyone, then holidays to Siracusa will be ideal.
Go to the amphitheatre
Ancient Greece comes alive at Siracusa’s archaeological park. You can’t fail to be impressed by the gloriously preserved Greek amphitheatre – productions are held here in the summer.
Hang out on the piazza
Siracusa’s cathedral piazza is a huge space, centred on its Baroque cathedral. There are beautiful buildings all around, and it’s the perfect place to drink in the street life.
Visit Maniace Castle
This 13th-century castle is almost surrounded by sea, situated on the far reaches of the Ortigia island promontory. It’s a magnificent piece of architecture, with sweeping coastal views.