A TREASURE TO BE DISCOVERED – ORTIGIA ISLAND

Ortigia Island is the core of Siracusa, and it is part of the World Heritage-listed locations.

An INCREDIBLE experience

Over centuries Ortigia Island takes on several names and varying shades, it is known as Quails Land, seagulls shelter, peaceful harbour or as citizen define it “U’ Scogghiu” (the rock), but it is always been a welcoming place. The sea and the Sirocco are the makers of its own destiny: its shape have been delineated over thousands of years, and Greek and Christian ships have been guided into its harbour. Ortigia Island is exactly at halfway between East and West, Carthage and Rome.Strolling around its narrow streets and small squares you can experience extraordinary moments, living all Mediterranean atmospheres. Going to discover Ortigia Island means to find out many different cultures and its hidden secrets. Buildings, quads, churches and monasteries are melted together with temples, castles and fountains. It is an excellent mosaic of white stone elements, where each precious tiles shine in the sun.


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LOCATION:

Corso Umberto, Siracusa, SR, 96100, Sicilia

COORDINATES:

37.0662428 15.285627699999964

OPENING TIMES:

Ready to welcome you

CONTACT

tel. +39 0931 64 694
e-mail: info@secretsiracusa.it

CROSSING UMBERTO I THE BRIDGE

Umberto I Bridge connects Ortigia to the mainland, it is like a space-time gate, located between sky and sea.

After crossing it, you are welcomed by the monolithic columns of Apollo Temple which will also tell the Greek origins of the town.

There are so many itineraries, but one possible of them could starts from here: moving along Corso Matteotti, bordered by Fascist-period buildings, you arrive at the foot of Goddess Artemis, sculpted in the middle of Piazza Archimede fountain; then you continue up until the golden shield of Goddess Athena, who is still wandering within the ancient Cathedral walls in Piazza Duomo.

As well it is unmissable Santa Lucia alla Badia Church which treasures one of the best 17th century master-works: Caravaggio describes the story of Siracusa’s Saint Patroness from the main altar, unveiling the underground-city’s secrets.

 

Indeed Ortigia’s history begins underground, within the archaeological site Artemision you can still admire the signs of the first islanders.

Moving away from the square, the architecture shows the wounds of past. The earthquakes have barely affected Ortigia’s beauty over centuries, but the Island flourished again in the 18th century: it puts on the stylish Baroque mask enriching itself with leaves, columns, pinnacles and spirals, all elements which still characterize it.

Ortigia turns pink, orange and red when sun goes down. The streets come alive and at the Massimo Municipal Theatre the curtain goes up.

NOT JUST ARCHITECTURE

But Ortigia Island is not only a combination of monuments and buildings, it is a real urban theatre, where is revealed the city’s true essence: it is made of ideas, words, colours and flavours.

Island’s nature is represented by its Market plentiful of exotic fruits, spices and stalls; but also by its Harbour full of traditions.

Ortigia is 2750 years old and since then it wears the turquoise-blue color. This tint was stolen directly from Gods to save the protectress nymph Arethusa, and to paint Ortigia’s crystal-clear waters.

Water is exactly the fundamental element. It is the first thing you see as you come to the Island, and the last thing you enjoy when you leave it.

INFORMATION LOCATION:

Corso Umberto, Siracusa, SR, 96100, Sicilia

 

COORDINATES:

37.0662428 15.285627699999964

 

OPENING TIMES:

Always ready to welcome

 

CONTACT US

tel. +39 0931 64 694
e-mail: info@secretsiracusa.it


ortigia

SEE ALSO



  • Municipal Theater of
    Siracusa

    Esibizione della cultura

  • LATOMIA DEI CAPPUCCINI OF SIRACUSA

    When the rocks tell

  • Cathedral of Siracusa

    Cathedral of Siracusa: Crocevia di culture

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