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Amphitheatre, Syracusa

Amphitheatre, Syracusa

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Siracusa, situated on the southeastern coastline of Sicily, Italy, was heavily involved in the war between Athens and Sparta at the time of the Greek city states. Now it has a wealth of Greek and Roman remains to display to visitors.



Sights and Activities

The city of Siracusa, together with the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica, is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Some of the main sights include:

  • Ortygia - a separate island connected by a bridge. This is the oldest part of Siracusa and the cathedral is located here - as is the Tourist Office.
  • Regional Archeological Museum
  • Archaeological Park - a must-see area that includes a Greek theatre, a Roman amphitheatre and the so-called Paradise Quarries.



Events and Festivals

  • Siracusa's 53rd Festival, 2017 - Cycle of Classical Greek Plays at the Greek Theatre
  • Eschilo - Sette Contro Tebe (Seven Against Thebes), 6 May - 25 June
  • Euripide - Fenicie (Phoenician), 6 May - 25 June
  • Aristofane - Rane (Frogs), 29 June - 9 July




Siracusa has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild but wetter winters. Average daytime temperatures ranges from around 15 or 16 degrees Celsius from December to February to around 33 degrees Celsius during July and August. Average minimum temperatures are ranging between 4 degrees Celsius in January and February to 18 degrees Celsius during July and August. Under specific conditions, when winds blow directly from Africa, temperatures can be much higher though, over 40 during the day and even nights around 28 degrees are not unheard of. While summers are almost completely dry, most of the rain falls between October and March.
Frost and snow are very rare.



Getting There

By Plane

Siracusa hasn't got its own airport, the nearest one is at Catania. For more details about that airport, have a look at the getting there by plane sections in the Catania article.
Interbus offers direct services to Siracusa from Catania Airport.

By Train

Siracusa is connected to Catania and Taormina by a service that runs quite frequently, about once every hour. From Rome there are some direct trains for Siracusa (via Naples).



Keep Connected


Almost all towns and cities in Italy have internet cafes. A growing number of budget hostels and nicer hotels have free Wifi. By law all public-access internet points must keep records of web sites viewed by customers, and even the customer's ID: expect to be refused access if you don't provide identification. Hotels providing Internet access are not required to record IDs if the connection is provided in the guest's room, although if the connection is offered in the main public hall then IDs are required. Publicly available wireless access without user identification is illegal, so open Wi-Fi hotspots (like the ones you might expect to find in a mall or cafée) all have some form of (generally one-time) registration.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The main networks are TIM (Telecom Italia Mobile, part of Telecom Italia, formerly state controlled), Vodafone, Wind, and 3 (only UMTS cellphones). Best advice is to buy a prepaid SIM card (from € 10 upwards) and a cheap mobile phone (€ 19 upwards) to put it in (if you don't have a cellphone already that you can use). It will be much more practical. All land line numbers start with 0. Mobile numbers start with 3. Numbers starting with 89 are high-fee services. In case of emergency call the appropriate number from the list below. Such calls are usually free and calls to 112, 113 (police), 115 (fire), 118 (health) can be made from payphones for free without the need of inserting coins. 112 (standard emergency number in GSM specification) can be dialed in any case for free from any mobile phone.


Post Italiane is the national postal services of Italy and has quite an efficient network of postal offices and reliable postal services. Standard letters and postcards (up to 20 grams) cost €0.39 to send within Europe and the Mediterranean countries outside Europe and €0.41 to all other destinations throughout the country. Up to 50 grams, prices start at €0.52 for Europe, €0.62 for other areas. Packages start at €1.55 within Europe, and around €2.50 for other countries. Post office business hours in Italy are from 8:30am to 2:00pm from Monday to Friday, with closing times at Saturday and the last day of the month at 12 noon. In general, larger post offices in bigger cities and in tourist areas keep longer hours than those in local towns. Also note that business hours in the south might be different than the north, with longer hours at night, especially in summer! If you want to send packages you might try faster and more reliable/efficient private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL.


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