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Syracuse (Sicily), Italy Port | Map | Locations

Syracuse (Sicily) cruises (click for pricing and information): Silversea, Azamara, Variety,

Key Attractions: Syracuse Old Town - Ortygia, Syracuse Cathedral, Maniace Castle, Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica, Greek Theater, Roman Amphitheater, Stone Quarries, Noto, Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Cava Grande del Cassibile Natural Reserve, Fiume Ciane Natural Reserve, Catania, Arenella Beach, Fontane Blanche Beach

First established by the Corinthians in the 7th century BCE on the island of Ortygia, Syracuse was an important political and trade center through the periods of Greek, Carthaginian, Roman, Vandal, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Hohenstaufen (Holy Roman Empire) and Aragonese (Spanish). Each of these ruling cultures left their mark, but for Syracuse the most important historic event was the catastrophic 1693 earthquake which destroyed most of the buildings in the city and the surrounding region. During the 18th century, the rebuilding process recreated an incredible island urban area with stunning Baroque masterpieces of architecture including the Cathedral and beautiful palazzo. In the mainland part of the city there is a large Archaeological Park that features a Greek Theater, Roman Amphitheater and a museum dedicated to the scientist Archemides. The small towns and cities of the Noti Valley suffered similar devastation and were also rebuilt. The rugged valley features stunning towns and baroque building on rocky hills providing amazing views.

Near Syracuse are three lovely parks. Fiume Ciane is a wetlands area at the western edge of Syracuse Bay which offers boat tours for viewing the water birds and plants. Cava Grande del Cassibile is a canyon with clear pools only excessible hiking down into the gorge. The Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica is a site where ancients going back 15 centuries cut tombs into the soft rock of cliffs in the area. Along with the Archealogical Site at Syracuse, this is one of the three UNESCO sites reachable from Syracuse.

Local Currency: Euro

Primary Language: Italian

Secondary Languages: Sicilian

Visa requirements: Not required for US and Canadian citizens

Photo of Syracuse Cathedral by Breogan67

Geography and Population

The population of about 125,000 is less than half its population during the Greek era. Its importance during this and subsequent eras is due to its strategic and easily defensible position on an island at the north corner of a large bay.

Map of Region with Port, Airport and Attractions

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How Far?

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Catania Airport 62 KM 50 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Syracuse Cathedral 1.3 KM 5 minutes, 12 minute walk  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Archaeological Park 2.5 KM 7 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Fiume Ciane Natural Reserve 6 KM 15 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Arenella Beach 12 KM 20 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Fontane Blanche Beach 18 KM 30 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Necropolis of Pantalica 34 KM 45 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Cava Grande del Cassibile 36 KM 45 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Ragusa 84 KM 1 hour 35 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Modica 74 KM 1 hour 30 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Noto 40 KM 45 minutes  
Syracuse Passenger Terminal Catania 64 KM 50 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses

Hospital

Azienda Ospedaliera Umberto I, Via Socrate, 30, 96100 Siracusa SR, 2.5 KM, 7 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

Banca Monte Dei Paschi Di Siena - Siracusa Agenzia 4, Via Savoia, 35, 96100 Siracusa, 1 KM, 4 KM, 8 minute walk
Banca Popolare Di Lodi, Riva della Darsena, 3, 96100 Syracuse, 1 KM, 4 KM, 9 minute walk

Post Office

Poste Italiane Poste Italiane Spa, Via Trieste, 3, 96100 Syracuse, 0.6 KM, 2 minutes, 7 minute walk

Port and Berths

Lungomare di Levante Elio Vittorini, 96100 Siracusa SR

Photo of Syracuse Greek Theater by Victoria from London, UK