Travel and Culture in Sicily
From the artistic point of view Syracuse offers numerous prestigious monuments, among which the Castle of Maniace, that raises on Ortigia island. The castle was built by Frederick II of Swabia and presents a 3rd century structure with a square map and two cylindric corner towers.
Another important monument is the Syracuse Cathedral, which was erected in the 6th century on the Athena temple, dating back to the 5th century B.C.
The Cathedral’s front is Baroque (1724) and it has been realized by A. Palma. Inside the church you can find the statue of St Lucy, patron saint of the town, a work by P.Rizzo, dating back to 1600.
Another important church is St John’s, that is considered the first Christian church in Sicily, provided with a large underground necropolis (13 km long), dating back to the 4th-5th centuries.
We absolutely recommend you to visit the Syracuse Greek theatre, one of the biggest in the Greek world. It was realized with Damopocos rock, facing the sea and it has an excellent acoustics.
The remnants of the the Apollo Temple (6th century B.C.) and of the Olympian Jove Temple are also very interesting and evocative.
We suggest you to visit the Syracuse Regional Museum too, that preserves numerous Greek, Roman and early Christian archeological finds of great prestige.
areas of the town on the mainland were built.