To visit Syracuse represents a complete and fulfilling experience that remains, in your mind, as an emotion and full of knowledge.
The most emblematic monument of the town is the Duomo. A doric temple built in 480 a.c. to celebrate the victory in Imera on the Carthaginians, it was transformed into a Christian church in the 6th century. A.D.. Even today it is possible to admire traces of every historical period in its external facade, built with limestone that at sunset lights up giving to the town a particular and beautiful color, really unforgettable.
The Greek Theatre of Syracuse is the seal and historical metaphor of the town, it is unique for the perfection of its geometries, designed by Damokopos.It was the stage of the greatest Greek tragedians, knowing the excitement of the premiére of the show “Persians” written by Aeschylus; only the Athenian prisoners able to recite Euripides were allowed to escape the atrocious imprisonment in the Latomie. Even today, Greek Theatre of Syracuse is the greatest place for classical representations.
The extraordinary beauty of the fortress, built by Federico ll of Svevia, combines the style of the Nordic abbeys with the suggestions borrowed from the East. Moreover, he impressed the grandeur of the sacred buildings in the architecture of his castles, an evidence of the great level of refinement of the whole decorative apparatus. Another superb Frederick testimony is the Swabian Castle of Augsburg built between 1232 and 1242.
A few kilometers away, we find Noto that after a disastrous earthquake it was rebuilt and became famous for its incomparable baroque style. Defined as the “capital of the Baroque”, in 2002 its historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
Pantalica, one of the most pristine and evocative sites in Sicily, is linked to Syracuse by the Anapo river. Its extraordinary archaeological heritage documents and tells the story of the protohistoric Sicily between the blossoming of the Thapsos civilization and the founding of the Greek colonies. Pantalica has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is the largest Necropolis in Europe.
Cavagrande, defined by Howel “Wonder of Sicily, offers a majestic and impressive spectacle”. It was born from the river Cassibile that goes down through the scenic Cavagrande Gorges, ancient and deep wrinkle of the Iblee rocks, populated by humans since prehistoric times and rich of rock dwellings and sepulchral caves.
Not too much far from there are Palazzolo, Ragusa Ibla, Modica towns and the natural reserve of Vendicari. This natural reserve shows dunes, salt flats, pristine sea and migrations of many species of birds that stay there before arriving in Africa.To all this, we can add the Aragonese tower, the Tonnara, the Byzantine antiquities, that complete heritage of inestimable value and beauty.