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Siracusa is one of two cities we stayed for several days on the eastern part of Sicily. Taormina is the other, see our earlier posts about it here and here.

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The city of Siracusa itself is not very scenic, so we stayed instead on the island of Ortigia (or Ortygia in English) at the southeastern tip of Siracusa.

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The island of Ortigia at less than 1 square km is the oldest part of Siracusa.

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While we explored the island, we managed to walk pretty much the entire perimeter of the island, except the very tip where there is a fort. See the Italian coast guard’s boat at the port of Ortigia.

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Fontana Aretusa – apparently a fresh water source – right next to the sea ! No wonder the ancient sailors liked the place.

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A typical narrow street on Ortigia, often with a view of the sea in the distance.

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Luongomare Alfeo along the western side of the island

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The island is surrounded by the Ionian Sea.

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Luongomare d’Ortigia on the eastern side of the island

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The pictures here were taken on different days at different hours.

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The name Ortigia originates from the Ancient Greek ortyx (ὄρτυξ), which means “Quail”.

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A line of rocks were deposited here to break the waves on the eastern side of the island.

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The fortification here looks modern but we suspect that it was built on top of an older base.

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On the east side of the island, one can see the city of  Siracusa in a distance.ortigia shore-13

We will show you more of the streets of Ortigia in our next post.

 

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