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Highlights in Syracuse
- Bathing holidays in the city with UNESCO World Heritage status
- Old town with palaces on the island
- Imposing fortress Castello Maniace
- Freshwater spring Fonte Aretusa
- Art in the Museo Regionale di Palazzo Bellomo
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Vacation rentals in Syracuse
In Syracuse you are spoilt for choice between vacation rentals in the heart of the historic centre or those situated directly by the sea and close to the beaches. These are usually equipped with a furnished terrace and barbecue and offer an excellent view over the coastal region. A vacation rental in Syracuse offers you not only a garden but also a lot of privacy away from the hustle and bustle of tourists.
Holidays in Syracuse
Location and orientation
The city of Syracuse, which looks back on a centuries-old history, is located in the east of the Italian island of Sicily. The old town of Syracuse is located on an island called Ortygia, which can be reached by ferry or bridge. There are also two natural harbours. Syracuse's neighbors are Noto, Solarino, Avola and Melilli.
At the time of the first settlement by the Sikelern there were some marshlands in the region, which is why the place Syrakus, derived from Syrakka, was called in German marshland.
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Castello Maniace is located on the southern tip of the island of Ortygia. It originally dates back to the Norman period, but in the 13th century it was converted into a magnificent castle. At Castello Maniace you not only get a thorough insight into the history of the city, but also a breathtaking view of the sea.2. Walk to the famous freshwater spring
Fonte Aretusa is called a freshwater spring located near the sea and the promenade. There is a legend about the spring that the nymph Arethusa was transformed into a freshwater spring by the Greek goddess of hunting and the forest and the guardian of women. Today the Fonte Aretusa is the symbol of Syracuse.3. Visit palaces and museums
On the central square in the old town you will find some old palaces from the 14th to the 16th century. Among them the Clock Palace, the Palace Lanza and the Palazzo Montalto. In the Museo Regionale di Palazzo Bellomo, housed in the palace of the same name and considered the largest in the region, you can admire numerous paintings, such as an image of St. Lucia, created by the famous artist Caravaggio.