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The Archeology of Siracusa

Goliarda Sapienza
January 23, 2021
Pantalica
January 24, 2021
After Map of Antique Siracusa, V. Mirabella 17th century

The Archeology of Siracusa

Siracusa has certainly been at the epicentre of extraordinary cultural and historical factors from prehistory to today. Across the centuries, Siracusa has been described by a definition of Cicero’s, who in the Verrines writes of Siracusa:
“maxima et pulcherrima urbium grecarum”
...the greatest and most beautiful of the Greek cities...
Cicero came to Siracusa, Cicero knew Siracusa, Cicero describes Siracusa with evocative words...
Giuseppe Voza
Soprintendente Emerito dei Beni Culturali di Siracusa
 
April 23, 2021

Siracusa: a short story

Traveller, pause for a moment. Take a break from all this rushing between outdoor coffee-shop tables and souvenir shops, and listen to what I have to say. Over 2700 years ago, I saw Greek ships arriving on a deserted Ortigia and colonists build a temple and a city on the highest point of the island. I saw their numbers grow and prosper, and transform Siracusa.
April 21, 2021

The Altar of Hieron II

This corner of Siracusa tells us of emotions and events that have origins in a distant past. In the collective imagination, this history survives only in faded memories or words in books, but here, it comes to life and appears in front of your eyes.
April 21, 2021

Neapolis

The Neapolis area has preserved and enhanced the appeal of the parkland and the man-made ruins that characterise it, becoming a place which symbolically represents the city and which attracts visitors from all over the world.
April 16, 2021

Museum Paolo Orsi – what a history!

April 14, 2021

The Mouseion of Siracusa

The view from the upper terrace of the Greek Theatre is one of the most breath-taking moments of any visit to Greek Siracusa, but if you turn your back on the view you’ll see a large grotto behind you with - rather surprisingly - a sparkling waterfall of clear spring-water.
April 6, 2021

The Cathedral of Siracusa

The Athenaion of Siracusa was converted into a church by walling up the spaces between the columns and cutting eight arches into the inner walls of the cella: This created a basilica plan with a central nave and two side-aisles with the entrance to the West.

Articles

April 23, 2021

Siracusa: a short story

April 21, 2021

The Altar of Hieron II

April 21, 2021

Neapolis

April 16, 2021

Museum Paolo Orsi – what a history!

April 14, 2021

The Mouseion of Siracusa

April 6, 2021

The Cathedral of Siracusa

March 27, 2021

Piazza Duomo, Ortigia

March 21, 2021

The Greek Theatre

February 15, 2021

The Walls of Dionysius

February 1, 2021

Castello Eurialo