This region is a must see for a trip on the east coast of Sicily. This breath-taking region, is well known for historical heritage and charming old towns including also Ortigia Island which is only 45 mins away by transport. With the Mediterranean weather all year round, this destination Is a perfect getaway for all year round.
A Guide to Syracuse
Siracusa is well connected to the rest of this Sicilian Island through highways and Sicilian roads. There is also bus services that lead to Syracuse leaving rom every point of Sicily,often with several trips a day. Although no airport can be found in Syracuse, it is possible to take advantage of the other Sicilian airports like Airport Fontanarossa of Catania, which have direct connections providing access as well from outside Sicilian.
How to get there?
Horsback riding in the Anapo Valley and Pantalica Natural Reserves: One can ride and explore Pantalica with one of the horses the Pantalica Ranch has to offer. Whether one is an experiences rider or a beginner, these horses are trained for all kinds of riders and with a guide to assist along the ride.
Castello Eurialo: Castello Eurialo in Syracuse is just 14.2km from Pantalico Ranch considered to be one of the greatest defensive works in the whole of Europe. It’s a fantastic experience, where members can enjoy the 180m long tunnel used by the soldiers to get around as well as the Dionysus walls and inner courtyard.
River ANAPO: Pantalica is truly breath-taking, a good part of it still to be explored. The reserve comprises the Anapo river valley on of the longest rivers on the island and the principal river of the Iblean mountains, that over time eroded the limestone over which it flows, living rise to the characteristic canyon surrounding the archaeological site of Pantalica. In summer, do swim, the water is so fresh and clean. It’s an ideal place for trail walks.
Archaeological Park of Neapolis: The Neapolis Archaeological Park of Siracusa contains the stunning Greek Theatre as well as the Roman Amphitheatre that combined makes this one of the greatest archaeological sites in all of Italy. The star attraction of the park, however, is the very well-preserved Greek Theatre, which dates back to at least the 5th century BC. The Archaeological Park, along with the entire city of Siracusa, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. Book a walking tour and discover the history and archaeological importance of this ancient Greek sight.
Food: Have a taste of Pizzolo of Sortino - The Pizzolo di Sortino is also called "covered pizza or "Stuffed focaccia”, Given that the dough is very similar, although decidedly more crunchy. You can imagine the pizzolo as a pizza cut in half and stuffed with any type of dressing you prefer, obviously preferring the main Sicilian products, from agricultural to dairy.
Activities in Syracuse
Valla dell’Anapo: This is a protected natural area in the province of Syracuse. Both an archaeological and a natural gem situated deep in a canyon here waters flow from the mountains forming waterfalls and small lakes.
Museum of the Opera dei Pupi: When mentioning la Bella Sicilia, among the first things that stands are are the Sicilian Marionettes which is one of the most popular traditions that represents Sicilian history. This museum is entirely dedicated to this folkloric art were once can see the colourful puppets characteristics of Sicily.
Beekeeping Museum: also known as "Casa do 'Fascitraru" – taking its name as City of Honey, Sortino is among the main Sicilian Producers of this magnificent delicacy. Casa do Fascitraru is in the local dialect which in local jargon means beekeeper. This museum takes you back in time to the ancient tradition of honey production as well as showing all the tools used.
Mother Church of Sortino: Entitled to Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist, this Baroque Jewel is one of the largest in the city. From the outside this enchanting architectural beauty stand out in the middle of this historic centre of Sortino. With splendid artwork and well kept decorations, this sacred gem, is a must see.
Antiquarium Medieval: located at the former convent of the Carmelite Fathers of Santa Teresa, this museum offers the journey starting from Sicilian prehistory up to the Sortino Baroque era.
Ortygia Market: At the entrance of this island, which is connect the city through the Umbertino Bridge, one will be welcomed by the aromas of different spicies, chili peppers from Etna, almond caked and every moutwatering products this island has to offer. One will be greeted with “Vanniate “which is a cathcy phrase in Sicilian Dialect to welcome people.