Siracusa, the city loved by Pindarus in the distant 400 BC, has also
been appointed as World Heritage, and it stretches out towards the
sea with its island of Ortigia, which separates the two ports of the
city: Porto Grande and Porto Piccolo. Ortigia is the real old town
centre of the city, and it represents all of the epochs this town
has lived through, up to our days.
The beauties that can be admired here are many: Roman and Greek
sites such as the Archaeological Park with the Greek Theatre, where
every year in May a Greek tragedy is represented, Apollo’s temple,
the Roman Amphitheatre, the Maniace Castle, ancient fortress of the
1000s which was later turned into a castle by Frederic II of
Hohenstaufen and the baroque Cathedral, that was built on a Dorian
temple (dated 500 BC) in honour of the Goddess Athena.
In the South-East of Sicily, after Siracusa, we find some very well-
known towns, such as Noto, Modica and Ragusa, which stretches on the
slopes of the Iblei mountains. The original town, the splendid city
of Ragusa Iblea, which had a Medieval and Baroque structure,
nowadays counts few inhabitants, and this has allowed it to preserve
a surreal atmosphere that can be sensed along its streets, immersed
in masterpieces of the Baroque architecture. The Ragusan coast,
belonging to Ragusa Iblea, is one of the most equipped seaside
resorts in this part of Sicily.