Saturday, January 14, 2012

learn something about Siracusa, Italy

Postcard from Siracusa:
Piazza Duomo e il Duomo - Cathedral Square and Cathedral


Sicily is a rugged and attractive island on the southern tip of Italy. Provinces: Agrigento, Caltanissetta, Catania, Enna, Messina, Palermo, Ragusa, Syracuse and Trapani. Cities: Catania, Gela, Marsala and Ragusa.

Postcard from Sicilia

Siracusa or Syracuse is a medium sized city in Sicily, Italy and the capital of the province of Syracuse, Italy. it was once described by Cicero as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all".

Syracuse is an ancient town on the sea, which was of great importance as Greek Syracuse. it has a well known archaeological zone and a historic centre on the island of Ortygia.

Where to go?

Cathedral: The Duomo: The cathedral in Siracusa was built in Ortigia on top of the remains of a Doric temple that dated back to the 5th century B.C. The building contains influences from various cultures within its wall: Greek, Byzantine, Arabic and Norman. the main facade was rebuilt in Baroque style after the eartquake in 1693.

Postcard from Siracusa: Duomo - Cathedral

Greek Theatre: Teatro Greco: Built in c. 470 B.C. its the largest in Sicily and is still one of the main hubs of cultural life in Siracusa. but since then has gone through reconstruction. Greek drama is now re-enacted there, but in the italian language.

Postcard from Siracusa: Teatro Greco - Greek Theatre

Aretusa Fountain: This is one of the city's greatest tourist attractions. over th centuries it inspired poets and writers, fascinated by the legend that is linked to this place. the story goes that Alpheus, son of Oceanus, fell madly in love with the nymph Aretusa, the Goddess Artemides' handmaid. the nymph didnt share his feeling. to save her, Artemides turned her into a water source but Zeus also turned Alpheus into a river, allowing him to meet up with Aretusa.

Postcard from Siracusa: La Fontana Aretusa - Fountain Aretusa

Buona giornata!
Have a nice day!

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