Siracusa is a historic city in just about as far south as Italy extends. The city is notable for both its rich Greek history and as the birthplace of infamous mathematician and engineer Archimees. This city is ancient. It was founded in 733 B.C. If I figured it out correctly, that’s 2,749 years old! The city was originated by Ancient Greek Corinthians and became a powerful city-state. Syracuse was even once allied with Sparta and later became part of the Roman empire.
Pretty cool view from our hotel, the Gulf of Siracusa and Ionian Sea beyond.
Siracusa’s castello in the distance
Sandy was assigned sentry duty
Impressive church in the main piazza, dedicated to Santa Lucia. The Church is built around an ancient Greek temple. St. Lucia is the patron saint of Siracusa.
Here is the statue if St. Lucy in the church. St. Lucy has an interesting story. It would take a while explain why she has a dagger sticking into her neck and also why she is the patron Saint of the blind. If you want more, Click here for answers.
Bought our lunch at an open air market and brought it back to the nunnery.
There were some great sights to see in this extremely clean and beautiful city:
Fontanna bella in the main piazza
Fishing fleet in from the catch
After lunch we hiked off the island to mainland Siracusa to see the ancient sights.
The Roman theater
An aquaduct provided the water supply for the Greek theater
First spiral staircase ever designed?
This theater was massive
The flowers are in bloom in Sicily
We drove this morning from Siracusa to Agrigento through several torrential rainstorms and a countless number of road projects. Finally arriving at the archeological park, we were in awe of the Valley of the Temples. Here are some photos of this incredible World Heritage Site:
The surrounding countryside
It us hard to explain the raw beauty
Yes, it rained the whole day long
Cripts and catacombs were plentiful
The stone used in the columns and blocks contained seashells, also the sign of the Camino de Santiago.
Dinner tonight in the neat pizzeria near our B&B in the hilltop village of Piazza Armerina.
That’s all for this post! Next post will highlight our visit to the Roman Palace and seaside town of Taormina.