Collision of the worlds, new and ancient and the one name that all world knows – Syracuse!
Syracuse was about 130km from us but it was a trip worth taking, we will show you why.
From the prehistoric populations to the Corinthians who founded the Greek city, to the introduction of Baroque architecture, the history of Syracuse is an open book visible in every corner. Described by Cicero as “the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all”, it equaled Athens in size during the fifth century BC.
Most of the historical sites are located in the island of Ortygia where you can get easily lost in the atmosphere. Narrow streets, ancient ruins, whole history preserved in numerous beige buildings. Did you know that famous “Eureka!!!” was heard in Syracuse, the birth place of the great Archimedes, one of the biggest scientists that ever lived!
There were so many things to see and the heat was relentless. Regardless of the heat we saw photo opportunity in every corner of every street. The trick is the shade, like Nosferatu we were following the shade and tried to cool our heads.
It was time for handmade, pistachio organic ice cream and the caffe fredo, we where ready for more. No stone was left unturned, it was once in the lifetime opportunity, so we had to get the most of it – as Our tripod and camera were working overtime.
But handsome as it is, the city is no museum piece − life goes on here much as it has for last 2500 years, as you’ll soon see from the snarling mid-morning rush hour and noisy markets.
In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.
There are so many churches that is hard to explain, but yet every single one is unique in its own way with baroque elements and statues. Since 2005, the entire city of Syracuse, along with the Necropolis of Pantalica which falls within the province of Syracuse, were listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
With so many more pictures to share with you, expect one more post very soon as the Italian adventure continues…