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Villa Sant`Andrea Hotel, Sicily, Italy


Built on an ancient Greek settlement founded by Corinthians in 734 BC, Siracusa rivalled Athens at the height of its glory, and was later the birthplace of renowned mathematician Archimedes.

Make your first port of call the archaeological park of Neapolis, where among the excavations you can see the spectacular Greek Theatre, carved from the hillside, the 2nd century Roman amphitheatre, and the fascinating Latomia del Paradiso, man-made caves which were once used as prisons and include a cavern intriguingly named the Ear of Dionysius for its unusual shape.

From here, head to Ortigia Island, which is connected by two bridges to the mainland. Stroll through the ancient, narrow streets admiring grand Baroque buildings and medieval palaces, blinking as you suddenly come across a dazzling, sunlit piazza.

Make sure to visit the celebrated Duomo, which includes the Temple of Athena, and one of Siracusa’s most delightful attractions — the Arethusa Fountain, adorned with abundant papyrus plants and much loved by the local ducks.

Siracusa is about 90 minutes’ drive from Taormina. Contact the concierge to arrange your visit.


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