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Ortigia (Ottiggia in dialect, Ortygia, Syracuse Ὀρτυγία in ancient Greek) is the name of the island which is the oldest part of the city of Syracuse representing their constituency, the ninth and last on the city territory.
Its name derives from the ancient Greek ortyx (ὄρτυξ) meaning "quail".
Characteristic of Ortigia, is undoubtedly its market with its stalls; smells filled with fruits, vegetables, cheeses, fresh seafood. The shops belong mostly to the families of fishermen and the thing that sets him apart and makes it "typical of the South" are the "vanniate", i.e. the cries of merchants
The Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia is a church in Syracuse, located in piazza Duomo, dedicated to the patron saint of Syracuse.
In the apse behind the high altar, lies the large canvas of "St. Lucia's Entombment" painted in 1608 by Caravaggio, during his stay in Syracuse.
The Syracuse Cathedral, Cathedral City, is situated on the high part of the island of Ortigia, incorporating what was once the sacred Temple in Doric polis of Syracuse's most important, dedicated to Athena (Minerva) and converted into a church with the advent of Christianity.
His style is mainly Baroque and Rococo. It is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ear of Dionysius (or ear of Dionysius) is an artificial cave that is located in the old stone quarry called latomia del Paradiso, under the Greek theater of Syracuse. Carved into the limestone develops with an ease that makes it S also a acoustic amplification of sounds.
The Roman amphitheatre of Syracuse is one of the most representative buildings of Roman imperial age.
Is largely carved into the rock and for the construction of the North-East it is the slope of the same Rocky Crag where, a short distance away, had been made the cavea of Greek Theatre and the large quarries of paradise, called s. Venera and Dell'intagliatella from. Almost nothing remains of the upper part built.
The Aretusa is a body of water in the island of Ortigia, in the oldest part of the city, a meeting place between fact and legend, one of the most beautiful monuments in Siracusa.
It is a circular pond with inside another circular structure, i.e. a double concentric circle set in papyrus.
The myth is that of the nymph Arethusa. Alpheus God, son of Oceanus, fell in love with her spying while taking a bath naked. Arethusa fled the island of Ortigia, in Syracuse, where the goddess Artemis the changed into a source.
Zeus, moved by the pain of alphaeus, changed into river in turn, allowing him to
The Gallery is housed in a building of the Swabian era, expanded in the 15th century by the family of Bellomo Syracuse, who made it their abode. In 1948, after the necessary riadeguamenti, became exhibition venue. The Gallery illustrates the figurative culture in Syracuse in eastern Sicily and through collections of medieval and modern art, from churches and convents or through donations and purchases.