Siracusa & Ortygia

In early November, my cousin Maddie and her friend Lindsay visited us in Sicily. I took advantage of the opportunity to revisit ruins in Siracusa and to circumnavigate Ortygia. We had a gorgeous and sunny afternoon, tempered by a roaring wind that ushered in evening on Ortygia.

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The view of limestone cliffs from the archaeological site on the northwest side of Siracusa.

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Ruins of a Roman ampitheater are behind us.

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Entering the Orecchio di Dionysius – the “ear” of Dionysius. Named for the Greek tyrant Dionysius who ruled Siracusa for a time. Apparently, he was a nasty ruler.

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Lindsay and Maddie

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The view atop the Greek theater at the same Siracusa archaeological site. Breathtaking! This theater is still used for special events, such as the Greek Theater Festival running from mid-May to the end of June. I hope to get to a performance this year!

The 2013 season, the 49th Cycle of Classical Plays, runs from 11th May – 23th June and will feature the following plays:

– Oedipus by Sophocles

– Antigone by Sophocles

– Assemblywomen by Aristophanes

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A kayak water polo match in the canal between Siracusa and Ortygia

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Ortygia by dusk

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Ortygia, November 2012

The proximity of this Sicilian gem means I will get to revisit these sites time and again. Will you be joining me next time?

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6 responses to “Siracusa & Ortygia

  1. Gorgeous! And I’d love to join! πŸ˜€

  2. Anonymous

    More beautiful pictures. Plan to visit you in 2014.

  3. Anonymous

    More beautiful pictures and places that would be fun to visit in 2014

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