Trip Start Oct 03, 2006
22Trip End Oct 18, 2006
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The theatre was well preserved. The caves at the top were interesting. Loved the water in them. We met our guide who gave us all the historical information.
The Romans built an arena as well. Smaller than the big arenas we tend to associate with the Romans.
We visited Dionysius' Ear. It is an opening in the quarry walls that once inside has amazing sound qualities. It is said one of the rulers would send his enemies in there to talk he would listen from high above and hear them perfectly
After this we traveled to the Castello Eurialo. The old fortress built by Dionysius the Elder (the tyrant) which was used to protect the city. The guide left us here and we continued on.
Then it was over to Ortigia Island, which is really Old Siracusa. There was a temple to Apollo there and we had our sandwiches in the shadow of the ruins. I tried yet another bank ATM without success. The Duomo piazza was beautiful, even if the Cathedral was covered in scaffolding. The Cathedral had been built over the ruins of the Temploe to Minerva which was built over the temple to Athena. This same building was also a mosque before it became the Baroque cathedral.
After wandering around for a bit, we headed back to our hotel for a free afternoon. Deb, Tom and I first went to some of the little souvenir stands right outside the hotel. Then we went over to the Cathedral right across from the hotel. The cathedral is a huge concert "tent" like structure. Dedicated to a weeping Madonna. There is always a mass at the Cathedral so I stayed for awhile and listened
We walked down the way to the Tomb of Archimedes. This area was the old Necropoli Grotticelli and the largest tomb is known as Archimedes' as he was a native of Siracusa and one of the greatest scientists of the ancient world.
Some of the group went back to Ortigia to have dinner. Tom, Deb, and I opted to walk around the area and find something there.