Siracusa:Ortigia, the island off the island

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Siracusa was one of many Greek colonies in Sicily known to the Romans as Magna Graecia in the 4th and 5th centuries BC. Essentially it was a world power as it defeated an attempted invasion by its great rival Athens. The island of Ortigia is the center of this historic city. It is the place to stay and explore the 2,700+ years of history packed into its narrow streets. About three miles from the island of Ortigia, on the mainland, lie a few of the ancient ruins of Siracusa. The Parc archéologique de Néapolis has the biggest concentration, including the spectacular Greek theater, the Roman theater as well as ancient quarries where it is believed that Athenian prisoners of war were forced to work for several years. One of the quarries, the Latomia del Paradiso, has an amazing cavern known as the Orecchio del Dionisio (the Ear of Dionysius) named…

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