Siracusa, the Island of Ortigia

The island of Ortigia (Ortygia) is extremely close to the Ionian coast of Sicily. Around the eighth century B.C. settlers from Greece founded on this small island the city of Siracusa (Syracuse). In the following centuries Siracusa has expanded to the mainland. The heart of Siracusa, however, remained always on Ortigia.
Ortigia, eastern seafront at sunrise.

Eastern Seafront

 In our days Ortigia is connected to the mainland by three bridges and is densely built, so that sometimes you forget to be on an island. At this point it is necessary to take a walk all along the coast to make sure that you are on an island. I did it.

Siracusa, Ortigia, eastern seafront.

Eastern Seafront

Maniace Castle, Ortigia, Siracusa.

Maniace Castle

Lungomare Alfeo, Ortigia, Siracusa.

Lungomare Alfeo

Ortigia, the tourist wharf.

Tourist Wharf

Ortigia's waterfront with fishing boats docked, Siracusa, Sicily.

North Quay

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