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Arrival in Syracuse, the island of Ortigia and excursion to Noto

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It shows that we are entering the final stretch of the trip, because normally at this point we usually loosen the rhythm a bit. Many times we forget that we are on vacation and that you also have to know how to enjoy the pleasure of doing nothing. At noon we arrive in the city of Syracuse, where we could only book one night. As it was Easter Wednesday and the next day the holidays began for the entire Catholic world and processions, finding accommodation turned out to be an ordeal.

In Syracuse, we stayed on the island of Ortigia, the city center. It is quite complicated to park because it is forbidden in almost the whole island and the blue zone is very expensive. Luckily, we found parking not far from the island, in a free zone.

Syracuse was founded in 734 B.C. by Arkias, who came from Corinth. Water was abundant in the area where the colony was installed and that is why it was baptized as Syraco (swamp). Arkias and the Greek settlers he led settled on the islet of Ortigia after expelling the native population inland. Over the years, Romans, Goths, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Suevi (yes, yes, too), Spaniards and, finally, annexed to the kingdom of Italy in 1870.

This amalgam of civilizations have contributed to create the current Syracuse, which was shown to us as a city with a lot of charm in which to enjoy the small pleasures of life (ice cream among others).

In Ortigia we stayed at the B&B Globettoter where, in the end, we ended up offering an apartment for two next to the Piazza del Duomo, the nerve center of the city. The employees of hostel They are an example of professionalism and know-how, and they helped us find accommodation for the next night in another hostel, since theirs was full.

With the issue of accommodation resolved, we went for a walk on the island. We reach the southern tip, where is the Maniaca Castle, and we decided to pay the entrance fee to see it inside. I do not recommend that you pay the four euros it costs because there is little to see. After a quick meal, we went to the car to visit the city of Noto, which is 30 minutes from Syracuse.

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