Ancient Siracusa

At 9:25 we trekked uphill from Ortigia to Siracusa. Our first stop was at Antica Gelateria del Corso for espressi. We walked through Piazza Pantheon to the Parco Archeological Neapolis. The Greeks built an amphitheatre here in the 3rd Century BC.

Archeological site

To get some perspective here is Dave sitting in front of me. The ‘cheap’ seats are behind us.

Modern day capturing of a moment

This vast area is amazing.

Teatro Greco

And includes a Street of Tombs and a waterfall.

Street of Tombs
Nature’s gift

The stone quarry was dug out until they reached the Theatre.

Latomia del Patadiso

This area also includes the Antifeatro Romano Siracusa, Ara di Ierone and the Grotta dei Cardari.

Antifeatro Romano

This Roman built area was for gladiator training and games. From there we walked through the residential area of Siracusa stopping at Gelateria Little Coffee for espressi and past the Basilica Santuario Madonna Della Lacime.

The dome of the Basilica

We went shopping and had a beer at Caffé Story before going back to the apartment at lunch. We relaxed and then went back to the swimming platform for some sun and sea and came back to change and read. At 16:35 we headed out for gelato. For the first time ever we sat down for this treat. Dave had fragola granite and I had cioccolato gelato. This was enjoyed at Il Caffé Minerva.

Yum

We decided to have an early dinner and see Ortigia at night. It was buzzing.

The Cathedral at night

We went back to Piazza Minerva for Prosecco before coming back to the apartment to finish off the wine and cheese. Tomorrow we head off again. 21 984 steps and 12.29km today!

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