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The Corinthians were the first settlers on the intriguing island of Ortigia which forms the main part of this ancient city. Syracuse Cathedral has original Greek columns dating from the 5th century, the Temple of Athena within its massive walls and a handsome Baroque façade; it ranks as one of the most remarkable buildings in Sicily and is worthy of a journey in its own right. The archaeological remains of the ancient Greek amphitheatre and caves of Neapolis, just two miles away from Ortigia, are some of the best kept on the island. Fly to Catania, price includes hire car.



Algilà Charme Hotel

3 nights from £786

including Flights, Transfers

Syracuse, Italy
This characterful hotel, just 10 minutes’ walk from the cathedral, is renowned for its personal service. The 54 rooms are full of classic touches, decorated with antiques and local art; some enjoy a glimpse of the sea from a private balcony.

3 nights from £1,098

including Flights, Transfers

Syracuse, Italy
The views from the beautiful ‘Clou restaurant and terrace of Des Etrangers offer guests a unique panorama over the spectacular natural harbour and leaves one in no doubt why the Greeks elected to adopt this as the location for their headquarters in Sicily.


Grand Hotel Minareto

3 nights from £779

including Flights, Transfers

Syracuse, Italy
In a tranquil location, across the bay from Ortigia, Grand Hotel Minareto is 15 minutes’ drive from the centre, which can also be reached using the hotel’s private boat (charges apply). The resort is the only one inside the Plemmerio Marine Nature Reserve, so peaceful sunbathing and wonderful snorkelling off the secluded private sandy beach are guaranteed.


Grand Hotel Ortigia

3 nights from £886

including Flights, Car hire

Syracuse, Italy
Located on Ortigia Island, this traditional hotel has been extensively renovated and has an outstanding position overlooking the harbour. The rooftop restaurant offers panoramic views over the historical city centre.

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Sicily - An Enigmatic Island

9 nights from £3,438

Agrigento, Italy
The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily’s strategic importance has given it a violent, eventful and colourful history. Doric temples, Roman mosaics, elegant and powerful Norman architecture and a wealth of Baroque and Renaissance palaces and churches are a reminder of its great past.

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By The Kirker Team, 07 March 2018

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