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. The archaeological remains of the ancient Greek amphitheatre and caves of Neapolis, just two miles away, are some of the best kept on the island.

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