Ortigia

The interior of the Cathedral of Syracuse

The cathedral has a rectangular shape and is divided into three areas called “naves”. The central part, covered by a wooden roof, is called the main nave; while the smaller side corridors form the minor naves.
Navata centrale Cattedrale SiracusaAlong the left nave parts of the columns of the ancient Greek temple of Athena are still visible. The right nave is instead characterised by many chapels, small rooms decorated with precious marble and Sicilian Baroque stuccoes.
The most important is the chapel of Santa Lucia, where the silver statue of the patron saint of Syracuse, celebrated on 13th December , is kept. At the end of the central nave, behind a Baroque altar, there is a large painting depicting the birth of the Virgin Mary.

Giudecca

Ortygia and the earth element. Piazza del Duomo: discovering the origins.

A journey to Pantalica

Giudecca and the earth element. Between gardens and artisan workshops

Pantalica and the earth element

Giudecca and water. The ritual baths: the Casa Bianca mikveh

The naumachiae: naval battles at the theatre

Neapolis and the air element. The Ear of Dionysius

Pantalica and water: the Myth of the Anapo River

Nature in Neapolis

Neapolis and the earth element. Places of performance: the Greek theatre and the Roman amphitheatre

Neapolis and the water element. The Nymphaeum

The interior of the Cathedral of Syracuse

Giudecca and air. The Basilica of San Giovannello

Giudecca and fire. Cooking and the Jewish religion

Neapolis and fire. The Altar of Hieron and the sacrificial fire

The Neapolis

Ortygia and fire. Archimedes and the invention of the burning mirrors

Pantalica and air. The skies of Pantalica: from hawks to bats

The Cathedral of Syracuse

Ortygia

Ortygia and water. The Fountain of Arethusa

The fountain of Diana in Piazza Archimede

Ortygia and the air element. The Gods of Olympus and the Temple of Apollo.

Pantalica and fire. The Metal Age: objects from the culture of Pantalica