Comiso Airport - Siracusa - Ortigia - Paolo Orsi Regional Archaeological Museum

Comiso Airport - Siracusa - Ortigia - Paolo Orsi Regional Archaeological Museum

Sicily
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142.3 Km

The beautiful city of Siracusa is located at little more than an hour's drive from Comiso Airport, in the province of Ragusa. Tourists arriving here, and wishing to tour the large island of Sicily, have the opportunity of stopping to admire the baroque treasures of Ragusa and then heading towards the sea. The coast of Siracusa and the marine protected area of Plemmirio, next to the Island of Ortigia, are an absolute must see. Ortigia is the name of the oldest part of Siracusa, with its mythological Arethuse Fountain, from which fresh water flows and which hosts a curious flora and fauna, it features a wealth of baroque, rococo and art nouveau buildings and a buzzing atmosphere, with its markets and shops. Once in Siracusa, you should go out to visit the protohistory of the island and its Greek roots in the Paolo Orsi Regional Archaeological Museum, which hosts the beautiful Landolina Venus.

 

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Iblei Comiso Airport

Comiso

Iblei Comiso Airport

Comiso Airport (IATA: CIY, ICAO: LICB) (aka “Vincenzo Magliocco” Airport, named for an Italian Air Force Brigadier General), is located in Sicily, at 5 km from Comiso and 15 km from Ragusa, in the communes of Comiso and Chiaramonte Gulfi. Originally built as a military airport, it was opened to domestic and international commercial flights on 30 May 2013.

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Ragusa, Historic Center

Ragusa

Ragusa, Historic Center

Ragusa is a treasure trove of architectural masterpieces that rose up after the 1693 earthquake; the town, along with the other Baroque pearls in the Noto Valley, has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2002. Visit the Church of Santa Maria dell'Itria, the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista (St. John the Baptist), the Duomo di San Giorgio (the other Cathedral), Palazzo Arezzo Spuches di Donnafugata, and the Church of the Santissime Anime del Purgatorio.

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Ragusa: Ibleo Archaeological Museum (EXPO AND REGIONS)

Ragusa

Ragusa: Ibleo Archaeological Museum (EXPO AND REGIONS)

The Ibleo Archaeological Museum narrates the ancient history of the province of Ragusa, from the late Neolithic period to the days of late Antiquity. The museum is housed in the Antiquarium of Ragusa, where the finds from the first excavation campaigns in the Greek necropolis of Rito (Ragusa) and in the Hellenic residential center of Scornavacche (Chiaramonte Gulfi) led to the initial items in this collection. Further pieces were added to the collection in the 1970s, with new discoveries made in the archaeological digs in the vicinity of Karamina, in a necropolis of the Sicels tribe in Castiglione, and from ancient dwellings in Caucana. Collections formed in the early 20th Century also compose part of the museum's exhibits; the objects were all retrieved in the province of Ragusa and purchased by the Region of Sicily.

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Paolo Orsi Regional Archaeological Museum - Siracusa

Siracusa

Paolo Orsi Regional Archaeological Museum - Siracusa

The Paolo Orsi Regional Archaeological Museum of Siracusa is one of the greatest archaeological museums in Europe for the wealth of its Greek and Roman exhibits.
Located in the parkland of the historic Villa Landolina, it is the centrepiece of the monumental park of Neapolis, one of the oldest quarters of the ancient city of Syracuse in Greek and Roman times, where the most important Hellenistic and Roman monuments of the city can be found: the Greek theatre, Roman amphitheatre and a magnificent altar for public sacrifices known as the altar of Hiero II. A breathtaking complex of monuments set against the backdrop of the ancient stone quarries, another highlight of the city, with huge evocative grottoes, such as the so-called Ear of Dionysius where, as legend has it, the tyrant of Syracuse used to spy on his prisoners.
The Paolo Orsi Regional Archaeological Museum also has an important geological section and boasts a unique exposition dedicated to the prehistory and protohistory of Sicily, as well as ceramics imported from Greece, the sculpted doors removed from the tombs of Castelluccio and the large vases of Thapsos and Pantalica.
The Museum also contains numerous Greek finds from the Greek Sicilian towns of Naxos, Milazzo, Messina, Catania and Megara Hyblaea, which represent some of the most important exhibits. However, the Museum focuses primarily on the history of Siracusa, from its foundation to Classical times, and on the history of the city's "subcolonies". Its treasures include the Landolina Venus, of the "Venus Pudica" ("modest Venus") type, a Roman copy of a Greek original, depicting the goddess Venus at her bath, according to innovative canons for the time.
The Museum is set in parkland containing more Greek and Roman finds and the non-Catholic cemetery.

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Island of Ortigia - Siracusa

Siracusa

Island of Ortigia - Siracusa

The Island of Ortigia is the oldest part of the city of Siracusa in Sicily. With its many and important churches and palaces, it was famous even in antique times because of the so-called Arethuse Fountain, a fresh water source that has inspired many stories and myths over the centuries. The ground beneath the city is riddled with subterranean tunnels and chambers excavated by the inhabitants of Siracusa and even used, during World War II, as air-raid shelters. Some of the chambers have Byzantine frescoes, like the one in the Piazza Duomo, while a chamber in the Jewish quarter, the "Giudecca", features a source of fresh water, despite the fact that it is surrounded by the sea. On the island there are palm and ficus trees, while papyrus plants grow spontaneously inside the Arethuse Fountain, which is also called the "duck pond" because inhabited by these fowls and by freshwater fish.
The many, primarily Catholic, religious buildings in Ortigia include the Cathedral, with its baroque facade, which, together with the other baroque, rococo and art nouveau buildings, make it one of the most outstanding monumental art sites in Italy. Very little remains of the Spanish fortifications, but Ortigia hosts numerous thematic museums for tourists interested in its thousand-year long history. The Museum of the Sea - Sirmuma, entirely dedicated to the maritime history of Siracusa and the Sicilian Puppet Theatre Museum - Museo Aretuseo dei Pupi - dedicated to the Opera dei Pupi, another Unesco Heritage of Humanity, also attract large numbers of visitors, like the bustling fish market, fish being a staple ingredient of Siracusa cuisine, for its lively atmosphere. Next to Ortigia is the magnificent coast of Plemmirio.

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Marine Protected Area of Plemmirio

Syracuse

Marine Protected Area of Plemmirio

The Marine Protected Area of Plemmirio encompasses the eastern coast of the Maddalena Peninsula (though more often called "isola" or island) and boasts a thriving sea life, in addition to its concentration of archaeological markers from prehistory to the present. The park has been well-thought out and well-curated to accommodate snorkelers and scuba divers of all ages and abilities. From Capo (cape) Castelluccio to Punta Tavernara, the seabeds are low and uniform for hundreds of meters before descending deeper (in the area of Capo Murro di Porco), where they reach between 30 and 40 m. At this point, it is possible to observe tunas, greater amberjacks, sharks and sea mammals, including dolphins, whales and sperm whales.

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