Archaeological

Siracusa.

Syracuse wasn’t just a satellite of Greece’s empire. It’s where the nymph Aretusa was transformed into a fresh water spring and fled into the earth, but even here, she could not escape Alpheus, the river God. Segue......

 

Palazzolo Acreide.

This is the story of a lost town, Akrai, the ancient Greek settlement abandoned after the Arabic invasion in 827 A.D. Its evocative ruins, found out in the 19th century, jump you in its glorious past: the Greek theatre of sky, the stone quarries of Intagliata and Intagliatella, later converted into Christian arcosolium and baldacchino burial chambers; the wonderful relief of a large banquet cut into the rock face. Segue......

 

Cava Ispica

Cava Ispica shelters priceless secrets: frescoed cave churches (Santa Maria, San Nicola, Grotta dei Santi) and an intricate network of cave dwellings, cisterns and tunnels riddling the living rock known as DDieri (the Arabic word for house).  Segue......

 

Kamarina.

In the Archaic period South -east Sicily witnessed the hegemonic expansion of Syracuse through the foundation of new settlements, ending in 599 B.C. with the establishment of Kamarina. Segue......