Siracusa: Ortygia Island July 3rd 2007 From Caltigirone we cut across the interior of Sicily passing farm land and distant views of Mt Etna, to the East coast and made a right turn (south). We arrived in Siracusa after about two hours of uneventful driving and spent the next three nights on the island of Ortygia. Orytgia, the site of the original settlement (Citta Vecchia) is the jewel of what remains of ancient Siracusa.
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Siracusa Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more