History in the open air
A journey through ancient art. With an MSC Cruise, you will be surprised by one of the most historically rich cities in Italy: Syracuse. There you can walk among the baroque palaces, or sit on the steps of the Greek theatre, or get lost in the alleys of the historic centre of Ortigia.
Syracuse, MSC Mediterranean Cruise destination, located on the southeast coast of Sicily, with its 2,800 years old history, will impress you with the harmony of its past and present. Syracuse will inspire a desire to take in everything that the city offers. From the Greek and Roman remains to the Cathedral, from the Riserva naturale Cavagrande del Cassibile to the beach of Arenella, from the Eurialo castle to the Museo dei Pupi... Without forgetting to taste the local delicacies.
Thanks to an MSC Excursion, you can fully experience the Sicilian Baroque style in Ragusa Ibla, the old part of Ragusa perched on a hill, with its many churches and palaces, like Palazzo Zocca. Modica, the hometown of Salvatore Quasimodo, is famous for the delicious chocolate of Aztec origin but also the artistic beauty of buildings such as the Cathedral of San Giorgio.
Another MSC Excursion will take you to the island of Ortigia, the old town of Syracuse, connected to the mainland by the Umbertine bridge. Here, great civilisations have rested: the Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, Normans and Aragonese. If you get close to the market you can hear the "vanniate", the typical cries in dialect shouted out by the sellers of fish, meat, fruit and vegetables.
You will visit the Archaeological Park of Syracuse with an MSC Excursion. In this site, among the numerous Greek-Roman finds, you can view the fifth-century-BC Greek theatre still used today for various art performances. Furthermore, the Ear of Dionysius, an artificial cave 23m high with perfect acoustics, the Roman amphitheatre, carved into the rock and finally the Altar of Hieron that was initially about 198m long and over 20m wide.