Shrouded in the mists of time, the ancient city of Syracuse was originally founded by the ancient Greek Corinthians who are reputed to have settled on the small Sicilian island of Ortygia / Ortigia in the year of 733 B.C. The beauty and splendour of this fascinating city was not lost on the ancient philosopher and writer Cicero who described Syracuse as "the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all". Almost 2800 years old, the city has therefore always been a well-sought after location with it eventually entering into the hands of the Roman Empire and then the Byzantium Empire. Indeed the cultural and historic diversity and richness that this city offers has been internationally recognised by UNESCO who have designated Syracuse as a World Heritage Site in order to preserve the treasures it offers.
15 MINUTES STROLL FROM SYRACUSE
The Not’Art Apart Hotel properties are mostly situated on this ancient site and less than 15 minutes stroll from the centre of today’s Syracuse. This nucleus of Syracuse is thus within easy access to the charming restaurants and shops that are sprinkled amongst the historic monuments of past empires. Of these the historic Cathedral of St Lucy in Syracuse is a stunning attraction but the accommodation is also just a short journey from the fascinating Archaeological Museum and the ancient Temple of Apollo. Syracuse is also home to the largest Catholic catacombs outside of Rome where you really get a sense of the depth of tangible history of the city.