Southern Sicily

Syracuse is located on an island and surrounding bay near the southern tip of Sicily.  It includes an archeological park, a sunken garden which appears much like an ancient quarry.  The “Ear of Dionysus” is a natural cavern within the park.   Ruins of a Roman amphitheater and Greek theater are nearby.  The oldest part of the city includes ruins of the Temple of Apollo dating to the 6th century BC.  The city hall in Piazza Duomo and adjoining Cathedral is built over ancient ruins, and has been used, redesigned, and converted from one religion to another over the centuries.  In the most ancient of history, a representation of Adam and Eve was discovered in a fountain on the island in the bay.

 

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