Explore Siracusa like an insider! Secret locations, experiences and untold stories only the locals know… Our staff are proud to reveal Mercure Local Stories.
THE ROPEMAKER’S CAVE
When seepage waters or groundwater basins are active, the walls of the Grot...
BALL GAMES ALLOWED
If there is too much water all around Ortigia to play ball, then why not tu...
THE STRENGTH OF HOLINESS
Art has often reused existing elements, and in the Cathedral of Syracuse, t...
A QUAIL FROM SYRACUSE
Ortigia is not just an island containing the most ancient part of Siracusa:...
MARY IN TEARS
When you raise your eyes to the sky, you will immediately notice the town i...
AS SHARP AS SAINT FRANCIS
We all have a friend who, like they say in Syracuse, is “as punctual as the...
THE LEMON OF LEMONS
If Syracuse were a perfume, it would certainly be the scent of the citrus f...
A BUNCH OF VANNIATE
The first impression of the Ortigia marketplace is that of an Arab souk. Al...
A SEA-COLORED RIVER
With its green-blue colors, the Ciane river crosses the salt mine reserve a...
MERMAIDS DO EXIST
In 2008 a statue was lowered onto the sea floor in memory of a mermaid who ...
THE FORTRESS OF FUN
The Maniace castle is named after the Byzantine general Giorgio Maniace who...
A MIKVEH IN SYRACUSE
Below a building in the Giudecca area in Syracuse there are the ruins of a ...
THE MILLER’S HOUSE
What’s a little house doing above the cavea of the Greek Theater of Syracus...
A RIDE ALONG THE SALT MINE
What was not long ago an important location for the city’s economy has now ...
THE LEGEND OF THE PILLIRINA
The Pillirina is a cave located on Punta del Gigante (giant’s point), the o...
Since 2013, two splendid Murano glass chandeliers decorate the Teatro Comun...
A CYCLOPS HOUSE
The building that once hosted the city prison, located on the island of Ort...
Perhaps due to its double circular shape, a closed ring inside a larger cir...
Stories about Dionysius’ ear are always filled with sound. The artificial c...
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