Syracuse is a medium sized city in Sicily, Italy, with an interesting mixture of ancient and modern. Syracuse is a city on the eastern coast of Sicily and the capital of the province of Syracuse, Italy. It is an ancient town on the sea, which was of great importance as Greek Syracuse. It has a well known archaeological zone and a historic centre on the island of Ortygia (Ortigia). Syracuse is a pleasant town, with plenty to occupy tourists for at least a couple of days. It’s also a good area for seeing the south-eastern corner of Sicily, including the Baroque towns of Ragusa and Noto, several archaeological sites, and the lively city of Catania.
How to get here
Regular buses run to and from Catania, Noto, Modica, Ragusa and Gela as well as more local destinations. Syracuse is served by white urban buses run by AST, whose bus station is just across the bridge into Ortygia, at Riva della Posta.
The railway station is 10 minutes walk from the centre of the old town. 2 daily intercity trains from mainland Italy (Rome and Naples) continue on from Messina via Catania to Syracuse. There are also different daily sleeper trains from mainland Italy (Rome, Milan, Venice, Turin, Genoa and Bologna) to Syracuse. Less frequent local trains continue on to Noto, Modica, Ragusa and Gela. These trains from the mainland connect via a ferry. Syracuse is also served by direct trains from Rome (a ten-and-a-half-hour journey). There are frequent trains from Catania (a couple of hours away). From Palermo train travel is a bit different; you will need to change at least once (usually at Messina), and the journey will take 6-7 hours. The railway station is on Via Crispi, a twenty-minute walk from Ortygia. Note that in addition to the five main platforms numbered 1-5, the station has three smaller platforms also numbered 1-3 that are marked ‘Ovest’ – if you are heading westwards in the direction of Gela it is these you will need.
The closest airport is Catania to the north of Syracuse, which offers direct bus service.