ARE ORTIGIA AND SYRACUSE THE SAME PLACE? But first and foremost, it’s critical to clear up any uncertainty that any of you may be experiencing right now (or prevent it from arising later down the line). It’s common to hear ‘Ortigia’ and ‘Syracuse’ referred to as two separate entities, and we assumed they were until we began conducting real study for our own visit. The fact that the island and the city are practically next to each other came as a relief and a little disappointment; you might not even realize you’ve strolled across one of the two short bridges connecting the two.
Ortigia – also spelled Ortygia – was the foundation core of the Ancient Greek city of Syracuse (more on that later), therefore the two have always been linked. Today, the island serves as the city of Syracuse’s ‘old town’ or ‘historical center,’ as well as its most famous tourist destination.
So don’t be fooled: a trip to Syracuse, Sicily, will also include a trip to Ortigia Island.
Yes, New York’s Syracuse is named after the Sicilian city!
On a trip through some of Syracuse’s most colorful areas, join other street art fans and get off the beaten path to learn about Syracuse’s alternative art and graffiti culture.
On an art and graffiti-themed walking tour, see Syracuse from a different perspective. Through inspiring and controversial urban art installations, immerse yourself in magnificent hues and hear stories from Syracuse’s past, present, and future.
View the locations frequented by the best painters, including where they paint and where they appreciate their peers’ work. Some of the locations are off the beaten path for casual visitors and tour groups.
Learn about the cultures, politics, and other driving forces that influence the art on the streets of the city. Be amazed at how the walls become canvases for “paintings” and the streets become art galleries.
In the neighborhoods, huge volumes of work, from microscopic to gigantic, sprout between buildings, squeezed into nooks, buried in courtyards, and along the sidewalks.
✓ Local Guide
× Gratuities × Food and drinks, unless specified
Piazza Duomo, 5, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy
This experience requires good weather. If the tour is canceled because of poor weather, you’ll be offered, or you can also book a different date. This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If the tour is canceled because the minimum numbers of participants aren’t met, you’ll be offered, or you can also choose a different date.