Ortigia is a small island located in the historical city centre of Siracuse, Sicily, Archimede’s hometown. The island is also known as the Città Vecchia (Old City) and contains many historical landmarks.
Ortigia, being an island just off the coast, was easily transformed into a natural fortress with harbours and was big enough that it could hold a significant population in ancient times. Therefore, the history of Ortigia is synonymous with the early history of Syracuse. The island is an extremely popular place for tourism (over a million tourists a year), shopping, entertainment but it’s also a residential area.
Syracuse is 60 km from the international airport of Catania (68 main destinations).