2015-06-16 Siracusa Marina, Sicily

Ric and I set of for a day of sightseeing
Ric and I set off for a day of sightseeing taking a taxi to the  Neapolis Archaeological Zone in the northern side of Siracusa town
The stepped base of the large ancient Alter of Hieron 11 which was a sacrificial site
The stepped base of the ancient ‘Alter of Hieron 11’  which was a sacrificial site of large proportions standing at 198 metres long and 23 metres wide
We come across an enormous very old Magnolia tree
We come across an enormous extremely old Magnolia tree
The rock faces in the area have rectangles and squares carved into them which are called 'votive niches'
The rock faces in the area have rectangles and squares carved into them which are called ‘votive niches’
The site of Archimedes Tomb
The site of Archimedes Tomb – entrance to it is on the right
The Greek Theatre which is set up for a live production this evening
The Greek Theatre in Siracusa which was set up for a live production in the evening, is believed to be one of the most important examples of ancient theatre architecture anywhere. Designed in the 5th century BC and enlarged in the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC, a lot of the stone was removed 500 years ago to build the walls of Ortigia.
We recognise the 'Destiny' out in the Grand Harbour
We recognise the our fellow sailor’s boat ‘Destiny’ out in the Grand Harbour and there is also a navy vessel in town too!!
We head towards the Grotta del Museion
We head towards the Grotta del Museion
This cave carved out of the rock wall above the theatre has a rectangular basin where the aqueduct flowed
This cave carved out of the rock wall above the Greek Theatre has a rectangular basin where the aqueduct flowed
The colourful flowering bushes cover the hillside in this ancient area
The colourful flowering bushes everywhere make a nice backdrop for this ancient area
The 'Ear of Dioniso'
Orecchio di Dioniso or ‘Ear of Dioniso’
This massive cave is in the Latomie (stone quarries) area
This massive cave is in the Latomie (stone quarries) area in Siracusa
Millions of cubic metres of stone for buildings have been extracted from this area
Millions of cubic metres of stone for buildings have been extracted from this area
This cave until recently has been used by one of the local rope makes
This cave until recently has been used by one of the local rope makers
Unfortunately the Roman theatre was under restoration and was closed during our visit
Unfortunately the Roman Theatre was under restoration and was closed during our visit
Back to the Marina
Back to the Marina
We have a wonderful view of Ortigia Island from our berth at the Marina
We have a wonderful view of Ortigia Island from our berth at the Marina

 

Drinks tonight aboard 'Restless of Auckland'
Drinks tonight aboard ‘Restless of Auckland’
Roland kindly picked us up from the Marina in his tender
Roland kindly picked us up from the Marina in his dinghy as they were anchored in the bay
Consie and Liz prepared amazing nibbles for us
Consie and Liz prepared some amazing nibbles for us
After joining our friends for a drink we had dinner in a delightful restaurant near the marina
After joining our friends for a drink we had dinner in a delightful restaurant called ‘Dioniso’ which was not far from the marina
An amazing dessert after a two delicious main courses of Snapper in fish soup with vegetables for me and a fillet steak for Ric
An amazing dessert after a two delicious main courses of Snapper in Fish Soup with Vegetables for me and a Fillet Steak for Ric

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