If you have already read our article on what to see in Syracuse you will already have an idea about what are the streets and alleys of Syracuse and Ortigia: what you don’t know is that between November and December, they are filled with Christmas music and many markets where to buy small (and I add original) thoughts to give for Christmas Eve.
In the city among markets and places of worship
From our hotel in Syracuse you can easily reach the beautiful Aretusa fountain and the tourist port where the vendors of delicacies will be ready to make your stay sweet. Take advantage of the visit to learn about the catacombs of San Giovanni, the second largest in Italy after those in Rome, where St. Paul preached to the Syracusans the word of the creator.
You can also discover the Basilica of Santa Lucia, the most dear to the Syracusans. Inside there is a splendid painting by Caravaggio depicting the Burial of Saint Lucia. On December 13th the church opens its doors to all the faithful to celebrate it together and on this occasion you can taste the kennel, a typical dish with a laborious production loved by Sicilians.
Walking around the Syracusan villages
If you have the opportunity to choose one of our weekly stay offers related to the Christmas period, you will have a few extra days to experience not only Syracuse, but also to take a tour of the neighboring villages and enjoy the “warm” Christmas atmosphere that surrounds them.
Palazzolo Acreide – Distance: 35km
Born in 664 BC as a Syracusan colony with the name of Akrai, Palazzolo Acreide is part of the circuit of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy and in 2002 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A consolidated tradition that attracts many visitors is the living nativity scene: the representation of the nativity in these parts is full of fascitano and suggestion and it is really worth making a jump. Turning on the biggest Christmas tree in Sicily is another sight not to be missed, you can enjoy it in Palazzolo Acreide!
Marzamemi – Distance:55km
At about 30 minutes there is Marzamemi, a small village in the province, spread over a strip of land that acts as a link between the towns of Noto and Pachino. The name Marzamemi is of Arabic derivation and the toponym from which it declines, Marsà Al Hamen, means “Rada delle Tortore”, from the passing birds in spring. During the Christmas season, among its narrow streets, you can admire the Christmas creations of local artisans.
The 25th of December in Syracuse is a day of joy (as indeed for the whole Christian world) to pass around the city to visit the immense architectural beauties or, for example, you can admire the “Cartapesta Cassibile”, a crib in papier-mâché natural size, unique in its kind for the attention to detail and for the realism with which the entire scenography was made.
For us, at Caportigia Boutique Hotel, Christmas Day is a day of “joyful” effort dedicated to you guests: the highlight is the Christmas lunch with a menu that, we assure you, will positively upset your day. Do you want to know what our cheffina has prepared for you? Here is the Christmas menu of our restaurant in Syracuse, Il Tiranno.
New Year in Syracuse
Let’s start from the dinner: the one proposed by our Syracuse restaurant “Il Tiranno” is a fantastic menu that perfectly balances tradition and innovation with dishes carefully prepared with top quality products. CLICK HERE and discover our menu for the New Year’s Eve dinner in Syracuse.
The hand is that of the chef Valentina Galli, able to give an unmistakable touch to each of her creations. The dinner, as usual for our hotel in Syracuse, will be preceded by an evening happy hour with aperitifs and cocktails.
The New Year in Syracuse offers shows and fireworks with a panoramic view of the sea to leave you really breathless. During New Year’s Eve, Piazza Duomo comes alive with many vocalists whose sole purpose is to make the whole square dance to celebrate the 2,752th year of Syracuse.
Not even the time to finish celebrating the last night of the year, which when you wake up (late, of course) you will find Il Tiranno staff ready to welcome you for the first lunch of the year with a new menu, with new tastes … all obviously to try.
Up to the witch…
There are many activities and events that the city offers for those who stay beyond 2018, until January 5 you can admire the accurate living crib that relives the mystery of the nativity thanks to the figurants dressed in period clothes.