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Siracusa, Sicilia, Sept 09

Lungomare d'Ortigia

View of Lungomare d'Ortigia from Forte Vigliena at dawn. Castello Maniace in the distance.

Lungomare di Elio Vittorini Levante

View of Lungomare di Elio Vittorini Levante (Ortigia) at dawn.

Lungomare d'Ortigia

View of Lungomare d'Ortigia from Forte Vigliena at sunrise. Castello Maniace in the distance.

Lungomare d'Ortigia

View of Lungomare d'Ortigia at sunrise

Lungomare d'Ortigia

Lungomare d'Ortigia from Forte Vigliena seen in a late afternoon light with a stormy sky. Castello Maniace in the distance.

Ortigia

View of a courtyard in Gargallo street, Ortigia

Piazza Duomo

Piazza Duomo seen in a early morning light

Lungomare d'Ortigia

Detail of a ruined facade with window reflecting the sunrise

Piazza Duomo

Chiesa Santa Lucia alla Badia- Piazza Duomo seen in a early morning light

Ortigia

Detail of a ruined facade with window in a narrow street.

Ortigia

Detail of a zinc drain in Via Roma

Ortigia

Detail of a bicycle lamp in Via Roma

Ortigia

Rocks emerging from the sea water in front of Lungomare d'Ortigia at sunrise

Ortigia

Fragment of an old sign in the shade

Ortigia

Keyhole of old iron door

Siracusa was founded by Greek colonies in 734 B.C. In 485 B.C. Gerone, the first tyrant of Siracusa came to power. The Siracusa people rebelled & drove out Gerone and set up a democracy (466 B.C.). After fighting & beating the Athens fleet (413 B.C.)Siracusa had to defend itself against Carthage by placing the city under the protection of the tyrant Dionysius. Siracusa succeed in fortifying the city. Under the reign of Ierone II (269-215 B.C.) Siracusa was conquered by the Roman Empire and fell under Roman rule in 212 B.C. Thereafter the city begins to decline.