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Sicily Part II: Siracusa, Ortigia & Palazzolo Acreide

As promised, here is Part II, following from my last post on Sicily Part 1: Modica  and those amazing scacce ragusane. So our journey continued through the south eastern side of Sicily with my husband’s delightful cousins Anna Maria and Salvatore.  We drove to three additional cities showcasing their ancient beauty and intact Baroque style to include Siracusa and the island of Ortigia; my father in laws home town Palazzolo Acreide and ending our visit in Noto.

Siracusa & Ortigia Island Our base stay was in Syracusa not far from Ortigia Island. I had heard so much about this historic centre from my friend Rosa who runs yearly tours to Sicily, and has published her 2019 Culinary Tour of Sicily itinerary on her website so do check it out.  This island also known in dialect as ‘u scogghiu’ – the rock, is a treasure.    It is connected to Syracusa by its bridges and walking distance to its small but charming market.
This market echoes the Arab influence with its alleys and aromas of va…