Syracuse (Italian: Siracusa) was an ancient Greek city-state and one of the powers of the Mediterranean. Today its huge bay provides safe harbor for many sailboats awaiting fair weather to continue their voyages. The water in the bay, though, is an unappealing green-brown, especially striking after the clear blue water of Greece. Since swimming was out of the question, we enjoyed exploring the town and neighboring historic sites instead. It was here that we first saw papyrus, an ancient Greek theater and catacombs, all in widely separated parts of town.

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