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Getting to Siracusa
The main works of the conference will take place at Exedra Mediterranean Center, via Landolina 5, just north of Piazza Duomo on the delightful islet of Ortigia. Car traffic on Ortigia is restricted at certain times, but local taxis can enter.
The closest airport is Catania Fontanarossa (CTA), about 50 kilometers away, served by a few major airlines and many budget carriers such as Ryanair, EasyJet, Vueling, Volotea etc. Frequent connections are available to Rome, Milan, London, Paris, Munich, Malta etc. Please note that major travel sites like Expedia.com may not list the bargain airlines, google flights is a good alternative. It may be more economical to fly to a major hub like Milan and then take a separate bargain flight to Catania—the only problem is that you will have to reclaim and re-check your luggage since you’ll be travelling with separate reservation numbers.
Coming by car from Greece or the North, is possible to arrive by ferry at Palermo, Messina or Catania and then drive to Siracusa. Please note that it can be expensive to park your car on Ortigia; and your hotel will have to pre-register your entry during certain times, or you risk a very large fine.
Transport to Siracusa from Catania Airport: Exiting baggage claim, turn right and exit through the door at the end of the building. Just outside, there are small kiosks selling bus tickets. Go to the kiosk marked “Interbus/Etna” and buy a single ticket to Siracusa (round trips are only good for the same day). The ticket should cost about 6 Euro. The buses pull up along the curb opposite the kiosks, look for the one marked “Siracusa” on the front. (The bus schedule is posted on the kiosk and available online; buses are usually on time or no more than 15 minutes late). You will need to put your own luggage inside the space underneath—open up the luggage door or ask the driver to do it for you; do not leave your bag on the curb. The bus goes straight from the airport down the autostrada to Siracusa—the trip takes about an hour. Once the bus reaches Siracusa it does a loop of the new town, making several stops before arriving at the station. From there, it’s a fairly pleasant 15-20 minute walk to the Island of Ortigia, then another 10 to 20 minute walk to the conference site. Just head south past the giant replica of an ancient bronze horse down Corso Umberto I. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the bus station (or nearby train station) right to your hotel.
You can also take a taxi directly from the airport. The most economical way is to arrange with the Pugliara family from Siracusa to send a taxi to pick you up. The cost to conference participants is 70 Euro for a car up to four passengers; eight passenger vans are 100 euro. Taking a taxi from the curb is likely to cost more and out-of-town taxis may not be able to enter Ortigia on evenings and weekends when traffic is limited.
Renting a car can be cheap and convenient until you try parking it on Ortigia. Check to see if your hotel will help you with parking. All major rental car companies have cars at Catania airport that can be booked online. From the airport, follow the green signs for “Tangenziale Ovest” and then “Siracusa.” This will put you on a 4 lane highway to town. Exit at Siracusa and as you enter town, follow signs to Ortigia. Driving on the island is sometimes restricted and you may pay a heavy fine for entering the pedestrian zone, so check with your hotel or go directly to the large Talete parking garage near the fish market on the island (the daily fee is about 10 euros).
There are trains from Catania center and also Palermo, but the bus is generally more convenient and less expensive.
Information on accommodation in Siracusa is available on the Hospitality and Activities page.