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The drive to Siracusa took only about 1˝ hours. We advanced briskly because the route did not offer worthwhile stops for photo and video shots. Fortunately, we had a city map this time and with that we quickly found a parking lot. It´s the best to park near the Archaeological Park. There are enough parking possibilities. The city center is, concerning the traffic, pretty chaotic - as usual in Sicily. We did not mind paying 0,52 € per hour for a good parking space, also because the parking lot was guarded. Unfortunately, there were also no explanations about the antique excavations. One part of the area was even closed for some unknown reason. Thus we strolled trough the park with our travel guides, past the remains of temples, the Teatro Greco and finally we came to an impressive rock cleft in the quary Latomia del Paradiso, the "Ear of Dionysos". The acoustics are phaenomenal in this 65 m long grotto. According to a legend, the tyrant Dionysos eavesdropped here on his enemies. Just stroll around and stop off in one or the other café. Since we had become quite hungry, we went to the Pizzeria "Minerva" at the cathedral square - a tip from our travel guide - where we got tasty and not expensive pizza. Then we continued our stroll through Ortigia, for example to the Aretusa Fountain (Fonte Aretusa) south of the cathedral square. There are papyrus plants in an enclosed spring of fresh water. The spring once supplied ships and the city with water. Even Archimedes, as a citizen of Syrakus, got his bath water at that time from this well. In the early afternoon we left Siracusa in order to drive towards Avola which turned out to be a very special experience.