Syracuse boasts a warm climate, blue skies, a beautiful bay and the ancient ruins of a Greek city which was once the rival of Athens. It was converted to Christianity by St. Paul, who preached in the quarries here. Enjoy your guided visit to the city’s Greek theatre that dates from 5th century BC and is one of the largest and best preserved theatres of the ancient world. Its seats, hollowed out of the rock, are carefully shaped for the spectators’ comfort. You’ll see the Arethusa Fountain, the legendary cradle of the city which runs with fresh water despite its proximity to the sea. Like many Christian churches, Syracuse’s 7th-century cathedral was built on the foundations of a former pagan temple, using the original nine columns which can be seen on the north side and the 19 columns of the nave. Its monumental baroque façade is lined with oleanders. Inside, note the 13th-century font and the St. Lucy Chapel.