The province of Syracuse on the southeastern coast of the Italian island of Sicily is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-2A satellite. The provincial capital – also called Syracuse – is visible in the lower-central part of the image. Credit: ESA

 

Founded by Greeks in the 8th century BC, the city was described by Cicero as ‘the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of all’. Today the ancient town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with notable structures including the Temple of Athena, a Greek theatre, a Roman amphitheater and more. With vestiges providing testimony to Sicily’s troubled history, Syracuse demonstrates the development of Mediterranean civilization over three millennia.

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