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Siracusa, Sicily, Italy
Siracusa, located on the southeastern corner of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, was founded in 735 B.C. by a community of Greek settlers coming from Corinth who merged with the local Sicels.
More than any other modern city in Sicily, Siracusa manifests a visible continuity from its ancient Greek past and the isle of Ortigia is reputed as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved historical centres in Sicily.
A stroll along the streets of Ortigia will offer you the opportunity to dive into history, archaeology, architecture and mythology!
Did you know that the Greek goddess Artemis was born here a week before her mother, Leto, gave birth to her twin brother Apollo in Delos? And that Ortigia derives from ortyx, the Greek name of a quail that populated in abundance the area?
But Ortigia is also ideal for savouring Sicilian flavours at one of many of the typical restaurants serving seafood in the historical centre or for meandering along the stalls of the daily street market where fish, cheese, spices, fruit, vegetables and delicious ricotta-made sweets are a feast for the eyes and for the palate!
The organising team is looking forward to welcoming all of you to Siracusa and sharing wonderful experiences... so ensure that you register on time!
Mount Etna - ph: Tibor Janosi Mozes
The 2024 Convention Theme
SICILY,TODAY AS IT WAS YESTERDAY, AMEDITERRANEANCROSSROADSOFCULTURES
Meet the Team...
Born in Siracusa on June 4th, 1953, Carlo has a B.A. in foreign languages and is a qualified tourist guide since 1979.
Since 1993 he has been a member of ANGT’s Board first in the position of Vice-President and currently as Treasurer. As of 1994, Carlo has been appointed Chairman of AGTS – the Association of Siracuse Tourist Guides.
Besides chairing the local association of guides, Carlo has been organizing for more than two decades the yearly International Tourist Guide Day – ITGD – in his hometown as well as updating courses for tourist guides.
He acts also as a Tourist advisor for the local Councilor of Tourism.
WFTGA 2024 Convention Programme
Pre-Tour (3 days): 19th - 21st Delegates Meeting: 21st Delegates Pre-tour (2 days): 19th - 21th MAIN CONVENTION: 22nd - 26th Post Tour (4 days): 26th - 29th
Landmarks of Siracusa: Maniace Castle
Strategically positioned on the tip of the Ortigia Island, the Maniace Castle is a square-plan building closed by a mighty perimeter wall with four cylindrical towers at the corners. Named after Giorgio Maniace (George Maniakes), the Byzantine general who reconquered the city from the Arabs in 1038, this impressive medieval citadel was built between 1232 and 1240 under the reign of Frederick II and extensively modified during the subsequent centuries. Today it is one of the most renowned museums of Siracusa.
How to Reach Siracusa
Even though Siracusa is in Sicily, an island, the city is not difficult to reach! You have different options, and you can choose to go there by train, by boat and by plane! The nearest airport to Siracusa is Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), a one-hour driving distance.
There are trains and buses from Catania (60-90 minutes journey) as well as a shuttle bus between Siracusa and Catania Fontanarossa Airport which is just a bit more than a one-hour journey.
All information can be found on the official website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
If you need a VISA letter to justify your travel, you can contact the Organizing Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org after you register*.
Eat, Drink & Experience Sicily like a local
If you are a veritable foodie or just love treating yourself to homemade specialities, then you should taste the “arancino” or “arancina”, a fried breadcrumbed coated ball of rice, originally shaped like an orange, hence the name, stuffed with vegetables, meat or cheese and served as an appetizer or a healthy snack to eat on the go. A crunchy exterior for a soft and tasty interior…
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Meet some of the 2024 Convention organising team members
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Landmarks of Siracusa
Eat, Drink and Experience Sicily like a local
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