Megara Hyblaea (Megara Iblea)-Sicily

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This site is located half an hour drive from Siracusa, in direction north. The first settlement dates back to the Neolithic, but the town flourished under the Greek dominance, when the Greek colons obtained the permit from the Sicilian king Hybla to settle down in this corner of the island. In the VII century b.C. Megara was a lively trade centre and a renowned manufacturing district (especially ceramic). But at last Megara was destroyed by the tyrant Gelone in 482 b.C. Around the half of the IV century the site lived another period of splendour, until it was razed to the ground by the Romans in 214 b.C.

The majority of the ruins date from the IV century, but the fortifications were raised a century after. When the Romans arrived here, the construction was interrupted. Temples, spas, market are spread all over the wide area of the town, one of the best preserved and complete. The most representative finds are now kept in the Archaeological Museum of Siracusa.

Archaeological area of Megara Hyblaea


Opening hours:
All days: 09:00-one hour before sunset
It is recommendable to call the visitor centre to ask about opening times, since the area is located in a quite remote place.
Free entry: young people under 18 and adults over 65 coming from the European Union; students and teachers with a list of the participants; university students attending courses related to fine arts, architecture and history; other few special categories.
For info: Soprintendenza Beni Culturali Siracusa

Guided visits:
Hermes Archeologia e Turismo is an institution that arranges guided visits for individuals and groups. Visits generally last 1 h 30m. Some special and more detailed visits are available upon request.
The visit can be integrated with a tour of the museum of Siracusa, containing the ruins of the ancient town Megara Iblea.
For info on itineraries, costs and reservations: Tel.: 334.7699195 (Sig. Sebastiano)
E-mail: info@hermes-sicily.com
Web: http://www.hermes-sicily.com/itinerari/megara.htm

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