The Festival

Siracusa Yoga Festival, affordable, open to all traditions, for all practitioners, in five languages, in the magnificent Ortygia peninsula in Sicily.

 « Syracuse, the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all »

Cicero (indeed, 2750  years ago, Syracuse was founded by greek settlers) 

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Syracuse

A city with 123 000 inhabitants, Syracuse is in the South Eastern part of Sicily, by the sea. It was founded in the 8th century BC by Greek settlers from Corinth.

It is now the main city of the Province of Syracuse. Its archeological park is home to the largest Greek theater in Sicily, a white marvel that was carved within the rock itself. Cicero presented Syracuse as the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of them all. Syracuse celebrates its 2750th anniversary in 2017.

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Ortigia

The festival is held on the peninsula of Ortygia, historical center of the antique city, UNESCO World Heritage.

Ortygia is a peninsula surrounded by clear waters. It is home for baroccan churches and palaces, Greek ruins and millenary fountains. At the corner of a street that is too narrow for a car, one is faced with the Mediterranean sea, the market of Ortygia, one of the oldest churches in Europe, the marina or the world famous Piazza Duomo. A few steps away, in the Santa Lucia alla Badia church, is « The Burial of St. Lucy » by Caravaggio.

Apollo & Archimedes

The ruins of the Apollo temple face the Antico Mercato palace, which will be the hub of the festival. Apollo was the Olympian god of prophecy and oracles, music, song and poetry, archery, healing, plague and disease, and the protection of the young.  Since yoga is both and art and a science, the 1st edition of the festival has chosen Apollo as a patron. Syracuse’s prestige in ancient Greece is closely associated with the genius of Archimedes.

 

The Antico Mercato and the Forte Vigliena terrace : the Siracusa Yoga Festival shalas/practice spots

The Siracusa Yoga Festival brings to you two of Ortygia’s island well know places.

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Antico Mercato

Facing the ruins of the Apollo Temple, this palace will be the hub of the festival. It is surrounded by the daily market. Its rooms have high ceilings and face the central patio and its columns.

The Antico Mercato will be the main hub of the workshops and classes taught by the festival teachers.

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Forte Vigliena

The fort was part of the fortification built by the Spaniards around the island. Its terrace is above the solarium and the sea, facing the East and offering a 270° view on the sea. It will be hosting the outdoors practices, ideal for morning rituals.

(Scie Center)

Century Palazzo Francica Nava, home to the Sicily Center for International Education (SCIE Center) : Custom and Faculty-led programs, Italian language and culture courses, Workshops and summer schools, Study-holidays for all.