Travel letters: Visiting Syracuse, Italy; tipping; Ellis Island and more

Reading John Henderson's article "Sicily's Open Secret" (July 3) reminded me of the pleasure my wife, another couple and I had in Syracuse, on the southeastern side of the Italian island,  in October.

I would recommend staying in the island neighborhood of Ortygia rather than the mainland section of Syracuse. (It is separated from Syracuse by a small channel.) Other than the archaeological park, most of the places you would want to visit in the city are in Ortygia.

We would recommend Antico...