Back when Plato was philosophizing about virtue and Archimedes was defining pi, the most beautiful corner of the sprawling Greek Empire was Syracuse.
That is Syracuse of Sicily, not upstate New York. How a city in a North American icebox could be named after a beautiful, sun-splashed town on the Ionian Sea would have baffled Plato himself.
He lived here. So did Archimedes. It’s nearly 2,500 years later, and Syracuse (Siracusa in Italian) remains one of the jewels of Italy.
Syracuse, Sicily’s No. 1 tourist destination, has attracted historians and beachcombers for centuries. I couldn’t think of a better place to spend a...