The city of Syracuse on the eastern coast of Sicily is partly located on an island called Ortygia (Ortigia), where much of the city’s history can be found. The island figures into Greek mythology as the place where the Greek goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis, and its name comes from the ancient Greek word for quail; Leto's sister is said to have turned into a quail and become the island when she fell into the sea.
There are two islands that connect the island with mainland Sicily, and most of the city of Syracuse is on the mainland. Among the sights in the historic city on Ortygia are its seventh-century cathedral and the Fountain of Arethuse.
The island of Ortygia is only about one mile long and a half-mile wide, so it's most easily explored on foot.