Nature and history combine in the marine depths of the protected area of the Plemmirio, just a few kilometres to the south of Syracuse, an ancient city in Magna Grecia, famous all over the world for its immense archeological, artistic and cultural heritage. The area includes the sea around the Penisola della Maddalena, the southern continuation of the bay from Porto Grande in the town, following the coast for about 10 kilometres with its inlets, gorges, rocks and bays. The crystalline waters and extraordinary rocky sea bed, abounding in a wide variety of marine life, have made the Plemmirio a favourite with scuba divers, while the fascinating grottos and caves and underwater architecture are a real marine paradise. This fascinating corner of the Mediterranean, once witness to the fleets of Phoenician, Greek and Roman ships on route to Syracuse, preserve treasures from various periods and civilisations that make diving even more magical and special. But the Plemmirio is also worth visiting on land. The coastal footpaths are ideal for walks, enjoying the scenery of Mediterranean maquis and dwarf palms and seawatching.