JEWISH QUARTER IN ORTIGIA
The Jews of Syracuse were the first to reach Sicily from Palestine after it was conquered by Pompey in 59 B.C. After that, and for the next fifteen centuries, thousands of Jews from all over the Mediterranean settled on the island. Sicily boasted one of the largest concentrations of Jews in the Diaspora. In the city, all Jews lived in the island of Ortigia. All left because of the expulsion of 1492.