January 2, 2004
Spanning out in front of the Duomo is the vast and striking Piazza Duomo, a popular hang-out for tourists and locals alike. The many cafes lining the square are somewhat costly, but worth it for the ambiance and perfect location to people watch. The nightly 'passeggiata', or the Italians’ customary nightly stroll, turns the piazza into the living room of Ortigia, a place for young and old to gather together, to see and be seen.
No entrance fee is charged to enter the church. Be prepared to cover shoulders and knees. The church sometimes closes to visitors during mass.
From journal Living in Ortigia for a time (Siracusa)