The island Ortigia (Ortygia) is the spiritual and physical heart of the city. It is a living museum of a succession of epochs - Greek, Norman, Aragonese and baroque - purposefully combined in a harmonious symmetry. In recent years Ortigia (Ortygia) has undergone some serious renovations, making it shine with a bright new lustrs; it has also gone car-free, which means that the town now breathes with clean lungs (and so will you).