I have read a claim on various sites, including Wikipedia, that R' Akiva visited the city of Syracuse in current Sicily. However, I have failed to find its source in the Talmud. I have seen the question about Greek Italy on Megillah 6b, most probably referring to Syracuse, but I haven't found any mention of R' Akiva there. Could you please help me finding the source of this statement?

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    Maybe פרנדיסן / eruvin 4:1
    – sam
    Feb 7 at 1:56
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    @sam That's generally identified (such as by the 'Aruch) as Brindisi, a city in southern Italy on the Adriatic coast.
    – Fred
    Feb 7 at 8:52
  • I wouldn't say generally, since many peirushim just explain it as "name of a place" ,Medinas hayam...
    – sam
    Feb 7 at 13:45
  • Brindisi and Pulia (and apparently Syracuse) were stops mentioned is a diary by Rabbi Akiva. I don't know what manuscript this is, but it is mentioned here. jguideeurope.org/en/region/italy/puglia j-italy.org/libraries/… jguideeurope.org/en/type-de-lieu/region Feb 7 at 21:24
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    @Kazibácsi Shavuah tov! Please keep me apprised of whatever you find. Only blessings my friend! Feb 11 at 0:36


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