This 'Jewel' apartment has been completely renovated and refurbished to a very high standard. It is located in a completely renovated, beautiful, historical building on an award winning street in the heart of the charming, walkable, and quiet Giudecca neighborhood of Ortigia, the historic center of Siracusa. The ground floor of the palazzo dates from the 1500s, while the upper floors date from the 1700s! It consists of a living room with dining area and kitchen, a double bedroom, and a spacious, modern bathroom. (Please see the 'comments' at the end of this description to learn what other guests have said about this gorgeous apartment and about your hosts here in Siracusa!)
The apartment is located in the heart of the Ortigia Island historic district in Siracusa. It is only a few minutes walk to Piazza Duomo, the Ionian Sea, the ancient Jewish mikvah, the Temple of Apollo, the marina and many other historic monuments and sites, not to mention fine restaurants, shopping, a seaside promenade, and more. The ancient Greek Theater, the archeological park and museums are a half hour walk or ten minute drive away. The airport at Catania is approximately 40 minutes' drive to the north. (Airport pick up and drop off available at low cost from a local friendly taxi service!)
The apartment is located on the first floor (above the ground floor) of an old historical ‘palazzo’ that has been totally and lovingly renovated. From the communal street entrance, stairs provide access to the private entrance to the apartment.
The private entrance to the apartment leads into an entrance hall area that in turn provides access to the living room. There is a classic Sicilian built-in corner kitchen area, done with hand-made tiles and a coordinating designer ceramic sink. The room has been furnished to a very high standard, with a sofa, comfortable occasional chairs, an antique dining table, a traditional antique Sicilian credenza, and a flat screen television.
Murano glass lighting throughout the apartment adds to the elegant and jewel-like feel to this luxurious and comfortable apartment home. The kitchen has been equipped with a hand-painted Sicilian style ceramic sink, gas range/stove, microwave oven, refrigerator, and a small oven. There is also a washing machine housed under the sink area. The room also features hand-decorated kitchen and floor tiles and has an air-conditioning and heating unit. It has a sunny western exposure from double balcony doors.
The bedroom is furnished with an antique queen-size bed, a bedside table and it has a large walnut wood wardrobe with drawers for clothes storage and ample hanging space for clothes and luggage storage. Like the living room, this room has a high wood-beamed ceiling and a sunny western exposure from a double door balcony. The ample storage has made this unit a comfortable home for those seeking a home for several months or simply 1 week.
The bedroom also has an air-conditioning and heating unit. As elsewhere in the apartment, antiques and fine lighting and appointments abound. The original artworks of the Florentine artist, Piero Capecchi, adorn the warm, butter-colored walls.
The modern, sunny, windowed bathroom has been decorated with lovely hand-painted wall and floor tiles. It offers a large frameless glass walk-in shower, sink, bidet, and toilet. Even here, Murano glass lighting illuminates this beautiful space.
There is no parking immediately outside the property, as the street is closed to vehicular traffic, as part of the pedestrian zone. However there is on-street parking available within very short walking distance of the apartment. Many of our guests choose to rent a car and so far, we have had no complaints or problems regarding parking.
Sites of interest within the city include the ancient Greek Theatre, where performances are still staged during May & June, and which forms part of a larger archeological park. The archeological museum has one of the best displays of archeological remains in Sicily. The old cathedral located in Piazza Duomo, the heart of Ortigia (and the city's 'Living Room,') dates from 1728, and includes eighth century Norman artifacts and the columns of a Greek Temple dating back 2500 years.
Siracusa also offers beaches which are generally located to the south of the city and include the resorts of Arenella, Fontane Bianche, and the protected coastline of Vendicari. There are summer ferries to beautiful beaches as well, just across the harbor and there is even swimming 3 minutes walk from the apartment on the shoals surrounding the historic district!
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Hello! I'm Frank Riela, one of the property owners. My partner and co-owner is Kevin Brandt, and I need to find a photo with both of us in it! We are two former lawyers from the Los Angeles, California area (Pasadena actually). We 'discovered' Sicily in the early 1990s. We were here for the 'millenium new year' with about a dozen friends in December 1999, when we serendipitously found and bought a beautiful centuries old home right on the Ionian Sea in the Siracusa historic district. By 2004 we decided to move here and 'live our dream' of giving up stressful careers and trying 'la dolce vita' (the sweet life) on for size. We love Siracusa, Sicily and all of Italy. I'm sure you will too!
We bought this particular condo home because it was turn-key ready for rental and owned by a friend! A dear friend of ours from Los Angeles named Mitch, had moved to Siracusa after a messy divorce. He purchased this unit for his retirement home. After only a few months he decided he could not learn Italian and he missed his children and his life back in California. He sold the unit to us and we immediately turned it into a very successful vacation rental. I had been living in Siracusa before Mitch got here and before he bought this home. I had supervised the entire renovation of the apartment. Mitch had also given me a substantial budget to upgrade his then new home and to buy quality furnishings. It is for this reason, that the apartment is so nicely appointed with antiques, Murano lighting and artisan carpentry. It was meant to be the full-time retirement home of a person with good taste, and not just-another-vacation-rental. I hope you enjoy your stay here! We haven't had a dissatisfied guest yet!
This home is very centrally located in Ortigia! You are steps from the Piazza Duomo (the city's 'living room') and steps from restaurants and the sea. It is also on a blessedly quiet pedestrian-only street! This street usually wins the yearly award for it's residents' attention to keeping it beautiful and full of plants and flowers. Finally, although you might not know it by this home's appointments and amenities, you will be staying in an historic Sicilian palazzo that dates back in part to the 1500s. (The ground floor has unique vaulting and arches that survived the 1693 earthquake! Maybe you can peak in to see them!)