|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Syraka is a big restored apartment in the middle of the old town Ortigia situated on the second floor of an ancient building dating back to the 17th century which was the first Hotel of Syracuse. Easy to reach and close to main parking 'Talete' (500m) and to the sea (200 mts). We give you high quality service at competitive prices. Newly furnished and fine finish create an unique elegant and comfortable atmosphere.
It is is composed of a large living room with sofa bed, a kitchen, 1 bathroom (shower), 1 matrimonial bedroom, 1 twin room, a little terrace and 2 balconies, to accommodate from 4 to 6 persons.
On our little terrace you can enjoy a romantic view of the old town roofs.
Within easy walking distance you can reach the Duomo square, the Archimede square, the Bellomo museum, the mythological Aretusa fountain, the characteristic market of Ortigia where you can dive in the picturesque colours, the typical perfumes and sounds of the genuine Sicilian life.
Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica: The site consists of two separate elements, containing outstanding vestiges dating back to Greek and Roman times: The Necropolis of Pantalica contains over 5,000 tombs cut into the rock near open stone quarries, most of them dating from the 13th to 7th centuries BC. Vestiges of the Byzantine era also remain in the area, notably the foundations of the Anaktoron (Prince’s Palace). The other part of the property, Ancient Syracuse, includes the nucleus of the city’s foundation as Ortygia by Greeks from Corinth in the 8th century BC. The site of the city, which Cicero described as ‘the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of all’, retains vestiges such as the Temple of Athena (5th century BC, later transformed to serve as a cathedral), a Greek theatre, a Roman amphitheatre, a fort and more. Many remains bear witness to the troubled history of Sicily, from the Byzantines to the Bourbons, interspersed with the Arabo-Muslims, the Normans, Frederick II of the Hohenstaufen dynasty.
Lovely modernised apartment in old building. The apartment is in a really good location in the centre of Ortygia within a few minutes walk of shops, seafront and restaurants. The apartment was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed for a relaxing holiday. The air-conditioning was particularly welcome when coming in from the heat outside. There are lots of stairs up to the appartment so that's just something to be aware of. The owners were really helpful and got back to us really quickly with regards to booking and any queries. They also arranged transfers to and from the airport for us. The private terrace was basic but got full sun for most of the day with shade later on in the afternoon. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking the lovely selection of food we got from the fantastic market in the mornings.
We had the pleasure of staying in the Syraka apartment recently. The owners were kind enough to allow us to let the property for 10 days and it was very good value.
The island of Ortigia, attached to Syracuse by two small bridges, is simply beautiful. We had a hire car, but only used it 4 days out of the 10 as we content mainly to stroll around Ortigia,exploring all the small streets.
The local market is excellent, selling the freshest of fish, fruit and vegetables at very cheap prices. There are any number of fine restaurants nearby and we recommend l'Osteria right opposite the front door of the apartment.
The apartment is well equipped, well finished and the air conditioning was a godsend. Paola was kind enough to come and fine us the night we arrived as we were lost, but that was the last we saw of her. Everything worked fine, so we did not have any further requirements from the owners.
A lovely, lovely holiday.
Bob & Pam Walker, Orkney, Scotland
the apartment photographs on the web site did not do justice to the fine furnishings and spacious dimensions of the rooms. the owner was quick to correct a minor problem that arose with the computer, bringing a replacement the next day! we walked everywhere and every day was an adventure. we also had a car that we parked in the covered garage a few blocks away for about a Euro a day. the food in the area was terrific and the local stores and outdoor markets were close by and very useful for our daily shopping for food and drinks. there are a number of super markets nearby (by car) and the prices were fair and the food fresh. the nearest "beach" is really an outcropping of volcanic rocks with a very small sandy area that is awailable at low tide. the scenery is terrific and visiting the many shops, restaurants, museums, and churches was part of our daily excursions. the walk up to the apartment is some 40 plus steps so you will get your exercise but relaxing on the balcony (small) off the kitchen with a bottle of wine was our reward after a long day of sight seeing. the price for this apartment makes it an excellent value.
This has been our second year renting in Ortygia but our first time at this apartment. All the reviews who have said that the pictures do not do justice to this wonderful apartment are right. The place was so much more spacious and lovely than what we had imagined. Everything is very new and immaculate in the apartment. We loved the peaceful terrace overlooking the roof tops of Ortigia. We would so look forward to having our breakfast and evening wine on the terrace. The second bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom had doors that led to the terrace making it so nice to have fresh air blowing in all the rooms. All the doors one of which had beautiful glass had an old world charm about them.
The Syraka Apartment is centrally located , but then all of Ortigia is within walking distance to every site. A car is not necessary only a hop, skip and a jump from the open market, which became our second home. You must try the baked ricotta from the new cheese store at the market.
Giorgio and his daughter were so helpful and nice. Giorgio got back to us immediately when we couldn't figure out how to turn the hot water on in the kitchen.
We do not hesitate to recommend the apartment and climbing all those stairs only put us in better shape. After a week of climbing the stairs I felt very fit.
We stayed at Syraka apartment for 2 weeks in January. It was everything we hoped for. Location couldn't have been better. All you need is within 5-10 minute walk; restaurants (lunch counter across the street is excellent and very affordable), markets, parking. The flat was very well maintained and accurately described. More roomy than we expected. Could have used a microwave.
Ortigia is a jewel we had never heard of. Driving through newer part of Syracusa, one would never expect the charm and warmth we encountered, even in January.
We would not hesitate to recommend Syraka to anyone who can handle the stairs (50 steps up).
The Syraka apartment is perfectly located for discovering the oldest and best part of Siracusa, in the midst of Ortigia's narrow streets' labirinth, very close to the Duomo Piazza, the Arethusa Fountain and the Maniace Castle. Being very close to Piazza Archimede, it is well connected to the mainland by the shuttle bus and one can easily plan short trips by train or by bus to other Sicilian cities such as Taormina.
It is tastefully furnished and provides all the modern comfort although it is situated in a very old building.
There are a lot of good seafood restaurants within the limits of Ortigia (10-15 min. walking). For late risers, I would recommend the take away restaurant across the street (simple good food, very cheap).
Giorgio was most welcoming waiting for us in the Archimede Square and showing us to the apartment. Thank you.
Overall, we've had a very pleasant seven days stay in a most charming place.
Syraka apartment is just a few meters away from the sea, where it is possible, in summertime, to sun-bathe on the rocks, to swim and deep-dive. The stable is situated nearby the Grecian Apollo's temple, the Duomo square, Archimede square, the Bellomo museum, the mythological Aretusa fountain, the characteristic market of Ortigia where you can walk through the picturesque colours, the typical perfumes and sounds of the genuine Sicilian life.
In 20 minutes, on foot, you can also reach the archaeological museum Paolo Orsi, the Catacombe of S. Giovanni and the unforgettable archaeological park with the Greek theatre.
Ortigia is 30km from Noto, 51 km from Pantalica necropolis, 50 km from Vendicari Natural park; 73km from Modica, 83km from Scicli UNESCO World Heritage sites with the finest collection of Baroque buildings in Italy.
All of our rates include:
- internet access
- bed and bath linen;
- electricity, water;
- kitchen utensils
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.