Ortigia

Ortigia, Syracuse: Address, Ortigia Reviews: 4.5/5

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This offshore island was occupied by the Greek colonists who fortified it and constructed the earliest structures, including the temples of Athena and Apollo, whose remains can still be seen today.
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Frank L
Cologne, Germany395 contributions
Government : Important is trash and the poor cats have a big problem
Sep 2021
It is a nice place with a nice atmosphere, nice buildings and a nice view. But if you stay here a few days you see also the disadvantage of the place :
CATS - Many cats are wild and they do not belong to anyone. They get pregnant in young years and there is no service of catching them, bring them to a vetenarian to protect it from getting pregnant. Also many sick cats are here. Terrible for animal lovers.
TRASH - If you stay a few days you think that the local government has a religion of trash. They have many rules and we simply gave up. The hosts of our apartment finally did the separation for us. We never had in Italy something so strict according to trash. We found it terrible.
Written 17 September 2021
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Lawrence P
3 contributions
Ortigia - a very civilized place to visit.
Sep 2021 • Couples
We arrived directly onto the island after first registering our car with the police and met the parking lot attendant in front of Max Mara on the Piazza Archimedes. He took our car away to a safe, secure and insured lot and we pulled our luggage off to the B&B. Very convenient.

So, Ortigia is a wonderful island full of history and baroque treasures to explore. The Duomo and the Piazza Duomo are great for dining and people watching.

Restaurants offer plenty of seafood and pasta options because the pizza is a bit of a departure from what Americans may be used to unless neopolitain style is your thing.

Lots to see and lots to do.
Written 13 September 2021
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Anna
Toronto, Canada23 contributions
Southeastern Sicilian Gem
Aug 2021
A must see destination. Or tibia is super charming and you could definitely use it as a base for visiting Sicily’s southwest. Lots to explore and the daily outdoor food market alone makes it worthwhile. Don’t forget to have lunch at Fratelli Burgio in the market after a morning of sightseeing.
Written 9 September 2021
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Fabio L
54 contributions
Pearl in Siracusa
Sep 2021 • Couples
Lovely place, with nice surroundings. Perfect in the evening with great combination of life, great food and style. Nice to explore during the day, it becomes cozy as the sun sets.
During the day I’d recommend to visit the surroundings (bigger beaches, natural reserves, etc.) since the beach in Ortigia is quite small and the water not that great.
Written 8 September 2021
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Joachim
Poznan, Poland6 contributions
Visit it on different day times!
Aug 2021 • Couples
It’s a pretty place for a walk - there are dozens of small streets crossing each other and on many of them you will find nice restaurants. It’s good to dive into some gates as you might find hidden places with lot of charm to stop by.
Visit it during morning/early afternoon hours and evening/night. To different experiences.
Great place also for a small swimming & diving experience!
Written 29 August 2021
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LondonHH72
United States260 contributions
Charming and worthwhile
Aug 2021 • Couples
If you are touring Siracusa- definitely must stop in Ortigia too. Charming. The ruins of the temple of Apollo and the Mikveh was worth visiting for a glimpse into the Jewish presence of the past. The views of the sea are gorgeous and the baroque cathedral is also worth a stop.
Written 28 August 2021
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Lucy Davies
Syracuse, Italy73 contributions
My Home in Ortigia
Aug 2021
What can I say about living in Ortigia? Suffice to say I could never live in any other part of Siracusa . Ortigia is the heart of our city: its history, its traditions, its people. As tempting as it may be to book a hotel or BNB or holiday home outside of Ortigia because of price, parking, noise at night know this: you will never experience this wonderful island within the confines of the greater island of Sicily unless you spend an evening and a night in Ortigia.
Written 23 August 2021
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ammer
Ireland98 contributions
I want to live here!
Aug 2021 • Couples
Must see great views history beaches people and food! Lots to do nice to walk and find hidden gems. Try the seafood and the smaller family run restaurants.
Written 12 August 2021
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Annette J
Denmark41 contributions
Beautiful city
Jul 2021
It doesnt take too long to walk the whole city and visit the small beautiful streets and see the old fort.
Written 6 August 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA10,905 contributions
The Old City
Jun 2021
Ortigia is the island that held old City. The vast majority of the points of interest in Siracusa are on the island. Even though parking is problematic, in our opinion, it is the very best place to stay to get a true feel for this beautiful city.
Written 5 August 2021
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