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Ortigia

Corso Umberto, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“narrow streets” (230 reviews)
“old town” (178 reviews)
“small island” (75 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Corso Umberto, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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"narrow streets"
in 230 reviews
"old town"
in 178 reviews
"small island"
in 75 reviews
"beautiful island"
in 58 reviews
"place to stay"
in 31 reviews
"every corner"
in 46 reviews
"on foot"
in 44 reviews
"piazza duomo"
in 91 reviews
"the main square"
in 38 reviews
"couple of days"
in 29 reviews
"gelato"
in 63 reviews
"historical sites"
in 32 reviews
"fish market"
in 27 reviews
"walk around"
in 53 reviews
"cafes and restaurants"
in 26 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 28 reviews
"greek temple"
in 39 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The island is connected to the mainland with 2 bridges. Traffic tis forbidden for private cars most of the time on the island. Ortigia is a beautiful island ful of narrow streets and old buildings. The whole island is full of listed buildings with attractive...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Highly recommended for vacations one of the most beautiful ace I have been but....most of the restaurants overcharge and people are not polite. In some places you order a drink and they charge "coperto" as if you eat. Avoid rent a bike or electric bike...More

1  Thank Parvy P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was very hot and difficult to find shade , however the market was lovely and we bought a cone of freshly fried calamari , there are many mixes herbs to buy here- which unfortunately we did not buy and have found difficult to find...More

1  Thank Selina S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We loved the alleys and the old buildings. The market was a little disappointing but the fresh fish was cheap - I live in France where the markets are a big thing.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We felt very safe here as there is less traffic. There are many excellent restaurants including Vegan ones. Take a stroll around the island and soak in the atmosphere. Ensure that you stay on the island too. You can use the red tourist bus to...More

Thank Haydn B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stayed in Syracusa for a week and visited Ortigia on several occasions, always finding something new. A wealth of history in a maze of fascinating streets. A big focus on Archimedes and his work. Lots of great places to eat and rest. Well worth...More

Thank james w
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Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are in the area, this is certainly a place I would recommend visiting. Don't forget to stroll in the market and discover its spices, fish, and food specialties.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Ortigia is the old quarter in Syracuse, Sicily and is vibrant in the evenings with several artefact shops and ethnic small restaurants and cafes merging into the town square. The narrow streets offer plenty of hustle and bustle and the square is a great place...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful and ancient. Take your time strolling the backstreets and take in the atmosphere.Parking is a major challenge but do as the locals and wait by the car park until someone leaves.The traffic in and out is hectic so you have to keep your wits...More

Thank Alice S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We stayed in Ortigia and only visited Siracusa proper but from what we saw in 3 days we preferred Ortigia. Great restaurants, great hotel, quiet, easy to walk all over.. Some cool museums and shops. Not as touristy. We road bikes one day and easily...More

2  Thank sccrref
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Vincienne A
28 June 2018|
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Response from Radek B | Reviewed this property |
Depending what you like. Just take a walk across the island. Visit the Pizza Duomo and the Duomo itself, have coffee there. Walk more, pick the spot for dinner but one of those hidden places not for tourists and enjoy... More
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Richard M
25 June 2018|
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Response from Kathleen R | Reviewed this property |
Bus is far more reliable than train.Trains notoriously late.
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Beth S
6 June 2018|
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Response from cycleplus1 | Reviewed this property |
This is a living.breathing town ,it should all be open.Make sure you visit the lively market in the morning and have a coffee there!
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