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“narrow streets”(238 reviews)
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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.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in One Week in Sicily
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Corso Umberto, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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All reviews narrow streets old town small island beautiful island place to stay every corner the main square on foot piazza duomo couple of days historical sites gelato fish market walk around great place to visit greek temple restaurants
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Reviewed today via mobile

Syracuse and Ortygia in particular is a beautiful place. It was vey enjoyable to amble around the narrow streets and discover some of the small restaurants and artisan shops. If you are a "foodie" then this is your place. We also enjoyed visiting some of...More

Thank Tony P
Reviewed yesterday

Ortigia is well worth a visit if you're on the eadt coast of Sicily. Wonderful old building set against the aqua blue of the Mediterranean Sea. There's a colorful market full of produce and seafood vendors that adds greatly to the overall experience.

Thank Keith W
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was on Ortegia for 9 days, which is about 5 days too long! The first three days were great admiring the buildings, visiting Archimedes Museum (excellent), Archimedes Piazza, Papyrus Museum, Puppet Show, Boat trip, Marina, Market, Archaeology Park (in Syracuse), bus trip round the...More

Thank ukbusinesslady
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a lovely island just south of Siracusa. You can spend an entire day walking the area. Leave yourself several hours for a nice long stroll. There are plenty of nice restaurants to survey for dinner.

Thank BillE48864
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great location. The narrow roads with all the shops, markets and old buildings make it a great spot to go around. The fortifications on the edge are nice too.

Thank AARON S
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you stay in Syracuse apart from the historical site you must spend time in Ortigia. The restaurants, bars, narrow streets..its a relaxing hotchpotch of feelings and experiences..it's hard to recommend one restaurant as there are so many but have fish. It is so fresh...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful part of Siracusa! The whole atmosphere is just stunning. The market is a must! And a walk and chat with shop owners is another must!

Thank Rose S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Ortigia is a lovely little island offshoot of Siracusa which retains its authentic Sicilian character, even if (or because) many of the buildings are crumbling. A walk around the winding backstreets is full of interest and there are lots of unexpected pleasures in the squares...More

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Siracusa has very heavy traffic so park the car on the island when you arrive and start walking. A long street market mainly with food stalls and lovely old buildings. High end shopping and restaurants tucked away everywhere. People very friendly and although full of...More

1  Thank _nspforde
Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved this really pretty town. Give yourself plenty of time to amble the quaint tiny streets and visit the tunnels and a good look around the castle. Loved the little bridge and the market with all it's colourful fresh food. Lovely town with lovely people,

Thank MauritianQueen
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si0nepc
20 September 2018|
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Response from MikeBAlassio | Reviewed this property |
Ciao, La sicilia ha sempre un clima molto mite e quindi ti consiglio l'Ortigia sia per il prezzo sia per la location. I ristoranti non saranno tutti aperti ma hai ottime scelte sicuramente perché è molto visitata.
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si0nepc
20 September 2018|
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Response from Guy L | Reviewed this property |
The average temperature in late December/ early January is around 14 degrees Celsius. As for restaurant opening I cannot say as I was there in June.
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roncas
13 September 2018|
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Response from DimaL76 | Reviewed this property |
Hello During our visiting this place, 2 weeks in August, there wasn’t any problems with mosquitoes Have a good rest ))
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