Ortigia
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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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  • malufa369
    Copenhagen, Denmark117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Culture not so much beach
    This is a very beautiful place that is well worth the visit. From the boat I saw 1 beach with sunbeds and umbrellas and a public one. There is a platform people use to jump from or sunbathe; otherwise, there are rocks around the island that can be used. Clear waters, good food, very touristy but what beautiful Italian town isn't.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Big_Jeff_Leo
    St Helens, United Kingdom22,648 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The perfect Day Trip
    The small Baroque island of Ortigia, the historic center of Syracuse, is widely considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Sicily. It is a UNESCO landmark for its "remarkable testimony of the Mediterranean cultures over the centuries” and makes for a perfect place to visit on one of the many day trips available on the island. Dotted with impressive church facades, Fountains, Roman Ruins. outdoor restaurants, elegant piazzas and it is surrounded by the sea and possesses a pretty little Harbour. I would recommend a stroll off of the beaten track around the seemingly endless little winding streets which offer a glimse into the real place and how people actually live there.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Carlos L.
    Palm Desert, California1,870 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful part of Sicily
    Beautiful UNESCO “small island” in historic center of Syracuse. We stayed in area and walked around. Beautiful churches, fountains and ruins and a great place to walk and stroll and get lost.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Vincent D
    48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    Always a pleasure to visit this place even though it was raining but really enjoyed the place. The place was bustling with activity and hardly could find a place to eat. We managed after a while and we weren't disappointed
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2023
  • krzysztof j
    Wroclaw, Poland63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    Very nice tourist island in Siracusy. Usually preety crowd. In the centre You can find Duomo. Around on the many small Street You can enjoy time with many bars or eat in one of hundrets restaurants.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • SIGGYTG11RAF
    Wyton, United Kingdom225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plenty of Culture that needs a couple of days
    We visited Ortiga as part of day trip from Taormina. We had a whistle stop tour of the site. You definitely need a guide or you will miss the highlights. I would like to stay there for a couple of days to see everything. Will maybe do this in the future. The day trip was a long day out.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Susan P
    Wilmington, North Carolina31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of Sicily
    Ortigia was our last stop after visiting Palermo, Cefalu and Taormina. This historic town was the highlight of our trip. The winding streets with quaint shops and restaurants are surrounded by the sea. The island is easily walkable, and you are less than 2 miles from the archaeological site in Siracusa, a must visit. Be sure to visit the Puppet Museum, catch a puppet show and see the Jewish Baths.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 22, 2023
  • Amanda
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous Isola da Ortigia
    Fell in love with Ortigia 😍 The stunning little corridors of streets with balconies and plants. The amazing architecture and history abound. Swimming of the rocks and specially designed swimming platforms was a real treat in the heat of the Sicilian Sun. Our beautiful accommodation at Arche all simply perfect, Fabulous place and I hope to return again for a long weekend next year 😎😍
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Jonathan H
    30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just walk it - and eat…of course
    We came by train from Catania, cheap and comfortable. Turn left out of the station and keep walking until you reach the bridges to the “island”. It’s a delight just to walk the myriad narrow alleys, you don’t actually have to visit anything, just walk and watch….oh, and eat at some stage. Vegetarians can do reasonable well - try pasta alla Norma, a rich dish of tomatoes aubergines and chilli. It’s named after Bellini’s opera. So, if you do want to visit something…..Visit the castle at the southern limit of the island and the secret palazzo museum is a good diversion too. The Duomo has Greek architectural architectural “archaeology” in its walls. Go there and see!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Paul B
    Cobourg, Canada3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great service! Great food.! Great wine!
    Recommended by our host & it did not disappoint. We had a lovely dinner: baked sea bass and grilled swordfish with a bottle of white wine from the Etna area. The service was friendly and attentive. Our check with a bottle of wine: 70 euro Recommend highly.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
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Israel R
Ra'anana, Israel16,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The early history of Syracuse begins somewhere in the 6th century with the Apollo temple.
By the end of the 19th century, the whole area was basically a fortress that separated the two ports of the city. Today the Ortigia area is linked to the island by the Umbertino Bridge. The alley maze invites you to stroll and enjoy the variety of sites, starting with Piazza Pancali and the remains of the Tempio di Apollo, then in Piazza Duomo the amazing Duomo di Siracusa incorporating within it the remains of the ancient Temple of Minerva.
Do not miss the market, the restored buildings, great restaurants, cafes and ice creams vendors stores that serve the most amazing ice creams you can taste.
It is highly recommended to spend a couple of hours hiking the many sites listed in every of the AMAZING Ortigia Quarter’s Guide.
Written June 5, 2020
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Kiwi1955
Auckland, New Zealand39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We travelled to Syracuse via train from Palermo to Catania where we changed trains and onto Syracuse. A great trip through the countryside and stunning views of Mt Etna letting loose her volcanic cloud. On arrival in Syracuse we caught a taxi across to Ortigia. Amazing!! So clean after Palermo we thought we had died and gone to heaven!! Well worth staying on Ortigia in the many AirBnB’s and just wandering the streets of the old city. Lots to see....
Written June 14, 2020
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Aburel
Bucharest, Romania3,022 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
A great place. We parked in the harbor on the eastern side and walked around. Easy Park works here. A nice lunch and strolled the city streets, visited Leonardo and Archimedes Museum, the Duomo and the nearby Church of Saint Lucia 'alla Badia with its Caravaggio painting, then walked to the Aretusa Fountain and around. It a beautiful city, with amazing restaurants, cafes, bars, benches and terraces for everybody.
Written January 2, 2020
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Yvonne V
Irvine, CA163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
What a remarkable excursion! With her brother at her side as the captain of our fishing trip, Yolanda made sure each of us felt totally welcome and secure.

The morning include a variety of traditional fishing experiences, a stunning cruise of the gorgeous coastline of Ortigia and a lovely snorkeling experience in a protective cove.

This excursion prove to be a great entrée to a wonderful week on this very special island.

The boat itself was immaculate, providing a safe and comfortable environment. Unlike many excursions of this type we were not overcrowded.

The scenery throughout the trip was exceptional and it gave us a vantage point of this precious island that was truly memorable

At the conclusion of our swim we enjoyed fresh fruit from their garden, cookies and Prosecco.

Yolanda was truly the perfect hostess and Sicily in Travel an exceptional company.

Whether or not you enjoy fishing, I highly recommend this excursion for anyone of any age or interest.
Written October 20, 2022
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Kevin D
38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Overall I guess it is an attractive little island. The narrow streets, market, etc are cool, but they also aren’t something you can’t find in a hundred other Italian cities. The cathedral is a yawner. Syracuse itself is a bit out of the way and in hindsight I wish I had driven to a different city because there just wasn’t really anything earth shattering here.
Written January 1, 2020
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Diana VDC
Thuin, Belgium24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
If you want to immerse yourself in the labyrinths of an ancient city, as if suspended in time, ortigia is a must. A clean city, that shines under the sun, a maze of little streets that go up and down, with their beautifully restored buildings and picturesque squares, restaurants and souvenir stores, surrounded by the clear (and freezing!) waters of the Mediterranean Sea. There is an incredible calm and tranquility, we were lucky enough to visit it out of season and even in the midst of this pandemic, it seemed as if nothing would happen there, a true oasis of peace.

Written November 1, 2020
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Battyhouse
uk23 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Do not attempt to visit Ortigia by car. The Talete car park is now the home of the homeless, these poor people sleep all over the car park. it used to have barriers and had a maned cubicle. This has been replaced with prepayment machines with hourly rates. Certainly not the place to leave a vehicle, with no apparent security. Trying to find off street parking anywhere is impossible. In addition, the TZL zone as you enter Ortigia is situated on the bridge as you enter Ortigia, you have to turn left before going over the bridge to avoid this visitor money trap. The other option, which turned out to be a challenge, was to street park in Syracuse. You join the parade of cars driving round and round the streets looking for people leaving! People seem to l;eave their cars on Zebra crossings, anywhere. Its a total nightmare. If you are staying on Ortigia you can, with prior arrangement with the Hotel or Rental accomodation take your car to drop off your Baggage with a one hour grace period. Then you are back to where you park ypur car?
We found a car park which turned out to be over a half hour walk away, we are in our 70s. We had planned to stay a week but lasted 2 nights. The hassle of parking left us distressed. No information is available for long stay parking.
Park and Ride scheme would certainly help, but the local Authorities seem not to want to know, relying on unsuspecting tourists to fill the TZL pot.
Written May 9, 2022
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edrose1
Ubud, Indonesia48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Ortigia is an absolute gem of a place in Sicily. We found the most amazing cultural sites, food, and sunsets there and enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. The Moon vegan restaurant is a must visit, but do step off the main drag and explore the alleyways for some amazing meals.
Written October 25, 2020
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Secret Travel Notes
London, UK291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
The peninsula that is Ortigia is home to a vibrant maze of shops, alleys and restaurants that connect several large and prominent squares. One square is home to the ridiculously magnificent cathedral, possibly Sicily’s most stunning realisation of baroque architecture, as well as numerous other architecturally beautiful historic buildings and another has the Fountain of Diana. There is a rare charm in all these streets and squares. Another must see is the market in the morning, which offers a treasury of fresh fruit and veg and seafood. You have to go.
Written August 23, 2020
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swtraveler15
Springfield, MA1,533 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Ortigia was probably my favorite area of Sicily. We wandered around the old streets for hours soaking up the atmosphere and admiring the old town. Plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from. Make sure you are there to enjoy the sunset as the entire area just glows in the waning light.
Written January 26, 2020
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