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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
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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 piazza duomo on foot couple of days historical sites gelato walk around great place to visit boat trip greek temple restaurants
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Best place on hearth !! Thank you god for Siracusa and Ortigia..walk around and fall in love with this beautiful Island

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anjelos2019
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ortigia is the old island, the Greek invaded when Ilia and Carthago were alive. It is the home of Archimedes and Santa Lucia. Beautiful place. It was ruined completely in 1693 in an earth quake.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank piriot
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very clean, nice views, easy parking and fabulous cafeteria, nice for a walk and there is a small town open air market

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank johann s
Reviewed 5 days ago

I recommend entering the Cathedral of Piazza del Duomo to see inside the Great Doric Temple of Athena with its (6 x 12) monumental columns. Visit the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia with its beautiful portal and inside the picture of the burial of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ciel0a91
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not visiting Ortigia whilst in Sicily is like going to the Blue Lagoon without having a swim. The place is enchanting, the cathedral and opposite square are as pretty as one wiuld hope to see. The cathedral was originally a Roman temple and converted into...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank ivangatt
Reviewed 1 week ago

An island is the center of the city of Syracuse, where beautiful ancient stories and the myth of Orpheus and Arethusa. I was amazed when I saw the cathedral square, the fish market and the beautiful little streets that lead to the sea. If you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank stephanieguidotti
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Winter sunshine break with a group of friends from Devon. Highly recommend this charming and very welcoming island that is part of the ancient city of Syracuse

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank BlueGeranium
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the old part of Siracusa and worth a few days, plus can serve as base to visit other places in the region such as Ragusa and Notto. You can walk all over Ortigia -- lots to see and wonderful alleyways to wander. Plus...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dsneider
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ortigia is an island connected to the newer part of Siracusa via a bridge.It is extremely busy most of the year, mainly with tour parties. I have twice visited here in December.Ideal time as few visitors and the weather is right for 'wandering'. There are...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank veronica l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We lodged just across the bridge in Seracuse, perfect. Our December visit was during a feast day, the street celebrating was a great addition to the Ortigia experience. It's all good in Ortigia, clean, safe, excellent restaurants, great views, friendly folks. A seaside historical city...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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si0nepc
September 20, 2018|
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Response from MikeBurgio68 | 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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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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September 12, 2018|
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Response from Dmitrij_Lihachevskiy | 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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