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Casesicilia
Ranked #11 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Syracuse
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
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“Great accommodation in a great location”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

I spent two weeks in one of Lilla & Massimo's apartments in Ortigia. The location is really excellent, only 2 minutes from Piazza Duomo and within walking distance of all the best restaurants and sights in Ortigia. The apartment itself was very comfortable - very clean, spacious, nice bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen for a self catering holiday. Lilla & Massimo couldn't have been more helpful. They emailed me bus & train times/directions before I arrived, met me on the day of my arrival and gave me great tips & advice on best places to eat, visit etc. They also gave me a welcome pack with loads of information on Ortigia.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

We stayed at the Moscuzza apartment for 5 nights. It is 2 short blocks from the entrance bridge to Ortigia in a safe neighborhood. Banks, markets, coffee shops and gelato all close by. Plenty of free street parking. Close to the daily street market across the bridge. The entrance to the building is at first unappealing (water damaged paneling, dark at night until the light gets manually turned on) but the apartment is lovely, and as I said, the building and area are quite safe. We appeared to be the only transient occupants in the building. The bedroom is in the middle of the apartment so street noise is not an issue for sleep. Wifi is reliable. Everything we needed was available. Christian, who met us and oriented us to the apartment, gave us his cell number and stressed that he was available 24/7. Lilla responds quickly to email if any questions arise as well. And no one else has mentioned it but the restaurant right below the apartment has great pizza!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
2 reviews
Reviewed August 9, 2011

Bilo 13 is very nice. Location is the key. Price is completely adequate.

Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 7, 2011

My boyfriend and I visited Ortigia this year and stayed at the Bilo 2 apartment. The owners Lilla and Massimo were extremely helpful provided us with all the information we required and were there whenever we needed them. The flat is in an excellent location close to all the amenities and busy Piazzas of Ortigia. It is extremely spacious and we just loved spending time on the balcony in the evenings! I would highly reccommend these apartments as well as visiting the magical island of Ortigia.
Ela & Derek

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles
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Reviewed July 21, 2011

This year we decided to see South Eastern Sicily. By Vagabonda's recomendation, I contacted Casesicilia apartments and received very informative and kind replies from Lilla. We booked Solomone 5 in Ortigia for a week.
This is a nice, one bedroom apartment, however, in summer months you need an apartment with a balcony, where you can spent time at nights after your sightseeing and enjoy wine. Lucky for us our water heater broke that day and Lilla transferred us to the third floor to Solomone 9.
Now, this is the place you want to spend your week. Beauiful and cozy, but with a large balcony overlooking the quiet and charming streets of Ortigia, a view of the Duomo and a pick to the sea!
We were overwelmed and went to the open market, got grocceries and fish, invited our new friends over whom we met at the local restaurant there and had the most memorable and fantastic night.
Massimo and Lilla are very professional, nice and helpful.
The location was wonderful - free bus stop 20 right around the corner, the best trattoria Sciue Sciue downstairs (Teresa was a delight, more on her later). Walking to EVERYWHERE!

Overall, we felt that Ortigia offers warm hospitality and elegeance. We are in love with this little town, with the delishious food, amazing granitas, the BEST Gelatos (especially the pistachio), fresh canolis and evening walks every night.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Lilit_LA
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Scotland
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Reviewed May 29, 2011

We spent a week in the Duomo apartment in Ortygia in early May and it was the highlight of our first trip to Sicily. All the booking arrangements were smooth and Lilla was extremely helpful in email exchanges prior to our arrival. Christian met us on arrival and was charming and informative. We didn't need to contact them again but were assured that we could do so at any time. The apartment itself is clean, comfortable and very well equipped with everything you need for self-catering but not over-cluttered - exactly as we like it. The web-site really doesn't do it justice!

However the main benefit of this apartment is its wonderful location. We have been visiting Italy for over 30 years and this has to be one of the best locations ever! The Piazza Duomo is a beautiful space and the heart of the city. The entrance to the apartment is through a gate leading directly from the Piazza via a quiet, private courtyard. Even thought the apartment next door was being renovated when we were there it was extremely quiet and peaceful even when the Piazza was buzzing! The entrance is on the ground floor so no stairs or access issues however when you go into the living area you are hit by a flood of light coming from french doors on the opposite walls which lead onto a little balcony (big enough for the little table and two chairs provided). You then find yourself on the second floor with a glorious view over the tree lined promenade of the sea and harbour. Not only is the sea view wonderful but it is great for people watching too!You can even catch a distant glimpse of Etna if the conditions are right!
Ortygia itself is lovely and full of interest - much nicer than I expected having read some other reviews! The only possible drawback is car parking. There are fairly complicated rules on driving on the island but there is a big car park directly after the bridge to the main town. This is a bit away from the apartment but there are free buses that drop you nearby. We didn't have a problem as we have a disabled sticker and we checked that this allowed us to park in a disabled space two minutes from the apartment.

Overall a lovely apartment in a great location - perfect for couples.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Eugene, Oregon
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Reviewed May 22, 2011

Our budget was tight, we knew we wanted to do much of our own cooking, and we watch tv, both international and Italian. Lilla recommended Appartamento Arezzo, and it was perfect- nicer and more spacious than their website photos depicted. Casesicilia sets you up with your own living area- this is not a hotel situation with staff, etc.
Exiting right down via Arezzo put us at the water, and exiting left led us to the shopping street Corso Matteotti, to the exceptional outdoor six-day-a-week market or to walks through the historic center. Beauty and charm everywhere.
Lilla and Massimo Occhipinti, through their business "Casesicilia," set us up nicely with good advice and directions, a helpful binder of information and a well-supplied kitchen. Our "apartment" was actually its own building, with entry, upstairs to the living area, and up those stairs to a large outdoor terrace with plants and a shaded table.
This was a great spot to live for a week, not deluxe, but the simple value we sought. We felt right at home.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Casesicilia

Property: Casesicilia
Address: Via Salomone, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Syracuse
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 103 Specialty Lodging in Syracuse
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In unique and historical surroundings, we offer personality and charm, combined with all modern facilities. Reside in our self-catering apartments in Syracuse and your expectations of comfort and lifestyle are met with the reality of staying in prestigious & modern furnished apartments. It is our aim to exceed your expectations and to create the perfect home away from home! ... more   less 
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Casesicilia Sicily/Syracuse, Italy

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