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Review of Ortigia

Ortigia
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Ortygia: Syracuse's Ancient Town Center Walking...
Ranked #1 of 150 things to do in Syracuse
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 26, 2013

Lovely architecture, amazing food, kind people, sea to swim in. Also a good base to explore Noto and Cavagrande di Cassibile. What more do you need?

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"narrow streets"
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"beautiful island"
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

My wife and I crossed a bridge to the island of Ortigia from Siracusa and just wandered around for a couple of hours. It was VERY windy the day we were there, and my wife had a hard time keeping her skirt down and her hat on. It only took a few minutes to walk all the way from the bridge from Siracusa to the end of Ortigia. We had hoped to visit what looked like a castle that we’d seen previously at the tip of Ortigia, but we discovered that it’s apparently a military installation of some sort and is off limits to visitors. The narrow streets are lined with shops, cafés, and restaurants interspersed with hotels, B&Bs, and homes. Scattered throughout Ortigia are places you want to go and sights you want to see. For the most part, Ortigia is pretty barren – with only a few bushes and trees, save and except one stretch of the walkway along the seawall on the west side of the island that’s lined on both sides with big, beautiful, shady trees.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We liked to walk the streets in the morning and taste food in the street market and stores. People was corteous and the prices were not expensive and the food quality very good.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Whether you mean to go here or not, you certainly will, and you'll love it! Ortigia is the old town, complete with shadowy piazzas, wandering laneways, and restaurants that close at 2pm for siesta, so beware!

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

You don't just visit Ortygia, you immerse yourself. Narrow streets and alleys; washing on lines; street level windows into private homes; an open air market; gorgeous old churches (and a magnificent cathedral); ruins; views of the sea. There must be hundreds of tourists here at any one time, but this town seemed to swallow us all up, so that we ended up feeling like we were the only visitors, barely intruding on the lives of the people who live here. This place just drips atmosphere.
Ortygia is not big - it's 20 minutes or less on foot to reach any point on the island from anywhere else, but there's enough here to fill a good couple of days, and it's a reasonable base for travel to other parts of Syracuse and southeastern Sicily.
There are some nice unobtrusive hotels here and every street seems to have a restaurant or bar. We found people to be generally friendly, and it was nice to escape from the endless streets of tourist shops we found in some other parts of Italy.
We'll go back.

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