We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Sublime” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ortigia

Ortigia
Book In Advance
More Info
$51.59*
and up
Syracuse and Noto Day Tour from Taormina
Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Syracuse
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Sublime”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

Ortigia oozes ancient history but hums with modern life. It bears some of the scars of the near-destruction of Sicily by the Mafia - thrown-together concrete high rises in the new town and the wholesale abandonment of existing housing. But much less than elsewhere. And Siracusa seems to be springing back, with sensitive regeneration of its remarkable old buildings. It always was a clever place. And breathtakingly beautiful. Train timetables are patchy but if you can manage it, forget about parking and catch the train to the pretty surrounding towns.

Visited November 2012
Helpful?
Thank JuliannaOz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

8,335 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    6,360
    1,705
    222
    33
    15
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Hebrew first
  • Hungarian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Serbian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Welwyn, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
98 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Ortygia, old world charm but not sophisticated !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

So, you arrive at this peaceful headland and will see old world charm, ancient ruins and loads of Italians on holiday. This is is great place to wonder around and find a quiet place to eat , drink and watch the world go by. Very popular for weddings and a bustling feel in the evening down on the waters edge. If your used to Northern Italy and sophistication then maybe this isn't the place for you but a few days peaceful sightseeing and all accessible on foot with relative easy and no crowds then this is your spot. My challenge would be to find a good Italian Franciacorta or Prosecco to drink.

Visited September 2013
Helpful?
Thank Eric D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sofia, Bulgaria
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful and charming old town”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is my favourite place in Sicily. It's nice to walk around and has many great restaurants with fantastic seafood. It doesn't have huge crowds and lots of cars.

Visited October 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank uhikut
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Warsaw, Poland
Level Contributor
39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice old part of the town”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

We were in Syracuse this semptember. It was great time but only in old part of the town - Ortigia. We liked it the most.
Nice old, narrow streets with great places to eat (La Tavernetta) and Duomo Square - especially after dark.

Visited September 2013
Helpful?
Thank dOC_841116
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Chicago
Level Contributor
122 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“One of the best vacation spots on the planet”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

(1) The Ionian sea is absolutely beautiful, (2) the ancient ruins are breathtaking, (3) the fish is the freshest you will get anywhere, (4) the prices are reasonable, (5) it doesn't get the huge crowds you find in Rome, Florence, or Venice, (6) the people are relaxed and friendly, (7) the Baroque buildings in the city center are beautiful and gleam in the sunlight, (8) if you like history, you can see the exact spot where the Athenian army was defeated in the Peloponnesian War (9) it is only an hour from Taormina.

Isn't that enough?

Visited March 2013
Helpful?
Thank maimonChicago
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Ortigia also viewed

Lampedusa, Islands of Sicily
Syracuse, Province of Syracuse
 
Catania, Province of Catania
 

Been to Ortigia? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing