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Ortigia

Corso Umberto, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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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.
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“narrow streets” (231 reviews)
“old town” (180 reviews)
“small island” (74 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Corso Umberto, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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"narrow streets"
in 231 reviews
"old town"
in 180 reviews
"small island"
in 74 reviews
"beautiful island"
in 59 reviews
"place to stay"
in 32 reviews
"every corner"
in 47 reviews
"on foot"
in 44 reviews
"piazza duomo"
in 92 reviews
"the main square"
in 37 reviews
"fish market"
in 27 reviews
"gelato"
in 63 reviews
"historical sites"
in 31 reviews
"walk around"
in 52 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 28 reviews
"greek temple"
in 37 reviews
"restaurants"
in 649 reviews
"sea"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The small streets of Ortigia are truly charming and is what Italy is all about. Much like Venice actually. The area has souvenir shops.

Thank Morten W
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Beautiful sunset from Fonte Aretusa Ortigia Sicily ! Staying at Airbnb Dimora di Aretusa super close to everything...and best sunset view!

Thank IrisCalgary
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Roam about and soak up the atmosphere in this island of history. Favourite spot was the Leonardo da Vinci and Archimedes exhibition.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We've explore Oritigia on a Saturday evening, which was exceedingly busy with cars and foot traffic, and most of a Sunday. We found many shops, cafes and a fair assortment of dining choices open for a Sunday. The streets are interesting to explore from the...More

Thank Karen P
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Ortigia is well worth the effort, coupled with Syracuse's attractions. A little unattractive as you approach the crossing bridges, Oritgia soon blossoms before your eyes. Old narrow streets, ancient remains and modern developments are all combined in a very walkable area. Other modes of transport...More

Thank Tebbster
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Soak up the atmosphere here with the many pubs, restaurants and shops. The streets are alive with activity and it’s a great place to spend some time. A boat trip go 4, private party and just €60 seems fair too. Awesome views, stunning history, we’ll...More

Thank Nic C
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing streets, stunning views! Lots of beautiful restaurants, everyone is really friendly and the food is to die for!

Thank ailishcleary8
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As others have mentioned Ortigia is very much geared up for tourists but don't make that a reason to avoid. The place is steeped in history and is worth a visit for just seeing the Cathedral in the central piazza alone if nothing else. Here...More

Thank Anthony W
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a visit for the history and architecture and beautiful location. it didn't't feel like locals lived there anymore. All shops and restaurants created for tourists. No local flavour.

Thank solumiere
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to Ortiga is a combination of history, boats, shops, market and food. Don't forget to visit the "artist" making sandwiches at the end of the market or have a great value aperitvo.

1  Thank Tony H
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Vincienne A
28 June 2018|
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Response from Radek B | Reviewed this property |
Depending what you like. Just take a walk across the island. Visit the Pizza Duomo and the Duomo itself, have coffee there. Walk more, pick the spot for dinner but one of those hidden places not for tourists and enjoy... More
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Richard M
25 June 2018|
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Response from Kathleen R | Reviewed this property |
Bus is far more reliable than train.Trains notoriously late.
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Beth S
6 June 2018|
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Response from cycleplus1 | Reviewed this property |
This is a living.breathing town ,it should all be open.Make sure you visit the lively market in the morning and have a coffee there!
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