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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.
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“narrow streets” (217 reviews)
“old town” (162 reviews)
“small island” (68 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Corso Umberto, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Definitely worth a visit! Just spend some time walking there and feel the vibe of this island. It is worth to go there after dark to feel how amazing and charming this place is.

Thank Kamil M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our group stayed on the Island for four nights. We really enjoyed walking around on the island. It was a safe place with many restaurants and historic sites to see and visit. The tour bus parking is off the island but cabs are available if...More

Thank Bill Y
Reviewed 6 days ago

This small island/peninsula is loaded with local residences, hotels, restaurants, churches, piazzas, and shops. While I had one of those hop-on hop-off bus tickets, I found it much more interesting to just walks around the Ortigia. A great tourist attraction.

Thank Bill E
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The little city of Ortigia is a delightful little town. It has a beautiful historic center complete with a Duomo, restaurants and wonderful shops. There is also a Roman forum that is spectacular to walk through. The food at the local restaurants have excellent Sicilian...More

Thank Cheryl G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ortigia is a charming town worth walking. Lots of restaurants, an outdoor market, ocean views and shopping.

Thank volleygirl44
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wandered through beautiful Ortigia with beaming smiles. It is simply enchanting. Winding lanes and stunning squares. Spectacular views and gorgeous restaurants. The market is amazing! The history oozes from every pore of this jewel of antiquity. An absolute MUST if you are visiting Sicily....More

Thank A P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The plaza in front of the Duomo is gorgeous and the town is lovely for a long stroll. Some of the houses and hotels are gorgeous. We visited a large open air market that had fruits, vegetables, fish and spices galore. There’s a fabulous cheese...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not to miss in Siracusa! If the weather is nice, take a boat ride around the island. The Cathedral is a gem....so much history. The piazza at the Cathedral is vast and worth sitting down at a cafe to take it all in.

Thank Katie W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed two nights in Ortigia, right in the heart of the old city. There is a lot to see. The cathedral, which was originally a Greek Temple, is amazing. There are a number of small intimate restaurants with very welcoming staff. There are also...More

Thank wpnyc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This definitely worth the time seeing. A lovely passeggiata. You can also take the HopOn HopOff bus tours there.

Thank Carmen D
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Alex N
Hello, my parents are visiting Ortigia for the first time next month. They are staying on the island for a week and will have a car rental. We stayed there a few years ago and parked for free outside the apartment we were staying in, but I'm aware that things may have changed since then. Is it still the case that white lines or no lines are free for anyone to park on and yellow lines are for residents only parking? Also, I seem to remember seeing a little coastal shuttle bus on the island, we didn't use this as we were happy to walk around the island, but I thought something like that may be useful for my parents. Does anyone know anything about other ways to get around the island other than walking? (I know it's fairly easy to walk round, but it's nice for them to have another option as they are older). They also want to visit Syracuse for the day, is there an easy way rather than driving to get there from Ortigia? Thanks! Alex
28 August 2017|
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Response from USA-Traveller73 | Reviewed this property |
I always walked around Ortygia so I cannot comment in the bus etc. But please be very careful driving into Ortygia as there are restrictions on cars at certain times. Before you cross the bridge you will see a sign on the... More
16 July 2017|
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Response from John B | Reviewed this property |
Best to park in Syracusia and walk into Ortigia. Parking is very limited.
Alphonse D
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Response from Ida N | Reviewed this property |
Go to airbnb you will find a lot of things to hire!
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