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1st Floor Apartment With Stunning Sea Views

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Apartment in Siracuse, Sicily, Italy - Close To Historic Sites And Good Shops

Two bedroomed renovated first floor apartment situated in historic Ortigia overlooking the Ionian Sea. New facade including new balcony, windows and triple glazing. Redecorated inside and some new bedroom furniture. The master bed now faces the new balcony, so you can see the sea whilst in bed. The apartment is accessed through double wrought iron gates which lock automatically, or through a single wrought iron gate on the Lungomare side. The inside courtyard has also been renovated with new flooring,integral lighting and switches on the inside for the automatic gates. The apartment is set out on one floor with the front door leading straight into the kitchen/dining area and the lounge with stunning sea views, especially sunrise and a small corridor on the left, leading to both bedrooms. The patio is accessible through double patio doors direct from the kitchen. Nearby are local shops, designer shops and the amazing daily fish market. It is situated in an ideal position for exploring Sicily with Mount Etna and Taormina to the North and beautiful beaches and archaeology sites to the South. Swimming is possible from the rocks which are a short walk away.

Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Jan

I live in England but spend as much time as possible at my apartment. It is home from home and has all the necessary amenities for a wonderful holiday. I am trying to learn Italian as there is less English spoken here than other parts of Italy. I live amongst Italians and have made many friends here. I especially like it when my neighbours and the local shops, including the market, recognise and acknowledge me every time and make me feel so very much at home.

Jan purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Jan chose Syracuse

I first visited Siracusa in 2001 and did not know about Ortigia but when I first drove over the bridge into Ortigia I fell in love with it. It is wonderful, full of beautiful old buildings Ortigia oozes history and it never ceases to amaze me. You live amongst real people, doing their daily work. The fish market is real and alive and just sitting at a local coffee bar you can capture every aspect of local life whilst watching the world go by. There is something to suit everyone, eating a meal in a romantic setting overlooking the sea, swimming from the rocks, shopping in designer shops or the market, relaxing on a beach or visiting fabulous historical sites. Horse drawn carriages, cobblestone streets where you can wander for hours and lovely churches to admire. This is real Italy.

What makes this apartment unique

My bedroom and lounge overlook the sea and I love to watch the sunrise in the mornings from my bed then eat breakfast on my terrace, whilst still being able to see the water. To be able to shop at the market on a daily basis for fresh fish, fruit and vegetables and to banter with the shopkeepers whilst being offered samples of their foods. To walk to the rocks and swim for an hour or two and if it is too hot to go down again in the evening for another swim. There are also many historical opportunities ranging from the Greek ampitheatre, even watching plays there to the catacombs and fabulous archeaological sites both in Ortigia and within walking distance. There is also Interbus direct from Catania airport to Siracusa which runs several times a day and is only €5.70.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much Jan for the use of your apartment – we have had a truly relaxing time 99% wall to wall sunshine – and to wake up every morning to the sun rising out of the bedroom window was magical! We have stayed local visiting the various sites and museums but took the bus several times to Fontaine Bianchi – best swimming ever. The market was a delight – as is the little ‘deli’ up the road – no hope for waistlines here! Everything was perfect Love Ortigia now, many thanks again Amanda & Robert

Thanks once again Jan this apartment makes a great base to see all these places and its both comfortable and well equiped. Jeanette, Phil Alex and Helen.

Jan - we've had a great time it is a real chill out zone - cant wait to come back Gill and Hugh.
Jan 2004
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Syracuse in Province of Syracuse

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Complete white bathroom suite with double shower with folding door, wc, bidet and wash basin. There is also a large bathroom cabinet complete with mirror, lights and a shaver socket and a new water heater. The window overlooks the Ionian.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 5'6" bed, new triple wardrobe, new large chest of drawers, two new bedside tables and lamps. Bedroom 2 with two new 3' UK twin beds with mattresses, a wardrobe, chair and reading lights. Extra single bed and Baby cot available. New double sofa bed in lounge area.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Air conditioning which also acts as a heater, has been installed. There is also portable calor gas heater and electric heater. Wi Fi access is available to those who bring their own laptops. The apartment is all on one floor but there are steps up to it as it is on the first floor. Therefore it is not suitable for wheelchair guests. Outside: Private terrace complete with table, four chairs with cushions, and a large parasol. There is an outside tap and plants on the patio and extra seating if required. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bedding, towels, including beach towels are included. There are spares in the drawers, plus tablecloths, napkins and tea towels. There is a washing machine for your use. Other: Renovated dining/kitchen area leads to the terrace complete with plants. There is a table and four chairs with cushions, plus spare patio chairs inside, and large parasol. The private terrace overlooks a beautifully renovated large internal courtyard.


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1st Floor Apartment With Stunning Sea Views
average rating of 4.571429 based on 8 reviews

Wonderfully situated Appartment

  • 5 of 5

The appartment was in a perfect position for my daughter and I and is easily walkable to everywhere in Ortigia. It was very well equipped and comfortable. Jan is also in the process of re painting it all and the new windows look great. Parking directly outside the appartment is difficult but a car park is a couple of minutes walk away is easily accessed and always had spaces. Lynette, who let us in to the appartment, was lovely. She was a font of knowledge and was always there if we needed any help or advice. The views and sunrises were spectacular. Ortigia is a fantastic place. I would highly recommend Jan's appartment to anyone. I certainly hope to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michaela for such a great review, I am so pleased you had a such a wonderful time at my apartment and I agree totally, Lynette is my secret weapon. Such a fabulous lady and as you say a font of local information.
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Great place to stay near the centre of Siracusa

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was well equipped and in a great location, on the edge of the old town, within easy walking distance of the main sights. We managed to find free parking close by on each evening. Sunrise through the window in the morning was spectacular!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Alan, we enjoyed hosting you. The sun rising every morning seen through both the master bedroom window and the lounge, is one of my favourite sights too. I am pleased you found my apartment well equipped, its my home from home where I spend a lot of time. The location is perfect and free parking is an absolute bonus.
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Fantastic Getaway in Ortigia

  • 5 of 5

We spent a little over a week in this apartment in Ortigia. The apartment itself is fully equipped and absolutely charming, with a cottage feel. It also has a wonderful, unobstructed view of the sea. The location cannot be beat for anyone wanting to explore old Ortegia, or just wanting to spend time relaxing immersed in what seems like another world. We spent many wonderful afternoons just strolling around the island, going to the local market, or enjoying a drink or meal at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Ortegia. You are also just a short walk from the bus and train stations in Siracusa, which provide ready access to much else that Sicily has to offer. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location location location

  • 5 of 5

This spot couldn't have been better for our sea/city trip! We could walk everywhere, we grocery-shopped, we cooked in the apartment, we watched movies. It was super!

(and when we forgot our cell phone, Lynette met us at the apartment to pick it back up: and she got us to a tire repair place after our flat tire -- above and beyond the call of duty!)

  • Review Submitted: 03-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Laurie, I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and the dvd's too. I love it there, just a little walk around the corner to the market, then bringing it home to cook and enjoy. As you rightly say location, location, location is so very important. Lynette, is my secret weapon, she is amazing and is an absolute bonus for my guests, and yes Lynette always goes that extra mile. Thank you so much for choosing my apartment and we would welcome you anytime again. Kind regards, Jan
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Lovely homely apartment

  • 4 of 5

Myself and husband enjoyed a two week stay at this lovely apartment. Excellent service by owner and team. The view is stunning and it is in the heart of the old town within minutes of everything needed. There are numerous bars and restaurants all around. We did not hire a car as there is no parking, we used public transport to visit other towns and the tourist information office organise trips. There are no sandy beaches and most swimming is from rocks or man made platforms, there is some pebbly areas where less confident people could paddle from.

I haven't given 5 stars as I think the apartment is due a bit of TLC. Over all would recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Lorraine for your review. I am so happy that you enjoyed the views and Ortigia, I think its a truly amazing place. My apartment is due to be redecorated within the next few months as there will be a new facade in place, new windows and some updating inside. Thank you for choosing my apartment and hope to see you again. Kind regards, Jan Sheehy
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Food lovers heaven

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week at Jan's apartment in May and found it as described on the listing and spotlessly clean. Amazingly convenient for the fabulous market which was less than 5 mins walk away plus you can arrive to the door by taxi and the little city shuttle bus stops on the road outside which is very convenient for going up to the Greek ruins or the railway station for trips further afield.

Lynette was charming and was there if any problems arose which they didn't. We know the city well and have spent time there before on a number of occasions. You can swim from the bathing platforms just around the corner and there are two small supermarkets within 5 minutes walk of the flat.

Try Trattoria da Pietro for Sunday lunch with the locals and go for all the antipasti - raw fish platter, octopus salad, mussels in white wine, fritto misto etc. Cooking at home and eating on the terrace also a joy when you have a such a market close by.

Jenni and Marius - Liguria, Italy

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Catania Airport
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Bar Apollo Piazza Pancali
Nearest Train
1.6 Kilometres
Siracusa Train Station
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
240 Metres
L'Osteria Di Seby
Nearest Beach
13 Kilometres
Arenella and Fontaine Bianca
Car: not necessary


You can both swim and sunbathe from the rocks a five minute walk away and during the summer there are nearby lidos. Boat rides to nearby beauty spots are available, a 10 minute walk away. The local bus AST, takes approx 30 mins to Fontaine Bianche and Arenealla which have full facilities, sunloungers, cover, activities and bars. There are other nearby places to swim from such as Ognina a short drive away.


Catania Airport is the closest airport to Ortigia approx l hr away and Palermo is approximately a 3 hour drive. Interbus has a direct service from both Palermo Centrale and Catania Airport into Siracusa bus stn, from there it is a 10 min taxi to the apartment. Ortigia is best experienced on foot but to explore Sicily more there are car hire companies located at the airport or in Ortigia which rent cars on a daily basis. There is also ample public transport, bus and train.


Ortigia has many impressive historic areas especially Piazza del Duomo which is surrounded by Baroque architecture. The Neapolis Archaeological Park where both the impressive Greek Theatre and the Roman Ampitheatre can be seen are within a 15 minute drive or a 30 minute walk. Noto is approximately 30 minute drive south and has many beautiful restored Baroque buildings. The Valley of the Temples at Agrigento would take approximately ninety minutes and Mount Etna is about an hour north of Ortigia.

Further Details:

The nearest local grocery shop is within 100 metres of the apartment, turn right into Via Vittoria Veneto and it is on your left. The local fish market is open daily up until l.00pm selling an amazing variety of freshly caught fish, locally produced cheeses, wines and vegetables and is just a 5 minute walk towards Piazza Pancali. Ortigia has many wonderful restaurants and busy vibrant bars, and there are both local and designer shops within the town. There are ample cash points, banks and public transport and horse drawn carriages.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Syracuse, Sicily

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
May/June 2018
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£84 **
£632 **
July/August 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
£91 **
£722 **
Sept/Oct 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£86 **
£632 **
Nov/Dec 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£56 **
£412 **
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 2 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
£652 **
Jan/Feb 2019
3 Jan 2019 - 28 Feb 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£56 **
£412 **
March/April 2019
1 Mar 2019 - 31 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£71 **
£517 **
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£76 **

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £20
Price is for 2 extra £ 6 per person per night

Booking Notes:
Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds and are pro rata for extra nights. The minimum let is 3 x nights which is priced at 50% of the weekly rate and pro rata for 4+ nights. Prices above are for 2 persons. 3-5 persons would be an extra £50.00 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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