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1st Floor Apartment With Stunning Sea Views



Updated: 01-Dec-2016
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. 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.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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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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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


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: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Jun 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The apartment is just as described. From the moment we walked in we knew we had made the right choice. Lovely view. Perfect location. Made wonderful meals with fresh veggies from local market. Internet worked perfectly for entire 3 weeks. Jan (owner) and Lynette (neighbor) accessible, pleasant and helpful. Highly recommended. You will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love my apartment, it is a home from home and its a pleasure to rent it out to guests. It is wonderful to be able to bring Ortigia and all its delights to share with people from all over the world. We have had many guests from Australia, USA and various parts of europe and they have all enjoyed the experience, my apartment, the market and the history.
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Catania Airport at 65 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Apollo Piazza Pancali at 400 Metres Nearest Train : Siracusa Train Station at 1.6 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : SS124 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : L'Osteria Da Seby at 240 Metres Nearest Beach : Arenella and Fontaine Bianca at 13 Kilometres 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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Nov/Dec 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
18 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Jan/Feb 2017
3 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
March/April 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May/June 2017
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
July/August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Sept/Oct 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

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From the Owner

My bedroom and lounge overlook the sea and I love to watch the sunrise in the mornings and 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. Then a free local bus into Ortigia.

Property Type

  • apartment


  • 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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront


  • churches
  • 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


  • 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
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with Queen bed, double wardrobe, large chest of drawers, two 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.


  • Terrace ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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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