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Loft Apartment, 1 min Walking Distance to the beach

Bedrooms 1
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet


About the property

Apartment in Ortigia - Peaceful Location in an Independent Building

Casa Marta is a lovely 45 sqm loft located in a peaceful courtyard, that faces a charming garden. Equipped with air-conditioning, enjoys a balcony and a small open porch. Ideal for couples, walking distance to restaurants, shops, cultural sites and 1 minute by walk from a swimming access.

The house includes towels and sheets, usage of water, gas and electricity and of accessories

English/French spoken

Fabio Giarratana
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Italian
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2018

About Fabio Giarratana

Ciao, sono Fabio and I'm living in Siracusa, my hometown.

After spending many years travelling around in Italy and abroad, I have been back to Ortigia.

Casa Marta was my first own house and I lived there for 5 years, smelling the sea and swimming in the blue. Later me and my girlfriend Maelle moved to a bigger place, cause the sicilian/french family was growing...

So now opening my door to travellers is a wonderful way to breathe atmospheres and stories from all over the world.

Sharing with my guests the nice corners to visit and the special dishes to taste is an unique pleasure for me

Fabio Giarratana purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Fabio Giarratana chose Syracuse

I was used to live in this house until 3 years ago, so I tried to keep it extremely comfortable, tastefully furnished and spotlessly clean.

The works I made inside the appartment to improve it are made in part by myself and in part by local artisans.

The bed, the wardrobe and the stairs are hand-made by an ortigian carpenter.

The aim of the renovation of the house was to respect the style and decor Baroque, whereas its initial construction dates back to 1700 AD.

What makes this apartment unique

I like very much to meet my guests when they arrive in Siracusa.

Being born and living here, I try to be helpful giving you recommendations on where to eat, shop and visit.

There are so many interesting and beautiful places to see both locally and further afield in the province.

It'll be a pleasure to offer a bottle of wine and a little wellcome basket at your arrival.

I'm also glad to be available during your stay for any advice you need.

I speak English and French.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Syracuse in Province of Syracuse

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 bathroom with large shower, sink, wc and hair dryer (1 window)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 + 1 (Bedroom + sofa/bed in the main room) Notes on bedrooms: 1 bedroom on the mezzanine with 1 double bed, 2 cabinets and 1 bookcase. Note that bed and cabinets are wooden made by a local craftsman. 2 windows on the roof provide a sight on the bright sicilian sky
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Casa Marta is two steps from the access to the sea Equipped with both air-conditioning and heating Internet wifi connection Pets not allowed Outside: Small open porch in front of the entrance where you can enjoy a glass of wine or take your breakfast/dinner (equipped with table + chairs). It gives on the court and it's surrounded by flowers and plants Utility Room: Laundry room with washing machine and service sink Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are changed once a week. Cleaning before arrival and after departure + weekly cleaning from 2 week rental


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Loft Apartment, 1 min Walking Distance to the beach
average rating of 4.6 based on 15 reviews

A very stylish property in a very convenient position.

  • 3 of 5

The flat was well appointed with pleasant decoration and furniture and good cooking facilities. The location was pleasant and convenient. However we did not have access to the balcony and could nnot open the door which made the flat very dark.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for a little more than a week- June 2016. The apartment is "lovely" and in a great location. It's on a quiet street and close to many very good restaurants where it seemed the locals ate. The sea is only a few steps away and it's nice to take a swim in the Ionian Sea. From the apartment, you are also a few steps away from Piazza Archimedes where you can catch the hop on, hop off bus and see Siracusa and visit the historic sites easily. You're also a few steps away from Piazza Minerva which is a nice place to watch life and enjoy a glass of wine or gelato. There are many good places to eat close by. If you like to cook, as we do, the apartment is close to a few grocery stores. We enjoyed our meals at home and the apartment provided what we needed. The wifi works well. There is no television (refreshing) but we were able to watch Euro Cup matches easily on our tablets with wifi. There was no need to use the air conditioning (except for one warm night) because the island provided a nice breeze and with the windows open it was always pleasant at night. The one night we did use the AC, it worked well. Fabio and his assistant are readily available to help with any requests. The people of Ortigia were friendly and the island does not disappoint.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a great location and a comfortable apartment. Fabio and his friend, Kuba, were available, friendly and easy to deal with. We were able to cook the best meal we had in Siracusa right in the apartment (very well equipped kitchen!). Good heat is available although a ceiling fan might circulate the heat better (loft stays much warmer than first floor). The surrounding terrace and garden are beautiful, the furnishings are tasteful. We enjoyed our stay immensely.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic base for exploring Ortigia

  • 5 of 5

Casa Marta is a beautiful mezzanine apartment, in a traditional Sicilian building right in the heart of Ortiga, Syracuse. We booked it via Owners Direct and were met by Fabio, the owner on arrival. He is a fantastic host and really went out of his way to make our stay as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We stayed for a week & this apartment was perfect for us. It is well equipped with everything you would need for a self-catering break, including wi-fi – although we were also trying to work whilst out in Sicily and found that the internet access wasn’t as good/reliable as back home. But hey, we were on holiday too, so got over it quite easily ;) If you have children or mobility issues, it is worth knowing that the entrance to the apartment is on the first floor, up some external stone stairs, and that the bedroom is on the mezzanine level with an open staircase.

Casa Marta is perfectly located for exploring & discovering Ortiga. It is literally 2 mins from the sea, although sunbathing options are limited as there isn’t a beach as such – there is a rocky outcrop, very popular with locals, but takes a bit of getting used to if you like to sunbathe on a beach. Piazza Duomo, the heart of Ortigia where the stunning cathedral is located, is a 5 minute walk away. The morning market – not to be missed, as it is pure theatre – is also just a 5 min stroll away.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this apartment if you want to have “home” base for exploring this area of Sicily.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tranquil haven

  • 5 of 5

We felt very lucky to stay in Casa Marta. Sitting with a coffee or meal and looking out over the geraniums and rooftops was a memorable part of our holiday. We found the apartment airy, clean and beautiful and thought the facilities were excellent. We had such a warm welcome from Fabio. He took the time to give us all the information we could possibly need, including lovely places to eat. He made the whole booking, arrival and departure process so smooth by being easily contactable and helpful at all times. The location of the apartment is really special, being in the heart of a residential street and within easy walking distance of all the sights and the sea. We look forward to a return visit!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

Casa Marta is a very pleasant loft conversion, well situated at the heart of the historic medieval city of Ortygia. It is ideal for a self-catering holiday, provided you can cope without any hot water in the kitchen, or a dishwasher.

The owner, Fabio, went out of his way to be helpful and make our stay enjoyable, but he really needs to address this issue in order to reach the standard expected by holidaymakers from the UK.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Catania Airport
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
60 Kilometres
Catania Harbor
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Siracusa Train Station
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Catania - Gela
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Il Blu
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Ortigia Solarium
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Shiatsu and Ayurvedic Massage on site available.

Canoe on Ciane river (fantastic route to admire papyrus plants and animals in danger of extinction).

Wild walk at Cava Grande Natual Site.

Scuba diving at Riserva marina del Plemmirio.

Boat rent at Ognina Harbour


2 minutes walking distance to a swimming access (rocks + wooden platform in the summer).

Wild and beautiful sandy beaches are within an half hour of driving


Catania Fontanarossa Airport is 45 mins far away by car.

You can hire a car directly outside the airport or otherwise take a taxi (we can order a cab for you upon previous request).

You have also the possibility to take the bus (www.interbus.it) to reach Casa Marta


Cultural sites, restaurants and shops are at a walking distance from the house.

Use of a car is useful to visit near villages, towns and natural reserves.

Anyway both public and private shuttle service is available

Further Details:

Casa Marta details/instructions, places to visit, local restaurants, best beaches and leisure activities will be shown at your arrival


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £17.47
Damage Deposit £174.67

Booking Notes:
To book Casa Marta, we kindly ask a deposit of 25% of the total amount by bank transfer to HomeAway circuit.
The balance will be due TEN days before your arrival to the HomeAway system.
Plus a security deposit of 200 euros in CASH at your arrival (refundable at the end of your stay when no damage is reported)

Changeover Day:
Day for arrival and departure is flexible.
Check-in and check-out time to arrange previously together

Notes on prices:
Please note that prices are for two persons and include all charges (gas, electricity, air-conditioning, internet wifi, water, maid service and towels/linen).
Feel free to ask tarif for long stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.