The magnificent Island of Ortigia, steeped in medieval
beauty, is the historical centre of the great ancient
city of Siracusa. Connected to the mainland by a small
bridge, this beautiful island stretches out into the
Bay of Siracusa and is home to the picturesque harbour
into which yachts and even the occasional galleon regularly
sail, in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun almost
all year round.
The ‘Arcaeological Area’ of Siracusa, containing
the ancient Greek amphitheatre, is in the north part
of the city, on the mainland, and may be reached by
bus in about 15 minutes.
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Because of the age of the town, many of the islands
streets are too narrow for cars. If you’re arriving
by coach or train your first sight of historical Siracusa
will be of the Train Station just a few hundred metres
from the bridge that connects to the island. The hotel
can be reached within about 15 minutes on foot using
the map above, but if you have a lot of luggage you
can take a taxi as far as Via Nizza and walk the last
If you’re driving around Sicily we strongly recommend
you use a reputable car hire firm even if it costs that
little bit more than local companies. Taxi drivers will
offer you set fares for travelling from city to city
but often the best way to travel around this beautiful
island is by coach, which is usually both faster and
cheaper than the train.
The nearest Airport is Catania Fontanarossa, about
40km (26 miles) away, while the Port of Siracusa is
just a few minutes on foot from the Residence Alla Giudecca.
Our full address is Residence Alla Giudecca, Via Alagone
52, 96100 Siracusa.