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About Syracuse

Syracuse's beautiful architecture is a constant reminder that in its heyday this city was the largest in the ancient world. Ancient Greek ruins make a spectacular backdrop for orange groves; medieval lanes run between Baroque piazzas, part of a post-earthquake, post-invasion building program amongst which you'll find many of the best places to stay in Syracuse.

What To Expect

Most of Syracuse's main sights are in the centre of the old town, which is on Ortigia Island, with the main archaeological sites about 25 minutes walk away. This island was the first place settled by the Corinthians when they landed and still has a very different feel to the rest of the city - packed with beautifully restored Baroque buildings, fine hotels (some of the best places to stay in Syracuse) and excellent restaurants you're only ever moments from a wonderful sea view. The Syracuse of the mainland was heavily bombed during WW2, so its architecture is much more modern.

What Not To Miss

  • Once you've visited the cathedral, converted from an Athenian Temple - you can still see the Doric columns on the flanks - and the basilica, with its famous painting by Caravaggio, it's also worth stopping off at the smaller Sanctuary Madonna della Lacrime, famous for the Madonna statue which shed tears in 1954 and subsequently mass produced for souvenirs.
  • Wherever you're walking you're bound to come across the Fonte Arethusa, the city's ancient water supply. This is where Napoleon was said to have refilled his supplies before the Battle of the Nile. Its origins have a more romantic edge, said to be a nymph, Arethusa, who's feeling the advances of a river-God towards the sea. There are some lovely fountains along the route of this spring - which again, you'll not be able to miss!
  • Outside the town are the main Greek and Roman ruins, an outstanding collection which includes a vast necropolis of five thousand tombs, the foundations of a Byzantine palace and the core buildings from ancient Syracuse which was described by Cicero as 'the greatest Greek city and the most beautiful of all'.
  • Amongst these ruins it's also worth finding the 'ruined' quarry, which has a vast chamber with chisel-marked walls - this is where the stones for this beautiful city, built several times over, were sweated out.
  • The market is another sight you'll probably run into. If you want to take your stand against the mafia, buy Libera Terra products - these are the ones grown on land reclaimed from the mafia.

If you're coming in the busy summer months then be sure to book ahead as the best places to stay in Syracuse get quickly filled up!

Seaside Getaways

  • If you're looking for simple beachside elegance, Hotel Gutkowski is one of the best places to stay in Syracuse. As well as admiring the sea from the rooftop terrace, you can also admire the rooftops of the whole peninsula.
  • Located on the island of Ortygia, Henry's House is a wonderfully characterful spot. With rustic, bohemian interiors featuring plenty of antiques and artwork on the walls, you'll love the feel of the place.
  • Siracusa Resort is an incredibly stylish stay and boasts the only private beach in Syracuse! Offering a range of accommodation (including a self-catering apartment) with whitewashed walls and exposed stone work, you can also tuck into gourmet meals on the terrace each evening at sunset.

For Unique Design

  • The 5-room Donna Coraly, set in a 13th-century fort amidst orange groves and farmland, offers chic and stylish accommodation in light hues. Go for a dip in the pool or treat yourself to a massage to truly unwind! A top stay.

For An Apartment Or Villa

If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Syracuse is nicest from June to October, with the average temperature ranging between 25-30°C. Early autumn is the best time to come if you want to avoid fellow tourists but still enjoy the lovely weather.
  • International visitors can fly into Catania Airport, located 62 km north. Once at the airport, take the Interbus to Syracuse.
  • easyJet fly direct to Catania from Luton, with the journey taking just over 3 hours.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Syracuse

  • Hotel Gutkowski Syracuse 26 rooms from £69

    Views  -  Wonderful seaviews or over the rooftops of Ortigia
    Value chic
    Roof terrace
    Sailing  -  Up the Ciane river in a gozzo (traditional sailing boat).
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers, CN Traveller

    Beachy minimalism on Ortigia's peninsula with fabulous sea views from the terrace. White washed walls, dashes of sea blue, black and white chequered floors, and elegant beds. A great value choice for families or romantic breaks by the sea. See More

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  • Henry's House Syracuse (Ortigia) 12 rooms from £100

    Sights nearby  -  The hotel is walking distance from the architectural Castello Maniace
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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    This unique property is located on the architecturally famous island of Ortygia. All rooms are decorated in a bohemian style with wrought iron beds, fabulous antique furniture, art work and sea views. A typical Italian breakfast can be enjoyed on the sun terrace. Local cafés are walking distance. See More

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  • Siracusa Resort Syracusa, Sicily 11 rooms from £139

    Outstanding location  -  Arrive by boat to really appreciate the fabulous location
    Views  -  Lovely views over to the island of Ortigia and the Med.
    On the beach  -  The only resort in Syracuse with a private beach
    Restrictions on children  -  Adults only property. Over 14s are accepted.
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    Stylish small resort with the only private beach in Syracuse. Eleven rooms, one suite and three apartments for the more independent minded. Chic interiors with natural elements: exposed stone work, white washed walls and fine fabrics. A grown up beach retreat a stone's throw from Ortigia. See More

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  • Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel Syracuse (Ortigia) 54 rooms from £255

    City Style  -  Located in a heritage building in the centre of the ancient town of Syracuse, this hotel has plenty of Sicilian style
    Foodies  -  Foodies will swoon at the hotel's traditional Sicilian restaurant and the plethora of other restaurants nearby
    Families  -  The family suites at this hotel are designed with kids in mind, making this a great option for families
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Cathedral of Syracuse, an ancient Catholic church which was originally a Greek doric temple
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    This charming hotel is located in Siracusa, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Rooms have a blend of modern and period furnishings and retain lots of the building's original features. The best suites have a private roof terrace and hot tub. Dine at the cosy hotel restaurant; a stylish seaside stay. See More

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  • Ortea Palace Syracuse (Ortigia) 75 rooms from £267

    Foodies  -  Foodies will delight in the Sicilian cuisine on offer at the hotel's Incanto restaurant, plus the varied breakfast buffet
    Spa breaks  -  With an endless number of first-class spa facilities, choose this hotel for your perfect spa break
    City Style  -  Located in the heart of historic Syracuse, this heritage hotel has plenty of local charm
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Syracuse Cathedral, a historic Catholic church built in the 7th century with an imposing baroque facade
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    This luxury hotel is housed in a 1920s building in the historic centre of Syracuse. Rooms are elegantly furnished in a regal palette; the stand-out Tower Suite offers panoramic sea views from its bay windows and two balconies. Be sure to book in at the indulgent hotel spa; a decadent seaside stay. See More

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