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A home in Ortigia. in the heart of historic centre, few steps away from the sea!

Bedrooms 3
Space 150 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

First floor:

living room with a sofa/bed (french size bed 140cm), coffee table, two armchairs, flat screen tv

kitchen/ dining room, bathroom with shower, spacious bedroom with queen size bed.

Second floor: master bedroom (queen size) with two balconies and en suite bathroom with shower, double bedroom with two single beds that can be made up as one double, bathroom with bath tub.

Top floor: summer kitchenette. Terrace overlooking rooftops

Member since: 2015
Speaks english, italian, dutch
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2017

About Ginevra

Ginevra Lovatelli the owner of this property is Roman art historian, interior decorator and tourist guide and fell in love with Ortigia almost 10 years ago. Her dream to have a place to stay here came finally true when she bought this little building that she has restored and decorated with a lot of passion. A personal and sophisticated touch is given also by her Flemish husband’s artworks spread all over the place!

Ginevra purchased this house in 2014

What makes this house unique

The apartment is spacious and except for one bedroom at the first floor is very bright. Furniture and decoration are simple and unique thank to the paintings of Ginevra's husband and the old pieces she personally found restored and recicled to create unusual pieces of furniture.

On the top floor a lovely terrace overlooking the rooftops is accessible climbing four more steps from the summer kitchenette. Here you can relax sunbathing, reading a book, sipping fresh Sicilian squeezed oranges or having a barbecue and few glasses of a good wine with your family or friends.

Located few steps away from the little, charming square “della Graziella” which takes its name from the old neighborhood between the ruins of the stunning Greek temple dedicated to Apollo and the colorful open air market. Few steps away from cafes, shops and two of the best restaurants in town.

A 5 minutes walk brings you to the closest access to the sea Forte Vigliena where you can relax swimming in clean water and sunbathing on big rocks or on the typical wooden platforms even if you are in the historical centre of a city!

A 10 minutes walk will bring you in the famous square of the Cathedral and a 15 minutes walk to the romantic spot of the mythological spring “Fonte Aretusa”


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
catania fontanarossa international airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
My favorite: Bar del Ponte. Cristina
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Many. My favorite: Gut and L'Ancora
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
public acces at Bagno di Forte Vigliena (rocks)
Car: recommended


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Syracuse, Italy

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16.00 / Check-out: 10.00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • first bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
    second bathroom with bath tub - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
    third bathroom with shower - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • master bedroom - 1 double bed
    secon bedroom - 1 double bed
    third bedroom - 2 single bed
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia ...
  • long term rentals available
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing


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A home in Ortigia. in the heart of historic centre, few steps away from the sea!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews
Fort Wayne, IN

Ortigia Style!!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was just great for our month stay in Ortigia. Plenty of room for 3 people and terrific location. Alberto, our Ortigia contact for the apartment, was extremely helpful with any glitches or questions we had. He was quick to respond to our needs for the apartment or travel assistance,. Ginevra has created a cozy and typical Ortigia apartment that shows her love of the area. She also responded quickly to questions and needs when renting and provided information that was most useful during our stay.

We would highly recommend the apartment for a short or long stay while in Ortigia. Lots of cafes, restaurants and safe neighborhood to all the the sites and joy of Ortigia.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Sarah for you fantastic review! I am so happy you had spend such a long and pleasant time in our beloved home in Ortigia! Come back one day!!!! All the best. Ginevra
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

Great location with a great feel to it - gird your loins to climb the stairs but you get better at it by the second day. We loved sitting on the rooftop terrace having a drink at the end of the day.

Some of the services need a litle love and attention. We pointed out the problems with the washing machine to the manager - I'm sure they'll deal with them promptly.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The washing machine has been substitute with a new one last week and in october we will also replace the staircase with a more comfortable one!
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Noisy and poor facilities

  • 1 of 5

The downstairs bedroom was very damp. The kitchens were unusable. The house opened on to the tiny road with noise all the time. Stray cats even wondered in through the grating. The clothes washer did not work well and the tiny spiral staircase was difficult to negotiate.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic place in great location in wonderful city

  • 5 of 5

The place was perfect for us. A great location and easy walk to the morning market and the sites. We cooked each night in the kitchen and sat in the terrace each late afternoon. We would return on our next trip to Siricusa which is a fantastic place.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Tom, Thank you very much for your kind words. Our guests 5 star reviews are the only thing we need to keep working and let our home well! We hope you'll come back to Siracusa soon and that you'll decide to be our guests again! All the best. Ginevra
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Brooklyn, NY USA

Charming house in Ortygia

  • 4 of 5

We fell in love with Ortygia during our visit, and part of the love affair was due to staying at Ginevra's home. It's charming and captures the feeling of Ortygia, from the decor to the set-up. We particularly enjoyed the kitchen upstairs so we could sit on the terrace and enjoy the sun and liveliness of town below. It's very well situated near the parking areas, the daily market (which we made use of frequently), and within a 5 minute walk of the rest of town. The caretaker on the island was very helpful during our check-in, holding a spot int he parking lot for us even though our flight was delayed coming in, and showing us right in. She was also responsive during our stay even though she couldn't speak much English and we could speak no Italian or French. The kitchen could use a few more serving and cooking utensils like wooden spoons, a spatula, etc. but we probably cooked a lot more meals at the house than others might.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would like to inform our future guests that honestly we think our kitchen is fully equipped.... There is a drawer in the kitchen table where we have all different kind of knifes, wooden spoons, corkscrew, scissors, colander etc that the care taker always shows our guests during the check in. I would also like people to notice that it's true, our caretaker speaks well only Italian and french but we "always" ask our future guests which language they speak and, in case they only speak english, we pay extra an english speaking person to support the caretaker during check-in translating all the info! It's really sad for us to realize that a fantastic reputation (100% 5 stars reviews) like ours, can be decreased by a review that is apparently very good but that at the end gives us 4 stars for a missing kitchen spatula...
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Lovely house in a beautiful town.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this property. Ginevra was so responsive to us from the outset, and very accommodating when we arrived. Both she and Chiara (the property manager) went out of their way to make our stay comfortable.

The house itself was beautiful, well equipped and perfectly located for our stay in Ortigia. We particularly liked how close we were to the markets, less than five minutes stroll, which meant we could sample all the amazing produce and eat it while sipping wine on the rooftop terrace. Perfect!

We would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wanted to stay in Ortigia - and Ortigia is definitely worth staying in! Of course, it is over three floors, so it wouldn't be suitable if you could not use stairs, but we even had our toddler and it was not an issue at all.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words! So gappy yoy have enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you and your blond angel again in the future! All the best. Ginevra
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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Syracuse, Italy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
23 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

pulizie finali A$105.25
Refundable Damage Deposit A$150.35

10€ per perona a notte nel caso gli ospiti siano più di 5
Fumatori ammessi ma si fuma solo nei balconi e in terrazza

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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