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Member since: 2015
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Speaks english, italian, dutch

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

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Photos and Description of this Syracuse holiday house

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

  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Ginevra (Owner)
Member since: 2015
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Speaks english, italian, dutch

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”


based on 14 traveller reviews

A home in Ortigia. in the heart of historic centre, few steps away from the sea!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

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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Old world style

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying in Ortigia at Ginerva's home in October 2015. Three couples stayed for three nights and we all wish it could have been more. It was like stepping back in time. Old world style, very clean, well equipped and a very short walk to anything and everything. I even contacted Ginerva after we came home about a store that I could not remember and she got back to me in just a couple of hours. You will love your stay there.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Authentic living in Ortigia

  • 5 of 5

We were privileged to be one of the first people to stay in this nice property. We had a very warm welcome and from the very beginning we felt like home.

The owner Ginevra and her friends were lovely and more than happy to help in any regard. The house is a typical Sicilian house in the historical center and has been newly renovated by Ginevra herself in a charming Italian flair with many details. Don’t expect the high tech style of a 5* hotel, but if you like authentic and stylish design, you will love it. The house has 3 floors and a roof top terrace, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 kitchens.We were only the two of us and chose one of the bedrooms on the 2nd floor with two large windows and a comfortable double bed. We used the 2nd bedroom on the same floor as a dressing room, also because this one had a wardrobe. The two kitchens are well equipped. There is a large one on the ground floor, where you also find a cozy living room. The smaller kitchen at the top floor is only a few steps away from a great terrace. We mainly used the upper kitchen, because we mostly went out for dinner. But having breakfast in the morning or enjoying a glass (or two) of delicious Sicilian wine with some olives in the evening at the roof top was beautifully amazing.We also found a grill on the terrace and decided to have two great fish & sea food barbecues from the market.

The market is only 2 minutes from the front door and the best place to buy fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and seafood. Shops and restaurants are all just a walk away. Food is great at nearly any place in Ortigia and you´ll find our special highlights and recommendations in Gineva’s guest book. Ortigia still is authentic and real. You find everything you need - Sicilian Style - without being too touristic. Ortigia is a great place and if you want to see and visit the more suburban surroundings, a car is recommended, although parking (and Italian traffic) is challenging. Ortigia is a good place to start a visit to the nice Baroque cities as well as Vulcano Etna and the nice coast.

If you are lazy you will find cozy little bays at Plemmiro. Just 200 meters from the house there are steps to a wooden swimming platform. The water looks great there. We loved getting lost in the little walk ways and strolling over the wide Pizza Duomo We didn’t love leaving Ortigia and that nice apartment we called home. We would thoroughly recommend staying in this property and would love to come back - anytime!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are the sweetest!!!! I was hoping to get a good review but I would have been happy enough with few words...this is a poem!!!! Thank you so much for spending so long writing about San Nicola, we love our place so much and we are so hapoy thinking that you loced it as well!!! All the vest to both of you and come back soon!💛💙💜💚❤️
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Sehr stadtnah aber nicht komfortabel

  • 4 of 5

Eine typisches Altstadthaus, schmal geschnitten und nur durch die Höhe wird der nötige Platz gewonnen.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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very charming house in one the the most beautiful cities in this region

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice stay in Ortigia; the house is comfortable and very charming, with everything you need to cook and the wifi. it is located in a nice area, near the market and the port. We were welcomed by Chiara and Alberto who were very nice and helpful (they showed us where to park the car and even proposed to take us to the station); Ortigia is a very beautiful place, one of the most beautiful in this part of Sicily.

Wonderful time!


  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Laure! We are so happy that you have enjoyed your stay and our beloved little house!
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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


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Syracuse, Italy

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
1 Nov 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
8 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
1 Apr 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
14 Apr 2017 - 18 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
19 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
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$100
Refundable Damage Deposit A$143

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

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Syracuse, Italy

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
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
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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