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Giuseppina Arancio

Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, italian

CASA NIZZA: 3 elegant apts in Ortigia with terrace by the sea and courtyard - The 15th Century flat

5 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Photos and Description of this Syracuse holiday apartment

3 elegant apts with an internal courtyard as central focus and a sea view terrac

Three elegant apts have as their central focus an inner courtyard with a terrace overlooking the sea. Two of these three apartments, thanks to their position can be joined together to form Combo by the sea that is a combination of The painter's and The 15th Century apartments.

Whenever you leave home there is probably the unconscious desire to rediscover forgotten ancient roots and new emotions to feed your soul. The place to stay becomes crucial to find the magic we look for. CASA NIZZA is now a beautifully restored Palazzo where you can enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the surroundings. The three apartments recently renovated and decorated in bright colors, carefully chosen by the owner, make your stay pleasant without taking away the charm of a house that continually returns to its ancient history. They are situated on the ground floor and first floor of an old Palazzo of the 800 Century in Ortigia the historical center of Syracuse. Here the thickness of the past merges with the comfort due to the constant search of the owner to make your stay unique and unforgettable. The furnishings, in perfect harmony with the environment, stems from an ongoing study to make the space a continuous stimulus for the senses. These features have incited a known artist to choose it as her residence throughout the years she spends in the island of Ortigia. The wonderful location, the sound of the sea, the magnificent colors of the sunset and sunrise, the secular story that reigns within the walls of this house are for her a constant source of inspiration for her beautiful works.

All are equipped with air conditioning and Internet access (ADSL) to meet your needs . A small but lush common courtyard is ready to welcome you to relax. The large terrace on the top floor, reached via an outside staircase, overlooking the clear waters of the Ionian Sea. From here comfortably sitting on the garden furniture you can enjoy the breath of the sea and the multitude of colors of the coming evening drinking a good glass of wine.

The building is within walking distance from Forte Vigliena, which allows on hot days to cool off in the clear sea below and within minutes of restaurants, bars and shops. Find yourself in the old Jewish quarter of Ortigia a few steps from one of the oldest Jewish baths in Europe. Piazza Duomo and Piazza Archimede are just a few minutes walk from the apartment. The market of Ortigia is about a 10 minute walk

In the island of Ortigia you do not need the use of the car, as the island is very small and any place is within walking distance.

The owner who lives on site and speaks fluent English and Italian, is a lively person and very hospitable. If you want to meet interesting people or know where to eat, or explore the island Giuseppina will always be happy to advise you. Here you have everything - comfort, style, location and history

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Details for The 15th Century flat 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, 1 Bathroom

Completely refurbished in late 2014, this lovely ground floor apartment is an ideal home from which to explore the magical town of Ortigia.  Modern conveniences blend tastefully with centuries-old stone archways, and antique terra cotta floors.  The flat features a sleek modern kitchen with all appliances and utensils, dining table for four, living-room with pull-out sofa, armchair and coffee table.  A soft golden stone archway leads to a comfortable bedroom with wrought iron double bed.  The spacious en-suite bathroom includes shower and bidet. 

The passage of a famous painter, who has left her personal artistic imprint donating her paintings, has made this apartment valuable and with its own identity. A small shared courtyard is accessed from the bedroom, and a short flight of stairs takes you to a stunning terrace with breathtaking views of the open sea and the lush Isola peninsula.
The flat is well-lit, has air conditioning, wifi access and a superb collection of paintings.

  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Giuseppina Arancio (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, italian

What makes this apartment unique

Great position in front of the sea. Here you have history, comfort and elegance.


based on 5 traveller reviews

The 15th Century flat
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews

Excellent and cosy appartment at the sea!

  • 4 of 5

Due tot an Italian course of 3 weeks we (Dutch couple) rented the 15th Century appartement in Casa Nizza. Also for a long stay the appartment it is very suitable. cosy, nice furniture, paintings at the wall, big enough (you can also use a common room and a terrace ), a very good bed (important!), cleaning every week and also there is: Giuseppina nearby (the owner), you can ask her anything and she helps you. Very convenient. Casa Nizza is situated in the center of Ortigia but at the same time at the sea (terrace). There were 2 points of concern: the lack of sufficient kitchen utensils for cooking at home and the towels who weren't clean enough (not dried sufficiently)The appartment though was very clean. We had a very good stay there. Price: reasonable.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very sorry for this review as I, as always, try to do my best to meet my guests' needs. I live on site and when my guests ask me something I always give what they need either they are kitchen utensils or bath and beach CLEAN AND FLUFFY towels or any other thing! All the best
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The Best Place to Stay in Ortigia

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this beautiful flat based on a recommendation of my friend who has lived in Ortigia for 16 years. The property is accessed from a quiet road in the most desirable and quiet area of Ortigia.

Giuseppina, the friendly owner, who also lives on site, has decorated the apartment beautifully. It is extremely homely, yet stylish, and is well equipped with a large comfortable bed and a decent shower. The bedroom is internal, off the living room (so benefits from being away from the road), and leads out to a shared living area for WiFi access, and a shared courtyard. There are three other apartments (including Giuseppina's top floor apartment) that all benefit from the shared rooftop terrace, which has fantastic views out to the sea and the swimming platform. It was the best place to have a coffee and watch the sunrise in the morning, and it was a wonderful sociable place for dinner and pre-dinner drinks.

There is no need for a car in Ortigia - all the sites can be reached very easily by foot. I stayed in the apartment for one week in the beginning of October, and the weather was perfect - in the high 20's with beautiful sunshine.

I came on my own to visit my friend, and I felt completely safe at all times. We had daily swims in the sea (the swimming platform is literally 5 minutes walk away). The sun, the wonderful food and wine, and the fresh sea air did me the world of good, and I wouldn't hesitate to book the apartment again if I am lucky enough to visit Ortigia in the future. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU! It is for me a great pleasure to read my guests felt safe and well in Casa Nizza
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  • 5 of 5

abbiamo trascorso una deliciosa settimana nel appartamento al pianoterra della bella dimora di Giuseppina : molto carino , spazioso e molto ben collocato diritto sul mare; lo raccomando senza riserve.

nous avons passé 1 semaine délicieuse dans l'appartement du rez de chaussée de la belle maison de Giuseppina: joliment décoré, spacieux et très bien situé avec, de la terrasse, 1 magnifique vue sur la mer (à nos pieds); nous le recommandons sans réserves.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Perfect choice

  • 5 of 5

Casa Nizza Ortigia by the sea turned out to be a perfect choice for my stay in Ortigia. I let the 15th Century apartment but I found all 3 to have each their own unique charm. Though my stay was brief I could well imagine taking one also for an extended stay. The location for me is perfect. It is steps away from the most beautiful swim in Ortiga as well as minutes away from Piazza Duomo and the market. Though I did not have a sea view from this apartment, I did have access to a terrace with definitely one of the most spectacular sea views in Ortigia. Giuseppina was a terrific hostess making me feel welcome immediately. I can’t wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Siamo arrivati ad Ortigia e siamo rimasti rapiti dalla bellezza, degli ambienti di " Casa Nizza Ortigia by the sea " l'appartamento che ci era stato riservato si chiama 15th century apartment e questo nome gli è stato attribuito per un bellissimo arco in pietra che divide il soggiorno dalla camera da letto. L'atmosfera che regala questo ambiente è magico per non parlare delle serate in terrazza e del cortiletto.

Assolutamente consigliato.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Grazie per questa bellissima recensionie. Ho solo cercato di rendere la vostra vacanza piacevole
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Catania Airport Fontanarossa
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
il blu
Nearest Ferry
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Foridia golf center
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Siracusa Train Station
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
70 Kilometres
Mt. Etna
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The apartment is located in Ortigia in the Levante area

It is located in the heart of the historic center of Ortigia, a short walk from restaurants, museums and places where you can spend your evenings.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in Syracuse, Italy

Rental Basis:
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Mezza Stagione
11 Sep 2016 - 2 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$143

Reservation will be guaranteed upon payment of 30% of the rent through transfer. The balance due of rent can be paid before the arrival or at the arrival.

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Accommodation and facilities for The 15th Century flat in Syracuse, Italy

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • A comfortable bedroom with wrought iron double bed surrounded by art works.
  • Books
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The bedroom is very silent. Minimum stay 3 nights. Discounts on request for long-stays. Price comprices electricity up to the cost of 8 Euros for 3 nights and 12 euros for 7 nights.

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