Casa Ortigia

  • Location: Town / Village
    Restaurants, the market and shops: In walking distance
    Closest beach: In walking distance
    Beautiful beaches at the Vendicari Nature Reserve: 44km (45 mins by car)
  • Catania Airport (CTA): 66km (1h by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Paid parking
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An introduction to Casa Ortigia

What is the story behind the property, what was your inspiration to create it?

Around 15 years ago, I lived in Ragusa, near Modica, and fell in love with the place — its views and the Baroque architecture. So I decided to renovate spaces in the historic centre that were largely abandoned. I liked the idea of being in touch with the heritage while also creating places that offered privacy. I was personally committed to the design and renovation projects and my properties are the result.

This apartment has a more lively, dynamic atmosphere. It has traditional charm and is authentically Sicilian.

All of my houses are rented for the exclusive use of our guests, with the two in Modica around five minutes’ walk from one another. They offer a great base for discovering Sicily’s cultural and natural attractions, as well as its food and wine experiences.

How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design?

I have a degree in environmental engineering from Bologna, so I renovated each of the spaces with attention to sustainability and using ecological materials. I also paint and sculpt, with my approach to renovation a lot like sculpting - the removal of what is useless to find the original soul and allow it to shine again.

All three spaces combine antique features with local materials and artisan crafts, as well as having contemporary amenities and artworks. I would describe them as bespoke-designed properties. I want them to reflect contemporary tastes while being strongly and deeply connected to the soul and poetry of the place.

To you personally, what is so special about Casa Ortigia?

When I travel, I’m always looking for market towns because they are such magical places where you can experience the flavours, colour and traditional life of a place. You can meet the local people and understand the history of a place. This is what I loved about Casa Ortigia - its balconies overlooking the market and the sea. A lot of the Sicilian food comes from the Arabs and when you are at the market, you feel as though you could be in North Africa. I also loved its original tiles, vaulted ceilings and plasterwork.

Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 2
TV room
Market view

Casa Ortigia rooms & rates

Casa Ortigia is an apartment on the first floor of a 20th-century building that can accommodate up to four guests in two bedrooms. While one of the bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom, the other has access to an external bathroom. There is a well-equipped kitchen where you can prepare produce from the market below, as well as a living area and a wine cellar in what was once the laundry.

  • Casa Ortigia for 2-4 people / 80 m²
    230 / night
    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Balcony
    • Sea view
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include midweek towel change and weekly linen change, energy and water consumption and full assistance during your stay.
Optional extras
Available on request: extra cleaning; transfers; chef service.
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome.
Minimum stay
2 - 4 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 10:00
Discounts/Special offers
10% off for bookings of more than 7 nights

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • Garden
  • Central heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair dryer

We like to offer our guests the opportunity to taste Silician wines, so I select small organic or biodynamic wineries and provide a selection of bottles that guests can purchase from the on-site wine cellar. On request, we can also provide chef services, cooking classes and guided wine tastings, as well as event catering and gourmet tastings featuring produce from local artisan stores.

Transfers and private guides can also be arranged, as can personal shopping to have the kitchen stocked with groceries before guests arrive. Massage and wellness treatments are also available.

Things to do in Sicily & Siracusa

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Wine tastings
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Scuba diving
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips

If you’re staying in Syracuse, be sure to explore Ortigia with its traces of Greek history, Baroque palaces and the Jewish quarter. You can’t miss the archaeological area with its ancient theatre where classical Greek plays are performed at sunset from mid-May to early July. Also nearby are the Catacombs of St. John - the largest catacombs in Italy after Rome.

A short drive south of Syracuse is the Vendicari Nature Reserve, which encompasses beautiful beaches and walking trails. It’s particularly renowned for its birdwatching. Nearby, you can have lunch in the fishing village of Marzamemi, which is famed for its tuna products. I’d also recommend a visit to the Roman villa of Tellaro with its beautiful mosaics.

The location of Casa Ortigia

Casa Ortigia is located in the market area of Ortigia and the Talete parking is just three minutes’ walk from the house. The closest supermarket is around 10 minutes’ walk away and many of Syracuse’s attractions can be accessed on foot.

In 10 minutes, you can walk to the nearby cliffs where there is a platform for sunbathing and swimming. Alternatively, you can drive south to explore a string of beaches along the coast, with my favourite being Eloro near Noto.

When is the best time to visit Sicily?

It really depends on your tastes. If you love beach life, you should come between June and September while keeping in mind that July and August can get quite crowded. March, April, May and October, November are great times to visit if you want a quieter experience.

I quite like being in Sicily during the low season, as the temperature is mild and it’s very tranquil. You can walk along the beaches and explore the tourist attractions while having a very private experience.