Specialists in Southern Italy, Sicily & Sardinia
From £744 pp
Commanding the sea-front of fabulous Siracusa, Grand Hotel Ortigia is elegant, with excellent food. Paul loves the fresh fish & enjoys "getting lost ", absorbing the atmosphere in the old streets & piazzas, & gazing into the fab shops.
“Grand Hotel Ortigia is very well located with super helpful staff. The private beach and boat transport was excellent. High quality breakfast with a wide range.” Richard & Suzanne, Exeter
“We very much liked the boat trip to the private beach. Superb value as, for €5.00, you not only had a boat trip, but sun-bed, brolly AND towel – an excellent service, with friendly & helpful staff." David & Lynda, Malvern
“We found the staff at the Grand Hotel most helpful and pleasant, and the food was good. Ortigia was just the right size for exploring and we were fascinated by all the little streets and the way in which one suddenly emerged in a beautiful piazza." Stella & Nora, Frinton-on-Sea
Roland Ellison, commerical editor of the Mirror online wrote...
A popular spot for Italian holidaymakers, Syracuse (Siracusa) has a real holiday feel. We stuck to the old town, Ortigia, which sits on an island accessible only by bridge. The view from our room at the Grand Hotel Ortigia looked out at the boats on the water, and with a fun fair for kids and stall-lined narrow streets leading up to the stunning bleached-white Piazza del Duomo, there is plenty here to keep you amused. The recently-cleaned cathedral is simply breathtaking, and there’s a WWII bomb shelter underneath it, which is also worth a look. If that’s not enough, Syracuse boasts one of the largest Greek theatres ever built. Get there early on to avoid the crowds.
Our favourite spot was the food market, right next to the ruins of the Greek Temple of Appollo. Here, Flo from Il Gusto dei Sapori Smarriti (literally, the Taste of Flavours Lost), gave us numerous samples of Italian delights, including smoked mozzarella, cold meats, and our favourite, smoked ricotta. We bought a whole one and had it with dried fruit and honey for breakfast most mornings thereafter. To read Roland's article in full, click here.
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