Antico Hotel Roma 1880
This is a fabulous boutique hotel in the heart of Ortigia, in historic Syracuse. By staying here you are ideally located to explore the Duomo and admire the architecture, shop or just enjoy a short stroll to admire the sea view and marina. The staff are very friendly and helpful, the rooms are spotless and neat with wonderful ‘Ortigia’ toiletries in the beautiful tiled bathrooms.
The breakfast is simply not to be missed, taken either in the cool, quiet dining room or out on the shady patio where you can watch the world go by whilst enjoying a cappuccino and freshly prepared ricotta canolo.
Across the road from the hotel is a small shop selling freshly prepared fruit lollies and next to them, Gusto, serving amazing ice cream. For lunch, take a short stroll down the road towards the sea to find the ‘fish and chip’ shop on the corner. Have a cone of mixed fried fish, cooked to order, and served with a twist of fresh lime: perfect. Take a stroll round Castello Maniace and admire the renovation works still underway. Dinner has to be either Regina Lucia for a sumptuous supper or the Fox and Grape for an amazing arancini and pizza.
Sicily has a mild climate that makes it an attractive destination for much of the year: spring and autumn are sheer delight and though high summer temperatures really do soar, sea breezes in coastal areas take the edge off the heat.
Sicily is one of the world’s most captivating places: with ever-present scent of lemon trees, purity of dawn light on terracotta walls, colorful decrepitude of Palermo’s markets, drama of Stromboli erupting against a darkening sky, sense that history lurks always just around the next corner, reflective marble glow of late-night Ortygia and Marsala streets, the lonely majesty of Segesta, exotic flavors of Sicilian food and island’s endless cultural complexities.