Ortigia

SICILY

Siracusa

  • 6 Sleeps
  • 3  Bedrooms
  • 2  Bathrooms
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About the Villa

A panoramic, seafront pied-à-terre in Ortigia, Syracuse's beautiful historic centre.

With its seafront position, its panoramic roof terrace, its proximity to excellent restaurants and a vibrant street market and its comfortable, bright and airy accommodation, Ortigia is an ideal solution for anyone wishing to get the very best out of Siracusa, one of Italy's most delightful towns.

"Ortigia is a high quality villa which was reasonably priced. Nice to have some basic products in the house in terms of food and shampoo etc. We arrived late in the evening and didn't have to buy those things first thing in the morning. We enjoyed living close to the sea in Ortigia, bathing from the rocks and walking around in the city." EH, Denmark, October 2018

Internet Connections Explained

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All The Thinking Traveller's villas have some kind of Internet facility and, where possible, we try to ensure that this is an ADSL broadband Wi-Fi connection.

However, some rural areas and those far from the main towns and cities have not yet been connected to the high-speed broadband network. Therefore, in some of our villas we offer an alternative type of connection (specified in the amenities table of each individual villa page). 

Please note that although we work very hard to provide reliable internet service at our villas, these services are potentially erratic and can fail due to network failures completely out of our control. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for loss of connection due to such network failures.

Here is some information about the most common connection types:

ADSL Broadband

This is by far the fastest and most reliable connection type available and uses traditional copper wires. In the UK, ADSL is most commonly referred to as broadband. It is suitable for most surfing requirements. Generally an ADSL line is only available within two miles of a telephone exchange, so in rural or more remote areas it usually not available.

An ADSL Internet connection in a villa can then be distributed using a Wi-Fi router, allowing a wireless connection with one or more device, or by a cable, which can be plugged into most laptops.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with an ADSL broadband connection.


3G WiFi Internet routers

In some of our villas, 3G Wi-Fi Internet connections are provided by a small router unit that uses the 3G mobile network, similar to that used by many mobile phones. The unit receives the signal and retransmits it wirelessly making it possible for a few devices to connect at the same time. 3G Wi-Fi units work best in the immediate area around them (i.e. they won’t create a Wi-Fi environment throughout the entire villa) and so the best connection will be within close range of the unit, usually in the same room.

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

Please note that 3G Wi-Fi is provided for basic Internet browsing and checking of email only. Guests are requested not to download large files such as movies or make Skype video calls, as most units have a maximum monthly data usage of 10Gb.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL connection. 

 

Mobile Broadband Internet Dongles/Keys

Dongles, or Internet keys, can be slotted into a USB port on your computer and use a data SIM card to connect to a 3G or other data network, normally supplied by mobile phone networks. At the villas where this is provided, clients are usually requested to buy their own data SIM card and top up as they go (details of where and how to purchase one are provided in the House Guide you will receive before departure).

The signal may be affected by weather conditions (i.e. strong winds or storms), and the overall strength depends entirely on the service provider's presence in the area. We cannot accept responsibility for slow or absent signals.

NB If a fast, constant and reliable Internet connection is vital for you (i.e. you expect to be working a lot during your holiday), please specify this to your Villa Specialist. It may be better to rent a villa with a normal ADSL conection. 


WiMAX / Satellite connections

WiMAX and satellite Internet connections have performance levels similar to cabled ADSL hi-speed Internet connections. Wi-Fi access within the property is provided by a special modem-router. WiMAX and Satellite connections are present in our villas when there is no normal cabled broadband infrastructure in the area (still quite common in more remote areas). These kind of connections may be affected by atmospheric conditions, however, so we cannot guarantee that the signal will be as constant as cabled connections. The connection speed of this type connection in our Ionian Island villas is a little slower and comes with a limit of Mbs, so guests are requested not to download large files, stream films or use Skype to make calls.


Connecting to the Internet abroad using your smartphone or tablet (roaming)

As of June 2017, there are no roaming charges for EU citizens (with an EU provider) travelling within the EU. 

If you are travelling from outside the EU and wish to use your smartphone or tablet while on holiday, here are a few tips for cutting down on foreign data-roaming charges:

The first thing to do is to check with your provider to see if there are any special deals available (there's usually something on offer). You should also make sure your phone is unlocked (you can ask your operator to do this) if you wish to buy a foreign SIM card while you're away.

If there are no suitable deals available from your operator (and your phone/tablet has been unlocked), we recommend you buy a local prepaid data SIM card (details of where and how can be found in your House Guide). It might also be useful to bring a cheap handset, put your UK SIM into the cheap handset and the local data SIM into your smartphone, so that any data you access will be charged at the local rate. If you do buy a local SIM, most smart phones can then be used to provide a Wi-Fi hotspot, providing data access for up to five devices, including smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Finally, when abroad, switch off 3G, switch off ‘data roaming’ on iPhones or switch the priority to Wi-Fi rather than 3G on Symbian devices, thus avoiding charges when your phone attempts to access emails.

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Amenities

  • Accommodates (max)  6
  • Bedrooms  3
  • Double beds  2
  • Twins  1
  • Bathrooms  2
  • ... of which en suite  1
  • Daily maid service 
  • Cook 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Heating ¹
  • Safe 
  • Washing machine 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Microwave oven 
  • Satellite TV 
  • DVD player 
  • Stereo 
  • ADSL Wi-Fi Internet [i] 
  • Barbecue 
  • Shopping service 
  • Sea views 
  • Easy walk to beach/sea access ²
  • Walking distance to restaurant(s) 
  • Walking distance to shop(s) 
  • The Thinking Traveller local support 24/7 
= yes/present = optional/on request
¹ heating is from the air conditioning units
² sea access from the bathing platforms put up in the summer months just 50 metres from Ortigia

 

Inside: accommodation at Ortigia develops over the ground and first floors of a charming, beautifully restored seafront townhouse. The private entrance takes one into a small hallway, off which are the first two bedrooms: a twin (suitable for children) and a double sharing a shower room. Stairs lead up to the first floor, which is home to a luminous, panoramic and comfortably furnished living area looking out to sea, a dining area, a small but cleverly-designed and well-equipped kitchen, and a lovely sea-view master bedroom with its own en-suite shower room.

Outside: a second flight of stairs lead up from the first floor to the fabulous roof-top terrace, which offers stunning views over the sea and the coastline of Syracuse. Here there is a sink, a gas barbecue and a fully furnished lounge and dining area, where you will be able to eat, relax and soak up the Mediterranean atmosphere from on high. Being located in the historic centre of Ortigia, you may consider this wonderful little island to be your own back yard, with its restaurants, bars, fabulous daily street market and shops all but a gentle, highly pleasurable stroll away. In the summer months you can also enjoy a swim from one of the platforms erected just a stone's throw from your front door.

 

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Ortigia (the apartment) is an excellent option for those not wishing to hire a car. There is a wonderful daily street market just a few blocks away selling fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat, while all of Ortigia's (the ancient island heart of Syracuse) myriad charms are within an easy walk.

Please note that the stairs up to the roof terrace have risers that are a little higher than normal stairs.

Short stays of minimum 4 nights are possible at Ortigia in the lower seasons. Please contact one of our Villa Specialists for more information.
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