|Minimum Stay||6 nights|
Palazzo Colpace in Syracuse, is a uniquely elegant and spectacular vacation rental. Built in early nineteen century, the Palazzo perfectly complements the ancient beauty of Ortygia, the old island and nest of the Ancient Greek colony in which Archia established the new town that one day will become the most powerful of the Greek colonies. Ortygia is a pearl in the middle of the blue waters of the Ionian sea. The Palazzo resembles a nave-ship facing the water which you will be able to enjoy from its beautifully furnished terrace. Every room in Palazzo Colpace rental features breathtaking views of the Ionian sea or the city: stand on the terrace and watch the sparkling water of the 'Isolotto dei cani' that barely reaches the surfaces of the sea, or follow ships crossing the sea, or watches the little fishing boats with lights at night looking for octopus, or stand on the balcony to look at the terraces and roofs of the old city, or relax in bed or on the sofa to read a book or day-dream. Inside, rooms are elegantly furnished with three beds and two sofa-beds, ceramic tiles, vaulted ceilings, and modern amenities.
Come and stay with us, and discover the pleasure of a perfect place, a place to simply live in.
About the apartment
Palazzo Colpace rental consists of a large apartment located at the second floor of a nineteen century building. The apartment includes a master bedroom, a smaller bedroom, a very large living room, a big kitchen and two bathrooms. All rooms are vaulted. A large terrace faces the sea on one side and a balcony offers open views of the city on the other side. Wear your bathing suit and go to swim just under the Palazzo, or wear your walking shoes and wonders in the narrow streets of Ortigia, or just sit at a cafe in the main square having your gelato or sipping your favorite refreshing drink. The location of the house offers privacy, but is only an easy 10 minute walk to the main square, or the Arethusa spring, and shops with art crafts or object of Italian design, or cafes and restaurants offering the many delicacies of Sicilian cuisine.
The living room continues onto a large terrace with two lounge chairs, a dining table and a sofa. They create a perfect spot for relaxation, private sunbathing, romantic dining, or just sea watching. The living room contains a dining table, a comfortable leather sofabed, along with a coffee table and a wall-unit equipped with TV monitor and stereo. A large glass door divides the living room from the kitchen. The gourmet kitchen is fully equipped with dishwasher, oven, microwave, washing machine, refrigerator and freezer, as well as a dining table. A second sofabed is also present in the kitchen for an extra guest or just for enjoying reading a book or a newspaper. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, a wardrobe, a writing-desk, a TV monitor and a Charlotte chair. The second bedroom has two twin beds that can be transformed into a queen bed upon request, a wardrobe, a writing desk and a chair. The apartment has two bathrooms with showers. One of the two bathrooms is directly accessible through the master bedroom, the other bathroom can be accessed from the apartment. A long balcony facing the old town is accessible from the master bedroom and kitchen. Each room has air conditioning and centralized heat. WiFi is available in all rooms.
Palazzo Colpace is three minutes walking from Forte Vigliena, leading down to the water’s edge through a few steps. Forte Vigliena is open all day and offers immediate access to the crystal clear waters of the Ionian sea. The Historic Center of Ortigia all around, with its buildings of great cultural value, make Siracusa a favorite tourist destination. Especially at night, when the streetlights of this little island create a very special atmosphere, as if one were in a stately home full of works of art and beautiful buildings for one to discover and explore.
The apartment is located in the heart of the Ortigia, an island on which the old colony of Siracusa was established. It is only a few minutes walk from Piazza Duomo, the Castello Maniace, the ancient Jewish mikvah, the marina and many other historic monuments and sites, not to mention fine restaurants, shopping, a seaside promenade, and more. The archeological park with the Greek Theater, and museums are a half hour walk or ten minute drive away. The closest airport is located in Catania at approximately 35 minutes' drive to the north. Airport pick up and drop off available from local taxi services.
Siracusa is located on the East coast of Sicily. The coast is characterized by sandy beaches such as the famous “Fontane bianche” with crystal-clear water, easily reachable from Ortigia by a 20 minutes drive. In less than 1 hour drive you can also reach Vendicari natural park, Cava Grande, the Pantalica natural park, Palazzolo with a small enchanted Greeck Theatre, along with Noto, Ragusa Ibla, Scicli and Modica, four towns belonging to the UNESCO, and famous for their Baroque buildings. At approximately 150 Kms, with daily excursions, you can reach Taormina, the park of the mighty Volcano Mount Etna, Agrigento, Piazza Armerina with the famous Roman Villa, The Castle of Donnafugata where the film by Visconti “The Leopard” was partly shot, and many more places that have been built in the last 4.000 years in Sicily.
My wife and I stayed here for 10 days and I can only agree with all the other fantastic reviews. Like others we have stayed in villas and apartments all over Europe for the past 20 years and this is one of the best. All the facilities are first class and the location must be one of the best on the island.
The three of us enjoyed four fantastic days in Ortigia at this luxury palazzo apartment on Via Nizza. This is among the best of the many accommodations we have booked in Italy -- villas, apartments, B&Bs, agriturismo included.
The apartment is very well located, on a quiet street with a spectacular view from the large veranda of the sea and shoreline. It is spacious, comfortable, modern and well-appointed. Two full bathrooms are an extraordinary luxury in Ortigia, and the our host, Giuseppina (who renovated and lives in the building), was delightful, kind and so helpful. She and her brother, Ottavio, who owns the apartment (and lives in the US), were both fantastic, from booking to checkout. Some examples. When we arrived, the wifi was not working properly. Giuseppina and Ottavio responded with urgency, replacing the router the same day, and it worked beautifully from then on. Giuseppina also joined us for dinner one night, giving us the gift of her time and advice about Siracusa and other parts of Italy. She helped to arrange transportation to Catania Airport for one of us who spent a couple of days on Malta. Assistance was also offered with parking our car in a nearby underground garage, as vehicle access for non-residents is restricted in Ortigia.
We had a great experience in Siracusa, and loved returning home every night to this fantastic apartment.
My husband and I loved the apartment! It’s spacious, bright, and modern. The terrace, with its beautiful sea view, is wonderful. Since we had a few days of rain during our stay, we spent more time inside the apartment than we had expected, so we were gratified that we had chosen such a nice place. We’ve rented numerous apartments in Italy during the last few years, and this one was absolutely among the best: well equipped, very clean, and quiet. The bed in the master bedroom was the most comfortable Italian bed I’ve ever slept in. Within a short walk from apartment, there are plenty of good restaurants and coffee bars, as well as a convenient garage where we kept our rental car. Giuseppina was very kind and helpful, and we particularly enjoyed our evening out together! I hope that someday we’ll be able to return for another visit.
We stayed at the Palazzo for a week in early June, and what can I say, the apartment delivered, and then some!!! It is beautifully furnished, spacious, has everything (and I mean everything) you can think of, for a short vacation. The balconies are to die for, and you can simply spend your entire trip (and days) lying in the wonderful patio recliners, reading, sleeping, chatting, drinking, relaxing. We had to force ourselves to leave the apartment, since we were supposed to be there for sightseeing. Giuseppina, the lovely sister of the charming apartment owner Octavio, lives on site in the apartment below, and was extremely helpful in recommending tour sites, driving routes, markets and restaurants, and any other questions you may have. The location is fantastic, you are practically right on the water, can easily walk to some of the best restaurants in Ortigia, a hop and a skip to the couple of piazzas, to the swimming platform, the fort, and even the market. Yup, we walked to the market, but I probably wouldn't recommend carrying loads and loads of groceries from the market back to the apartment, especially in the heat. A taxi would have been the smarter way to go. We love Ortigia, and love the apartment, if only Sicily (either Palermo or Catania) is easier to get to from the States.
We had a wonderfully relaxing week in Siracusa and this excellent apartment provided a great base for our visit. The apartment is situated on the island of Ortigia, the oldest and most interesting part of Siracusa. The area is clean, quiet and safe. The apartment is located in an old palazzo which has been thoroughly and tastefully renovated. The apartment is spacious, bright, well furnished and well appointed. The most attractive feature is a large terrace which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Even in March, we were able to eat breakfast on the terrace several mornings. The owner Ottavio and his sister Giuseppina (who lives in another apartment in the building) went out of their way to be friendly and helpful.
Ortigia is a wonderful place for wandering around, visiting churches, shopping in the excellent street market for fresh fish, fruit and vegetables and sitting in cafes and watching the world go by. We would definitely like to visit Sicily and Siracusa again one day and when we do, we will definitely stay at this apartment again.
We are coming to the end of our wonderful stay at Palazzo Colpace. We are well travelled but never before have we been able to say that we are staying in “the best apartment in the best location in the entire City”. The apartment has a great layout, is very comfortable, peaceful, modern and efficient. The spacious terrace overlooking the cobalt blue Ionian Sea is simply splendid. The kitchen and master bedroom have their own terraces with magical city views over a very quiet corner of Ortigia. The second bedroom has its own terrace and yet another spectacular sea view.
The market and all the sites of Ortigia are within a 10 minute walk. We made several day trips to all sorts of interesting destinations using the bus and rail network. Wonderful swimming in crystalline waters is literally steps away from our front door. With a very well equipped kitchen, it was a pleasure to sample the vast array of delicious Sicilian fruits, vegetables, cheese and fresh fish and prepare our own meals.
This apartment as well as three other lovely apartments in the palazzo are owned and managed by a brother/sister team. The sister lives in the building and you could not ask for a more gracious and helpful host. She helped us find Italian language lessons, gave us great restaurant recommendations, and answered our numerous questions on Syracuse and Sicily.
In sum, we feel very fortunate to have been guests in Palazzo Colpace and to have become acquainted with the wonderful owners. It is the perfect combination for a holiday of relaxation, cultural experiences, and the warm hospitality of Syracusans.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£243|
All cancellations and any requests for changes to your reservation (such as date changes) must be made IN WRITING, and emailed to us promptly. If you cancel >45 days prior to your arrival date, 80% of your total rent will be refunded, and the rest retained as liquidated damages. For <45 days, 100% will be retained. We'll do our utmost to help fill dates and partially or totally refund you.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.