Stylish penthouse in the earth of the center of Syracuse (Ortigia). At 1 minute from the sea, amazing restaurants, delicious street market and ancient greek ruins. You will be delight to spent your meal or taking sun in an amazing spacious terrace.
The Penthouse Cordari is an intimate 2 Floor apartment that offer to the foreigner travellers ("forestieri" in italian) a personal hospitality in Siracusa.
A true Home away from Home.
The brothers Moncada, Francesco (the Architect) and Alberto (the Photographer) decided to transform this old house of 18th century with a contemporary touch and taste.
The travellers can experience a very special place, full of light in the legendary isle of Ortigia.
The building is situated in the area of Bottai, behind the Marina, in Via dei Cordari (Ropemakers), one of the oldest street of the city (750 B.C.) that still conserve the urban fabric of the anchient greek city.
A beautiful place to stay in the hearth of the old center of the city of Syracuse.
The Suite with full service amenities has a private entrance.
The last floor in the apartment offer a quite private terrace for sunbathing, paved with brazilian wood, and is facing the bell tower of the medieval church of Santa Maria Dei Miracoli.
From a charm of a painting of Caravaggio or Antonello da Messina to a relaxing dip in the crystal clear sea; from the mighty columns of a greek temple to the magic of a fiery red sunset enjoyed with a glass of Nero d'Avola.
This is Syracuse.
In the 734 BCE, colonist sailed the Ionian sea from Corinth to the island, where they founded the city of Syracuse. It became the capital of Magna Grecia, so powerful that it challenged and defeated Athens.
A UNESCO world Heritage Site and the 4th most important city for art in Italy because of its cultural wealth.
To quote Vincenzo Consolo, Syracuse is " the dense and valuable juxtaposition of a monument and a myth, a symbol within a symbol; a religion and a civilization, a culture within a culture.
Syracuse is and enchanted place, an extraordinary heritage increasingly accessible to the disabled, through “tourism for all” projects. Amidst architecture erected after the devastating earthquake of 1693, the Duomo is part of the history of Syracuse. Originally a temple to Athena - the Doric columns of the Greek structure can still be seen - and a Paleo-Christian church under the Byzantines, it was enhanced in the early 18th century with a Baroque façade. Not far away are the Fountain of Arethusa, the Temple of Apollo from the 6th century BCE, the Maniace Castle reworked by Frederick II, the Jewish Quarter, the Bellomo Museum with the “Annunciation” by Antonello, and the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, which houses the “Burial of Saint Lucy” by Caravaggio.
The city has an ancestral relationship with the sea. This link has been strengthened by building solariums in the city that evoke local memories: Forte Vigliena, Cala Rossa, Sbarcadero Santa Lucia and “Due Frati” (two friars). The famous beach resorts on the south coast, from the marine reserve at Plemmirio (praised in Virgil’s Aeneid) to Fontane Bianche and Arenella, are thus joined by “the sea in the city”, in close contact with monuments to an altogether unique history.
Back on Ortygia, revel in the kaleidoscope of colours, scents and flavours at the ancient market in Via De Benedictis, where you can stock up on local products or pause for a snack.
Syracuse is one of the major classical culture centres in the world and a favourite destination for theatre lovers. Classical performances by the Inda Foundation, in the Greek Theatre (15 May-28 June), The Greek Theatre also hosts the Euro Mediterranean Festival beginning on the 11th with Lyric productions.
Syracuse is a marvelous gateway to the treasures of South-East Sicily, from Noto to Scicli, including Modica, Ragusa Ibla and the settings for Montalbano, from Etna to Taormina.
Other Things to Note
We organize TRANSFER from and to Catania Airport for 65 euros per each way, if you want it just let us know.
If you arrive by car:
The parking in Syracuse is regulated by colors:
White is free.
Blue you have to pay (normally per hours)
Yellow is just for residents (don’t park your car there).
Almost in front of the apartment there is Parking Marina and cost is calculated
We recommend you to park your car in the Parking Talete that is just 3 minutes walking
near the street market (please check prices there, unfortunately the policy is changing monthly) or Parking Molo S. Antonio, before the bridge Umbertino. Otherwise I recommend you to park your car for free just before the bridges outside Ortigia
For late check-in after 21.00 we will charge 30 euros extra.
ELECTRICITY is at the maximum allowed already for a private apartment.
Unfortunately in this street we don’t have Gas, so everything is working with electricity.
Please be aware while you are cooking to not keep everything ON at the same time (stove, dishwasher, air-condition, washing machine. dryer, boiler, hot water, etc)
Please use few or one equipment per time.
The switch for the hot water is inside the steel closet in the bedroom. Keep it off when using oven and stove at the same time.
The general electricity switch is downstair near the entrance on the right.
During winter time the apartment has 2 gas machines for extra heating. If you are using it we will charge you 20 euros per gas machine.
Please keep the windows ALWAYS closed when you are not in the apartment.
Has been reported that thieves are entering from windows in the old city center.
Great flat. Great location. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Host friendly and very quick to respond.
Only mini complaint - internet coverage does not stretch upstairs. A bit patchy in the lounge
Appartement très bien situé et très agréable avec notamment une terrasse ensoleillée. Nous sommes très satisfaits de Francesco et son frère Alberto.
Excellent apartment, just as in the photos. Beautiful terrace on a beautiful island.
Everything was wonderful!!! Thank you a lot, Francesco!! The house is perfect and everything in it is like on photos! It was wedding trip that we will see in our dreams! Grazie!
Im Herzen von Ortigia mit einer herrlichen Terrasse. Für eine Woche war das moderne Appartement unser Domizil. Kostenlosen Parkplatz haben wir fast immer in der Nähe vom Parkhaus Talete gefunden. Leider haben wir den Gastgeber nicht persönlich angetroffen. Wurden aber herzlich vom Vater begrüsst. Alles zu empfehlen. Vielleicht sieht es an der einen oder anderen Stelle nicht mehr so perfekt aus, wie auf den Bildern. Ist aber nicht weiter tragisch. Ein toller Platz für eine gute Zeit in Siracusa.
This penthouse right in the centre of Ortigia was a treat to stay in. It's nice and cool downstairs and yet you can get outside on the deck to get some sunshine too. The decor was really stylish and fun. Although we didn't meet Francesco, his father greeted us and communications went smoothly. I would definitely recommmend this apartment to others.
Perfect apt for a couple on vacation. Great terass with BBQ possibilities and no insight, very private. Location is excellent, very close to local market. For a longer stay I recommend car rental to visit beautiful spots close to Siracusa (follow advice in guest book in apt). Alberto (brother of apt owner) was very helpful and friendly. I definitely recommend this place if you're going to Sicily.
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I'm Francesco Moncada an Architect from Syracuse, Sicily.
I've been living in Barcelona, London, Dubai, Oslo, Porto and now Rotterdam, working for OMA*AMO/ Rem Koolhaas and Netherlands is my home... that's why I rent my apartment in Sicily when i'm not there.
My brother Alberto and my father Camillo will take care of you in Syracuse.