About This Listing
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.
Unfortunately in March 2015 someone entered in the apartment from the terrace of the neigh-borough, stealing the technological belongings of one of our guests...
We always recommended to close the window, but this is the first time happened in our place.
Recently the city center has this problem... specially with guest houses.
In general Syracuse is very secure and easy... so you don't have to be worry so much... but keep your belonging secure, NOT LEAVING ANY WINDOW OPEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT THERE...
You have to be sure, that every time you will be outside of the apartment, you need to secure all the doors and windows (that if well closed are strong and secure).
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.
This apartment is brilliantly located in a beautiful part of Sicily. The classy yet relaxed design and wonderful terrace sometimes made leaving the apartment very difficult! The kitchen is well equipped and lovely touches like art & design books to read made this a very special holiday. Communication with hosts was great throughout and we certainly hope to return again. We will be recommending a stay at Alberto & Francesco's place to our friends and family.
Il soggiorno presso la Penthouse è stato splendido! Location perfetta, host gentilissimo. La terrazza sul tetto è stata una vera "ciliegina sulla torta" : )
Torneremo appena possibile... grazie Alberto, grazie Francesco!
We had a fantastic time in this amazing apartment. Alberto's welcome was so warm and everything was thoughtful and designed for our comfort and creating a great stay. As well as the amazing balcony, the apartment's kitchen is so well stocked, which made cooking and eating on the terrace a real pleasure.
The apartment itself is on a charming street in a beautiful part of ortigia.
Our stay here lived up to all expectations and was even better than the photos. Both Franceco and Alberto have given us a really positive experience of Air BnB and we hope to be back soon.
The reservation was canceled 109 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
We had a lovely time very much thanks to your perfectly situated flat, and also to your beautiful corner of Sicily, its people, food and drink!
We are very grateful for your very friendly welcome and service: even when the WIFI and hot water weren't working on day 1 , a testing situation, you remained kind and helpful, thank you.
We found a cracked glass when about to use it on day 1, so we left it out and then got one locally to replace it for you; also we left some San Pellegrino: our favourite italian water :-) With so many affordable and delicious restaurants and cafes within walking distance, we didn't do any cooking which hopefully lightened the cleaning work.
The flat is great and with a bit more maintenance it would be perfect.
It was our first time with AirBnB: we loved it and look forward to many more, hopefully as good!
Thanks Gaelle, it was pleasure to host you!
Your feedback they were very helpful!
Thanks for replacing the glass! :-)
Has you know the internet problem was for the entire area not only for us and hot water is limited since the boiler is electrical... so you cannot do very long showers... but as you say then everything was solved. :-)
We will do a big maintenance this month. We need an entire week with no guests and needs to be on spring time... we will add some new features.
I hope to see you guys again in the future.
Super appartment/great interior! Will come another time when its summer
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About the Host, Francesco/Alberto
I'm Francesco an Architect from Syracuse, Sicily.
I'm a globe trotter and I love to travel.
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.