images of Sicily, Siracusa and Ortigia.
The city of Siracusa is divided into two parts, united by a bridge across a narrow
strip of sea:
- the old town founded by the Greeks on the small island of Ortigia, is where the
Greek temples, the Baroque churches and historic buildings, and the waterfront
promenades have been preserved from the encroaching cement, thanks also to the
protection of UNESCO;
- the modern town, that developed on the mainland in the post-war period in a chaotic
and disorderly way. Don’t be discouraged as you cross it to reach Ortigia; once
over the bridge you’ll find a setting of ancient beauty and harmony.
aren’t that many hotels in Ortigia, and there are even fewer on the waterfront,
so Algilà Ortigia Charme Hotel can boast of its splendid view over the Ionian
sea, so clean that it’s perfect for swimming.
Ortigia Charme Hotel stands on the ancient “Mastra Rua”, a street that from the
th century was where the most important noblemen of the city had
their residences. The refined historic building that houses the hotel is the
result of the fusion of two buildings and a recent restoration has preserved
the original structure, creating an intriguing distribution of the rooms that
The restoration was overseen by the architect
Manuel Giliberti who retrieved all the original elements in stone, like arches
and carved keystones. Where necessary they were completed with new parts made
using the same techniques and materials used for millennia; those local
lime-stones that had such an influence on the development of the baroque style
in this area. Decorations based on old Sicilian designs then integrated what
had been seriously damaged by time, like the wooden ceiling of the room that is
now the restaurant, that reproduces the few original boards that survived.
Sicily is a place where local craftsmen and artists continue to work in the
traditions of past centuries.
Antique furniture and precious brightly-painted
ceramics of old Sicilian design, textiles in warm colours and an obsessive care
in hiding the signs of the modern technology that guarantees high quality
comfort, produce a harmonious atmosphere that will play an important part in
your Sicilian experience; the rest will be played by the Sicilians, with their
great sense of hospitality, their culture, their natural courtesy and kindness;
things that we hope you will experience yourselves, and firstly in the people
who run our hotel with great passion and sacrifice.
You’ll see two other places marked on the map; these are two equally fascinating
hotels with differing positions and characteristics, also managed by companies
of the Algilà group:
- Antico Hotel Roma 1880, next to the Cathedral, the former Temple of Athena;
- Residenza Alfeo, with six splendid suites on the waterfront of the Great Harbour.