Antico Hotel Roma 1880
There are very few hotels in Ortigia, and the Antico Hotel Roma 1880 is the most centrally located, actually next door to the cathedral, which is located in the old Doric Temple of Minerva.
The hotel, founded in 1880, is framed on one side by the cathedral and on the other by the Archbishop's Palace and overlooks Piazza Minerva, which is a continuation of the Piazza Duomo that runs alongside the Doric columns of the Temple, and onto Siracusa’s most central road, Via Roma.
When the cathedral was the Temple of Minerva (known as Athena by the Greeks), as in all Greek temples the entrance was facing east. The stairway was therefore located inside the hotel, and some of its remains are still visible through glass panels in our floors.
The outdoor tables and chairs placed in Piazza Minerva and the large indoor patio allow our guests to surround themselves in this ancient atmosphere, over breakfast, dinner or any other moment of relaxation.
The interior has a strong Sicilian style, with the same limestone used for the Greek temples and Baroque palaces, traditional "secret" courtyards inherited from Arabian architecture, small hanging gardens, balconies in all the rooms and Dammus arches carved from volcanic rock in the restaurant.