In the summer of 1886, the explosion of dynamite tore open the ancient walls of Ortigia and announced the renaissance of Syracuse.
The ancient stones come to life in the new neighborhoods, the first hotels are born, wide and orderly streets that allow the Syracusans to come out of Ortigia.

Here you find yourself, on the borders of the Greek and medieval Ortigia, on the walls that surrounded it.
Sleep in what used to be the luxurious Cavour Palace Hotel, built in the late 1800s on the ancient walls, requisitioned during the Second World War first by the German command which makes it its headquarters and then gives it to the allies during the landing.


Autentica Ortigia was born from the love for history and culture.
Autentica because it belongs to everyone and nobody. Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Swabian and then again Aragonese, Spanish and Bourbon. Wandering through the alleys you will find traces of these stories.

The Bottai, where the artisans built the barrels that were used to transport all the goods with boats and ships.
The Duomo district inhabited by the nobles with their majestic palaces with large courtyards where the carriages entered.
And then again the ancient Mastrarua district with the magnificence of its palaces, Maniace, the castle built by Frederick II, Maestranza, the major decuman of the Greek and Roman era. Cannamela, a small eighteenth-century district with its shops where sugar cane was processed.
And finally Graziella, the fishermen’s quarter that still retains all its charm intact.

First capital of Magna Graecia then destroyed and sacked by the Arabs who moved the center to Palermo, Ortigia became a fortified city when in 1516 Carlo V undressed the Greek theater and the Roman amphitheater and transported its stones to Ortigia to raise mighty walls and majestic ramparts. To then be reborn in 1900 with its history and its treasures.

We want to tell you this, this is the sign of two thousand years of history that we want to leave in your trolley when returning home.