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Arethusa

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Syracuse | Bedrooms: 1 | Sleeps: 2

Rates: from £1,227 per week

A romantic retreat for two by the sea, in one of Italy's most enchanting places, the historic Ortigia. The palazzo, dating back to the 17th century, was designed in opulent Baroque style. Formerly the stables, the apartment has been lovingly restored to the highest standard, retaining many of the original characteristics: the ancient vaulted ceilings and original exposed brickwork. Expertly furnished, the interiors mix contemporary style with Arabic influences. A large king size bed and comfortable sofas create a welcoming space which is enhanced by modern lighting. A kitchen with dining area and a bathroom with a hydro massage shower complete the apartment.

The Arethusa apartment is situated on the island of Ortigia, by the port of Siracusa. Packed with over 2,500 years of history, it is just 50 meters from the Arethusa Fountain, a fascinating fresh water pond that inspired many poets and writers and is nowadays the meeting point of the city; and the 13th century Maniace castle, one the most important buildings in Sicily. There are plenty of sites nearby to explore and discover, with restaurants and shops a short stroll away. The sea surrounding Ortigia is crystal clear although the best beaches are some kilometers away; worthwhile mentioning are Fontane Bianche and Arenella. Nearby Syracuse was considered the most beautiful Greek city and a staggering number of well-preserved Greek (and Roman) remains are still visible.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Open plan apartment on the ground floor of an historic palazzo 100sqm / 1,076sqft

  • King size bed
  • Sitting area
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area
  • Bathroom (hydro-massage shower)
  • Outdoor sitting area in the garden of the palazzo
May

  • Infiorata di Noto and Primavera Barocca:

During this festival in Noto, thousands of petals are laid by artists along Via Nicolaci, to create a series of flower-petal tapestries – a must-see! There is also live music and exhibitions.

May-June

  • Greek theatre festival, Syracuse:

Performances take place in the Ancient Greek theatre in the archaeological site. Performances include classical Greek plays by the likes of Euripides, Aeschylus and Sophocles.

July

  • Ortygia Festival:

Cultural events that include plays, concerts, ballets, readings and more.

August

  • Maritime Festival:

This is a rowing regatta held around Ortygia and includes processions.

December

  • Festival of Santa Lucia:

This festival honours the city's patron saint and consists of a religious procession through Syracuse.

Syracuse offers two fascinating areas to explore: the archaeological site and the island of Ortygia. In the northwest of the town, the archaeological site (Parco Archeologico della Neapolis) is home to an impressive number of well-preserved Greek remains. A must-see is the Greek theatre that dates back to the 5th Century BC, where Ancient Greek plays are still performed in summer.

To experience more historical and cultural wonders of Syracuse, the island of Ortygia also offers many activities and attractions. The best way to discover the island's charms is just to wander through the streets and stumble across the many tourist sites that it has to offer. The Piazza del Duomo is a beautiful square, home to some iconic buildings - a must-see is the Cathedral built on the site of an ancient Temple of Athena.

You can also find a colourful street market, selling fresh local food. Don't forget to visit the delicatessen of rare quality foods, called "I Sapori dei Gusti Smarriti", which is at the end of the market. Here you will find the finest cheeses, hams and cured meats, many of which you will not find anywhere else in the world!

For something a little different, visit the Vendicari Natural Reserve. From here, birdwatchers can observe about two hundred different species of birds. The Ciane River is also a hotspot for wildlife, as well as canoeing and excursions by boat.

Noto is an impressive city of art and is famous for its Baroque architecture. The main tourist activity and the best way to enjoy this stunning city, is to simply wander round the narrow streets and take in the beauty of the many crumbling Baroque palaces, fantastical facades, houses and balconies. We recommend a walking tour round the town, to really understand why it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

During the summer months, you will often find parties and fairs in the town park. If you are looking for a more relaxing activity, the best place for the evening "passeggiata" (stroll) is the public garden east of the centre.

For more action, try biking through the ancient ruins in Noto Antica. Biking back to Noto through canyons, orchards and olive groves is simply beautiful - seeing Sicily by bike is an experience you won't forget!

If you are a lover of wine, make sure to book a wine tasting too. In Noto you will find fantastic quality wine producers.

TIME ZONE

GMT +1hr

LANGUAGE

Italian

CURRENCY INFORMATION

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

MONEY MATTERS

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

TIPPING SUGGESTIONS

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FORMALITIES

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

WEATHER

In general, the climate on Sicily is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 35°C and can even reach 40°C and more during the summer. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild, however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. Even during the winter, the temperature rarely falls below 13°C. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

HEALTH

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

ELECTRICITY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

DRIVING/PARKING INFORMATION

There are some important rules of the road:

  • Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • You should always be carrying in the car your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways. Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked "biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%.There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.

PARKING

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying "Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use.
  • Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard.
  • In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

LOCATION:

  • In Ortigia
  • Syracuse's city center: 3km, Noto 41km, Taormina 120km
  • Golf: 15km
  • Catania Airport: 63km
  • Beaches: Arenella 12km, Fontane Bianche 17km

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.

  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only & A&K hosted services please visit 'Villa Rental Options'. An A&K Villas Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or give us a call.

Inclusions

  • Electricity (and therefore air-conditioning) up to 100 units per week.
  • Maid service for 2 hours on Wednesday.
  • Wireless broadband internet.
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas).
  • Arrival set of bed and bath linen.
  • Final cleaning.

Extra Services

  • Maid service - available on request at EUR 8 per hour.
  • Heating.
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience such as transfers, guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, art classes and hot-air ballooning. Please see the Activities tab for further ideas and discuss with your Travel Consultant for further details.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • The island of Ortigia is closed to car traffic. Parking is available at extra cost at 500meters from the apartment.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • In case extras are requested, a deposit might be due on arrival in cash euro.
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.


  • Air Conditioning
  • CD Player
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • TV

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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