For a villa in Sicily with the romance of the past, Arethusa apartment, in the heart of historic Ortigia, offers the perfect retreat for two. Tucked away in a 17th-century palazzo, this enchanting suite is bursting with classic Baroque opulence, ancient vaulted ceilings and original exposed brickwork.
Once the stables, the apartment has been carefully restored and many of the original characteristics remain. Sumptuous furnishings augment the luxurious feel of the interior, mixing contemporary style with Arabic influences. A large king-size bed swathed in cool greys and scattered with plush cushions dominates one end of the apartment. The bed gives way to a central area, continuing the Baroque theme, with lavish sofas. A kitchen and dining area fit seamlessly into the opposite end. The bathroom boasts a hydro-massage shower.
Push open the tall black doors in the sitting area and gaze out across the waters around the port of Syracuse. A bistro table and chairs just outside provides the perfect spot to watch the maritime life go by.
From your base at Arethusa, explore the 2,500 years of Ortigia’s history. Bars and restaurants are just a stones thrown away, as is the Arethusa Fountain, a fascinating fresh water pond that inspired many poets and writers. It is now the meeting point of the city. Watch the comings and goings here before heading back to your decadent and very romantic retreat.