Syracuse Holidays

Explore Sicily's most picturesque city on a holiday in Syracuse

The city of Syracuse under the ancient Greeks was the most important city in the western world. Today, it's one of our favourite places to stay in Sicily. Its collection of monuments including Greek theatre and the island of Ortigia are impressive. It's a bit quieter than Taormina too, so it's a fantastic choice if you're looking for a more authentic stay.

What to see on a Syracuse holiday

The old town of Ortigia is a wonderful place to explore. It's pedestrianised so you can stroll through the cobbled street, stop off in the boutique shops and admire the baroque architecture. The city's crowning glory is the white marble Duomo - we love having a coffee in the piazza in front of it, especially at sunset when the colours of the building soften.

The nearby towns of the Val di Noto; Ragusa, Scicli, Modica and Noto together form a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed for its flamboyant baroque architecture. We recommend hiring a car and heading out to explore them all.

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Why book a holiday to Syracuse with Inghams?

We've got a couple of great hotels in Syracuse, perfect for if you want to be in the heart of the city or enjoy a coastal stay. Your holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

  • from£792pp
  • 88 rooms
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The Minareto hotel has some of the best views of Syracuse. All of the rooms and suites are contained within cottages which are spread around the manicured grounds and there are several restaurants and bars where you can enjoy Sicilian cuisine. A private beach is located within a protected marine reserve and offers stunning golden sand and crystal-clear waters.

  • from£515pp
  • 39 rooms
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Grande Albergo Alfeo is in a great position for exploring the historical sights of Syracuse, including the peninsula of Ortygia and the ancient Greek Theatre. The large bright bedrooms are quiet and comfortable, just what you need after a day spent exploring.

Things To Do

Things to see and do

Put on some comfy shoes and head straight into the old town of Ortigia. It's linked to the mainland by bridges and you can start off by walking around the island, admiring sea views as you go. The centre is a maze of cobbled streets with charming shops and hidden restaurants. There's plenty of locals out and about, with much less of a tourist crowd than Taormina making it feel very authentic. History buffs should head for the Greek Theatre and the impressive white-marble Duomo.

We recommend exploring further afield too, the south east of Sicily has some incredibly picturesque towns. Noto, Ragusa and Scicli are UNESCO protected and perfect examples of baroque architecture. There's lots of coastline to explore too with some great white-sand beaches.

Food & drink

There's a daily food market in Ortigia with all sorts of delicious local produce. It's wonderful to walk through here in the morning, watching the locals shop for their dinner. When you get hungry, pull up a chair amongst the stalls for lunch. 

The restaurants in Ortigia are very authentic with plenty of Sicilian specialties to try. They're often hidden down little alleyways with outside tables for al fresco dining next to the baroque buildings.

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Take to the road and drive through the lush landscapes of Sicily, passing through olive groves, vineyards and lemon orchards. Explore ancient towns and stunning coastlines, trying the best of Sicilian cuisine as you go. 

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Enjoy a 14 night self-drive adventure through Sicily learning about its diverse cultural heritage, rich history and delicious local cuisine. 


Discover the beauty of the Mediterranean largest island on this week long self-drive tour. Explore ancient cities, meander along stunning coastlines and delve into the history and culture of this unique and beautiful part of Italy. 

Good to know

  • For a tasty Sicilian lunch head to Ortigia’s historic food market where you’ll find fresh local produce piled high
  • Explore the baroque architecture in the nearby towns of Noto, Modica, Ragusa and Scicli 
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