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... Gates of Messina and then turned back as we were meeting Christian at around 3pm. He was waiting for us and we headed back to Catania.
Christian pointed out key buildings in Catania and like Pireaus, a lot of graffiti around the town – a real shame.
Said our goodbyes to Christian and headed straight for our suite to get changed into our bathers and kick back by the pool. Caught up with Julianne and Ian ...
... along the side of steep ravine. On a more leisurely day we would have taken a side trip to explore the town. Once near Sircusa it took us sometime to find our hotel, but that was our fault. (This time a GPS would have helped, as it was very conveniently located.) We checked in, dropped our bags and left to explore Siracusa. By-passing the commercial district, we went straight to the old city - Orytigia. Famous as ...
... that someone using a brolly needs another brolly -crazy. Then there are the two headless statues in a local park - apparently a tribute to the Ameobi Brothers. Finally there is the best trick of all - making Mount Etna disappear and reappear at will. Before we returned to ship Barbara had time to fall victim to a driver who drove through a puddle - or was it a subtle Mafia warning to stay silent. Back to the boat and solarium, food, siesta, food and sleep to prepare for ...
Today was a much needed relaxing day at sea. We laid in the sun and recharged our batteries after going non stop the past few days. Tonight is formal night so we are all dressed for photos, dinner in the steak restaurant and a great bottle of 2005 Opus One. After dinner we went to the casino in tuxedoes and gowns looking for James Bond and a Baccarat table. Only found 3 card poker and black jack. Broke even for the evening and off to bed. Tomorrow is ...
Having woken up to what first sounded like a bomb happen to be fire crackers. There are celebrations in the air as tomorrow is the festa of Madonna Della Catena, the patron saint of Aci Catena. Tonight there will celebrations all around the district. After breakfast Piña and Saro drove us into Catania to visit the Fiera a market similar to the Victoria Market. The only difference is that there is also a lot of piracy that is overlooked as it creates work for poor people. There ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Roma Syracuse
After staying in Palermo and Agrigento, it was a great relief to arrive at the Roma hotel in Siracusa. We had been advised NOT to stay in Ortigia because of traffic problems, but we found the hotel without too much difficulty, turned the car over to them and then just walked or used taxis until we left Siracusa.
Nice but lots of noise
I stayed at the Roma for three nights in October in a corner room overlooking the Cafe Minerva on the 1st floor. I agree with other comments that the front rooms are very loud but the views of Syracusa nightlife almost made up for the noise. I thought the location was worth the price as the hotel is very well located. (but then Syracusa was my favorite part of a two week trip through Sicily so maybe I was just easy to please) Front desk staff were fine although had difficulty delivering phone messages (I got one message 8 hours after it was left) I ate dinner at the hotel one night and was very pleased - the food was very good, service charming and relatively well priced.
A great choice in Siracusa.
This contemporary hotel is superbly located in the middle of the Baroque old town of Siracusa. Lots of restaurants nearby, and the Duomo is down the block. The rooms are contemporary, perhaps a bit spartan. The breakfast buffet is good.
I'd say it feels a bit pricey, but as I haven't stayed anywhere else in this town I can't compare the Roma's relative value. I do know that the hotel was sold out on the weekend I was there.
After a whirlwind trip through the Aeolian islands and Taormina, we arrived at Syracuse, slightly worse for wear due to congestion (prob accident related) on the single-laned S115 from Catania southwards. Apart from the Grand Hotel & Jolly, this is supposedly the only other 4* hotel in Ortegia. Having heard fabulous reviews from other reviewers, I booked a month in advance for a night even though I did balk at the price of 190 euros a night (directly through hotel) for what is generally considered low season.
The hotel is extremely well located and we were able to explore the city on foot for all 3 days we were in Siracusa (not a bad thing given the way the Italians drive !). The hotel is modern and very clean with all the staff offering a friendly and efficient service.
This hotel is great. It is centrally located near the Duomo so you can walk everywhere. It is also a 10min walk to the main bus station where you can get bus number 1 to the archaeological museum and park.
Sweet place to stay
Definitely above average for Siracuse , Sicily, Italy.
The staff was very attentive, internet access always available in the lobby, and also access to a fun beach club ( Lido) just a short walk from the hotel where you can sun and swim in the Mediterrean. Breakfast was very nice , included . I would go again and recommend this as a wonderful place in Ortegia Island in Siracusa. Just around the corner from the Duormo.
We stayed at the Roma for three nights and cannot praise highly enough the quality of service we received from the hotel staff there - all were exceedingly helpful, and nothing was too much trouble for them.
We have just stayed at Hotel Roma for 4 nights. Driving in Ortygia is not for the feint hearted but the hotel is not difficult to find and there are several empty spaces reserved for hotel guests where your car can be left easily. It is then garaged by the helpful porters and they ask you give them 30 minutes notice before you need it. We were taken to our lovely room by our porter and he then went and emptied our car and promptly delivered all our bags to us. The hotel has been very tastefully decorated, it's not chinzy and floral, nor is it empty and minimalist.. it's just the right mix of style and comfort. Aircon was great and quiet, large TV with some sattelite channels, a well stocked minibar and good bathroom/shower. The breakfast which was included was typically continental however all cakes/pastries were made in house or fresh. The same room becomes the Restaurant though we didn't eat there. Staff were very kind and helpful and went to the trouble of purchasing me a gorgeous Italian cake complete with my name on it and birthday candles and delivered it to our room along with a bottle of prosecco and champagne flutes.. it was totally unexpected and very nice. If you travel to Syracuse I'd highly recommend this hotel, it's fabulous location right next to the main piazza is perfect for exploring the island, and then use your car to go and explore the surrounding region.
Central and quiet
We were very pleased with this hotel in November, 2003. It is in the heart of the old city. Once you drive there; a little bit of a challenge, park in front. Let the hotel take it to a garage, you won't need it in town. Excellent price-value ratio. The rooms are well appointed and fully sound proofed. The staff were welcoming, and you are perfectly situated to explore the old city.