Ortea Palace Hotel






Cultural, Luxury

£ 550 per person - 3 nights


Experience a real life Sicilian fairy-tale at the Ortea Palace, a grand, restored post office overlooking the dazzling Gulf of Ortigia.

A plethora of onsite places to indulge in the local cuisine, from the historic palace’s gourmet restaurant to the informal bistro.

An exclusive spa featuring state of the art facilities, and even a fashion boutique and artisanal jewellery shop!


75 Doubles and Suites


from £ 550 per person


3 nights sharing a Classic double room

Daily breakfast

Private airport transfers

Travel planning

We can help you with

International flights

Private tours of Siracusa and the Baroque towns

Tickets for the Greek Festival between May and June


Originally the post office of Siracusa, the magnificent building of the Ortea Palace has been sympathetically restored and is now home to one of the finest luxury hotels in Sicily.


Overlooking the Porto Piccolo and the Gulf of Ortigia, the Ortea Palace is full to bursting with elegant interior design features, including Zanaboni furniture, Milanese tapestries, a precious marble staircase and even two breath taking Murano chandeliers, making it the perfect setting for you to enjoy a much-needed break from reality.


Live like royalty as you experience everything the palazzo has to offer, including the exclusive spa (complete with a Finnish sauna, hammam, whirlpool, an indoor salt water pool, emotional showers, sanospas and sanotherm), fitness suite, a fashion boutique and even a jewellery corner, where you can purchase unique trinkets that display Sicilian craftsmanship.


If you prefer relaxing outdoors, you can always head out to the hotel’s private beach, before heading inside for a delicious, typically Sicilian meal in either the hotel’s gourmet restaurant (which boasts stunning sea views), or their more informal bistro. Follow up with a visit to the cream coloured Champagnette for exclusive after dinner cocktails, or head down the white-stoned cellar (which boasts over 200 labels of Sicilian and international wines) for a tantalising wine tasting.


Rooms at the Ortea Palace combine simplicity and luxury, as they are bright, spacious, and accented with tasteful Italian furniture, and soft furnishings in shades from green to pearl grey, cardinal red to azure sea blue.

Whilst all rooms feature marble floors and opulent chandeliers, it’s the Tower Suite that you want to book if you’re looking to sit in the lap of luxury. Located on the 3 rd floor of the hotel, it boasts enviable views of the Ortigia sea, which you can enjoy from one of the suite’s two balconies.


With sumptuous leather arm chairs, and wooden writing desks, it the perfect place to get a spot of work done whilst on holiday, especially as the Tower Suite has a connecting room that can be used as a board room for business visitors. Or, if you’re taking a complete break from the rat race, you can simply forget all your worries as you indulge in the suite’s exposed bathtub.


You really can spoil yourself in Incanto, the Ortea Palace’s very own gourmet restaurant, which is made of completely glass walls giving you enviable views out onto crystal clear waters as you dine.


Recline in the restaurant’s decadent red velvet chairs as you select from a menu of authentic Sicilian dishes, with options ranging from fresh seafood platters and sea urchin pastas, to caviar linguine, and even lobster tails with leek and asparagus.


Or if you fancy something slightly more relaxed (but no less delicious), you can head to Il Cortile, the marble floored bistro which is the beating heart of the hotel, and also doubles up as the breakfast room. Here you can feast on pistachio cream filled croissants, cured Italian meats and cheeses. What better way to start the day?



✓ Hot/cold buffet breakfast

✓ A la carte restaurant and wine cellar

✓ Indoor pool Thalassotherapy and Spa

✓ 24-hour fitness centre

✓ Bike rental


✓ In-room climate control

✓ Safe-deposit box

✓ Mini-bar

✓ Wi-Fi

✓ Etro courtesy set

✓ Bathrobes and slippers

✓ Hairdryer


Ortea Palace is an elegant Palazzo del 1900, known as "Palazzo delle Poste" located in the historic center of Syracuse, on the beautiful little port of the island of Ortigia, a few steps from the most important monuments of the city, restaurants, cafes and boutiques.

Vittorio S.
Vittorio S.
11:22 19 Nov 19
Very comfy!
Jane Domb
Jane Domb
17:12 28 Aug 19
If you are looking to go to Italy for a holiday, Antonio at Experto Italy is... amazing. We have just come back from our fourth holiday he has arranged for us. He sent us to places that days of googling would never have found.He also has a knack of keeping to budget even with my numerous demands! Fabulous fabulous!!read more
Debbie Law
Debbie Law
11:10 27 Aug 19
Just returned from a fab trip to Italy - all organised by Antonio. His time... and effort to get what was just right for us was amazing.. he had a lot to put up with! We have used Expertoitaly before and will do again. We visited Ischia and Naples. Both very different and wonderful. Ischia is perfect for a good rest (visits to the Giardini La Mortella and the Ravino Gardens are a must). The Gardens & Villas Resort is a beautiful setting, very private, calm with amazing staff. Also the little town of Lacco Ameno has some really nice restaurants. Naples was very HOT! but we still managed to spend 7 hours walking about just soaking up the atmosphere and visiting some of the fantastic historic sights. Visit to the underground roman town is well worth it - it is mind boggling to think it was built thousands of years ago.read more
julie frenchman
julie frenchman
09:16 09 Jul 19
This is the third occasion that Antonio has organised an Italian holiday for... me. As it was a Birthday celebration involving a party of 10, the arrangements were complex, involving a villa, guides and attendance at the Palio on July 2nd. Without exception everything went exactly as planned. The recommended villa on the Montestigliano Estate, south west of Siena, was wonderful. Our guide made sure we had a full understanding of the history and culture of the Palio which meant that, with a spectacular view over the Campo from the apartment booked by Antonio, we were able to appreciate the event that much more. We shall certainly be going back to Italy with Expertoitaly.read more
Kay James
Kay James
12:08 03 May 19
We had an amazing trip organised by Antonio, we visited Naples for a few days... then stayed in Sant’ Agata. Both hotels had fabulous amenities and restaurants. The trip was effortless and everything was meticulously arranged. Antonio was also on had for anything we needed during the trip. I would definitely recommend Expert to Italy and we will definitely use this company again in the futureread more
Grant Stupart
Grant Stupart
18:31 16 Aug 18
Antonio with his meticulous planning and caring service has been solely... responsible for the best Italian holidays we have had. His ability to offer excellent hotel accommodation which provides for every need and requirement is second to none . Hotels that are not main stream , that provide high quality of service in excellent locations are one of Antonio’s strength. It’s great to have a provider that know and understands his market. Grant B Stupartread more
Jonathan May
Jonathan May
18:06 01 Aug 18
July 2018 _________________________________ Have just completed another 10 day... holiday arranged by Antonio at Expert to Italy. We went with Antonio's suggestion and spent 2 days at Matera and then the remainder in Pisciotta in the Cilento. Matera was amazing and felt completely different to anywhere else we have been in Italy. We loved Pisciotta and the hotel was wonderful with lovely owners who were great at suggesting things to do. We visited a buffalo farm, a vinyard and tooks boats to isolated coves with lovely clear water. All arrangements were absolutely faultless. We would never have found such lovely places without Antonio! 2016 _________________________________ We have just returned from a fantastic holiday suggested no arranged by ExpertTo Italy. Once again the organisation by Antonio was flawless and everything worked perfectly. We spent 5 nights by lake Maggiore and 3 in Cogne in the Italian Alps. Both hotels and locations were fantastic - particularly the Bellvue in Cogne. Please see trip advisor if interested in the hotels as I will give a more specific review there - I'm not a fanatic reviewer but both really deserve it. We have used this company for the past 5 years and Antonio seems to have a real gift for finding fantastic hotels and matching locations to his clients. I would not usually put the level of trust in anyone to arrange holidays for me that I have with Antonio but he has delivered every time and I can unreservedly recommend his services. Italy is a beautiful country with huge variety - if you describe what you like to Antonio and let him make suggestions then you will not be disappointed. Very definitely 5 stars from me. So - Antonio and team, please keep it up! Jonread more
Amanda Chapman
Amanda Chapman
22:28 25 Aug 17
Antonio delivered more than expected! Our family of four stayed at two... beautiful villa's on the Amalfi Coast. Both of the locations were top class. Antonio provided excellent service and was always available if we had questions about the details of our trip. He was easy to work with and we would recommend his services to others traveling to Italy.read more
Susan Davidson
Susan Davidson
09:04 19 Jun 17
This was our second holiday with ExpertoItaly, and it was just as good as the... first! Antonio provided us with fast, efficient and personal attention. His choice of hotels was first class. Real attention to detail means that you get a holiday that really suits your personal requirements. Brilliant!read more
Andrew Rogers
Andrew Rogers
09:36 09 Jul 16
We have just made an amazing journey by train, taxi, boat and bus through... France, a night in Paris, then a night on a mountain in Switzerland, train across the alps on the Bernina Express, 5 days on Lake Como and 6 days on Lake Maggiore. We stayed in the most glorious quality hotels. We made visits to local towns and attractions using buses and boats. Every connection on the journey was planned and executed wonderfully. This is 5 star planning, 5 star service, 5 star experience all personally organised by Antonio at ExpertoItaly. We must never forget the James Bond moment of being whisked across Como by Luca in his luxury Taxiboat from Varenna to the Hotel Filario in Lezzeno with Pavarotti as our musical accompaniment then met on the jetty by a lovely suited receptionist. A dream. Thanks Antonio. See views from our rooms Como then Maggiore.read more
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