Panorama Hotel, SiracusaVia Necropoli Grotticalle, 33, Syracuse
A four-star experience at two-star prices, this hotel in Syracuse (Siracusa) was renovated in 2004 in a modern and sleek style. The comfortable rooms at this Sicily hotel are furnished with mood lighting and ensuite bathrooms, and stocked with all modern conveniences including private safe, satellite television and internet connection. In the hotel's luxury suites guests can enjoy a private jacuzzi and views over the roofs of this historic town.
There's plenty to see and do in Syracuse, a port town founded by ancient Greeks more than 2500 years ago. As well as the array of churches, townhouses and palaces in downtown Siracusa, there is the rugged landscape of the Sicilian coast, where you can find isolated stretches of beach, hillside walks and the warm waters of the Mediterranean. Lovers of geology shouldn't miss the unique limestone caves including the famous Dionigi's Ear, named by the artist Caravaggio for its peculiar long shape. Dionigi was an ancient tyrant who locals say created the cave as a prison in which to keep his enemies. Others maintain the cave was mined for limestone to build the Greek temple whose remains lie beneath the town's Duomo.
If you're visiting the archaeological park, the modern comforts of this Siracusa Hotel are just a short walk away. In the evening you can choose from a selection of regional and national dishes in the classic bistro surroundings of the hotel's restaurant. An extensive breakfast buffet is offered every morning with cereals, fresh fruit and specially baked Sicilian cakes from the hotel kitchen.
|Double room from €44|