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If you’re looking for Sicilian sea views or swimming pools, charming characterful B&Bs or branded hotel chains, Syracuse has a huge selection of three-star hotels to stay to choose from. You’ll find the majority of the mid-range accommodation in the modern part city of Syracuse, on the mainland, but on the island of Ortygia, over the bridges of Ponte Nuovo and Ponte Umbertino, you’ll find accommodation in the historic old town. On Ortygia, you’ll be surrounded by graceful Baroque architecture, narrow winding streets and elegant piazzas flanked by palaces and churches.
Both on the mainland and on the island, you’ll find plenty of low-cost or free attractions to visit from the Ancient Greek Temple of Apollo to the striking Syracuse Cathedral. Stay in the main part of the city and you’ll be within easy reach of many of the area’s more famous ancient sights – the Archaeological Park of Neapolis with its Greek Theatre, and the celebrated Museo Archeologico Regionale Paolo Orsi – one of the best archeological museums in Europe. For families there’s also the Syracuse Puppet Theatre, which still shows the old traditional Sicilian marionette performances.
You can also find three-star hotels in the nearby towns of Noto and Brucoli. UNESCO World Heritage-listed Noto is a quaint city, celebrated for its terracotta-coloured Baroque architecture. The city is filled with elegant baroque palaces, churches and piazzas and would make a great base for a romantic getaway or a family city adventure. One of the main highlights is Cathedral of Noto with its graceful dome. If you’re looking for something a bit quieter and smaller, use Expedia’s search tool to find your perfect hotel in the village of Brucoli, north of Syracuse. The traditional fishing village has idyllic beaches and a quaint harbour, and Brucoli is also a popular destination for young travellers, close as it is to Cantania’s vibrant nightlife.
You’re spoiled for choice in three-star hotels in Syracuse, so you might want to go for a B&B on one visit, then come back again when you’ve fallen in love with Sicily.