When looking for an apartment in Siracusa, Sicily, Dave and I chose to stay on Isola di Ortigia. This is the ancient heart of the city and the little streets remind me of Venice. Piccolo Loft San Tommaso was an easy choice for us to make.
Piccolo Loft San Tommaso
Piccolo Loft San Tommaso is situated in a small piazza, behind San Tommaso Church. On the day we arrived there was a huge storm and Pamela sent me the access code for the apartment. She also WhatsApped me a pin to show the location. However, these pins are only accurate to 65m and resulted in Dave and I looking up and down the wrong street. Once I had got the address into Google Maps, we found the apartment with ease. We let ourselves in, and as soon as we did I sent Pamela a message to tell her we had arrived.
Shopping Close By
As soon as we had unpacked we headed off to explore the area. While walking down the narrow street leading onto the main road we bumped into Pamela. So we turned straight back so that we could pay her the city tax in cash. Dave had a few questions and once these were answered we headed back out. There are two small supermarkets close by, both well stocked with essentials. However, you need to plan to go to the market each morning for fresh produce which is available in abundance.
Piccolo is the correct term as the apartment is small. But really more than adequate for the two of us. The downstairs lounge area includes a writing-table with iPad and the modem for the WiFi. We used the couch as a space for one of our suitcases, tucking the other two under the stairs. The kitchen is fairly well equipped with everything we needed other than a wooden spoon, sharp knife and chopping board. We always travel with our own knives, and I bought a wooden spoon at a kitchen shop in Ortigia. We made use of the washing machine but could not find a washing line! This was solved by hanging the clothes over the rails in the upstairs bedroom. The shower was a decent size, something very unusual in Italy!
The apartment is perfectly located to get around the entire Island. You need to walk to see everything and most of the Island is a no car zone. However, be aware of scooters in the narrow streets. We walked to the ancient ruins in Siracusa which made for an energetic day in the heat. Thankfully, the swimming area was close to where we were staying. This is a series of platforms with steps leading down to the sea.
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I completely forgot to take photographs of the apartment. Pamela sent me these to use on my blog post.
Dave and I have started our December holidays. I will pop into my blog every now and then to read and reply to comments. Today we are celebrating Christmas with our granddaughter and her parents.
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