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“A hidden gem just outside Syracuse”
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Villa dei Papiri
Ranked #13 of 102 Speciality Lodging in Syracuse
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Great to visit, but please whoever is travelling by car do not follow GPS coordinates especially if it has rained, a veritable deathtrap. Have to thank my lucky stars for driving a Subaru XV, a small car would not have made it in the muddy lanes leading to the villa. Management can do nothing about this.

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  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

We only had time for one night and had the breakfast buffet which was most satisfactory. Would definitely recommend and revisit. Rooms were clean and nicely decorated. Dining hall has so much art and ornaments to view - really lovely.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2016

Unlike most sicilian ´agriturismos'--well known for their welcoming generosity, this establishment only grudgingly will acknowledge your presence. Theyir breakfast is not worth showing up for, and although they do not serve lunch or dinner ("we are NOT a restaurant'" we were haughtily told), they refused to give us the least hint or help to book meals in the area. This was in unpleasant contrast to other agriturismos where we were served sumptuous country meals as soon as we showed up. The personnel's major occupation seemed to be making sure we parked according to their rules. This establishment completely bereft of any helpful or welcoming attitude seems more like some rich landholder's tax haven then a veritable sicilian agriturismo. Rooms are very uncomfortable with beds resembling concrete slabs. Emphatically, thumbs down.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

I've stayed at more than 30 agriturismo's and this was my least favorite. There is a big problem with mold and mildew here even though the staff said the smell was from the antiques. It is not the antique furniture but instead the wood ceilings ... even the mattress and sheets are moist. There is a huge mosquito infestation on the property. Be sure you pay for the lodging prior to your visit otherwise they will increase the price. Breakfast is mediocre and although advertised to be available from 8-10 the breads and pastries come an hour after the start. There is NO WIFI here except right next to the front desk when you check in. Was awakened at midnight with repeated gunfire.

Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

If you are in Sicily, close to Siracusa, don't miss this amazing place. Located in the beautiful land, sorrounded by fruit trees, fields and of course rares and wonderful papiri, this b&b will give you a special peaceful sensations. This property was an old beautiful house located inside the Riserva Naturale Ciane e Saline .Everything is well restored with taste, respecting the old structure and charm. Arriving by car, you could admire the beautiful wild papiri growing up in the little river. We spent here 3 nights and it was a pity to leave this place. The staff is super friendly, professional and helpful. Some rooms are located in a separated beautiful buildings close to the main one and each one has a little garden in front. The temperature inside the rooms was perfect. We didn't need any AC! We also like the breakfast: a large and good buffet will welcome you every morning. Very nice and old furnitures, will sorround you during inside the hall. Outside the main building, you can have a rest in the beautiful and well decorated garden. All around, you can ear only the "noise" of the nature. Crickets, birds, cicadas. I definitively suggest this place to all Tripadvisor community!

Stayed: September 2014, travelled with friends
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Address: Traversa Testa Pisima 2/C | Riserva Naturale Fiume Ciane e Saline, 96100, Syracuse, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Syracuse
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #13 of 102 Speciality Lodging in Syracuse
Price Range: $65 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa dei Papiri 3*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The holiday farm “Villa dei Papiri” is an old Sicilian house dating back to the 19th century. It dominates a 13 hectares area rich in organic farming of lemons and oranges and surrounded by papyrus plants, palms, olive, almond and carob trees, cypress, bonsais as well as other wonderful Mediterranean plants. It is located 5 kms away from Syracuse, inside the Natural Reserve of the River Ciane & Saline, a few meters from the mythological spring source Fonte Ciane whose myth of Persephone is praised in the Metamorphoses of Ovid. It is surrounded by beautiful Egyptian Papyri, exactly the same papyrus used for the preparation of those extraordinary paper rolls on which most of human history has passed, and it continues to grow wild in this place unique in the world. The area also denotes an archaeological as well as naturalistic interest , as there are several Paleolithic remains such as tombs, caves and wells. These valuable findings show the presence of the ancient Sicilian habitation; the Sicilians were the Indo-European ethnic group that inhabited eastern Sicily, while the other ethnic groups of Elymian and Sikelian people inhabited respectively the west and the center of the island as reported by the historian Thucydides . In this vast nature reserve Villa dei Papiri is an historical building of great landscape value. Elegantly refined and equipped with every comfort it offers to its visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauties of the place. ... more   less 
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