Come for the location. Siracusa is one of the most important historical towns in Italy. Landmarks span from ancient Greece to late baroque, the sum of which is the cathedral in the centre of Ortigia, built over a Greek temple with huge Doric columns. You won’t need a car; stroll to shops and restaurants, sunbathe and dive from rocks into the sea. Your apartments can be reached from the seafront promenade or through the intricate streets and alleys which you can lose yourself in – rather fun! Each is a mix of old and new, not state of the art but comfortable and spotless with air conditioning and kitchenettes with all you need for holiday cooking. Friendly owner Giuseppina (a teacher) lives on the top floor and is there to help you with suggestions about eating and exploring; she also gives her guests a shared sea-facing terrace which is truly lovely. From here you can be braced by the sea air while enjoying breakfast or having a glass of wine. This won’t suit people who are looking for a swish, formal place to stay but it’s a great base for some stunning places to visit – come in the winter for milder heat and no crowds.