You’re in the heart of Ortigia’s bustling fish and vegetable market but double glazing keeps things quieter (and air-conditioning cooler.) Your hosts live in Rome but Pierpaolo the manager is on hand if you need anything.
Find a welcome pack that includes traditional almond biscuits, fresh fruit and kitchen basics, and there’s a wine cellar next to the kitchen with Sicilian wines – pour a glass and watch the comings and goings of the market from the balcony. You can pop downstairs for the freshest fish, spices and produce and rustle up simple dinners, or find plenty of street food stalls and restaurants on your doorstep.
Walk to museums and churches – and the ancient Temple of Apollo. Take a cooking class or an archaeological tour, join the locals and swim off the cliffs in summer. Make a day of it by the sea with a picnic.