This property is on the corner of a regular street and a pedestrian thoroughfare. When we first arrived I was rather shocked at the extremely ugly and prolific graffiti which marred everything in sight. My eyes got used to it quickly and it wasn't so disturbing. It seems a shame, the architecture on this pedestrian street is so stunning but the facades and planters are horribly defaced. In the evenings, the bars and restaurants pulled out all the stops with sofas, tables and even TVs pulled out for their customers to enjoy the outside. After a day and a half the area was growing on me. There is a nice coffee bar across the street and a little park one block over. I think it is a quite safe area overall. Note that there is a charge for breakfast. We didn't go for it because there were a lot of packaged items,
Our host was extremely kind and helpful He made reservations for a day trip to Mt. Etna that was wonderful. He gave recommendations for restaurants in the area and called taxis. He was great. The building was absolutely gorgeous inside. You felt you had stepped into the 17th or 18th century. The beds were comfortable, the rooms extremely clean, and we had a generous sitting room with our bedroom! The accommodations were light, airy and huge.