Giovanni the owner was extremely helpful and keen that everything should be as we wanted it to be. He lives half an hour's drive away but was there to welcome us when we arrived and was happy to exchange texts (in English) during the week to answer questions. Giovanni's mother came regularly to tend to her vegetable garden just behind the house, and several times we were presented with the most wonderful fresh vegetables, fresh eggs and even a bottle of wine. You can eat on the porch in front and enjoy the sea view, or on the delightful terrace (with barbecue) and enjoy the rocky landscape behind and admire Etna in the distance (or even inside in the dining room if the fancy takes you but, hey, you're on holiday). The house is very spacious and comfortable. If, however, for whatever reason you don't like animals, then this is not the place for you. Two very good-natured cats who clearly enjoy the company of humans inhabited the terrace behind when we were there. Likewise an agreeable Basset Hound called Juan. It was touching to have this reception committee of three that emerged to greet us each time we drove up the last 100 metres of track to the house. In front there are horses, young and old, to exchange greetings with. We found the location good for Siracusa (which we loved and kept going back to), but also for Catania and various destinations inland. Not a great area for beaches, though. The coastline between Siracusa and Augusta is more the preserve of the petrochemical industry than the tourist industry, and the closest swimmable beach recommended by Giovanni (and with a great view of Etna as you splash around) is Brucoli, but this a good 15-minute and rather uninspiring drive away. All in all, we were very happy indeed with the week we spent here, in a location that was (for us) exotically different from our everyday experience but where we immediately felt very much at home.