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My wife and I had a wonderful time at Villa Artemis in mid-October. The property is in a marine protected area within an active horticultural community. It is very well maintained, clean and secure, and has direct water front. Our hosts were most gracious, responding quickly to our questions, giving advice on travel and showing us the locations of a wonderful café and a supermarket. A car is a necessity and it is a great location to use as a base for day-trips or just relaxing on the spacious first floor balcony and enjoying the spectacular sea views. It’s away from the noise and commotion of Syracuse and Ortygia yet is within a short 15 min. drive to the city parking areas. It was just what we wanted.
Stehanie was extremely helpful, significantly enhancing the quality of the experience and making life on the island more interesting and accessible. Take all of her reccommendations if you can, particularly for Sicilian food. The furniture in living area of the flat could be more comfortable, and there were broken chairs that could be repaired in the bedroom and living room. Door to the terrace is very difficult to get opened and created a scary experience when we were accidently locked out of the flat. We persisted and got the door opened again—it is very tricky. Leave it opened while you are on the terrace! Ask Stephanie’s excellent driver Armando, to take you to Noto! Don’t miss the Paperi (paper) museum—a hidden gem, or sunset by the sea every evening.