Claudio was there waiting for us when we parked at the wonderful entrance of the splendid palace in the heart of ancient Catania. He showed us round his lovely home on the top floor – a lift takes you nearly all the way. It’s airy and so artistic and cute and comfortable with all you could need. The main road is busy but the flat is really quiet and peaceful. Great restaurants and cafes all round. A short walk to Villa Bellini, the main park of Catania. The courtyard is a classic shaded dream of faded aristocratic grandeur. Claudio took us out for a brief tour of the locality and bought us juice and sicilian arancini – really tasty! He was so friendly and kind. It made our stay so memorable – we will always be grateful to this artist and host. Tante grazie, nostro caro amico, Claudio.