We stayed at 'Riccio di Mare for Christmas and we were delighted and surprised at the time Elena had taken to make sure the apartment was prepared for our stay - christmas tree and all.
The apartment was like a home from home, we felt very comfortable there and would have gladly stayed longer.
It was within walking distance of Ortigia - if you like walking. About 10-15 min walk in December - 15C. Near the local coffee shops/pastry shops.We walked into Ortigia each evening for dinner and it was very pleasant to walk back.
Nothing was too much trouble for Elena. Looking forward to going back soon.