Ragusa Apartment (Airbnb)
It was an interesting start I arrived a little earlier than expected only to discover the host was not at the property, I had sent her several messages but not received any confirmation and now her phone was going straight to voicemail. I was standing in the middle of the old city around 4pm with not an idea what the hell had happened. Eventually after contacting Airbnb customer support in Dublin, Chris (staff) was able to contact her family and advised that they would be in touch. It was kinda weird so I waited the son eventually got in contact with me via chat on the Airbnb app and advised that she went to Rome and her friend was supposed to drop the key off. After about an hour her friend arrived with the key and they completed the checkin process to explain the apartment to me, how things work and what the process for checkout would be.
The home was a bit hard to find but the directions were good and I’ve put in a request for Google Maps to include the location of GreenCorner so it will now be easier to find.
This trip was a bit of a digital detox but it would have been nice to have some wifi at times, there was a 4G modem sitting on the kitchen counter but I couldn’t manage to get it working. The home was simply magic and it was what I think Airbnb is all about, a real authentic experience.
The home is a split level with the lounge and kitchen downstairs and the bedroom and bathroom upstairs. The bathroom was a reasonable size and the shower was good but would have been good if it was a little bigger as there was space in the bathroom.
I had a lovely nights sleep just advise you to close the bathroom door and wooden shutters if you want to sleep in, it certainly is a peaceful place for sure.
The Airbnb spot is perfect for a single traveller or a couple looking for a romantic getaway and a perfect base to explore Ragusa. The home was set at the bottom of the street so it was away from any road noise and overlooked a lovely valley from the lounge and the bedroom.
There was a flat screen TV downstairs that I often had Italian MTV playing in the background while I read at the table. I actually moved the table into the middle of the lounge room as it offered such a better view. There was also a bar fridge if you plan on doing some shopping, and if you are looking for the plates and cups they are on the right side just near the entrance.
Each morning I woke up, put the saucepan on the gas stove and boiled some water, added a tea bag and chopped some of the apples I bought in Gela and had a relaxing breakfast with the church bells ringing in the distance.