Two old houses facing the sea at the edge of Ortigia are warm, hospitable, and capture the essence of southern Italy—Sicilian hues on the walls, colorful floor tiles, and views of the blue water or sun-baked roofs of the old city. Each room is different, some with balconies, some with terraces; furnishings are functional but chosen to provide restful simplicity—old Sicilian and vintage mid-century pieces offset by contemporary tables and bedsteads. A rooftop terrace serves as an outdoor living room for much of the year, and the bar serves regional wines and one or two well-prepared dishes in the evenings.