We were in Santo Stefano to do genealogical research and to look for any living relatives and it was a pleasure staying in this apartment. Maria was an incredibly kind host. Her directions were concise and accurate and she was waiting for us as we drove up. She was warm, friendly, and an invaluable help to us. We were lulled to sleep at night by the sound of the waves on the beach outside our window. During the day, we had a view of some of the Aeolian Islands in the distance. The beds were comfortable, wi-fi was good, and Maria had bottled water, bread, and fresh oranges for us on our arrival. Maria's English is excellent and despite our limited Italian, it was easy to shop for food and ceramics at the local shops. The people in Santo Stefano we met were friendly and helpful. We fell in love with this little town and its inhabitants and can't wait to return and stay in Maria's apartment.