I would absolutely recommend the Liberty Hotel to anyone visiting the Catania area. It is very apparent that the staff at this hotel (especially Francesco who was wonderful and the best person in the customer service field that I have ever dealt with...the manager should triple his salary!) takes great pride in what they do. The rooms are beautiful and clean and truly capture the essence of staying in a traditional Italian villa. As other reviewers have mentioned, it is a small walk from the tourist area, though this was nice because the area was very quiet (plus you gotta burn off that pasta and gelato somehow!). The area does have graffiti too, but all of Catania does unfortunately. I did not feel unsafe, even when walking around late at night. I have stayed in many hotels around the world and I would rate this hotel as the best.