Corrado and Paolo have lovingly restored this impressive building, which sits magisterially in a landscape of vineyards and olive trees. You are welcomed by a friendly dog, before ascending a grand stairway up to the terrace - a wonderful place to take the evening air or eat breakfast al fresco. The views over Mount Etna are pretty unbeatable. You can even see a swathe of the last major lava flow in 1981.
Corrado, Paolo and their charming Sri Lankan assistant (Unfortunately I don't know how to spell his name) are very helpful and did everything possible to make our stay enjoyable. We also encountered another young Italian barman who was very friendly, and mixed us some demon Aperol Spritzers one evening.
The crowning glory of this property is the immaculately preserved Palmento (old, gravity-powered wine cellar) which occupies the lower floor of the building. The brothers love to show guests this important part of their family's history, and you can follow this by tasting Feudo Vagliasindi's Etna Rosso or "Sicilia" wines, now made offsite in a more modern facility. Very tasty they are too.
The rooms are simple, tastefully decorated and slightly minimalist (this suits our tastes so we like it). We would have preferred a double mattress, rather than two singles pushed together. We loved how peaceful and quiet it was at night.
Wifi did not work well in our room (108), but is good if you are in reception, the bar or restaurant areas.
Breakfast was good if not exceptional. Excellent coffee and cakes, but bread and fresh fruit were rather average quality. We didn't eat dinner at the hotel but the menu looked to be well priced.
The hotel is a 10 min drive from Randazzo and is the perfect base for visiting Mount Etna or the many excellent wineries in the region. It's about 90 mins drive from Catania airport, Messina or Milazzo (ports for the Aeolian islands), and one hour from Taormina. If you want to be close to larger towns and a wide choice of amenities, it may not be for you as it's quite remote.
Overall this was a very enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Feudo Vagliasindi Randazzo, Sicily, Italy