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“Very nice quiet and private place to stay”
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Catania, Province of Catania, Sicily

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“Very nice quiet and private place to stay”
Reviewed 30 October 2016 for a stay in October 2016

After we met Salvatore he guided us to the property. On the way he showed us where a supermarket is located and a restaurant he recommends.
Arrived at the property he showed us around and explained all the necessary things. The property and surroundings was clean and well maintained. A basket with fruits and some bottled water were prepared for us.
During our two week stay, by appointment Salvatore came by multiple times for watering the plants and cleaning the pool.
We enjoyed very much the quiet and private place.

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Liked best: quiet & privacy
Travelling group: Young Children
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311trish
New York City, New York
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“a beautiful , calm oasis - within easy reach of so much”
Reviewed 7 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016

we were entranced from the moment we stepped out of the car . the view down into the valley was spectacular; the house charming; the pool and grounds expansive.
Salvatore met us at the airport and led us to the house. Despite our lack of Italian, we managed with Google translate and some French. He couldn't have been a more welcoming, generous, and reliable host.
the sun was perfect around the pool; the covered veranda a perfect place to dine and relax; the thick walls kept the house cool; the breeze started up at 5pm.
we visited Taormina, the wine country east of Mt. Etna, Ragusa, Syracuse, and, of course, Mt Etna. we shopped in Belpasso - only a couple of km. away - and at the many produce stands along the roads. the fish market in Catania was even more amazing than the Rialto market in Venice.
thank-you, Salvatore! Patricia and Arthur

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Razer67
United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Etna Stay”
Reviewed 3 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Myself, my wife and daughter stayed with Salvatore at Piccolo Paradiso and it was very relaxing and just what it said on the tin.
The villa was well equipped with everything we needed. Salvatore was an excellent host and met us at the airport and showed us the way to the villa as well showing us the nearest restaurant and supermarket, I've never experienced this before and a very personal touch by Salcatore.
All in all a great experience, the only issue was the mosquito's but once you apply protection then its not a problem. The other issue was the dogs (not Salvatores dog I may add) it can be noisy especially having the windows open at night but i guess this is part of rural living.

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Liked best: The Tranquility
Liked least: Dog nose
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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“really a little paradise”
Reviewed 7 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Piccolo paradiso is a very nice and well equipped house with a stunning view. Salvatore ( the owner) is a very nice person who guided us from the airport to the house. He was very helpful

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Liked best: location
Travelling group: Extended Family
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ChrisnSte...
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“We certianly found our Chill Out Zone”
Reviewed 18 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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We have just got back from a very relaxing and most wonderful week at Picolo Paradiso. Our host Salvatore kindly met us at the airport, and helped show us where the car rental place was. He then escorted us up to the villa, stopping for coffee and a cake in the charming local town Bel Passo.

Upon arrival he ran through everything showing us where things were etc. A few days later he came back to tend the garden, and kindly gave us some of his fresh salad which he grows in the grounds of the villa.

The villa itself is everything and more, it’s relaxing, peaceful, in very good order and you have everything you need for your holiday.

The surrounding countryside is beautiful, and you have a stunning view of Etna in all her glory.

We had lovely evenings sitting outside on the terrace, drinking local wine waiting for the stars to make an appearance

Car hire in essential to get around the island and local area.

Local shops and restaurants are nearby.

We cannot recommend this villa enough.

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Liked best: The whole experiance
Liked least: Having to come home
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Chris R
London, United Kingdom
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“Perfect Sicilian getaway for two”
Reviewed 20 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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We very much enjoyed our stay at Picollo Paradiso, it was our first foreign holiday together and this house was the perfect choice, it is exactly as advertised. From it's position in the foothills of Mount Etna, the views both day and night across the Eastern side of the island were excellent and the pool and garden are stunning. The house itself is well presented, perfectly clean upon arrival and the owner Salvatore had kindly provided fruit, drinks and some essentials.

We are very grateful to him for all his help during our stay. I had never driven on the right before or hired a car, so Salvatore agreed to meet us at the airport and we followed him up to the house, stopping at a nice cafe on the way through Belpasso (the local town) for some lunch. He also stopped to point out where the supermarket was, which is just minutes away from the house by car.

As others have said, it is almost essential that you have a car here due to the fairly remote location and lack of public transport within walking distance of the property. However we found it relatively easy to drive around the island - the autostradas are excellent and the sat nav was useful for getting through some of the towns with narrow streets. Taormina, Catania, Syracusa and the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento are all within reach, and the cable car station for Etna is nearby.

Overall we can thoroughly recommend this property and it was a great experience to come to the beautiful island of Sicily, we would love to go back one day.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
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WilliamFi...
Hythe, United Kingdom
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“An ideal place for a relaxing break in the sun, with spectacular views.”
Reviewed 7 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015

This is a comfortable and very attractive property located nearly 3000 feet up Mount Etna. The views are spectacular from the terrace. There is a good size swimming pool and an attractive terrace for sun bathing. The owner and his wife are extremely friendly. We had an excellent time.

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