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“Excellent homebase for a visit to Etna, Acireale and surroundings”

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Bed and Breakfast Palazzo Giovanni
Ranked #1 of 2 Stazzo B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

We visited Palazzo Giovanni because of the many positive reviews on Tripadvisor and it is indeed a special place.

Silvio is a very friendly host who will try everything he can to make your stay a pleasant one. We were welcomed with some limoncello made from the lemons from the trees behind the house. Silvio then explained us the neighborhood and we quickly organized a private tour of the Etna for me, my wife and our 1y3m old baby (in our back carrier). The trip was with a guide called Fabio, who was excellent. He spoke English and was very informed about Etna, her flora, fauna, history and geological details, he was enthusiastic and attentive. The trip was €40 p.p. which was better than similar offers we got. I suspect Silvio is full of more of this excellent advice.

Silvio doesn't speak any English whatsoever. What he lacks in English he tries to make up with hand gestures - and he's a very clear animated speaker :-) I did feel I missed a sort of connection with our host because of the language barrier, which is one of the things I normally like about B&B's. All the hand-wavy discussion is charming, but it doesn't make up for having a proper conversation..

The rooms are very beautiful, large and clean. Ours was situated next to a shared garden which was an excellent place to relax. The breakfast is served at the roof terrace which you can reach by using a rather rickety, small winding staircase which I wouldn't recommend for older people. From the roof terrace you've got a beautiful view over surrounding landscape and Etna. There are also sunbeds there.

Breakfast itself was so-so for us, the bread was good and there was cheese, pepperoni, eggs, olives, dried tomatoes and jam (all of it quite tasty), but I missed having any sort of fresh fruit and the coffee was really ghastly, from an instant machine which made some of the worst cappucino I've had in a while. Other B&B's we've visited in Italy all had fresh coffee and I missed that.

Location-wise it's quite well-situated, we found the place easily using a TomTom and made daytrips to many of the surrounding towns, which were all beautiful and in driving distance. We had a young child with us who needed to sleep early so we were hoping for some passable restaurants in town, but the two Silvio mentioned to us (and warned us about the lackluster quality of the seafood) were both horrible so I can advice anybody with a good taste to make dinner plans elsewhere.

All-in-all we had a pleasant stay at Palazzo Giovanni, although the breakfast wasn't our beef and local restaurants not great, Silvio made us feel welcome, gave us good advise and helped us with what we needed. He even did some laundry for us (and didn't see any mention of it on the bill!) and when leaving he gave us a delicious local wine to boot.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

My mother, sister and I stayed here for two nights and it was fantastic. Silvio and his family were the best hosts and created a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Silvio doesn't speak english but it wasn't a problem at all. As soon as we arrived (the parking is right across the street), we were treated to some homemade Limoncello on the lower terrace which happened to be right outside our rooms. My mother and sister had a room with a view of Mt. Etna with their own private bath. My room was down the hall with a view of the sea and had a privat bath across the hall. The rooms were beautiful and the ceilings were different (see my pics). Their room was 70 euro per night and my room was 45 euro per night. My bed was very comfortable, slept like a rock. The breakfast spread (included) is served on the upstairs roof terrace (up a narrow spiral staircase) with an awesome view of everything. Breads, cheese, meat, pastries, juices, and coffee were all excellent. It is a short walk down to the marina that has awesome volcanic rocks you can walk on. Upon checkout, Silvio presented us with a bottle of wine (I had shared some of my wine with Silvio one of the nights while eating pizza on the terrace. It was 27 euro a bottle and he said that was alot in Sicily, but I'm a wine guy) His wine was just as good. This is the place to stay in this area. It is close to Mt. Etna, Acireale, the beaches up in Riposto. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

We were four nights in this B&B hotel and we enjoyed very much. The atmosphere is very pleasant and relaxed place, Silvio the owner of the place gives you an exceptional service approach, for all intents and for all purposes he is available at any moment and this is realy admirable.
Beautiful scenery, quiet, cozy rooms and good facilities, very clean, rich and tasty breakfast.
Price is very good - 70e for night.
We enjoed very much.
It is highly recommended

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

Palazzo is a great place to stay: very cosy old house, elegant decoration, large rooms, meticulously clean, big garden around, beautiful view on Etna from some rooms and the roof top(!) terrace, where the breakfast is served. The breakfast needs a special mention: delicious pastries, good coffee, confitures (made by the owner's wife), home made olive oil and dried tomatoes, and much much more... Silvio (the owner) is a great host, always ready to help, very generous, he makes you feel like a very special and important guest. You can trust his opinion about all the tourist attractions around and ask his advice - he will always find a moment for you.
Absolutely recommended!
Important: keep in mind, that you need to speak or at least to understand Italian!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

We only stayed one night but slept in a lovely room with a frescod ceiling. Breakfast was served with homemade juices and jams. Silvio's English, a bit like our Italian-almost non existant ,made us most welcome. A spiral staircase leads you to the terrace. In high summer when the adorning jasmine(only starting to blossom on our visit ) is in full bloom must be heavenly. A small beach is close by in Stazzo. There are several good restaurants there also.
This is certainly a B&B where we could easily have stayed 3or4 days. On our departure Silvio gave us 4 lemons straight from his many trees!!!!!!!!! Don't step on the tortoises !!
Richard & Irene Glasgow

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 July 2012

During our journey all around Sicily we stayed at this amazing place for 2 nights. First surprise was the parking right under lemon trees! Silvio met us as if he's been waiting only for us, proposed us have some rest on his terrace with a view on Mt. Etna, offered us his own lemonchello and cherries, told about the excursion opportunities that are around, the best restaurants. Our Italian is very weak, but Silvio tried to convey every word so we can understand! And he did it perfectly! Our room Maria was just lovely - with the inner yard, where turtles live . Breakfast of fresh croissants and pastries, fresh orange juice with a view to Etna was amazing. When leaving, Silvio made us another gift in the form of a bottle of wine, which we gladly drank at home, remembering Sicily, Palazzo Giovanni and Silvio with his family and lemon gardens!

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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Our experiences echo the other positive reviews. Palazzo Giovanni is a very special place to visit. Silvio and Alessandra are wonderful hosts. Every morning we were greeted by the tortoises who sunbaked on the flower-laden patio. The views of Mt Etna from the rooftop breakfast terrace are gobsmacking. The breakfasts themselves were delightful, and Silvio delivers fresh croissants and pastries from the bakery every morning. Alessandra produces the best limoncello any of our party had ever tasted. Because of its hillside location and steep staircases (including a spiral staircase), people with mobility difficulties might find it unsuitable.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Ventuno Aprile n. 103, 95024 Stazzo, Acireale, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Acireale > Stazzo
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Stazzo
Price Range: £56 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immersed in the perfumed lemon gardens which are typical of Acireale coast, Giovanni Palace B&B has been recently renovated in full obedience of the original style of early twentieth-century building, with all the amenities and comforts of a prestigious hotel. Art-Nouveau-decorated floors, fresco ceilings, original period furniture and paintings made by grandma represent the manners of a noble Etnean family, "Leotta Dilettoso Vagliasindi del Castello", whose Silvio, the manager of the B&B, is the youngest descendant. You can admire the wonderful view of Etna Volcano and lose your gaze above the horizon on Ionian Sea. ... more   less 
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