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B&B La Giara
Ranked #4 of 38 Nicolosi B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

I stayed at La Giara in September with my friend. Patricia and Liliana went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable and memorable. Anything we needed help with, they were able to provide, including advice on the best way to tour Mount Etna (tough it out and walk - it's glorious!), where to eat and even where to stay in the next town we visited. I will never forget their kindness and hospitality! Thank you Patricia and Liliana! From Ellen and Cristiane x

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Patricia and Liliana took such good care of us as we recovered from jet-lag and dealt with missing luggage.
We were so warmly welcomed to Patricia's neat, cheerful, homey B&B, part of their lovely home on a quiet street just around the corner from town center.
Lili prepared us cafe and breakfast each morning along with a bit of Italian practice.
Patricia dogged after our luggage and directed us to various approaches and options for experiencing Mt. Etna

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

The stay in "La giara" was perfect.The hostle stuff is very friendly and helpful. You get lots of informations and helpful tips to save money. The rooms are clean and comfortable. The bathroom was small,but clean and tidy. The breakfast is amazing and huge. We did absolutly get enough. We would stay again. The way to the Etna is easy and not far.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We stayed there 1 night before climbing Etna. there was a bit of a mix-up with our reservation so we ended getting a better room than what we booked (en-suite instead of private exterior bathroom).
The room is really good with excellent bedding, AC, high quality bathroom and towels.
The breakfast is really awesome: soft boiled eggs (oeufs à la coque) !!! how rare !!! and everything else you might want: fresh fruits, croissants, juices, etc.
And one last comment: Patricia, the host, is really nice. She was very helpful with preparing our trip to Etna and to the rest of Sicily.
Thank you very much !!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

Great place, lovely hosts and an excellent breakfast especially those cornetti :) We enjoyed every minute and will definitely visit again!!!!! Having the car safely parked at night, was a great bonus too.
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Sean,Sandra and Liam (piccolo vulcano) Daly
Victoria
Gozo
Malta

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Everything has been very positively - and absolutely correctly in that! - noted here at TripAdvisor about La Giara, but let me expand anyway:

Patrizia's very comfortable and familiar B&B is the perfect "base camp" for "doing Etna" (don't forget to bring complete hiking gear!). Probably just as good a home base for eastern Sicily, if you can divert your attention from the vulcano...

We spent the whole of one week in the Blue Room, which suited us well:
- charming ambiente lovingly created to make a difference, spacious and light
- very good mattress (important when you trek hard day after day!)
- small fridge and personal safe
- very clean en suite bathroom (actually shower only, no tub, but who wants to soak in Etna-dust-come-mud?)
- balcony with a view over the rooftops of Nicolosi down to the Ionian Sea

Breakfast is composed of a delicious choice of mostly home made Sicilian specialities as well as what we northern Europeans are used to (rolls, Etna honey, jams and marmelade, ham and cheese, eggs...) complete with fresh fruit, tea or/and coffee and sometimes you can even stock up on trekking-calories with wonderful chocolate-wine-gateaux...

Patrizia herself goes out of her way to make you feel at home, help you in any way you need and advise about -even organize! - trekking tours and personal volcanic guides for hiking up to Mongibello's active main craters.
Follow her tips about choice of restaurants: you will love what you eat!
Liliana, Patrizia's aunt', who takes care of the rooms and helps serve breakfast, gave us that warm Sicilian welcome and a hearty farewell, and made us feel at ease in between in every way. She even did some laundry for us, which was extremely helpful (see "Etna-dust above - you don't need to pack unnecessary weight!) and makes up half of the homely attraction of B&B La Giara.

So do not hesitate to contact Patrizia for details, you will not find a better place to stay! We enjoyed it greatly and will definitely come back.

Barbara and Gregor, Heidelberg, Germany

Room Tip: Blue and Orange Room each have balcony as well as en-suite shower/bidet/toilet, Green and Ancient Ro...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

What a host Patrizia was!! Not only did she provide valid and useful information for Mt Etna (with a discount voucher), suggestions for experiencing Nicolosi, but also lively conversation about Sicily's social, economic and cultural climate ... and she is a brilliant cook, which we discovered at breakfast with a huge range of freshly cooked local delicacies. Our room was clean and comfortable, with a balcony. Absolute fantastic value for money.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank susanhd
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Additional Information about B&B La Giara

Address: Viale della Regione 12/a | angolo Via Luigi Pirandello 26, 95030 Nicolosi, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Nicolosi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Nicolosi
Price Range: £40 - £56 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — B&B La Giara 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Giara is a bed and breakfast situated at Nicolosi which is a small town in the heart of Etna natural park. One of the main features of the resort is the greenery all around, and many avenues with sourrended pine trees.Not very far, tourist can enjoy the ice-skating ring, and they can reach easily by foot , car or cycling, the center and the typical restaurants, shops, bank, post office, bus stop and museum.La Giara is a comfortable and friendly Bed and Breakfast, run by people very professional, who can also organize for you tailor made program of excursions and guided visit to discover places as Taormina, and Alcantara, Catania, Siracusa, personal gourmet tour to make wine and typical sicilian products tasting, tours around mount Etna accompanied by vulcanologic and naturalistic guides.Patrizia e Francesco during your stay will be happy to help their guest with a wide variety of leaflet and brochures about the Sicilian island and their B&B friends.They can suggest and advice you about alternative places to visit in order to discover and explore the cultural and artistic wonders of this beautiful island. Every bedroom is been in a different wall colours, and vary furniture styles; rooms are very confortable, bright spacious and some of them with a sea view; all rooms has air conditioning, private bathroom with shower, cable tv, central heating, safe and mini bar fridge.From the living room balcony you can admire the view of mount Etna and Monti Rossi natural Reserve.A continental buffet breakfast is offered every day, and you can choose from a variety selection of cereals, seasonal fruits, juice, fresh yogurt, cheese, organic jam, marmalade, home’s cake, pistacchio's cornetti, thè, milk, coffè or Italian cappuccino, and hot English breakfast is available, but on request only.Private parking area and wi fi internet connection are available. ... more   less 
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