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Albergo Diffuso Santa Caterina
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Lidingo, Sweden
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3 reviews
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“A happy surprise”
Reviewed 11 July 2012

If you want to make a small journey towards Etna, i suggest you stay at this B & B. It is located in a small nice village where you can enjoy a good Sicilian dinner in accomplishment with nice locally produced wine. The tips provided from the B & B are really nice. The rooms are nice and clean, and our beds where good. The five stars come from the really price worthy stay that we had, one of my best during forty years of traveling.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

We've just returned from a 14-day stay at the Santa Caterina (17th June to 1st July 2012). We received a very warm welcome to this quietly situated B&B with views up to the castle and out towards ever-smoking Etna. Rooms are distributed over several floors and neighbouring buildings. Our room was comfortable, with a large double bed and single bed, wardrobe and dressing table, a table and three chairs, an en-suite shower room and a large balcony with table and chairs and sun from dawn to dusk. Breakfast al fresco on the terrace among the ancient pots and jars, flowering and foliage plants was a daily pleasure with cappuccino served and re-filled by Enza, freshly-made local delicacies such as cannoli and bigni, cereals, fresh orange juice, bread rolls, sliced ham and cheese. Valentino and crew were always ready with recommendations of places to visit and eat out. We left with hugs and kisses and certainly hope to return.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 June 2012

We stayed at this B&B for 2 nights in May. We arrived quite late and had no problem checking in at around 8pm. We parked on the street where there are a couple of places for maybe 4 or 5 cars. Our room was big and rather dark but I personally did not mind the dark wood as it gave a nice summer house feel to the experience. En-suite bathroom, Internet (although did not reach our room too well), balcony with nice view of the castle and with sunshine in the mornings as well as great (! - but really) coffee - were all very positive features of this B&B. The town of Castiglione di Sicilia above this B&B is only 5 minutes away and offers a great base for those who want to travel to both the coast and Etna. We had great time there and staff were very helpful, even when we asked them whether they had a bottle-opener, they managed to get one for us from their own house. Needless to say, I highly recommend this B&B!!!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Warsash, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

My stay at this B&B was excellent. The staff were friendly and the breakfast was very pleasant indeed. My room was quirky and very cool during the day and warm at night. The ONLY criticism I had was that my TV was a bit flickery as if it was about to die on me, but I didn't travel to Sicily to watch the box!! I thoroughly recommend this B&B.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 17 May 2012 via mobile

Valentino and his staff were very helpful and friendly. We stayed 4 days here, and they were very accommodating with directions, breakfast, and even shown how to make cannoli from Enza!

  • Stayed May 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 October 2011

Perched on the top of the hill, Castiglione di Sicilia is a stunning medieval location. Go back in time and stay at this beautiful B&B and soak up the true Sicilian atmosphere. Watch the Etna smokes everyday, you are quite safe to stay here and perfectly located to tour all eastern end of Sicily. You must have a car. Palemo and the west end is just too far. Valentino (an Italian waiter from Wigan) and his team provide excellent personalised service. Nothing is too much trouble. They even home-made my husband's 60's birthday cake! Rooms are very spacious, comfortable and cool, with a balcony to soak up the view. Never mind the rating - this is a five-star B&B. We stayed for two weeks and would go back to meet the lovely villagers again and again. Try the Restaurant President for dinner, but pizza only on Saturdays. Local market, shops, bakeries, ice creams, cheeses and salami are all recommended.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Turku, Finland
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49 reviews
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Greetings to peppe, nice b&b with air condition and breakfast, the village is very quiet and only a couple restaurants but beautiful and medieval, friendly people, negative: buss connection only triple on then morning and back 3 pm and 7pm

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Albergo Diffuso Santa Caterina
Address: Via Tenente Mazza 10, 95012, Castiglione di Sicilia, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Castiglione di Sicilia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Castiglione di Sicilia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo Diffuso Santa Caterina 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The diffuse hotel Santa Caterina is at the center of one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in eastern Sicily that go by the imposing Mount Etna, the beaches of Taormina and Giardini Naxos, without underestimating the extraordinary natural and Alcantara Gorges. On the slopes of Etna, a medieval town first inhabited by families of farmers, is the 'diffuse hotel Borgo Santa Caterina. The apartments have been expertly created by restoring the old buildings of 700, to best match the needs of tourism, with the recovery of 'originality, simplicity and beauty of the ancient rural Sicily. In the structure, you can still admire the cellars for storing wine, olive oil and nuts, the old barn and other structures once used by farmers. Today the old winery has become a lovely breakfast room, with characteristic terracotta floors and brick arches, where breakfast is served a rich breakfast buffet with a wide selection of local products. The rooms are all built in a rustic style with wooden beams, are all equipped with private bathroom and a balcony with panoramic views. The terraces are a true paradise thanks to native plants, the vintage jars, the beautiful landscape. Especially in the summer months, when you can make outdoor dining, you will always live a unique and magical. Santa Caterina is located 18 km from Taormina, 16 km from Giardini Naxos, 4 km from the Alcantara Gorge, 15 km from then located close to the main tourist itineraries in Sicily. ... more   less 
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