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Villa Rosa Etna Bed & Breakfast
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Reviewed 17 September 2013 via mobile

We just spent 5 nights in the vineyard. When Alberto, the owner, showed us the house, our first response was: we want to buy this house! And after 5 days we felt the same.

Only two bedrooms are rented so you basically have a house for yourself.

Superb location on the edge of the town of Zafferana with a big terrace overlooking the vineyard in progress and the sea. On the other side of the house and from the swimming pool area you could see mount Etna. It's a good location to explore the coastal and mount Etna area.

You can use the kitchen and the fridge if you wanted. We had the most comfortable bed in Sicily and loved the double rain shower in the bathroom.

In the morning Alberto brought us fresh bread and nice sweet treats such as croissants with cream and made some coffee. The rest of the day we had the house to ourselfs. Sometimes Alberto showed up later in the day and checked if everything was ok.

Alberto knows where the good places in the area are, is very helpfull and fun to talk to.

If I will visit Sicily again, I will defently return to this place.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Thoroughly recommend this place. Alberto is a splendid host, who is humorous and helpful. He was full of advice as to how to enjoy the region, but relaxed with it. The accommodation is charming and is perfectly located. Zafferana is a great place to stay. It has good bars and restaurants, and is a great base for exploring the locality.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We stayed at the Villa Rosa B&B for 5 days at the beginning of July 2013. We had a great time. The room we stayed in was more like a studio, really. We had everything we could possibly want: a big comfortable double bedroom with an adjoined bathroom and a beautiful terrace where we could relax after a long day's travelling around. The host, Alberto, is just wonderful: not only does he speak perfect English (which is a luxury in Sicily!), he is also extremely helpful, resourceful and friendly. We met with a little bit of a medical emergency during our trip and Alberto did everything he could (in fact he went out of his way) to help us - for which we were grateful. The B&B's location is also superb: you are close to the main square of the town, and a few good restaurants. If one wants to explore the Etna and its surrounding (lovely) towns, I would really recommend you use Villa Rosa as your 'home away from home' base.

Room Tip: You can choose to stay in Zafferana, or just outside of it: Alberto has another house which has a po...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

We've stayed in the vineyard villa for almost a week at the end of May and had the best of times. We have two small kids - 2.5 and 5 and the place couldn't be more fun for them. We had to watch them as otherwise they'd be in the pool non-stop and they loved exploring the garden and playing with the ash stones :-) The views are amazing and it is so peaceful there!

There is a big kitchen/living room in the house with everything you need to cook but why would you when there is a great local restaurant with amazing pizzas and pasta for around EUR 5 five mins walk away from the house? Or you can hop in a car and reach Zafferana Etna in 2 mins - a charming town with a cathedral, loads of little shops and cafes and restaurants.

Alberto is a great host, full of recommendations of places to see and food to try. The only problem we've had was the amount of cakes he was bringing us every morning. We had fly back with top buttons on our trousers opened. :-) We hope to be back one day soon.

Room Tip: We had the sea view room and our youngest loved sleeping in the little 'storage room' next t...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Thank stulka
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Two stays at Villa Rosa was perfect! Good position to visit Etna, Taormina and Linguaglossa. Alberto is the real treasure after finding out how English language is not popular in Sicily... He is fluent in English and ready to help in everything you need.. Moreover, his wine is also something that needed to be tried. Just avoid of overdosing :)

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Irmiene
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

We stayed here in April 2013 for 4 nights, and we can't fault it. We had the top floor apartment in Alberto's town house and it's just beautiful. A big comfy bed, a private roof top patio with views of Mt Etna and lots of space. One Caveat - the roof slopes in the bathroom, so those over six foot need to duck or grouse.

Breakfasts are relaxed and the food is yummy. For us there was also the icing on the cake of Mt Etna erupting on cue as we arrived - spectacular views from the patio of lava pouring down the mountain, and the town being covered in black ash. Up Pompeii!

Alberto kindly organised a field trip up the slopes of the mountain for us, and that was excellent - highly recommended - but note this was not to the summit itself. If that's your desire then be clear when you organise the trip.

Zafferana is a lovely small town with some good cafes and restuarants. Plus Alberto will pick you up and drop you back to Catania airport should you require.

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Room Tip: Top floor in the town house has a big roof top patio with mountain view.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MRDUB
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Very pleased with my four day stay here. It is in a lovely little town up the slopes of Etna with the town square overlooking the sea far below. I had a clean and comfortable self contained room in the main house. Alberto, the proprietor, speaks excellent English and is very helpful with advice of places to go and things to see in Sicily, and especially Etna. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Martin D
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Additional Information about Villa Rosa Etna Bed & Breakfast

Address: Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 357, 95019 Zafferana Etnea, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Zafferana Etnea
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 22 B&Bs / Inns in Zafferana Etnea
Price Range: £52 - £61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VILLA ROSA is located in the historical centre of the village of Zafferana Etnea (Sicily). This quiet, picturesque village set on the slopes of Mt.Etna overlooks the Ionian coast offering a beautiful panorama from the famous resort of Taormina all the way down to the Calabrian coast.Enjoy one of the most stunning areas of Sicily in a comfortable, authentic Sicilian dwelling built in the early 1920s. Excellent advice and guidance on the attractions of this unique area and its particular traditions are available from the proprietor of Villa Rosa who speaks English due to his previous professional career in London. Expect a comfortable bed and a freshly prepared Sicilian breakfast. Female members of this Sicilian family are also willing to provide recipes and instruction for the preparation of traditional dishes. Seasonal close between november 15th and march 15th. ... more   less 
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