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Antico Borgo Agriturismo B&B
Ranked #1 of 9 Calatabiano B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

This is by far the best place to stay in and around Giardini Naxos and Taormina. Everything was perfect - from service to food to views (of Etna) and beautiful, light, airy, comfortable rooms. The gardens are beautiful as is the restaurant. Our stay was truly special and we loved every minute of it. A perfect place to relax and to access the bustle of Taormina/Naxos from. Lovely, lovely mother and daughter running it too who made our family stay very comfortable.

Room Tip: all rooms are good!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

We were on a group tour in Sicily and did not stay here this time - just had dinner.

Chef Russo and his staff provide an extensive number of courses of tasty Sicilian specialties which would each hold its own against 5-star restaurants. The villa provides a restful panorama of the area and the delicious appetizers served on the porch anticipate the culinary delights to come inside.

If you are going to stay here, be sure to coordinate your stay with his cooking dates!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Spent two nights here in June 2012. Room was spacious, clean and comfortable. Staff could not have been more welcoming and friendly. Francesca and her mother were delightful and their hospitality really enhanced our stay. We had lots of advice about the local area/where to eat etc. Unfortunately the restaurant is no longer open for guests and only seems to cater for private party bookings. Breakfasts were leisurely and included local produce. The only downside was that we were aware of noise from the road nearby, but maybe we were unlucky with the location of our room. However, the warmth and charm of the people here and indeed throughout our stay in Sicily, made this a truly memorable stay.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

Delightful accomodations among orchard trees and vegetation. Rooms were very clean and spacious. Guizy (mother) and Francesca (daughter who speaks English fluently) were completely helpful with all requests, including local directions and suggestions, printing airline boarding passes, dinner reservations, etc. Note: Guizy looks like Francesca's older sister! Dinner at their restaurant by Chef Alessandro Russo and waiter Alessandro (same name, no relation) was a wonderful reflection of local Sicilian dishes with many courses and excellent price value. Good wine, bread, and after dinner liquors were free with the meal. Chef Russo is a talented, warm and engaging person. Our first dinner was such a wonderful experience that we returned for dinner (ask for the fish dinenr) the following 2 nights of our stay. Unusual for us, since we had a rental car and could easily go anywhere. In fact, other tourists who were not guests at the hotel also returned for repeat performances. One night everyone celebrated the 60th birthday of one of the diners with song and champagne. Also San Marco Beach (sand, not rocks) was only 2 miles from the hotel and provided a restaurant, chairs, umbrellas, etc. I would highly recommend Antico Borgo for a "home away from home".

Room Tip: Print out directions provided by hotel on internet - a bit hard to find without the directions.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2011

This restaurant was exactly what we had wanted to find in Sicily. Chef Alessandro Russo covered our table with wonderful plates of typical local food, all cooked to perfection. As regular diners and previously disappointed at our hotel, we were very impressed. If this chef starts a cookery school, I'll be the first guest!!! They are not open for dinner on Mondays but at other times dinner tends to be at 8pm.

The menu is fixed with a huge variety of platters brought to each table, there being fish one day and meat another. Chef and his waiter explained the content of each dish and occasionally my dictionary assisted. The set menu had 4 courses and included local wine and coffee, followed by a citrus drink and grappa was offered too. We paid 50 eu per couple for the all-inclusive meat and vegetable meal and another night, 70 eu per couple for the fish meal.

We were introduced to other diners, New Zealanders, Americans and Israelis - all well-travelled people, sharing experiences. There was even a birthday treat for one guest and bubbly was distributed all round and we sang 'Happy Birthday! Alessandro's daughter had a birthday party on another evening and the elevated dining room with its high beamed ceiling was filled with happy voices.

The meals made our holiday really special and I loved walking up the low-lit staircase from the car park to the house with fragrant jasmine flowers lining the way. Jasmine always reminds me of holidays. We spoke to guests about their stay at the hotel and they were all very happy. We will return and make this accommodation part of a Sicily tour, which some guests were doing by train and loved the experience.

We wish Alessandro Russo and assistants well at Antico Borgo Agriturismo. They certainly deserve it! The restaurant can be found by turning right (see white small restaurant sign for Antico Borgo) on the main road in Pasteria (Calatabiano) just after the Aqip petrol garage (on the right). Access to the car park and house is at the end of the road on the right. There is a sports pitch, floodlit in the evenings, on the left side. It is easier to find in the daylight initially.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2011

What a perfect introduction to Sicilian hospitality and lifestyle! This lovely place is on a private hilltop in the middle of their own orange and lemon orchards. We were there in spring and the combined scents of all the flowers was incredible. The rooms are tucked around the back of the building and are very quiet, dark and private. We felt like we were staying in a private luxurious home. The view of Mount Etna is great! Guisti, Valeria and Francesca were beyond wonderful, taking time to explain some of the details that helped make our experience go from great to exemplary, such as the best schedule for the trains and how to find nice places to walk. The village of Calatabiano is just far enough off the tourist path to feel like a real piece of Sicily, but lovely and enjoyable still.

Room Tip: The lowest level room at back is quiet and privat.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 May 2010

Antico Borgo Agriturismo is a B&B ideally situated near Giardini Naxos and Taormina, not far from the sea, especially suitable for holidaymakers travelling by car (you can also go by train to Catania from the close-by station of Calatabiano). It is a very quiet place (the noise of the freeway passing not far away did not disturb us), set in a spacious garden with lemon and orange trees and offers a fabulous view of Mount Etna which is easily accessible by car.
The house itself is an old wine-growing estate, carefully restored, with tastefully furnished comfortable rooms. The staff is very helpful, but it is above all Valeria and her husband, the owners, who give warmth to the place and do everything to make your stay an unforgettable one. In the evening the restaurant offers home-cooked delicious Sicilian specialities.
We will certainly come back and can warmly recommend a booking at Antico Borgo. Of course the hosts speak English.
Lolo and Heiner

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Calatabiano Pasteria 8, 95011 Calatabiano, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Calatabiano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Calatabiano
Price Range: £41 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Antico Borgo Agriturismo B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old renovated farmhouse located between Taormina, mount Etna and Giardini Naxos beach, 5 minutes by car from the beach, immersed in big lemon and orange garden under the complete view of Etna. Free WI-FI in all the structure and rooms, free indoor parking,Jogging path in the garden. The farmhouse organizes daily trips to Etna with departure from the farm. Buffet breakfast with fresh and genuine produce (honey, marmalades, cakes and croissant home made, fresh fruit and orange juice of the garden, coffe cappuccino etc). Typical traditional restaurant upon reservation. Very spacious rooms feature air conditioning & heating, minibar, coffee/tea boilers, handmade toiletries, sleepers, large windows open onto sea, Etna and lemon garden views, free wifi in all rooms and entire structure. It also has family rooms and apartment with kitchen for families and groups. Every day cleaning service in all the rooms. Wedding hall, banquet parties and events. Excursions on Etna with private guide and departure from the structure. Ideal location to visit Etna (35km), just 20 minutes drive from Taormina, 15 km from "Gole dell'Alcantara", ideal to visit Acireale, Aci Trezza and Catania, just 5 minutes from Giardini Naxos San Marco beach., Antico Borgo farmhouse is completely immersed in the garden, outside the village of Calatabiano, 300 mt away from railway station. ... more   less 
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