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C'era una volta

Via Piedigrotta,22, 97018 Scicli, Sicily, Italy
C'era una volta
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed for 6 nights (2 people) and loved this house. Excellent hosting by Francesca who responded with care with anything we needed. As we didn't rent a car, we made use of buses and trains, with francesca offering us a lift to Sampieri on one of the days. The accomodation is perfect, great location, peaceful and private. The town... More 

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York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

A relative had asked us where our perfect holiday location would be - Scicli and C'era Una Volta without a doubt. Our second stay here was just as brilliant as our first. Meeting up with Francesca, when we got off the bus from Catania, made it feel as if we had never left. She is the most charming, knowledgeable, and... More 

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FrancescaLuigi, Proprietario at C'era una volta, responded to this review

Reading your words, I feel Scicli has become part of your life; and I assume it is really so. I feel simply proud of promoting, my way, this town and this territory, for ages out of any guided tour, an even roughly not mentioned in many important tourist guides. Scicli deserves visitors and friends like you: interested, open minded and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This was our third visit to C’era una Volta and we loved it just as much as ever. It is a wonderful place. Scicli is beautiful, lively and unspoilt. The house is charming and perfectly equipped. Francesca is a fabulous host and took us on the most wonderful walk around the town’s churches. We have returned to Britain with fond... More 

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FrancescaLuigi, Owner at C'era una volta, responded to this review

Dear Alice and John, we cannot do anything else but thanking you for having elected Scicli as ... your second home, as it seems. To our surprise this year more than 50% of our guests/friends choosing "C'era una volta" like you, had already stayed with us at least once. Thanking you we want to thank them all. A presto. Francesca... More 

Frinton-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We have recently returned to the UK following a wonderful 12-night stay in Francesca's lovely property in beautiful Scicli. We had flown with Alitalia from London City (highly recommended airport and airline!) to Catania, where we explored for a couple of days prior to hiring a car and driving down to Scicli. The drive is straightforward, mostly on an autostrada,... More 

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FrancescaLuigi, Proprietario at C'era una volta, responded to this review

Dear Paul and Sarah, we have no words to thank you for your detailled and generous review. We highly appreciated your courtesy and friendliness. We really hope to welcome you back as you wish so. For all for of us un grande abbraccio. More 

Hydeaway Bay, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Francesca is the best host and goes far beyond what we would expect- Scilcli is perfect if you like small intimate towns , birdsong, greenery and not many tourists and wonderful gleaming limestone baroque architecture. The little apartment is in a delightful location in tiny cobbled street way overlooking the greenery and cave dwellings of the past yet only 4... More 

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FrancescaLuigi, Owner at C'era una volta, responded to this review

Dear Bonney and Jon, thanks for your nice words. We definitely hope to welcome you back. We are happy you lked the house and Scicli and even happier you appreciated the quality of the local life and the food. I really like your way of travelling and I hope to come to Australia one day. Un grande abbraccio. Francesca More 

Cork, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Francesca, Luigi and their beautiful girls Martha and Sarah were fantastic hosts. We enjoyed in particular Francesca's local stories and knowledge. The house was fantastic and an ideal base for touring the south east of Sicily.Scicli itself is a beautiful place and we really enjoyed our time there. The local people are so friendly and helpful. I have recommended this... More 

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FrancescaLuigi, Proprietario at C'era una volta, responded to this review

Dear Anne and Sean, it was simply a pleasure welcoming you to Scicli and to "C'era una volta". We like making our guests feel home not only once here and during their holiday but also before reaching Scicli and the house. We try to do our best to let them experience the real local life made of warm human relations,... More 

Boulder, Colorado
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We are a retired American couple spending the year cycling through the Mediterranean and beyond. The start of our trip took us to Sicily in April, where we spent a week in the town of Scicli at C'era una Volta. After being on the road, the house was a wonderful respite. It was spacious, exceptionally clean, and everything worked! The... More 

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FrancescaLuigi, Owner at C'era una volta, responded to this review

Dear Diane and Jon, we thank you for your nice words and we must confess that we are always delighted to make our guests/friends feel home, especially when they are real travellers like you. We are happy you liked Scicli, the whole area and our house and we really hope to welcome you back as you wish so. Fondly. Francesca,... More 

York
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165 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We stayed here for 5 days, and wish it had been at least twice as long. The house, set in a narrow street, a short walk from the centre of Scicli, immediately felt like home. Francesca is the supreme host, and together with her family made this holiday the best ever. Her walking tour round the town was amazing. The... More 

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FrancescaLuigi, Proprietario at C'era una volta, responded to this review

Make you feel home... but on holiday" is our motto. We simply behaved as we'd like other hosts do when we are on holiday. It is our way of being Sicilians, living in a land historically devoted to hospitality. We are happy you liked the house and appreciated the "melograni". Hoping to welcome you back in Spring, un grande abbraccio.... More 

Uppsala, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We spent 17 days at Cera una Volta in Scicli in September/October. Francesca and her family took very good care of us. The house is beautifully situated in a valley between two hillsides - with cave settlements nearby. The interior is very well planned and functional. The terrace had a nice view over the rooftops and was at the same... More 

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FrancescaLuigi, Proprietario at C'era una volta, responded to this review

Dear Lars and Maria, thanks a lot for your words towards us and the house. We love welcoming friends/guests like you: bright, discrete, gentle and respectful. Wandering with you was for me a great pleasure. Scicli and the surroundings haven't been really discovered yet and as you mentioned, not only the buildings but also the people are interesting and let... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I first visited C’era una volta in September 2012 and have pined for it ever since. When it came to choosing a summer holiday for 2013, there was really only one option – we had to return. If possible, we fell even more in love with it than before. Scicli was just as fabulous as we remembered:... More 

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FrancescaLuigi, Proprietario at C'era una volta, responded to this review

Dear Alice and John, we thank you for your enthusiastic words. You have been simply the perfect guests/friends anyone would like to welcome. We really enjoyed sharing some really pleasant moments with you. Now, if you don't come back to Scicli earlier, we will maybe meet in London as we are planning a visit. Thanks once more for choosing Scicli... More 

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