Le Case del Merlo is a calm, quiet « agriturismo » a little ways outside the village of Milo on the eastern slope of Mt Etna, in the midst of vineyards. Stella (alias Angela), the host, who also speaks French, is very sweet and also prepares the fine included breakfast and, upon request, the dinner. The latter is always very good with typical Sicilian dishes, but don’t expect a choice – they don’t have the staff for a menu, it’s what’s on offer that day. This is a small agriturismo and it’s all the nicer for it. It was very clean, the room was comfortable in a simple style (this isn’t a 5-star hotel) and there is a swimming pool with great views to relax by after your excursions. The photos posted by other visitors on the TripAdvisor website give an accurate idea of how attractive the place and location are. Milo is high enough in altitude to provide relief from the summer heat along the coast and the area is well worth visiting, with dramatic roads through Etna’s lava fields. It’s also a good base for visiting the east coast of Sicily, such as day trips to Taormina, Messina, Catania or Syracuse.
We see many people had the same positive experience we did but others did not and we can’t explain that, maybe there were some unlucky days when there were staffing problems or something else going on. The (extremely critical) person who among other things said the location was awful ("in the middle of nowhere") made an incomprehensible comment – you can see that it’s in the countryside, that’s what makes for its charm. You do need your own transport of course.
We highly recommend this charming agriturismo and intend to come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An environment of well being and relaxation, ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in the typicality of these enchanting places and unspoiled.The property consists of 9 rooms and 4 apartments spacious and comfortable, refined in every detail and equipped with TV, mini-bar, safe and air conditioning.Outside you can enjoy open spaces where guests can relax, soak in a wonderful swimming pool with hydro-massage, which overlooks the panorama of the Sicilian coast. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Agriturismo Le Case Del Merlo Milo, Sicily, Italy