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B&B La Giara
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Viale della Regione 12/a | angolo Via Luigi Pirandello 26, 95030 Nicolosi, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 29 Nicolosi B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Fantastic B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

This B&B is one of the best experiences we've ever had in a B&B. Not only did we have a clean, homely and colourful room but the breakfast was also of a high level, with many different fruits and juices. Most of all though it was the warm, enthusiastic and humoristic nature of Patrizia and her aunt Liliana which made an impression on us. Also, Patrizia provided us with very useful tips of local beauty spots (on the Etna, but also elsewhere in Sicily) which certainly added a lot to our holiday. Thank you both very much! Pieter & Paul

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

The owner Patrizia was extraordinarily helpful, breakfast was excellent, and the room with balcony and en-suite bathroom was just fine. All in all, it would be very difficult to find B&B's that offer better value for money. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beersheba, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Our first night in Sicily was spent in the La Giara B&B. Small friendly family atmosphere. The owner Patrizia is fluent in English. You are invited to use her comp. or the WiFi. La Giara is situated in a semi rural suburbian neighborhood, comfortably accessible for your Etna Mountain adventure. Next morning, after an excellent breakfast and before leaving for the Etna, Patrizia acted as a pro travel agent, advised us what to see in Sicily and called up various B&B all over the island to make our bookings. Before leaving we got good bye hugs Italian style. Not automatically included in the menu...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Highly recommended! The rooms are bright, clean, comfortable, and most have a balcony, offering a beautiful view of the coastline. Fresh local pastries and fruit are served for breakfast as well as coffee and juice. La Giara serves as a perfect base for exploring Mt Etna and the road leading up to La Riffugio Sapienza, (the main point of departure for trips to the crater) is easily accessible from here.

But what makes this B&B really stand out are the incredible people who operate it. The owner, Patrizia, is an amazing resource, taking a real interest in what we wanted to see, arranging for a world-class guide to take us around the mountain. The sense of warmth and hospitality, and engagement, was refreshing after several weeks of traveling and staying in B&B’s and Hotel's across southern Italy. Things like a mini-fridge and (working!!!) wi-fi were perks we very much appreciated!

Our stay at La Giara was easily a highlight of our trip, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in seeing Etna!

Room Tip: Ask where to eat in town, they have some amazing recommendations, and, save some money on lunch and...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

There was not as much accommodation as I would have expected in Nicolosi being so close to Mt Etna so I was pleased to be referred to this B&B by a nearby fully booked hotel. The rooms were spacious although some had shared toilets/showers but it was minimal extra for private facilities.
Breakfast in the cosy kitchen was more than adequate with plenty of variety. No other meals were avaialable but the helpful owner recommended an authentic local establishment which did not disappoint.
My room had a pleasant sunny balcony which was welcome in the coolness of April
All in all a pleasant stay with a "local" family

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Stayed there only one night, but the helpfulness of the hosts was great!
There are only 3 rooms in this B&B which makes it very cosy. Each room has a separate bathroom, but 2 of the rooms have the bathroom outside the room (you have to cross the corridor to get there - a slight inconvenience).
Great breakfast!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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New Delhi, India
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

We were there for 2 nights in early June and really felt that we had made a good choice. Had a room that had a distant view of the sea with a nice big Balcony and a nice compact room that was really spotlessly clean. Patricia was ever so helpful and helped us plan our trip to Etna and also helped us locate and booked for us places to stay for our next 2 stops. She even called the B &B's and negotiated good rates and went out of herway to ensure everything was perfect. Her recommendations of the resturant to have dinner was perfect and we had a lovely meal there on our wedding anniversary. Lilliana, her aunt was very sweet as well and made us feel really welcome with cold juice as soon as we got there. Would recommend La Giara to anyone wanting to use this as a base to explore the region. Justin and Rosita, New Delhi

Room Tip: The 2 rooms with the balcony are the best. Quiet and with a great View
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Address: Viale della Regione 12/a | angolo Via Luigi Pirandello 26, 95030 Nicolosi, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Nicolosi
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Nicolosi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — B&B La Giara 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Giara is a bed and breakfast situated at Nicolosi which is a small town in the heart of Etna natural park. One of the main features of the resort is the greenery all around, and many avenues with sourrended pine trees.Not very far, tourist can enjoy the ice-skating ring, and they can reach easily by foot , car or cycling, the center and the typical restaurants, shops, bank, post office, bus stop and museum.La Giara is a comfortable and friendly Bed and Breakfast, run by people very professional, who can also organize for you tailor made program of excursions and guided visit to discover places as Taormina, and Alcantara, Catania, Siracusa, personal gourmet tour to make wine and typical sicilian products tasting, tours around mount Etna accompanied by vulcanologic and naturalistic guides.Patrizia e Francesco during your stay will be happy to help their guest with a wide variety of leaflet and brochures about the Sicilian island and their B&B friends.They can suggest and advice you about alternative places to visit in order to discover and explore the cultural and artistic wonders of this beautiful island. Every bedroom is been in a different wall colours, and vary furniture styles; rooms are very confortable, bright spacious and some of them with a sea view; all rooms has air conditioning, private bathroom with shower, cable tv, central heating, safe and mini bar fridge.From the living room balcony you can admire the view of mount Etna and Monti Rossi natural Reserve.A continental buffet breakfast is offered every day, and you can choose from a variety selection of cereals, seasonal fruits, juice, fresh yogurt, cheese, organic jam, marmalade, home’s cake, pistacchio's cornetti, thè, milk, coffè or Italian cappuccino, and hot English breakfast is available, but on request only.Private parking area and wi fi internet connection are available. ... more   less 
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