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Bianca B&B and Apartments
Ranked #25 of 312 Catania B&B and Inns
New York, United States
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed at Bianca B&B a few weeks ago, and had a great experience. Lea was wonderful- very helpful showing us where to go, what to do, and most importantly what to eat :) We lucked out with the accomodations- we were booked for a room in the b&b, but someone else wanted to stay there longer, so we were put in an apartment down the street instead. It was still a less-than 5 minute walk to the center of town, and we had our own bedroom, bathroom, living room, and kitchen. Everything was very clean. The best part about staying at Bianca were our hosts- Lea really made sure we had everything we needed- on the day we checked out, our flight out of Catania wasn't until late at night, and Lea welcomed us to hang out with her at the B&B for as long as we wanted. She also arranged a car to the airport for us at a much lower rate than the standard cab drivers charge. Overall, we would highly recommend the Bianca B&B to anyone staying in Catania.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

I booked Bianca B & B last minute and was rewarded with an absolutely fabulous apartment on Via Vittorio Emanuele II, less than 10 minutes walk to the B & B, Piazza Duomo and the markets.
The apartment was gorgeous; spacious, beautifully appointed, heaps of natural light with floor to ceiling windows that opened onto a small terrace overlooking the street and air-conditioning in the bedroom.
Francesco and Lea were wonderful; warm, friendly and went out of their way to suggest local eateries (Etoile D'Or really does do the BEST arancini and De Fiore Trattoria for delightful home made pasta) and assist with navigating public transport options for trips out of Catania.
I recommend the apartment for those looking for an authentic stay in the city and value for money, I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
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Valletta, Malta
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

I stayed at Bianca's BB for three nights. The place is very welcoming and decorated very nicely. The rooms and bathroom are cosy, comfortable and clean. But best of all are Lea and Francesco. So helpful and available. It really felt like being at home. They both really made my stay in Catania special. And of course....the breakfast....delicious bread, fruit, yoghurt and of course the yummy pastries :) I would definitely recommend this place, which is also very central! Thanks again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Poznan, Poland
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Unfortunately we stayed in B&B Bianca just for three nights but it was really a big pleasure to meet Lea and Francesco. They helped us with many things. Their b&b is a place, where you can really feel like at home :) Rooms are very comfortable, clear and nice furnished and every morning you will have very tasty croissants, cakes and fresh fruits - with a good coffee, of course!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

It was very nice rooms, clean and spacious. Friendly staff and good food. Location is excelent and we recived great tips on what to do and what to see. Looking forward to return next year and we can safly suggest this B&B as a nice place to drop by for a shorter or longer stay for families! (and surely also other younger guests)

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Treviso
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

We stayed at one of the apartments (called "2 vani al duomo"), and the experience was great.

The flat is located at the 1st floor (read 2nd floor if you come from US :-)) of a nice, old building, so characteristic to central Catania. The flat itself has been recently restored with colourful taste, it is fully furnished with AC, and it does not miss any of the small things you typically need in your daily life (like kitchenware, iron appliance, towels, etc). We even found salt, pepper, detergents, and some brioches for the breakfast! That really makes you feel at home immediately and saves you a lot of time since you won't have to scramble to the supermarket to get such small things, with the usual outcome of always forgetting some of them. Last but not least, we found everything very clean and tidy.

The flat entrance is on via Vittorio Emanuele II very close to the Teatro Romano, but the actual windows are either on a secondary street or on the internal courtyard; you won't be bothered by noises at night. Access to the flat is very easy, even though at night it becomes tricky since the courtyard has no light. We didn't have a car, but our impression was that finding a parking spot on the street requires some creative skills; it is not possible to use the ones belonging to the building.

If you plan to cook for yourself, you are in for a treat: the Catania's market is very close and you can get all sort of tasty vegetables, meat, fish (my god... the fish!), olives, etc at a fraction of the price you would find elsewhere in Europe. For fresh pasta, we definitely recommend a small shop (called "Le antiche arti della pasta") in Via Auteri 13.

The owners of the apartments (Lea and Francesco) were extremely friendly and gave us some good information about things to visit (don't miss the nearby monastery!) and popular places where to eat.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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biancabb, Proprietario at Bianca B&B and Apartments, responded to this review, August 15, 2012
hello guys!
I would like to thank you for your review, it's very important to read your experiences for other guests and also important for us, so that we can always try and make it better.
I have to say that I am sorry you missed the button to turn on the light in the courtyard.. we certainly have one..! You probably didn't notice it close to the entrance and another one close to the main door.

And about parking it's possible to rent a car space inside the building, otherwise many car spaces are available around in via vittorio emanuele (on the blue lines where you pay from 8,30 am to 8,30 pm and it costs 2,40 euro for a half day and saturday is free).

Thank you for giving me the chance to explain this in here.

I hope to meet you again soon... maybe be my guest at the b&b so that we can chat and spend some time together in the mornings during breakfast! :)
(please forgive my bad bad english!)
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Buffalo, New York
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

Bianca B&B is located in Piazza San Placido, one piazza down Via Vittorio Emanuele II from the Duomo. Bus 457 from the train station will drop you off just across the street from the B&B. The renovations are beautiful - fun colors, tile and wood floors throughout, spacious bathrooms, and comfy beds - and Lea and Francesco are very kind and accommodating. I called ahead to ask if I could leave my suitcase at the B&B, because I knew I'd be arriving around 10 AM and didn't want to haul my belongings with me around the city, and Lea had the room ready for me when I showed up. Breakfast is plentiful, with delicious, fresh-baked pastries, fresh-made espresso, and orange juice. If you are in need of a furry-friend fix, a sweet setter named Bianca and a friendly cat named Memolo grace the apartment. Next time I'm in Catania, I'll be staying at Bianca B&B again!

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Bianca B&B and Apartments
Address: Piazza San Placido 3, 95131 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 312 B&Bs / Inns in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Bianca B&B and Apartments 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The b&b Bianca is located in the historical center of Catania, in Piazza San Placido square, next to the dome and very close to all the most important monuments and interests of the city.The apartment is on the 3rd floor (with elevator) of a 700 century building. The view on the etna, and sea, the architecture and history of the building make it special and charming. The rooms are all bright and wide, equipped with every comfort.Bathroom, air condition, internet wi-fi in every room.Lea, Francesco, Bianca e Memole will welcome you at home.They will always be happy to talk about the city, give you informations and help you with organizing tours on the etna or cities around Catania (like taormina, siracusa etc. )They will take care of their guests and prepare a good breakfast every morning, the right start for a good day in Sicily! ... more   less 
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