Because the Bianca B&B had really good reviews on TripAdvisor, is really central and very well-priced for a B&B in Catania, I booked it. A really great choice in accommodation. We were given what I would deem “a suite” rather than a room: it had an entryway, a separate bathroom, a nice living room - complete with table & chairs, a comfortable couch and a small balcony, a very comfortable bedroom, with TV (local channels only?), desk area and two small balconies with shutters that block out most of the light, if not all the noise, at night. For a building that is centuries old, the tasteful yet colourful décor gives it the look and feel of a much more modern apartment; WiFi is free and you can ask to use a DVD player. With regards to setting up the B&B, Lea, the host, has done a great job. She is also a delightful host – very knowledgeable and with excellent English. Her partner, Francesco, is equally friendly and personable, if not as extroverted.
Just after we arrived, Lea gave us a map of Catania and highlighted places of interest and restaurants as well as informing us of the best ways to get around Catania and from Catania to Agrigento (cheap, frequent buses, so we don’t need a hire car at all!) Their Italian breakfasts – fruit, yoghurt, pastries, bread & jams, coffee/tea – were plentiful and really, really nice. The bells from the nearby church got to be a little annoying at times (my husband reckons some drunk, hunchbacked monk had gone to town as they kept going off at what, to us, seemed like very odd times…e.g; 10.22am) There is also a very strange noise from the plumbing that begins about a minute after every time you flush the toilet (well, it is a VERY old building). However, these things did not detract at all from the character or the experience we had at this charming B&B. The WiFi connection was strong and fast when we arrived and in the morning although we couldn’t get a connection at all from Sunday afternoon onwards. (Perhaps the router has Sundays off?) Overall, Bianca B&B deserves 5 stars..it is “bella, bella, bella” and a wonderful base for exploring Catania.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Bianca B&B And Apartments Catania, Sicily