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“Bella, Bella, Bella!”

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Bianca B&B and Apartments
Ranked #35 of 333 Catania B&B and Inns
Reviewed April 23, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

The location is very central, with most of the important locations within walking distance. Easily accessed by public transport, and, if you are brave enough to drive in Catania, parking is possible as well (with small measure of luck).
The hosts, Lea and Francesco, welcomed us really nice. The breakfast was quite rich, more than enough for us to last all the way to the dinner, having some small snack for lunch. As a bonus, we were provided tons of useful advice about the city and its attractions.
The room was really spacey (in fact it was a suite) and comfortable.
Bottom line, definitely recommended.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Excellent location, close to the main duomo in Catania and bus station.
The hosts were very warm and welcoming. Our flight got in late and they waited for us without a problem.

The breakfast was amazing (the hosts woke up just to make everything for us- it was such a treat).
Bianca is the name of their dog :-)

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed at Bianca B&B in February, our last stop in Sicily before returning to a cold London at the end of a wonderful week. We stayed in fabulous B&Bs in Sicily and so had very high expectations when we arrived in Catania. What a beautiful B&B, it was just fabulous in every way and we will definitely be back to stay again when we return to Catania.

The location: 10 minutes walking from the bus and train stations. A few minutes to the main square where you will find the Duomo and the bustling market is just seconds from there. Catania has strings of narrow streets that are flanked by bars and restaurants and there are plenty within a 5minute walk from Bianca.

The B&B: Superb! The building is just stunning and we absolutely adored the decor inside the B&B, very homely and colourful. Our room was awesome. A large bathroom with a great shower, a small balcony opened out onto the front of the building looking directly at one of Catania's many churches. The bed was comfortable and the room was always warm and cosy. The breakfast was brilliant: LOVED the coffee and the fresh pastries.

The hosts: Lea and Francesco: WONDERFUL! We left feeling like they were friends and we know that one day we will return and revisit them. Lea is amazing. Nothing is ever too much trouble, she is friendly and chatty and always looks after you. She recommended the most incredible restaurants to us and we will never forget the amazing cafe that sells the best Arancini in Catania! We would never have found it without Lea' help. We experienced an awful Etna trip whilst here (booked ourselves, nothing to do with the B&B). When we arrived back Lea was genuinely concerned about us and made us hot tea and came to our room to ensure that we were ok. Just wonderful: like a friend.

It has taken me ages to get around to writing this review, mainly because we just couldn't find the words to express how wonderful Bianca B&B, Lea and Francesco are. Well now I've written it, or at least tried. I would suggest that you book a stay here and go and experience their hospitality for yourself; you will not be disappointed. Thanks so much! See you guys soon!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Lea and Francesco are warm and helpful! The location is stone throw away from the main attractions. Breakfast is tastefully prepared every morning. We love the place and will definitely be back when we are in Catania next time!

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

My stay at B&B Bianca was absolutely magnificent. Lea & Francesco were such wonderful hosts. There were no worries that crossed my mind and I was truly able to take in all experiences and scenery. Both of them were extremely personable which made conversing easy and fun.

Thank you for being such wonderful hosts.

I wish to see you both again someday.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank CherryFedalizo
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biancabb, Proprietario at Bianca B&B and Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2013

Hello Cherry!
We would like to thank you as well for choosing our b&b to spend your holiday here in Catania, and also for your nice review.
You were always smiling and open, it was very nice talking and having breakfast together!
We hope to see you again here soon!
Lea&Fra
(sorry i couldn't say goodbye in person cause I had to leave, let's keep in contact! Lea)

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

we stayed at Bianca b&b on our first visit to Sicily. from the first minute we felt like part of the family.
we were welcomed warmly by lea & francesco the best hosts we have ever met. lea warmth and enthusiasm for people made our stay in catania memorable. francesco is so kind and efficient.
We received great tips on what to see, where to go, they gladly arrange tours and recomended
where to eat at the best restaurant in catania.
Location is excelent, in piazza san-placido, 3 minutes walking to the center(duomo, main piazza)
via etnea the main street. 3 minutes to the wonderful busy market of catania. 5 minutes to bus stopes at piazza borselino, ( buses to a lot of cities in sicily.) 4-5 minutes to bars, coffe-shops,
restaurants.
The b&b is in historicl palazzo, facing a beautiful church,renovated apartment with little elevator,
3 spacious bedrooms, beautifully decorated with all the facilitis, A.c. ,t.v, large windows with view. very confort beds, large bathrooms, very very clean !. ( lot of towels).
the breakfast is something to write about, so Yummy and plentiful. fresh bread, rolls, chesse,
yoghurts, cereals,, delicious pastries from a local pasticeria, fresh fruits, orange juice and the
best cappucino.
If you are visiting catania, b&b Bianca is defently your place to stay. we will be going there for ever. Thank you lea&francesco for yours warm hospitality and letting us to be part of yours family.
I want to write more, but I d'ont even know what to add.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ilan L
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biancabb, Proprietario at Bianca B&B and Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2013

Ilan, Lea, you will always have a special space in our heart, and you know this.
We wait for you again soon here in Catania.. Grazie mille for your words. I could write so many nice things about you too. It's very important for us having nice guest as well. :)
Your temper, your stories and your positivity made us richer inside.

Un grande abbraccio
Lea, Francesco, Bianca e Memole

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Additional Information about 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 #35 of 333 B&Bs / Inns in Catania
Price Range: $67 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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