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Palazzu Stidda
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Perth, Australia
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“Simply the best.”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

When I booked our Accomodation on line for our 12 days in Sicily I hope that it would give us a true feeling of the life style and country where my husband was born. Well Giovanni and Patricia delivered far more than I could have ever expected. On arrival to our apartment Giovanni took the time to show us around and making sure that we were comfortable. The little things that made the difference was a bowl of fresh fruit on the table, fresh bread rolls on the side board, coffee and tea, fresh water and condiments in the fridge. And then there is the location of Palazzu Stidda, it is central to the Fresh Markets where you can get just about anything you desire. You are only a short walk to all the attractions within the City, Patricia and Giovanni had supplied a detailed map of where to find all the essentials and an abundance of tourist information available so we could plan our days. Staying here was a fantastic introduction to Sicily and we were able to get a true insite into the lifestyle that my husbands father lived before he immigrated to Australia. Our only regret is that Dad passed away before we made this trip and he didn't get the chance to accompany us and enjoy the hospitality of Giovanni and Patricia.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perugia, Italy
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

A true jewel, a place to be enjoyed for everything special it has to offer you: first of all Giovanni and Patricia who are the kind of hosts you always hope to find: efficient, courteous, and with a level of culture idoneous to helping you enjoy their appartments, the city, Sicily, Italy.
Their creativity has extended into the fantastic decor of the appartments and their palazzo giving it that special air that no other place has. They are in the immediate vicinity of the fish market which is the heartbeat of the city, and you can walk easily to just about everywhere except Etna. We could see the castello Ursino from our bathroom window.
One tip: You are also in the "tourist area" of the city, so follow Giovanni's tips for restaurants to avoid the "tourist syndrome" that sometimes comes over the local restaurants. He sent us to a
small, unpretending trattoria our last night and it proved to be our best dinner at half the price of the other places !!
Quando torneremo a Catania, torneremo QUI !!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

This was our introduction to Sicily and Giovanni and Patricia were very welcoming and helpful. One of the best things about Palazzu Stidda is its location - close to the Duomo, the amazing fish market and the other markets close by. This means that you can buy fresh produce locally and have a picnic in the flat. Flat one has limited cooking facilities so this was what we did once a day - a picnic in the flat. The downside is the noise. It seemed as if the local train came in one window and out the other and the garbage pick up at 2am was amazing. Still and all the location, the quality and character of the flat and the generosity of the hosts rates this accommodation very highly.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2012 via mobile

right in the middle of catania, close to piazza duomo so you could easily locate yourself, lots of shops, nice restaurants nearby, fish market, few minutes walk to the major street of the city and bus stop! what more you can get? beautfully decorated interior (which we couldnt stop taking photos), fully equiped kitchen (we made coffee and breakfast and cooked seafood ourseleves!) and most importantly the owner - Giovanni and Patricia!!

when my wife and i arrived at catania, the stupid alitalia lost one of our back pack that kept all my wife's stuff! with the great help of Giovanni and Patricia by making phone calls and liaising with the airline, we finally got the luggage back on the next day!

i cant tell how i like the palazzu, their cats, their hospitality, you better go find it out urself!! they simply make u love catania much more!

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

Hospitable, friendly, loving couple who take care of their property & guests with a wonderful philosophy of life. Coffee tea sugar oil drinking water fruit... All in rhe apartment, after a long journey-was a godsend.

Enjoy the art & ambiance of this establishment right in the centre of Catania and near the wonderful culinary markets that personifies Sicily.
Giovanni & Patricia felt like family at the end of our time in Sicily... We will be back.

  • Stayed May 2012
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

Difficult to know what to start with as this place really is a pure delight!

Located in the middle of Catania's historic area, between the castle (Castello Ursino) and the fishmarket (La Pescheria), walking distance (10min) from the Cathedral (Il Duomo), it's location is outstanding for a city trip. If you've rented a car, you can park it on the street for free.

The Palazzu is a 3-strorey building, tastefully renovated by the owners. We stayed in the 2 apartments of the 1st floor (apt. 1 and 2). Both are equally well decorated and comfortable. The kitchen (apt. 2) is perfectly equipped to cook for a whole family (we have a toddler and a baby). We immediately felt at home.

The real gem of the Palazzu in fact is its owners. Patricia and Giovanni, are these kind of people you meet once and never forget! With a total respect of their hosts' privacy, they are welcoming, charming, cultivated and helpful. In our case, they played a key role in our successful stay in Catania and we look forward to being their clients again soon!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Having staying in Palazzu Stidda at the flat n° 3 'LOdissea' recently, we were deeply impressed by the host, Patricia and Giovanni. Indeed, we learnt so much about Patricia and Giovanni, especially their enthusiasm in nurturing their young family. Inside the apartment, the artwork was so detailed and well decorated, thanks to Giovanni's craftsmanship for making his artwork into everyday life. If you want to get a sense of how a genuine passionate artist was like, I suggest you should meet Giovanni. Of course the location was in the heart of Catania, so you can enjoy the early morning expresso in the seafood market, and as well as the variety of fresh seafood and fruits. With the helped from Patricia and Giovanni, we managed to dine into a local, authentic but not pretentious seafood restaurant that only took us only 5 minutes to walk from our stay. We felt very welcomed during our stay and were treated like family members by Patricia and Giovanni. We'll certainly visit Patricia and Giovanni again and hopefully to stay for a little longer the next time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Palazzu Stidda

Property: Palazzu Stidda
Address: Vicolo della Lanterna 5 | Angolo Via Auteri 40, 95121 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania > Centro Catania
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 96 Specialty Lodging in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palazzu Stidda Catania-Palazzo Stella in the Sicilian language-is an The Palazzu Stidda of Catania is a charming Sicilian venue, which provides 3 appartments : AMURI ( 35m2), INCANTO ( 50m2), ODISSEA ( 50M2) and offers a beautiful oasis terrace , for a sunbathing and relax within our herb garden and citrus trees. Palazzu Stidda greets you in one of the most charming Vicolo of Catania, which makes of this antic palazzo one of the most secret address of the center town. Palazzu Stidda is just a short walk from the Duomo and from the Antic fish market Pescheria, a step off Via Etnea, bars, cafés and restaurants. You are in the perfect place to experience the authenticity of this vulcanic city and to explore the Etna region , wine country and not-to-be-missed Taormina, Siracusa, Ragusa, Modica, Noto and so many other Baroque towns of the south. Thus Giovanni and Patricia are available for any information or assistance you might need during your visit in Catania. They live in the building next door, and work in their workshops on the ground floors, where are born most of Palazzu Stidda's furnitures and decoration. ... more   less 
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