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“Sleepless in Catania” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villaggio Turistico Europeo

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Villaggio Turistico Europeo
Ranked #59 of 81 Specialty Lodging in Catania
Brussels
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Sleepless in Catania”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

Staying at this camping has been a very unpleasant experience. First of all, the camping itself organizes a disco in an open-air bar in the middle (!) of the camping, from about 9.30 pm until 12.30 pm. The incredibly loud music is inescapable (we actually replaced our tent, but, unlike what some people write here, there is no quiet spot on the whole camping). After that, the adjacent campings start playing music, until the wee hours. You might as well pitch your tent in the middle of a discotheque. Granted, the camping owners are not responsible for the racket their neighbors make, but that doesn't change the fact that it was impossible to get any sleep before 5 am. One staff member actually told me (safely out of earshot of the camping owners who told me upon check-in where the supposedly "quiet spots" on the camping were, which turned out to be as loud as any other spot) in a hushed voice: "whatever they say, in my opinion, this camping is not for sleeping." He summed it up quite nicely. Add to that the rotten wooden beams in the showers, supposedly hot (paying) showers that were cold, toddlers running around on the campsite at midnight, a smelly breakfast kitchen, ... and you're in for a unpleasant surprise.
There's certainly an audience for this kind of place. But if your not a 15 year old party head, hard-of-hearing or an insomniac, I would strongly recommend to avoid this campsite.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Freddie_F528
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  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 bubbles
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Wroclaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

Great camping for young people... Place full of animation, fun, beautifull, romantic 'corners' and many others ;-) If I would have a chance to come back I'm sure I go there. Camp houses are not the best, but in good company, everything is for survival. People who work there are nice and helpful :-) The big plus is the great beach ... clean sand, clean and hot water, free sunbeds. I really enjoy it with my friends !!! At night from the beach is amazing view of the illuminated Catania.. I recommend Villaggio Turistico Europeo ! :-) I love Sicilia !!!!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

The beach is wonderful. It is in camping and free for the campers. To travel in Sicily especially Taormina Catania Syracuse the location is good. There are lots of teenager campers, schools, so don't built your tend near the disco if you want to sleep before 1 am :) And pay attention weekend nights have terrible noise at nights, coming outside the camping though effects your sleep!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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3 Thank flora982
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Europe
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

I've stayed in lots of campsites this year - 25 so far - it's a cycling tour. This was easily the worst. Neither the shop, the restaurant nor the bar actually exists. Or maybe they only appear in mid-summer. Like the cleaners...the toilets are filthy, don't flush and appear to have dried vomit and excrement on the floor. Find somewhere else to stay...anywhere.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Steven P
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Stella P, Responsabile reception at Villaggio Turistico Europeo, responded to this review, June 10, 2012
Dear Mr,

I'm terribly sorry about your inconvenience during your stay here in our camping. The week end when you arrived here was our opening first day. We had a big problem with some water engines and for this reason the bathrooms didn't work for half a day. Then we solved the problem, but unfortunately we had as guests an Erasmus group of students that did a party and they drunk a lot vomiting in the bathroom.
We would like to offer to you a free stay in our camping in order to change your mind about our services. Thanks a lot and sorry again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

We stayed in VTE for 5 nights in a bungalow 5m from the beach. It was great, we really have a good time and it was a very refreshing. The service was good and the room and the place was very clean.

We don't agree with some of the previous reviews which say the place was not clean or was noisy. There were lots of tourists but it was not crowded at all, as the resort is quite big. The place was quiet during the night and if you want you have also activities in the area, or you can go to Catania, which has a very active nightlife during the summer.

The activities for children seem to be good and well organized. The staff was really helpful. The prices in the local market were ok. The beach in that part is quite nice and not crowded. The bus connection to Catania is good, with a bus every 10-15 minutes.

We recommend Villagio Turistico Europeo for couples, families or anybody who wants to have a nice stay in Catania near the beach.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Juan Carlos C
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Lugano, Switzerland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2011

I have been in Catania for 6 days and Villaggio Turistico Europeo was my second stop. This place is gorgeous! The beach is wonderful and the amenities they supplied for my lazy days on the sand were great. The staff is really nice and helpful and the community life here can't be beat with the animazione group for kids and the activies they provide throughout each day for adults and kids alike. Will definintely return here on my next trip to Sicily.
Also....the food is incredible. A real treat each meal!

Room Tip: Rooms available are comfy bungalows. they're all sizes and can accomodate up to six people.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Clampetskc
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Additional Information about Villaggio Turistico Europeo

Property: Villaggio Turistico Europeo
Address: Viale Presidente Kennedy 91, 95121 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 81 Specialty Lodging in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Villaggio Turistico Europeo 2*
Number of rooms: 140
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