Lovely bed & breakfast located in the quite town of Castiglione di Sicilia above Taormina. We went 1st to 8th May, although a bit rainy the first couple of days, it soon cleared up and we had glorious weather for the rest of the week. Rooms are big with comfortable beds and nice furniture with plenty of wardrobe space and a chest of drawers. TV and coffee making in our room with a lovely clean en-suite bathroom. We had a balcony big enough for us both to sun bathe on too! Breakfast is self-service buffet and was very good, Guiseppe makes a good cappuccino! The owner, Mr Valentino was very helpful and told us the best places to eat locally and down in Taormina. All the staff are very friendly, relaxed and helpful. The best beaches are at Mazzaro, otherwise known as Taormina Mare, Letojanni, Isola Bella and Naxos. All are easy drive by car with parking available. Our favourite is probably Mazzaro as you can park all day for a few euros and get the cable car upto Taormina centre and have a look around all the shops when the sun goes down. Fantastic views from the piazza in town, if you havent been to Taormina yet put it on your list.... It really is one of the most beautiful places in the world. We had some great day trips to Siracuse and Catania. In summary a fanistic holiday, very good value for money at the santa caterina, we paid just 20 euros each B & B per night. Its about 5 times that much to stay in Taormina town so well worth the 20 minute drive. Incidentally Taormina isn't expensive for meals etc its just the hotel prices that are steep. We had amazing pizza for 6 euros, cheap really. Would definately reccommend this B & B as it is small, friendly and very nice. Romantic too. Can't wait to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The diffuse hotel Santa Caterina is at the center of one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in eastern Sicily that go by the imposing Mount Etna, the beaches of Taormina and Giardini Naxos, without underestimating the extraordinary natural and Alcantara Gorges. On the slopes of Etna, a medieval town first inhabited by families of farmers, is the 'diffuse hotel Borgo Santa Caterina. The apartments have been expertly created by restoring the old buildings of 700, to best match the needs of tourism, with the recovery of 'originality, simplicity and beauty of the ancient rural Sicily. In the structure, you can still admire the cellars for storing wine, olive oil and nuts, the old barn and other structures once used by farmers. Today the old winery has become a lovely breakfast room, with characteristic terracotta floors and brick arches, where breakfast is served a rich breakfast buffet with a wide selection of local products. The rooms are all built in a rustic style with wooden beams, are all equipped with private bathroom and a balcony with panoramic views. The terraces are a true paradise thanks to native plants, the vintage jars, the beautiful landscape. Especially in the summer months, when you can make outdoor dining, you will always live a unique and magical. Santa Caterina is located 18 km from Taormina, 16 km from Giardini Naxos, 4 km from the Alcantara Gorge, 15 km from then located close to the main tourist itineraries in Sicily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Diffuso Santa Caterina Sicily/Castiglione Di Sicilia, Italy