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Make a holiday rental, home, or cottage in Acireale, Italy your home away from home

Situated on the coast and brimming with history, what could be better than a holiday at the beautiful city of Acireale in Sicily. This spa town sits on the North East coast within the province of Catania and is a great attraction for holidaymakers looking for more than just a beach vacation. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments and camp sites.

Things to do on holiday to Acireale, Italy

The coastline in Acireale is mainly rocky but holidaymakers can enjoy a spot of fishing with squid and occasionally sea bass caught here. It is possible sunbathe but visitors may prefer to take a relatively easy car journey to the nearby resorts of Taormina and Giardini Naxos, where there are nice beaches to sunbathe on and take a dip in the sea.

There is plenty on offer here for sports enthusiasts including tennis, golf, swimming, snorkelling and cycling. With some wonderful coastal views and Mount Etna not far away, this is also a popular place for hiking and horse riding. A great time to visit Acireale is early February during the season of carnival, which is famous throughout Sicily for its spectacular floats, costumes, and parades.

Being an Italian island on the coast there is naturally plenty of inns and restaurants serving pasta and seafood dishes.    The town has many elegant shops and boutiques as well as ice cream parlours.

Places to visit on holiday to Acireale, Italy

There are some magnificent old buildings here steeped in history such as the Roman-Gothic Duomo, the Basilica dei SS. Pietro e Paolo and Chiesa di S. Sebastiano. The small city of Aci Catenahas a nice centre with a number of 1800’s and 1900’s attractive palazzo.

Another enjoyable trip can be made to Teatro dei Pupi (the Puppet Theatre), which puts on animated shows at the Museo dei Pupi dell’Opra, just off Acireale. The gardens at Villa Belvedere have a panoramic terrace offering wonderful views of Mount Etna and the sea.

A trip to Mount Etna is highly recommended with numerous coach tours operating here and jeeps taking visitors to the sulphuric peak. Alcantara gorge was formed as a result of an Etna eruption and visitors will see the impressive layers of basalt rock by climbing down the gorge.

Weather in Acireale, Italy

The warmest and driest time of the year to visit Acireale is generally July and August when the average high temperature is approximately 26 to 27 degrees centigrade. June and September are also warm months but September is much more susceptible to wet weather. October and November are the wettest months with an average of 95 to 98mm of rain per month.

Travel to Acireale, Italy

The main airport of the region is Filippo Eredia in Catania, which is approximately 20 kilometres from Acireale and has flights to and from the main Italian cities as well as European destinations. Airlines flying here are Air Berlin, Air France, Air Malta, Air One, Air Panarea Helicopters, Alitalia, Alpieagles, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Delta, Eurofly, TUIfly.com, Helvetic.com, Jetairfly.com, KLM/NWA, LTU, Lufthansa, Meridiana, Myair.com, Virgin Express, Volareweb.com and Wind Jet.

The railway in Acireale runs services to and from various destinations on the island including Messina and Catania. The town is also close to highway 114 connecting Siracusa to Messina as well as motorway A18 connecting Messina to Catania.

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                                                                                                      A house made special by its host... Ciao Antonio

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                                                                                                      Firstly I would like to thank Antonio, Marco and Santa who were welcoming, generous, helpful and fun.They live next door and were a shout away if we wanted them, but they never intruded unless we arranged it. If Antonio offers to cook for you, take him up on it.He is an excellent cook sourcing fresh food from Catania market and bringing local snacks and pastries.At the end of the week he added up the cost and I definitely feel he undercharged us. The house conforms to its description. It has a wonderful large bedroom leading out into a courtyard, the rest is spacious except a small. single bedroom, our children slept in the lounge. The house is tucked away in a quiet corner of Acireale, very few cars go by . There is a train line nearby ; the trains are almost all small (2 carriages) and infrequent. None of us were disturbed by them. We were able to park on the street near the house. Our car was in car hire terms a 'compact' This was too big for the fiendishly narrow streets and tight corners of Sicilian towns .Northern European rules do not apply to Sicilian driving but somehow everybody seems to get from A to B without incident. Acireale maintains some of its former elegance but mostly its crumbling like most of southern Italy. There are few tourists and the locals, to us were all friendly and helpful. Visiting Taormina it was a shock to be surrounded by thousands of tourists. The amphitheatre is breathtaking but the town was unbearable. The beach below Taormina is beautiful but you have to keep saying no to people wanting to sell you something. Acireale's local beach, Santa Maria La Scala is a stunning walk but it is more of a slipway for fishermen than something you would lie on. The best beaches we found were south of Catania. I liked Catania, my partner didn't; she was driving. Get the train. Etna calls but it is only worth going up if it is clear You get charged alot of money just to see 10 yards. We (including a 9 and 10 year old walked from the top of the cable car to the highest accessible point, its not challenging. We liked Sicily ; the locals are friendly, quieter than other Italians, there are lots to see and do near to a passable beach and there is chaos.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      The reality somehow outdoes the description. A lavish 3 storey castle overlooking the Ionian Sea.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Liliana, our septeguanarian host provided the warmest of welcomes and plenty of useful tips for our week long stay. With Liliana living on the ground floor that meant we had the other 2 floors to ourselves (3 if you include the Rapunzel bedroom on the 3rd floor within one of the castle turrets). Liliana allowed us to use her table tennis table and was around to answer myriad questions on anything from the house's history to recommended day trips. Acireale is certainly worth a visit, as is the little sea front village a 10 minute walk down from Acireale's town centre; Santa Maria La Scala. Liliana will also help with booking various nearby attractions including tours to Mount Etna; an absolute must, though the guided walk at 2,900 metres up made me feel a little light headed in the slightly rarified air. Much of the furniture dates back to the Art Nouveau period with ancestral and recent family photographs adorning the walls. The beds and linen were comfortable and crisp and the kitchen was kitted out with all the equipment you could wish for. Liliana was kind enough to have a bottle of red wine and a scrumptious home made cake for our arrival. The first floor terrace was a wonderful gathering area for breakfasts and suppers, and to while away the hours reading and chatting. The swimming pool has clear, mineral filled water from a well and is larger than most at 18 metres ( we estimated). The small village of Stazzo has an excellent butcher, 2 mini markets, a pleasant bar for an early evening drink (with snacks) and also a good pizzeria behind the slipway. There is a small black sand beach and a number of bathing decks with steps into the sea from the rocks. Some of these are private and some are public. We would suggest you hire a car as most attractions are a drive away. If it is a family holiday you may want to bring some games with you. This was a 6 person family holiday and we were there to celebrate a family milestone. There could have been no more luxurious base for us than Castello Claves. And Liliana is a delight. Not least because, along with her helpfulness, warmth and humour, she left us to our own devices. We have no hesitation in recommending Castello Claves. And Owners Direct for making the whole process as straightforward as possible. Kind regards Hilary and Barney.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      A house in a citrus grove with a sense of history in

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We loved this house. It was exactly as described. A historic and spacious villa that had the atmosphere of a much loved family home surrounded by a large garden full of lemon and orange trees and many flowering plants. If you are looking for high specification bathrooms and kitchens and modern furniture it probably isn't for you but if you love a sense of history along with comfortable beds and sofas, ravishing views of Etna behind and the Ionian sea in front from glorious tiled terraces which surround the house on all sides, it will suit you well. Location is interesting with plenty of places to visit though you will need a car. A stony volcanic beach is close by where swimming is great when not rough, though it's probably not a good beach for small children. The Grassis made us feel very welcome and were very helpful. There is a very busy working nursery next door, full of extraordinary plants; we did not find this a problem though. The villa is perfectly private. The only change we would have made was to have had a little local information provided but as the wifi was excellent we managed fine. All in all a wonderful holiday.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016