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Make a holiday rental cottage or self catering villa in Catania, Sicily your home away from home

Sitting on the eastern coast of Sicily is Catania, a city which has had to fight both invaders and nature for its existence. A number of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and invasion parties have left a remarkable mix of historical monuments whilst destroying others, giving Catania a wonderfully progressive appearance. Located between the waters of the Ionian Coast and the fiery peak of Mount Etna, Catania is surrounded by some hugely diverse landscapes, providing a perfect holiday retreat for anyone who loves nature and the great outdoors.

Things to do on holiday in Catania, Sicily

There are some beautiful historical sites to explore from a self catering Catania holiday cottage, villa or apartment. The two Roman amphitheatres are both certainly worth exploration from any Catania accommodation, especially the larger of the two, which sits above a huge maze of passages and alcoves. The most visually impressive monument you can visit from a self catering Catania villa is the huge, dominant Ursino Castle, which used to stand on the coastline until a volcanic eruption actually extended the coastline further into the sea! The Baroque 9th Century Cathedral is also well worth further investigation from any Catania accommodation.

There are some fantastically long, sandy beaches just a short walk from the very centre of the town, perfect for anyone wishing to relax in the sun with the sand between their toes. There is always plenty of space on the white sand beaches of Catania, despite the amazing climate, stunning scenery and modern water sports centres which can be found along this stretch of coast.

Walking from a Catania apartment, villa or cottage is absolutely magnificent. The Simeto Estuary which lies to the south of Catania has been declared an area of outstanding natural beauty, offering fantastic views over the volcanic landscape of Mount Etna to the west. The National Park which surrounds the volcano, the Parco dell’Etna has some breathtaking scenery to see, and you can climb the volcano, although taking expert advice on conditions before setting out from your Catania holiday cottage is strongly advised.

Throughout Catania are a host of fantastic restaurants, cafes and eateries. The fresh seafood which comes from the nearby waters of the Ionian Sea are cooked to perfection in many restaurants, and the local anchovies, aubergines and marzipan are known throughout cooking circles as some of the finest money can buy.

Places to visit on holiday in Catania, Sicily

There is a wonderfully scenic boat trip you can take from Catania to the Island of Malta. A trip to the Island of Malta makes a simply wonderful day trip from a self catering Catania holiday cottage, villa or apartment, as there is so much to see and do with a day in Malta.

Weather in Catania, Sicily

Catania is among Italy’s hottest places. During the summer months, temperatures of 40°C are not uncommon, and although this makes beach holiday in the area remarkably enjoyable, if you would like to explore from a Catania villa, late spring or early autumn are top times to visit, still being hot, but not unbearably so. Even in the grips of winter, you are very unlikely to experience temperatures under 15°C from Catania accommodation.

Cheap flights to Catania, Sicily

The Aeroporto Fontanarossa or Catania Airport (CTA) is located 7km outside of the city centre. Flights to Catania Airport are provided by easyJet, ThomsonFly and British Airways from a selection of British airports including Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN).

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                                                                                                      Tranquil with amazing views and a beautiful garden

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                                                                                                      The property was lovely with fantastic views of Mount Etna. We went with our two daughters who loved the pool and the gardens. The house is really well equipped and spacious and the two bathrooms really suited us and our two daughters. The owners came to check on us regularly and gave us a delicious chocolate cake which was an unexpected treat. The wifi was very handy and we used the DVD player most days. As a family of foodies we had no complaints with the kitchen equipment or the outside cooking space. This was one of the best equipped houses we have stayed in Italy. There is plenty to do closeby. We spent a day at the waterpark and another in search of the locations used in the Godfather which were not too far away. The local town could have done with some more amenities but there are some excellent shops full of local produce. All round a very enjoyable stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      We really enjoyed our stay in this charming house

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                                                                                                      The house was charming and had everything we needed to make our stay pleasant and relaxed. We were met by Roberto and his family who helped us find our way from within Sant"Alfio. We were late arriving due to having to wait a long time for car hire at Catania airport and then getting lost. (Our advice would be to use Google maps or sat nav to find the right road out of Catania at night...). Roberto kindly provided us with some basic groceries as it was too late to shop or eat out. His son was on hand to help translate as we have few Italian words. The houses aspect, at the apex of two roads, means that you enter the house up a few steps but on this "ground floor" you are in the main considerably elevated from the road whilst the bedroom, although downstairs, is at street level on one side of the house. Their house has a large homely living room with Bathroom and Kitchen attached and access to patio and garden. Downstairs is the bedroom. The bathroom had a good shower with plenty of towels, soap etc. The kitchen had almost everything you might need to cook your own meals. Four ring hob and oven and big capacious fridge. The washing machine is also located here. The patio with vine covered arbour is where we spent quite a lot of time, eating, drinking, reading and generally relaxing. There is a wonderful view of Mount Etna. The living room has a big table, a good place to spread out maps if planning a journey. There is satellite TV with all the channels you could probably ever want, if watching TV on holiday is your thing. The bedroom has a large comfortable bed and is lovely and cool, great to take a siesta in the afternoon. We really enjoyed our stay here and relished its relatively isolated location for the quiet and relaxation. We think you need a car and there is safe parking on the road outside. It was a good place to tour around the local area including driving up to Etna. Within a short walking distance, at the ancient chestnut tree, there are three places to eat and a cafe with wifi. All in all a relaxing time which we both enjoyed immensely and we would recommend this property highly.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                      Fantastic villa and pool in a great location close to Santa Venerina, the coast and Mt Etna

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                                                                                                      The Monaco family were very welcoming and helpful throughout our stay. The villa is a beautiful home from home with lovely gardens and a stunning pool to swim and play in. The local area is so interesting, Santa Venerina is a lovely town with a fantastic cafe, Russo - not to miss, good shops for local cheese and meats and lots of places to eat and have gelato and coffee. Mt Etna is only 40 minutes drive and such a fascinating area to walk and explore, we went with Etna Experience, highly recommended. The coast is only 30 minutes drive and the rocky Aci Trezza and pebbly beach at Letojanni are great. The villa comfortably accommodated our family of 9 and we used the outdoor kitchen and super barbecue to cook lots of meals. The view across the pool to the top of Mount Etna and its ever-changing smoke patterns was a delight. Thank you Nadia and Fabio. We loved your villa and Sicily.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016