3 x bedrooms sleeps 6 spans over 3 floors, top floor kitchen/dinning and terrace
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What makes this House unique
The excellent view from its terrace will make you fall in love with it as it did to us from the minute we set foot in it... It was, and it still is, like seating in the deck of a cruise ship; from dawn to sunset!
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
We had a lovely stay at Casa Aranci
We had a lovely stay at Casa Aranci, and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to Mario and Eamon, the owners of this charming property, who were enormously kind and helpful not only in providing advice about how best to reach the many sights within the area, such as Etna, Catania, Taormina and Siracusa, but also in their assistance with making arrangements and negotiating with the local taxi service in addition to their recommendations on the many good restaurants within Acireale and elsewhere that would not otherwise be discovered by novice visitors. The well-equipped property, whose location is close to the church in Piazza Duomo, has a superb balcony from which to observe Sicilian life and enjoy beautiful sea views, especially at sundown with something cold and alcoholic; and is also in a great location to walk down to the quaint fishing village of Santa Maria La Scala to enjoy some excellent sea food and yet more beautiful sea views.
The old town of Acireale is lovely and remarkably un-touristy given its proximity to Catania. It also serves as a convenient base from which to visit other significant sights on the Ionian coast; and if you like baroque architecture and very good, traditional Sicilian restaurants which are also very reasonably priced (e.g. €55-€65 for a family of 5, including starters, such as caponata and bruschetta, and main courses of pasta and pizza washed down with a 1 litre of good house wine) then Acireale is the place to be! Furthermore, we had the good fortune of our visit coinciding with Acireale's Carnevale that also occurs in early August, as well as in February, which was also thoroughly worthwhile experience.
Finally, we had an excellent time in Acireale and on Sicily's Ionian coast, and this was in no small part due to the help of Casa Aranci’s very kind and hospitable owners, Mario and Eamon. We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Casa Aranci to anyone looking to explore this lovely part of the world.
Dear Bate family,
Thank you so much for your very kind words about your experience in Casa Aranci.
Your comments pointing out the way you decided to organise your excursions, restaurants, or just relax on the terrace will be of great help to future guests, especially if they decide (as you did) not to rent a car and have a driving-stress-free time in Sicily!
It was a real pleasure to have been able to welcome and have a few nice chats with you and your family.
Paola said that you really took care of the house and watered the plants on the terrace. Thank you!!
Evelyn and Michael, we'd love to welcome you back any other time in the future!
Kind regards, Eamon
Truly the look and feel of a small Italian village
With just enough updates to make the whole stay great. Great hosts made our stay a great experience.
Thank you very much Harry,
We took note of the updates you mentioned and we hope, in spite of not so good weather, that you enjoyed casa Aranci.
Thank you again and enjoy the rest of your holidays, Eamon
Perfect Location - Perfect Paradise
Look no further. Choose this one. A real taste of authentic Sicily. Stayed here as a group of five friends – outstanding location close to all sights and amenities.
Centrally located in the heart of the Piazza, panoramic views over a glistening sea. Spacious and airy bedrooms, with ensuites and roomy, hand-crafted wardrobes, functioning shuttered windows and balconies, overlooking magnificent church. You immediately feel you are in the hub of Sicilian life.
The Townhouse is well appointed in a classical style with touches of modern décor. Very versatile, suits an entire family or group like ours or separate couples: The top floor has well-equipped and comfortable living and kitchen space, for family group dining. Handy adjacent bathroom.
The magnificent central ocean view on a wide panoramic balcony is THE place to sit, sip and wonder in awe , morning or evening. Pure heaven.
A short 5-10 minute walk to a very well stocked supermarket – fresh produce, reasonably priced, you can spend the week working through their cheese and wine, envying Sicilian lemons and everything else Italian. Also nearby picturesque Cathedral and Churches, welcoming coffee shops pastries, cakes and lunches. Excellent range restaurants – authentic Italian . Here also are the artisan shops, bakeries, smart retail, pharmacy etc.
A walk down to the cliff to beautiful town of Santa Maria La Scala for sunning swimming and lunching and a welcome return bus. . We were also able to arrange a day out with a very comfortable taxi drop off and pick up to Taormina, which is not to be missed. Absolutely spectacular. We didn’t hire a car as we didn’t really need to. Maybe for longer visits. Used the taxis recommended. Hosts so helpful with arrangements and airport pickup.
This is truly a very comfortable and well-appointed base to explore and enjoy. Well run and maintained with thought and care. Rooms/floors have individual locks and the solid front door is very secure. It felt very safe. The area felt safe. Plenty of hot water, spotlessly clean, as the accommodation is large. Plentiful fresh linens. large fridge, good washing machine/drying space, to minimise packing, extendable dining table, plenty of chairs. Spare beds for children and enough space to move around. Well loved and looked after accommodation. Even the plants looked perky. A great find. Recommend. A magical stay at Casa Aranci -
Thank you so much Lynne!
Such beautiful words you have to describe our “home away from home”, we’re very happy that yourself and your group of friend found Casa Aranci and Acireale a place where you can happily do lots or things and equally happy to just relax on the terrace.
Your review will help lots of future guests looking for a true Sicilian experience with the added comfort of amenities, cafes, restaurants and market within walking distance and conveniently situated as a hub to major attractions.
Guests are our best “marketing promotion” and we love “investing” in your comfort and well-being.
Paola, our representative, was very happy with the care of the house and plants that you demonstrated during your stay.
We will be delighted to welcome your group or family anytime in the future!
Thank you again, Eamon
Fabulous Memories of Casa Aranci!
A beautiful quaint Italian property very near a Catholic Church (whose bells I am now missing)! The view from the top third floor is spectacular looking at the sea and you can do a bit of people watching as the locals go about their business. You also get the early morning sun which you can enjoy sitting on the balcony with your expresso! And in the evening just as stunning with your glass of prosecco or Italian red! There were five of us in the party staying here and we certainly had plenty of room. The town is 5 mins away - with plenty of restuarants and coffee shops. The owners of the property also left us taxi details and people to contact for excursions which we made the most of. We visited Taormina by by car and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves but I am so glad that we stayed in Acireale as I felt we were more in an Italian environment away from too many tourists. Every day we walked to Piazza del Duomo where there is the most incredible coffee shop with cakes, ice cream and assortment of Italian pastries. It is directly opposite the huge church. And every day it took us ages to actually chose what we wanted as we tried to taste everything. The staff were so friendly and patient! At night we always went somewhere different to eat - and believe me I would not be able to say which was the best restaurant! They were so good!!! There are also excellent walks by the sea and a lot to explore. I will definitely be returning to Casa Aranci as I think I have found my new 2nd home! Thank you to the owners of Casa Aranci and their family nearby who were always willing to help and give advice!
Thank you very much for your very kind words Denise!
We're delighted that you found Acireale and its many Baroque churches (and bells) an enjoyable and interesting Sicilian experience.
We thank you as well for the detailed comments about this small city and its restaurants and cafe's, specially Cafe' del Duomo where I imagine you must have tried every Sicilian speciality !
All those comments will definitely help future guests on their decision of a true cultural experience in Sicily.
We're very glad you all enjoyed lounging on the terrace with a glass or cup of your favourite beverage!
We'll be extremely happy to welcome you and your group of friends anytime to "Your 2nd home" Casa Aranci!
Kind regards, Eamon
This house became very special to us as it's very welcoming ,homely ,tastefully decorated,well equipped and modern.The owners couldn't have been more helpful with advice about the area and tips on restaraunts etc.We loved Airiceale and it's people,buildings and culture.Its not as "touristy" as Taormina so we feel that we had a more "genuine" experience.Airiceale has restaurants,cafes,shops,historic churches and squares and very nice people.Prices at cafes and restaurants are very reasonable for delicious food(pizza,pasta,fish,meat),beers and wine. We would advise hiring a car after a day or two when you get more used to the narrow streets and the sometimes eyebrow and hair-raising drivers in Sicily.Casa Aranchi -great! Airiceale -great!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and for your honest suggestions that will be very helpful to future travellers.
Your advice of having a driver from Acireale sent to collect you at the airport contributes to a more relaxed approach to your stay and renting a car after a couple of days to visit the several interesting places nearby reduces the cost of car rental as well.
Paola was also delighted with your kind words and for you having taken the time to leave the house in such pristine conditions at check out.
Thank you again and we'll be very happy to welcome yourself and your family any other time in the future.
Eamon and Paola were very gracious hosts. We had everything we needed and more. The view from the balcony was beautiful and relaxing. Streets a bit tight but with Paola’s help we managed and it only added to the charm!!
Thank you very much Rose,
We did communicate a lot and on various subjects but you resumed it very well;
We’re glad you all enjoyed Casa Aranci (and its terrace in particular) and took to the “charm”, as you described it, of the narrow streets and alleys of the old part of the Baroque town of Acireale.
Paola will also be delighted with your comments.
We’ll be very happy to welcome you anytime in the future.
Kind regards, Eamon
we suggest you drive mostly along the coast following directions to the main port and train station in Catania and then the small port of Ognina. Follow signs for Acicastello, Acitrezza, Capomulini and then Acireale. Follow directions for Acireale Nord and enter the city by the communal gardens of Villa Belvedere, drive along Corso Italia and turn left into Corso Savoia to Piazza Duomo, drive under the arches (via Monsignor GenuRdi) next to the church and turn left in via Galatea, some 30 metres ahead turn right on via Marzulli, another 30 metres on the right turn into via Aranci and follow the road down to Piazza del Suffragio where Casa Aranci is at number 40... if you find it difficult to negotiate the narrow street of the neighbourhood you can go on driving Via Galatea another 100 metres to the big car park just before the church in Piazza Cappuccini.