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'CASA ARANCI' self catering villa, great sea views, close to piazza Duomo

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 x bedrooms sleeps 6 spans over 3 floors, top floor kitchen/dinning and terrace

This 3 bedroom house which spans over 3 floors is situated in Piazza. Madonna Suffragio with magnificent views of both a beautiful 400 year old church and the Med sea, is walking distance from the heart of Acireale, a 17 C baroque town bursting with beautiful historical buildings. 'Casa Aranci', built lately and recently refurbished, retains some of its original features and integrates within the square.

The first floor is dedicated entirely to an en suite bedroom which also has a single sofa bed for a third guest.

The second floor comprises of a double room and a single room both sharing a 'wrap around' style balcony and a shower room. The highlight of 'Casa Aranci' has to be the third floor which is the kitchen and dinning area leading out to a garden terrace which benefits from magnificent views of the sea.

All rooms have air conditioning which can also switch to heat in the few cold winter nights between Nov and April. Catania, Taormina Mt Etna within one hour drive.

Thermal Spa: You can take advantage of Acireale's Santa Venera Thermal Spa where past, present and future join for a special spa experience. In the heart of the city of Acireale, you can enjoy natural thermal waters closer to the very site where the Romans did over 2000 years ago.

Santa Venera Thermal Spa is a day spa where you can bathe in the warm, natural mineral-rich waters and choose from a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body and soothe the mind.

Excursions to Mt Etna: Etna volcano, the largest Volcano in Europe, towering above Catania, Sicily's second largest city, has one of the world's longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BC. Historical lava flows of basaltic composition cover much of the surface of this massive volcano. The Volcano, truncated by several small calderas, was constructed during the late Pleistocene and Holocene over an older shield volcano.

If you are a volcanoes amateur you can organise a trip to the top or take advantage of somebody, with high educational skill in geology and volcanology, that can lead you for some Etna excursions . We can organise for geologists and accredited guides to lead you trough the excursion of a lifetime.

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Property Manager
Eamon Murphy
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

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!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Dear Mario,

We would like to thank you for the pleasant time we had at Casa Aranci. The house exceeded our expectations. A spacious terrace with stunning sea views. And an additional terrace with stunning views of the active Mount Etna. We saw the lava flows. In addition, Paola had made ​​the house tiptop in order.

The stay in the city suited us well. Shops and recommended restaurants nearby. Or just to eat an ice cream in the evening. The carnival provided a cheerful crowds.

From Catania we visited Syracuse, Etna, Agrigento and Taormina. Syracuse and Agrigento fascinating to their excavations, the spectacular Etna with the extraordinary landscape and Taormina too touristy.

In addition, the ladies have been a few times to the beach. The water was lovely; the outward and especially return journey was heavy.

The Irish Pub gave no problems. The double glazing kept the noise well against.

Thanks again for renting your house. We will definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to visit wonderful, friendly, somewhat chaotic but definitely delicious Sicily!


Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Acireale in Province of Catania

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , share w/ single
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , share w/double
  • The en suite bedroom has a spacious bathroom with bath tub containing shower. The shared bathroom on the 2nd floor comprises of a shower On the third floor there is a unique wet room style bathroom ideal for refreshing after a spell of sunbathing on the terrace.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Each of the double rooms can also be prepared as two twin rooms. All bedrooms and bathrooms are dressed in white this combined with a clutter free environment gives a fresh and spacious feel to the rooms.
  • Books
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Because of the layout of Casa Aranci spanning over 3 floors, the house is not suitable for anyone with a walking disability. Please note that, as per common sense, whilst on balconies on the second floor and terraces on the third floor children should be supervised when playing outside. Part of the character in the piazza of St Maria al Suffraggio is the church of the same name, it makes for a wonderful backdrop from the terrace as seen in the photos, please also note that part of its charm is its bells !! just in case you forget to bring your watch don't worry you will be reminded of the time every 15 mins from 0600 to 2200 each day. Sundays is a particularly lively time for the church and its bells.


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'CASA ARANCI' self catering villa, great sea views, close to piazza Duomo
average rating of 4.9148936 based on 48 reviews
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Better than advertised

  • 5 of 5

The place is very nice and very spacious. Paola was very welcoming. The home was in a perfect spot. We explored Acireale the first day. There is a lovely nature walk only steps from the casa. We ate a few local restaurants and none disappointed. La Locanda di abbatizza(4min walk) was our favorite. We also took day road trips to Catania and Taormina once again the casa was in the perfect spot to do so with out driving forever. We would definitely stay there again when we come back.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Dominic! It was a pleasure to have you and your beautiful family with us, Paola is very grateful of your comments as well. Thank you also for your review of the restaurants nearby... it’s always helpful for future guests. You’ll be very welcome next time you visit! Kind regards, Eamon + Mario
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It was the best! Go out of your way to stay at Casa Aranci!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment in beautiful Acireale was a fabulous place to stay. It is large, has very high ceilings, wonderful balconies and lots of sun. It is perfect for two couples ( altho we were one) but would work with a few children also. The way it is set up leads to a lot of privacy; each floor can be closed off. One floor up there is a bedroom and large bath with a tub; one floor above that is another large BR, a smaller one, a bath, and a wrap around balcony. The third floor has another bath, and the most wonderful open space with a big galley kitchen, washing machine, wonderful eating area and magnificent balcony with plants, eating area, view of the sea, and a spiral staircase leading to the rooftop with a view of both the sea and Etna It is on a pretty street, on a beautiful square with a church and within easy walking distance of the square, the market, and multiple wonderful places to eat. Bells ring in the church on "our" square from about 6:00-10, but they are pretty, and even without earplugs, they did not bother us at all.

The best thing about the place is the hosts. They sent us extensive information about the town - where to eat, what to do, suggestions about places to explore, and about day trips from the area. We had the most contact with Mario, who lives in London, but grew up in Acireale, and comes back frequently. He is so friendly and kind; we spent lots of time with him, and that contributed to our fantastic stay. Even when in London, he responds almost immediately to all emails. His English (and Italian) are perfect, and he is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Paola lives across the street and she let us in and explained everything - even tho she speaks almost no English. She is lovely

We are not the only ones who love to stay there - the people before us stayed for months!

We will recommend his apartment to everyone, not just because it is wonderful, but because the hosts put so much effort into making sure the guests have a perfect time.

I would go out of my way to stay there; it did turn out to be the perfect base to explore the east coast of Sicily.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Karen and Joe, It was fun and an absolute pleasure to meet you both even if we started with parking challenges! Your review will be very helpful to future guest wishing to visit different places in Sicily while staying in town, close to shops and restaurants but also with plenty of space to relax on the terrace or walk down to the sea. Paola will be delighted when I’ll read your very kind words to her. Whenever you decide to come back to Casa Aranci sharing the house with your family, we’ll love to welcome you again and catch up over a glass or two as we did before you left. Thank you very much again, Arrivederci, Mario +Eamon
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Lovely, spacious house with a beautiful view of the sea only minutes away from the heart of Acireale

  • 5 of 5

The property is very clean and spacious with a lovely terrace off the top floor living/dining area. There is also a further roof terrace at the top of the house for those seeking uninterrupted sunshine. The house is well fitted out and comfortable with airconditioning in each room. It is only a few minutes' walk to the centre of Acireale and there is always something going on in one of the piazzas! There are plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance including the Mescan immediately below the house. There is a Deco supermarket within walking distance and larger supermarkets accessible if you have a car. There are plenty of places to visit if you have a car (but make sure it is a small one as some of the roads are very narrow) - we visited Etna, Siracusa/Ortygia, Taormina, Gole Alcantara, Acitrezza, Acicastello and Catania plus a number of beaches up and down the coast. The best sandy beach we found was in Catania, south of the port, where there are a large number of lidos where you can pay for entry/sunbeds and spend the day. The nearest place to the house to swim is in Santa Maria la Scala, which you can walk down to from the house although the walk back up is quite testing - there is a decking platform down there which has sun beds for hire and a decent bar/restaurant. If you are travelling with kids, we also recommend Etnaland, near Misterbianco, which is a large waterpark by day with lots of rides and in the evening, the other side of the park opens as a theme park, again with decent rides (andno queuing - at least when we were there!). Our host, Mario, was extremely informative and hospitable, providing plenty of info before and after arrival and Paola, who is the housekeeper, was very welcoming, charming and very helpful. In summary, we loved our stay at Casa Aranci and had an amazing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Cathryn, Your kind words delighted Paola, our invaluable local housekeeper and of course ourselves! Your detailed comments, suggestions and experiences will hugely help future guest when trying to decide where to stay and what to do in the area. Your up to the point advice of a small rental car is essential as most historic places like our neighbourhood have "challenging" narrow street, specially when processions and summer festivities restrict parking around the house and square. Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming yourself and your lovely family some other time in the future. Kind regards, Eamon
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  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé de superbes vacances avec ma fille.

L'appartement est très propre et possède une terrasse avec une vue exceptionnelle dans un quartier calme.

Le dépaysement est assuré!

Merci à Paola pour son accueil chaleur et Emon pour sa flexibilité qui nous a permis d'arriver un jour plus tôt suite à un problème d'annulation du vol à notre départ de lyon (France)

  • Review Submitted: 20-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Franck, It was a pleasure to have you and your delightful daughter with us, Paola was very happy with your comments as well! Hope to welcome you back some other time in the future... Thank you again, Eamon
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Thank you for an amazing stay in Sicily!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for an amazing stay in Sicily! Mario and Eamon are the perfect hosts and I would definitely recommend Casa Aranchi....we spent a week here in mid August. Casa Aranchi is beautifully spacious, immaculate accommodation, with all amenities and amazing views over the Med. A great location with beautiful restaurants, supermarket, pharmacy and lots of other shops and the piazza within 5 mins walking distance.

We enjoyed lovely walks down the hill to the beach and were within an easy drive to Mount Etna, where we spent a morning exploring, as well as a day trip to the beach in Taormina and a day spent at the Aqua park at Etnaland. So much to do and was enjoyable for all as we had children and grandparents with us. Mario and Eamon gave us so much information about what to do and where to go and were even able to assist with a driver to take us on our day trips! Having Paola the housekeeper across the way was a godsend - she was amazingly helpful!

This was our first trip to Italy as a family and we all enjoyed the beautiful sights and architecture of Catania/Acireal, a truly authentic Sicilian experience. The people were so lovely and friendly and we had the most amazing time....thank you Mario and Eamon....we look forward to going back again next summer!!! Ghazala, Trevor and kids xx

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Ghazala and family! Paola will be thrilled when I pass your lovely comments and the driver as well. We're glad to know the tips and advice worked out for you and for your own tips as we were not aware of Etnaland as a possible family day out! Your comments will certainly help future clients to decide for Casa Aranci and Acireale when in Sicily! Many thanks again for taking the time and we look forward to welcome you very soon, Mario
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A great family vacation !!

  • 5 of 5

We spent ten days as a family of four, in this fabulous property! The house itself was spotless, plenty bedrooms for all of us and a fabulous terrace with a marvellous view.. We travelled to giardini, Taormina, castelmola which was a quaint village in the mountains.. Also travelled south to Ragusa. Car hire was available in acireale. We would like to thank Paola for her kind help too. She made a huge difference and was a pleasant assistance to us. Town was very Sicilian experience . We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We loved casa aranci!! We hope to return again in the future. Thanks for the tips about the lovely restaurants too Mario and eamon

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Majella! It will certainly help future guests to decide for Acireale and Casa Aranci in particular; We'll pass your comments to Paola as well, she'll be delighted and we'll certainty be looking forward to welcome your lovely family some time in the future. Thank you again, Mario
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
A 18 Catania - Mesina
Car: recommended

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Acireale, Sicily

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
High Season
11 May 2018 - 20 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Nightly Rate
21 Aug 2018 - 28 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season
29 Aug 2018 - 10 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Low Season
11 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Nightly Rate
20 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Low Season
21 Oct 2018 - 9 May 2019
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Low season rates may vary around the Christmas, Carnival and Easter.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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