|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Villa 'Le ancore' is located in front of sea, on 'Ionic Riviera', the East coast of Sicily, in Torre Archirafi, between Taormina and Catania. It's a Mediterranean and luxurious villa with private access to the beach, a wide portico and a large terrace in front of sea, with a lovely panoramic view of Taormina. At the ground floor there are a large living room (with satellite TV), a dining room, a kitchen (with dishwasher), a bathroom, a wardrobe and a little laundry-room (with washing-machine). At the first floor you can find five bedrooms (each one with its bathroom) that can accommodate up to 9 persons. At the roof floor there is another panoramic terrace with a 360° breathtaking view (from the sea to the Etna mount). All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning.
We travelled on a late flight to Sicily and collected our car at Catania airport.
We had a puncture en route and phoned Giuseppina to explain that we would be late. Luckily her son, Salvatore, was visiting and he very kindly drove to us and changed the wheel, I think we may have been there until morning otherwise. The villa was spacious, clean and comfortable and very well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. Due to the lack of a car for two days while the local garage obtained a tyre, we did a lot of walking into town and swam in the local area. We enjoyed the fresh fruit and vegetables from market stalls and bread and pastries from the bakery. We took the local bus to Taormina and saw La Boheme at the Greek Theatre in the evening and took a very fast taxi back afterwards! We visited Acireale and walked down to La Scala from there - long and steep so we were relieved to be able to share a taxi back to our car as no-one was looking forward to the walk back up to town. Had several fab meals out. Everyone we met during our stay in Sicily was very kind and we can recommend it highly.
Looking for something other than the standard Florida get-away for Christmas, and not wanting to be trapped in a Caribbean resort, we (wife, three adult daughters and their spouses) looked to Europe and discovered the Villa le Ancore in Sicily. It was easy to get to, about 40 minutes from the Catania airport, which has connections with many of Europe's major airports. It is large, well equipped and lots of bathrooms (5), very important when traveling with 5 women. The central heating system worked well, there was lots of hot water, the kitchen was well-equipped and the beds are large and comfortable. We were there for three weeks, mid-December until the first week of January, the weather was pleasant (10 to 17 degree centigrade) walking around weather, not beach or swimming weather. We had only one day of rain and even then it wasn't cold. The location, next to the town of Riposto, was convenient. Riposto has lots of shops and supermarkets and a number of good restaurants, and there were many others within easy driving distances. It is on the Ionian coast, at the base of Mount Etna, and there is lots to see. A car is a must, the main roads, the autostrada are excellent, the secondary roads are slower and narrow by North American standards, but it doesn't take long to adapt. The back country roads through the mountains, are narrow and twisty, but the scenery is gorgeous and the mountain top villages are well worth the effort. Villa le Ancore is only a 20 minute drive from the tourist mecca of Taormina, and an hour from Syracuse. Sicily is riddled with history, both ancient and modern, everything from Greek and Roman ruins to World War ll gun emplacements. Italian cuisine is, of course, excellent and Sicilian cuisine which features a lot of seafood is even better with influences from the mid-East and northern Africa. For us Sicily was a great place to visit and the Villa le Ancore provided with excellent accommodations. We would highly recommend both.
There were 10 adults in the villa from mid-May to mid-June. The owner accomodated us with 5 bedrooms upstairs containing a matrimonial bed in one room, and queen sizes in the other four bedrooms. There was an additional small single bedroom downstairs we did not need to use. The formal dining room seated 10 easily, and living room was very spacious, with alot of seating. It was nice to have a dishwasher, two refrigerators with freezers, and a washing machine on premises. We prepared many meals in the villa's kitchen. The location is beautiful.. with a view of Taormina coast, and of southern Italy across the Ionian Sea. Our favorite 'close-by' place to visit was Giardini Naxos.. a cute beach town with sandy beaches and lots of restaurants. Our 3 terraces were great.. one on main level surrounding entire villa.. one with doors that opened off of three of the bedrooms upstairs, and a roof-top terrace accessed from an out side staircase. You do not want to park a large car under the villa, as the turn is short, and drive too steep. It was nice to have the villa secure, as the drive-way gate locks. We enjoyed our time at Villa le Ancore, and the villa was very spacious. The owner was very prompt in assisting us with questions, or any needs if they arised. Guiseppina, thankyou so much for your warm welcome and hospitality.
Villa Le Ancore is a beautiful property, large and gracious, very clean and very nicely and comfortably furnished. Just steps away on the other side of a narrow street in front is the ocean with a nice walkway along it. The views are fantastic. The description, which mentions the wonderful ground floor terrace, doesn't even mention the fact that there are terraces on two other levels. Our wonderful surprise was the great rooftop terrace. There is an outside staircase leading to the huge rooftop terrace that has the beautiful view of the ocean and coastline to Taormina but also of Mt Etna. We were lucky enough to see it very clearly on several of the days we were there. The pictures on this website are exactly what the house looks like and the description is accurate. Also, the owners are extremely nice and helpful. They provided us with lots of useful information and were very willing to answer all of our questions. They were also genuinely interested in making sure we were satisfied. During our very nice welcome to the villa we were given a tour and some instructions and encouraged to call if there were any problems (we did not need to call). There are also buses and a train station nearby and there are restaurants within walking distance. In fact it is a short and very pleasant walk to the marina in Riposto and to the smaller village of Torre Archirafi in the other direction. We ate at several very good restaurants nearby, two of which were in the Blue Guide (Marricriu was one and I think the other is called Bistro di Porto which is right at the marina). There was also a place to get a gelato just a short walk away. The villa was located very conveniently for exploring the east coast of Sicily and it was not difficult to get to or from the airport in Catania. There's a convenient shopping center just 10 minutes away with a large grocery store. If you like to cook there were plenty of dishes and cookware provided. We ate only breakfast and some lunches at the villa and went out for dinner. But it was so much nicer than being in a hotel. Because the highway is only 10 minutes away it's probably possible to visit further places without much problem like Agrigento and Palermo. We enjoyed lunch on the front terrace several times and some days we returned in time for sunset over Mt Etna from the rooftop terrace which was wonderful. Buon viaggio!
Very beautiful villa with lot of space, beautiful terraces. On the one hand we have the frontal view on the sea, on the other side of Mount Etna. The house is very warm, well-appointed - ideal for large families. Villa LE ANCORE is the most beautiful house in the city of Torre Archirafi! We were welcomed by the owner, a case of problem, she is there within 10 minutes. For people who want to be in a place outside the mass tourism, it is perfect. We met no other tourists! It is a fishing town, very family. Prices in restaurants, bar are minimal. The strategic position for excursions like Catania, Taormina, Etna, Siracusa, Messina ext. One negative point, facing the house the beach is with stones, for to go to sandy beach, take the car.
Thank you very much!
My family, two couples of friends and I were at " Villa le Ancore", in the first week of June. It is a comfortable and cosy house with a beautiful terrace seaside where you can admire a wonderful view. The sun rise is unforgettable at dawn. Even more you can admire in the terrace above the house : a wonderful view of Etna.We have done a lot of interesting tour itineraries: taormina, Siracusa, Acireale, Etna...
Thanks to the landlady, a very helpful and kind woman and thanks for the welcome full of colours and for our unforgettable stay in the wonderful Sicily!
Torre Archirafi is a suggestive mariner village, since XVIII cent. grown near a ferry port on the 'Ionic Riviera', the East coast of Sicily It's located at 2 km from the 'Porto dell'Etna', the new ferry port of Riposto, the nearest commercial town. About 15 km going to North you find Taormina, where you can visit its ancient Greek-roman theater or appreciate the fantastic panoramic terrace called 'Belvedere'. Or you can go to Acireale, a little city at 10 km South, plenty of XVII cent. churches & so called 'Valle del Barocco'. In half an hour by highway you can move to Catania the nearest big city, with its historic centre & important buildings of '700, '800 and '900. In about two hours you can go to Siracusa, the ancient Greek-city, or to the many XVII towns of its territory. In Torre Archirafi there are also geographical attractions during all the year: you can try different king of beaches (rocks, sand, gravel..) or have funny daily excursions to Aeolian Islands or to Etna Mount.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£434|
The price is all-inclusive (air conditioning, heating, final cleaning, lining and towels, satellite tv). The renting is for the whole villa (that is, there aren't other guests in the same period of you rental period). Maid daily service avaiable at 9 euros per hour. It's requested a breakage deposit of 500 euros (we will give money back at the and of your holiday). It's also requested an advance of 500 euros at the moment of reservation with bank transfer.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.