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Nice apartment between the sea (only 50 metres far from) and Etna Volcano, new UNESCO site!

Bedrooms 2
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Confortable home, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living, garage, bikes

WELCOME TO Torre Archirafi, Auntie Poldi's village! Mario Giordano's first novel to be translated into English, Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions, is a charming-with-a-bite mystery starring Isolde Poldina Oberreiter, aka Auntie Poldi, a sensual woman of a certain age. Usually in mysteries, older women are clever, wise or crotchety, rarely lusty. Poldi is all that, and more. Although booze and depression have taken their toll, she is still glamorous and stylish, and never without her black wig.She finds a house in Torre Archirafi, a sleepy little town between Catania and Taormina, with the sea below and Etna behind. Come here!

The apartment(max 5 people) is near the sea( 50 m) in a central and residential aerea, in a quiet fishermen’s village called Torre Archirafi (Riposto). It’s a completely furnished and very comfortable two-storeyed apartment with a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom with a shower on the first floor, and a mansard on the second floor. Wide terraces with view on a tropical and Mediterranean garden, perfect for relaxing, getting tanned and reading. There’s also a barbecue for cooking the local fresh fish.

Torre Archirafi is situated in a very favourable place, at a short distance from all the most important turistic and cultural sites of Eastern Sicily: Acireale (12 km), Catania (25 km), Noto( km), where you can see the famous sicilian baroque, Taormina (15 km) Piazza Armerina and Siracusa (100 km), known all over the world because of their rich history, their wonderful panorama and for being used as important film location.

And of course there are the Alcantara Gorge and the Volcano - Etna, new UNESCO SITE, with the river, a lot of beautiful paths through the forest, near the lava flows. In winter you can also ski on its slopes.

Few meters far from the apartment you’ll find the beautiful promenade along the seafront, now enriched by a panoramic cycle track. Two bikes waits for you inside our car box!

Two kilometers away from Torre Archirafi there’s the turistic port of Riposto and a big and tipical mediterranean fish market, open all days in the morning!

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blog: http://homeholidayinsicily.blogspot.it/

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0u2_zZCLnds

We're on TRIPADVISOR too, CASA DEI GERANI, look there!


Etna was at last added to the list of the world heritage sites by UNESCO.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Riposto in Province of Catania

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    - Outdoor Shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Outdoor Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    - 1 Single Bed
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Hydrotherapy
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Nice apartment between the sea (only 50 metres far from) and Etna Volcano, new UNESCO site!
average rating of 4.9339623 based on 106 reviews

Lovely apartment close to the sea

  • 5 of 5

Lovely accommodation for 2 couples travelling together. We really enjoyed the huge wraparound balcony where we ate breakfast every morning. The fridge had enough food for breakfast and lunch, and the kitchen is supplied with everything required. Gratzia and Aldo were wonderful helpful hosts and immediately got back to us when we had problems with the internet. The apartment is in a very convenient location for sightseeing to Mount Etna, Catania and Taormina (which we found to touristy even in late September). The little village of Torre Archirafi is quiet and just a short distance from Riposto.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review! We are very happy to host and meet you so to know your satisfaction about our hospitality and your stay here :-) Many sites are waiting a new visit, hope to see you again in Sicily ! Friendly Grazia and Aldo
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  • 5 of 5

First of all I would like to thank Grace and Aldo for the hospitality and courtesy. Thank you very much for your responsiveness and attention.

Apartments for homely, clean and very comfortable to stay provided everything. We rested a family (two adults and a child 3.5 years. Hosts at our request, ordered a taxi from the airport and greeted us like honored guests, especially for our boy bought a cot and a fridge filled with various fresh foods, beverages, fruits and vegetables. Sea and the air was amazing.'s beaches we traveled on foot and by bicycle. nearest city get on the buses. All very much. advise!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Very nice guests. Accomm...

  • 5 of 5

"Very nice guests. Accommodation is perfect. Very useful the BBQ on the terrace for cooking fresh fish."

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2012
  • Date of Stay: March 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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"First of all we were mad...

  • 5 of 5

"First of all we were made very welcome by the owners..even a bottle of Spumante for New Years Eve. It felt like home from home as there was everything you need in the apartment. From lovely large terrace you could see the sea on one side and top of Mount Etna on the other..amazing. Lots of restaurants within walking distance. Only drawback was time of year..the New year weekend so most places were shut but i'm sure would be amazing in the warmer months..and we're looking forward to go back then".

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2011
  • Date of Stay: December 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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"We really had a great ti...

  • 5 of 5

"We really had a great time @ this apartment, its nice & cosy in the winter and some great restaurants just a few steps away and was great to have our minds at rest that the car was safe in the garage, will def recommend & will def visit again soon."

  • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2010
  • Date of Stay: December 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Grazia and Aldo were VER...

  • 5 of 5

"Grazia and Aldo were VERY welcoming and the apartment was a true home from home. We had a wonderful relaxing stay. The region is beautiful and there was plenty to do without a car, but probably with a car you would have more options."

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2010
  • Date of Stay: September 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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your home in Sicily
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 February, 2018

About your home in Sicily

Your vacation in Sicily will receive a warm welcome for us the reception is a value worth defending. At home, our guides and our advice will help you to better plan your vacation. We wait for your inquiries to meet you in the best way. Wait for you!

your home in Sicily purchased this house in 1995

Why your home in Sicily chose Riposto

Travelling also means getting to know the culture of your host country. That's why our house is at your service with all relevant information to the knowledge of the area, its history, its opportunities. A holiday in Sicily allows you to learn about the history and culture of the West: Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Angevins, Aragonese, British ... everyone here have left traces of their civilization!

For this reason we recommend a holiday in our house by the sea: from here you can learn about and appreciate our past and to better understand our present. Food, entertainment, sports, excursions will offer splendid opportunities. Our guides will help you in this process.

You will be welcome in the wonderful international family of our guests!

Torre Archirafi is also Auntie Poldi's village, the location of the bestseller of Mario Giordano writer. A copy of the novel is in the house!

What makes this house unique

In this house you will find everything you need for a special holiday: peace, green, comfort, kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms with all the accessories for your stay, large terrace with barbecue, air conditioning, satellite TV, WIFI (3 GB for free included) bicycles, garage for your car .... and the sea just a few steps. What more could you ask for?


Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
CATANIA Fontanarossa
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
RIPOSTO, Porto turistico
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended

From the motorway: A18 exit Giarre, follow the signs for Riposto e Torre Archirafi.

From the Catania Airport(30 km):take the A18 motorway to Messina,exit Giarre.

From the turistic port: follow the seafront, Torre Archirafi is two km far.

From the Giarre-Riposto station:follow the signs and reach the sea front, then go straight on for two km and you're in Torre Archirafi.

We suggest to try the local restaurants:you can taste the Sicilian fish while sipping a glass of our typical wine. Near the apartment you can find: market, postal office, pub, pharmacy, drugstore, newsagent,bus stop, pizzerie.

In Milo you find Parco Avventura, a few adventures in Etna's Park:



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