The " Stairway of Etna " is lied on a little hill on the south-eastern slopes of Etna Volcano, from where you can enjoy a panoramic view, at the same time, of the "Mountain" and the sea. It is a modern construction with comfortable internal area furnished with antique Sicilian style and modern too, special in the big bedrooms. There are many external spaces, with terraces furnished with garden furniture, and a lovely pool with a patio surrounded by greenery. You can also cook outiside in the big external kitchen using the big barbecue. The Villa is surrounded by a multilevel typical sicilian garden and is in a walking distance from the little village called Viagrande, full of bar and very good restaurants, and easily reachable from Catania and Taormina towns.
Villa in Viagrande, near Catania, Sicily - Peaceful Location, Few Minutes Walking From Shops, Restaurants, Patisseries
Cristiana Maria Pettinato
- english, spanish, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 17 Dec 2018
About Cristiana Maria Pettinato
Few years ago I chose with my husband this house to live here with our little daughter.We immediately loved the panoramic views of the Mount Etna and the characteristic Sicily east coast,with rocks and sand.With many love we planted,on the lava rocks,this Mediterranean garden,it grown up with our big satisfaction.We've got a very happy period with our friends to enjoy the garden,the pool and the beach volley field. But now,as I am a lawyer and assistant professor at Catania university,my daughter goes at school in Catania,we have decided to live in the city,nearest the job. My desire is,anyway,that this house we called "The Stairway of Etna" can continue to give love,peace,fun and relax to people to want to know and enjoy our wonderful Sicily.
Cristiana Maria Pettinato purchased this Villa in 3
Why Cristiana Maria Pettinato chose Viagrande
My guests love first the garden and the view. they spend their holiday in a elegant Villa full of every kind of comforts, inside and outside
What makes this Villa unique
the excellent view and the typical sicilian garden
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Lovely villa with amazing outdoor space: pool and gardens perfect
I would like to give this place 3.5 stars. Lots of positives but a few drawbacks:
Without a doubt the outside is the best part of this villa:
Outdoor spaces are incredible
-Fruit trees with lemons, plums, apples, prickly pears, grapes and kiwis
-gorgeous gardens and plants everywhere
-Pool is lovely and refreshing with floats and toys
-Terraces have abundant seating and stunning views
-huge outdoor dining area
-volleyball/badminton court with equipment
-outdoor kitchen in addition to indoor kitchen
Location is great for exploring Taormina, Etna, Catania, Siracusa and Ortigia, beaches. (But you need a car.)
Spacious interior with plenty of room for everyone, comfortable couches and seating.
Cool inside—even in August we didn’t need the air conditioning at all (but we weren’t in the villa most days, just mornings and evenings and nights.)
Jacuzzi shower with all kinds of sprays and a radio and a Jacuzzi tub big enough for 2 large adults or 4 kids.
Good Wi-Fi (though it doesn’t reach the pool area.)
Kitchen was well stocked and we cooked a couple of times. (It could use some more dishtowels, but had more than enough dishes, pots, pans, utensils, glasses.)
The host, Cristiana, is very sweet.
Due to a problem with the guests before us, the villa was not able to cleaned thoroughly for our arrival, Cristiana was very apologetic.
Cristiana’s dog lives on the property and is very sweet. But in the middle of the night there was a loud “conversation” among all the neighborhood dogs, and we all were awakened every night between 1-3AM.
While the villa is structurally beautiful, it was a bit cluttered for our taste—too many bowls and candles and pictures and pillows everywhere; as a renter I like to have surface area to put my own things down. And while there were plenty of extra blankets, they were shoved in the armoires, not folded neatly. There were plenty of cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink but it was a mess—I had to straighten it before I could find the garbage bags etc.
Dear Amanda, many thanks for your detailed review. I will accept your advices, but i want to explain the reason why some of my personal things are in my Villa, and the reason is i like to live there where is free and i need to feel my vibe inside.
The spirit of Homeaway is live like and owner and not to live in aseptic space like a hotel.
About Trilly i know sometimes he doesn't sleep because is the guardian of the zone. But my neighbors are available to keep him in their garden avoiding disturbances.
However many many thnaks for your patience!
Fabulous pool and grounds
There's a fantastic view of Etna from the gardens of this villa and a trip to the volcano was a highlight of our holiday. The wonderful pool has views down to the coast, and there are plenty of tables and chairs for eating out in the garden. We also fell in love with a friendly dog from next door who adopted us during our stay. The house is comfortable and interesting, with reasonable kitchen facilities, and Cristiana is a very helpful and welcoming host. Picturesque Taormina and Syracuse are only a shortish drive away.
A lovely property with wonderful grounds and a great pool.
Many Thanks Rosalind for your kindness.
It was a pleasure to have you as guest.
A lovely week in this beautiful villa!
We had such a lovely time in the Stairway to Etna. Cristiana was friendly and helpful when we arrived, and was happy to stay and chat about our plans for the week, and gave us good advice about where to go and where to eat. The pool was wonderful, and the roof terrace had the most beautiful views all around, from the sea to Mount Etna smoking in the distance! The garden had lots of places to explore, and lots of seating for relaxing in the sun. We also loved the two dogs, Giulietta and Trilli! They were very friendly and our children loved them! :-)
There is a Lidl, and another supermarket, about 10 minutes drive away in Viagrande. We ate at Piccolo Mondo, 5 minutes walk away, which was great - really friendly service and lovely food. The villa is really well placed for exploring the East coast of Sicily. Mount Etna, with cable cars almost to the summit, is about half an hour away, as is beautiful Isola Bella at Taormina. You can drive to Siracusa, and the beautiful sandy beaches in that area, in about an hour. But you could easily spend the whole week at the villa, enjoying the pool and the sunshine!
We would highly recommend the Stairway to Etna for anyone looking for a place to stay in this part of Sicily - our children have already asked when we can go back!
Like being at home on holiday!
Cristianas home was exactly that! A beautiful family home, well appointed and well equiped for all needs. On arriving at the property we were overwhelmed - the pictures simply do not do it justice! The pool is wonderful, multiple areas for outside sitting which are beautiful. On exploring the grounds we came across the upper garden which has fantaitic views of Etna. Able to walk into Viagrande in 10 minutes which is a lovely typical Sicilian town. Cristiana was incredibly accomodating to our needs... we had a 12 month old baby with us. She was able to provide a camp bed to suit our preferred sleeping arrangments. If you're a dog lover then the 2 resident house dogs will enhance your stay as they were so friendly and no trouble at all. All in all it was a truly wonderful family holiday which we would love to do time and time again. Would definitely return! The property is a credit to Cristiana who couldn't do enough for us.
Wonderful and homely villa with fantastic views
wonderful week, very well equipped villa with large pool and plenty of seating / shady areas to relax and enjoy. Owner extremely helpful and has created a beautiful home and garden.
Nearest beach 15 km far
Nearest airport: Catania airport 20 km. far
Nearest village 1 km., Restaurants 1 km., Supermarket 700 mt.,Bar-Pub 1 km.,Motorway 6 km., Catania airport 25 km.,Taormina town 35 km.,Beach 15 km.
The location is an ideal point of departure for many interesting excursions, naturalistic trips, trekking , or archeological visits.
Additional pricing information
Changeover Day: The usual changeover day is Saturday, but we are flexible as possible. The check in is from 5 p.m., the check out at 9,30 a.m. Notes on prices: Included in the price:water,gas, electricity, a set of bed and bath linen for person weekly changed. Not included air conditioning and centreal heating according to consumption (i have got a meter for every machine. I calculate o,13 cent of euro for every shot ), Final cleaning 80 EUROS . Refundable deposit 250 euros.