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Fabio Monaco/Nadia Monaco

Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish

Lovely Villa divided into 4 units with a 25-Meter Pool between Etna and the Sea - 'Geranio'

13 Reviews
People7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Santa Venerina - Villa EtnAmare

4 spacious apartments placed in a panoramic location, with a semi-olympic pool

Villa EtnAmare is divided into 4 units with independent accesses and private terraces. The villa is situated up on a hill overlooking the green East coast of Sicily, between Mount Etna and the Ionian sea. It is surrounded by a land of five hectares dotted with heavily laden citrus trees and flowers.

The huge swimming pool (25x8m) is set amongst orange and olive trees on a natural terrace offering spectacular views of the Volcano and of the whole coastline as far as Catania, Giardini Naxos and Taormina.

Villa EtnAmare has recently been built and consists of ground floor, attic and basement with parking.

Each apartment offers a sweeping view on the green coast to the east and Mount Etna to the west. As well as a terrace, the apartment Geranio offers a large, private lawn garden with sea view.

Each unit is refined with excellent quality materials. They are provided with air-conditioning, heating, TV LCD with HDMI connector, free Wi-Fi, oven, refrigerator, coffee maker, washing machine, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Bath towels and bed linen are included. Beach towels can be hired on request.

Two units can be combined in order to have large apartments with 3 bedrooms.

Villa EtnAmare lies only 500 metres away from Santa Venerina, a village famed for the production of sweets, wine and liqueurs. In the village, just 5 minutes walking distance, there are good restaurants, supermarkets and shops.

This quiet, landscaped village offers a number of relaxing activities which can be booked from the property: wine tours, massage, tennis and horse riding.

You can also book guided tours to Mt Etna, Taormina and the marine reserve of Aci Trezza. The owners will be available for any tips on the area during your stay.

Santa Venerina is an excellent base from which to explore eastern Sicily, thanks to its very strategic position halfway between Catania and Taormina. The village is 5 minutes drive from the highway A18 Catania-Messina from which (in an average time of 20 minutes) you can reach the most beautiful places of Eastern Sicily, such as Taormina, Alcantara Gorge, Catania, Acicastello, Acireale, Etna, Giardini Naxos...

The charming baroque town of Acireale is only 15 km away from Santa Venerina. It is situated next to the 'Riviera dei Ciclopi', a unique coast with a crystal clear sea and lava stacks (Faraglioni) which is believed by Greek mythology to correspond to the stones thrown by blind Polifemo to Ulysses.The Riviera traditional resort towns of Acicastello and Acitrezza have long been a magnet for local day trips and offer arguably the best Granita to be found anywhere and lots of good seafood trattorias. Catania, with its rich architectural heritage, its vibrant markets, restaurants and shops, is only 30 minutes away from the village.

The east coast Ionian Riviera has some of Sicily's most picturesque pebbly and sandy beaches including those of Isola Bella, Giardini Naxos and Letojanni (below Taormina). Santa Venerina is just 25 km from Gardini Naxos and 30 km (20 minutes with the highway) from Taormina, which draws more visitors than any other town in Sicily, thanks to its splendid position, its elegant shops, and its Graeco-Roman theatre with a unique view of Mount Etna. Torre Archirafi, Pozzillo and Santa Maria la Scala are pleasant seaside villages near Santa Venerina. The nearest beaches can be found in Praiola, Stazzo and Pozzillo (8 km).

Santa Venerina is also an excellent starting point from which to explore Mount Etna and its surroundings. The towns and villages that dot the flanks of Etna, such as Zafferana Etnea, Trecastagni and Randazzo, are well worth stopping off for a visit to their seventeenth century churches built in lava stone or for a spot of lunch in restaurants offering delicious local products. The village is only 4 km away from Zafferana Etnea and 10 km from Rifugio Sapienza, the main ski area, where you can take the Etna cableway, up to the main craters.

The sun of Sicily holds the record in Europe and maintains a mild climate throughout the year. Spring is the ideal time to enjoy the culture and nature that this island has to offer. It’s well worth making a trip just to experience the Easter processions, bringing together folklore and tradition in an incredibly mystic way.

The interior is spectacular, with the mountain slopes exploding in colour, while on the coast the first bathers start taking to the beaches.

In autumn, throughout October and mid-November, the sea water is still warmed by the summer sun, and the daytime temperature still reaches 30°c during the warmest hours. Many towns around Etna organize festivals dedicated to local products such as wine, mushrooms and sweets.

Our apartments are suitable for winter, Christmas and New Year. The weather between December and March can often be mild and sunny, but each of the apartments have a cosy quality allied to good heating systems and plenty of indoor space just in case!

More Details

Details for holiday apartment 'Geranio' , 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, 1 Bathroom

Geranio is faced East, and, as well as a terrace, offers a large, private garden with sea view as far as Taormina and the coast of Calabria.

This apartment is the largest among all 4 units and consists of two spacious bedrooms (a double and a triple), a full bathroom with shower and a living room with kitchen, dining table and a twin sofa bed of high quality. Two large sliding doors, one located in the living room and the other in the triple bedroom, access the terrace/garden equipped with a gazebo, garden furniture and a barbecue.

Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
Fabio Monaco/Nadia Monaco (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Swedish

About Fabio Monaco/Nadia Monaco

Hello, my name is Nadia. I graduated in Foreign Langueges and Literatures in 2011 and I'm a teaching assistant since 2013. Although cultivating an unbridled passion for travel, I have always been living in Santa Venerina. My brother Fabio has lived and worked in Stockholm for a few years as a sound engineer before moving back to Sicily in 2014. My parents Angelo and Maria Teresa, a builder and a landscape architect, respectively, teamed up to realise our little paradise that we all love to share, since we have the great opportunity to meet different people from all over the world.

Why Fabio Monaco/Nadia Monaco chose Catania

My father bought the property in 1986. He was enchanted by the beauty of that vast plot of land cultivated with vineyards and citrus groves that offered an unrivaled view and that, despite being in the countryside, was so well connected to neighboring towns.

On the property was a lovely winery that, once renovated, became our home for a few years.

Among my most cherished childhood memories are the summer times spent with my brother exploring, riding a bike, climbing the fruit trees and gorging ourselves with cherries, apricots and whatever else we could find when we got hungry... and then the harvest in autumn days, which became the occasion of parties and meetings with family and friends.

In 2001 began the construction of the present structure, which was completed in 2010.

We share our property with genuine passion, aware and proud of the uniqueness of this place. Papà Angelo loves to collect fresh fruit for our guests and to lead them along the citrus scented paths, so that they can pick the fruit by themselves. Mamma Maria Teresa is a discreet presence, but 'behind the scenes' she coordinates all matters relating to the care of garden and villas.

Everything is family run whereby it is sometimes very difficult, but in the end there is no greater satisfaction than to see guests come back year after year, or just say some nice words about their stay at our place.

What makes this apartment unique

Villa EtnAmare was inaugurated in July 2010. The villa, garden and semi-Olympic pool have been designed and built by the owners Angelo and Maria Teresa.The wooden furnishings and traditional Sicilian finishes in lava stone and terracotta have been chosen with great care.

Reviews

4.8
based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

'Geranio'
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews
5

Un petit coin de paradis au pied de l'Etna !

  • 5 of 5

L'endroit est tout à fait sublime et géographiquement bien situé pour visiter les environs (les plages, l'Etna, Taormina, Catania et plus). C'est propre, tranquille, bien équipé. La vue sur l'Etna d'un côté et sur la mer de l'autre donne tout le charme de cet endroit. L'accueil est sympathique et réactif aux demandes.

Merci mille fois, nous n'oublierons jamais cet endroit!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Nice house, nice pool, nice location and nice host

  • 5 of 5

A nice stay, nicely located a little uphill to avoid the heat. Good views to the sea and to Mt. Etna from the pool. All in all, it is recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing Villa EtnAmare and for sharing with other travellers your kind opinion about our property and location. It would be a real pleasure for us to host you again! With kind regards, Nadia
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5

Wundervolles Ambiente, tolle Wohnung!

  • 5 of 5

im Prinzip war alles wie aus den Inseraten im Internet versprochen. Die Lage ist einzigartig, die Wohnung gut bis sehr gut ausgestattet. Internet funktioniert tadellos (vor allem für unsere Kinder wichtig!). Als anfangs ein kleines Problem mit der Eingangstür auftrat, wurde sofort Abhilfe geschaffen. Man kann von dort hervorragend Touren zum Ätna und nach Norden (Taormina) unternehmen. An schönen Stränden (z.B. San Marco) waren wir in ca. 20-25 min. Acireale ist auch einen Besuch wert.

Wir haben den Aufenthalt sehr genossen und waren traurig, dass die eine Woche so schnell um war.

Das Haus mit dem tollen Pool kann uneingeschränkt empfohlen werden!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

We did it again - We came back to Etnamare

  • 5 of 5

The short story is: we did something that we've never done before, we visited the same place a second time ... and we do not exclude to do it again, maybe to investigate Sicily also once in a different season.

The longer story: Etnamare belongs to the most perfect places I've ever been to. We are travelling as a family with 2 kids (4 and7). Etnamare is a great place for many different tours, e.g. within 20 minutes you are on top of Etna or down at the sea, you have the sandy beaches of Catania and places to snorkel like Acitrezza, Taormina or the valley of Alcantara are close. The house itself is very spacious and comfortably equipped. There is a huge (really huge) garden attached to the house and the pool is the center of it. Angelo and Nadia are perfect hosts and they belong to the good reasons why one wants to visit this place again. The pool is even nicer than you can see from the pictures. From some perspectives the sea and the pool truely seem to melt together and turning around gives you full view on Etna's activity. This year we "only" had smoke but last year we saw it twice in real action, something that we will never forget for sure. Also important to mention that there has both times been very good contacts between guests from the different appartments, especially important for the kids. The terrace and the opportunity for having a barbecue makes it also a great place for a superb italian feast.

Angelo and Nadia, thanks for having us as your guests. Ci vediamo.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a wonderful review, we are honored that you enjoyed our home so much you decided to come back for the second time! it means a lot to us, but what makes us even happier is to have met people like you. We hope to be able to see you and your friends coming back over and over again! Nadia
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5

Au calme

  • 5 of 5

Appartement spacieux dans une belle et grande propriété très bien entretenue.

Piscine de belles dimensions partagée sans aucun problème entre les quatre appartements.

Le tout avec une vue imprenable sur la mer.

Situation idéale pour rayonner sur cette côte est de la Sicile, à deux pas de l'autoroute Catane/Messine.

Accueil chaleureux et grande discrétion.

C'est là qu'il faut aller.

Pour ceux qui ont des ado (!!) la WIFI fonctionne parfaitement.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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5

Super séjour, grand appartement très propre et grande piscine à débordement

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une super semaine à Etnamare. Nous avions l'appartement géranium au rez de chaussée. Il est grand. Une grande cuisine séjour et deux grandes chambres. L'équipement est complet. la piscine et la vue sont magnifiques. L'appartement est très propre. Il n'y a pas de vis à vis. La piscine est très grande, à débordement, digne d'un très bel hôtel et pour peu de monde. Il y avait beaucoup de transats, chacun avait le sien! Les descriptions sont exactes. Nous y retournerions avec plaisir.

Le village est agréable avec poissons du pêcheur (demander à Mario), des boulangeries accessibles facilement à pieds, un boucher, un fromager, 2 supérettes... des restaus... et un accès très facile à l'Etna.

Pour l'Etna nous sommes passés par une agence Lemon tour, 55 euros par personne pour la matinée. Nous avons été déçus car la ballade devait commencer vers 9 heures (on nous prend à Etnamare) et se finir à 15 heures (prospectus et site internet). Nous avons été pris en charge à 9h45 (15mn de retard à attendre au bd de route). Nous sommes arrivés au point de départ 35 mn plus tard. Le chemin est beau, la guide nous a expliqué bcp de choses en chemin et était très agréable. Elle parlait très correctement le français.

Nous avons commencé le tour vers 10H50 car nous devions attendre qu'un groupe qui se joignait à nous finisse son café. Nous étions 4 adultes et le groupe était constitué de 3 adultes et 5 petits enfants. Je pense que cela à fait en sorte que la ballade soit raccourcie. Nous aurions aimé continuer sur les bords du 2e cratère comme on voyait d'autres groupes le faire. Visiter une grotte en bd de route est peu intéressant. Le panorama où on nous emmène à la fin est époustouflant. Le repas est composé d'une pizza typique, une boisson, un café. Retour Etnamare 14h30! Bref, beaucoup d'infos intéressantes grâce au guide mais un "trekking" un peu court et qui laisse sur sa faim et un groupe trop inhomogène même si nos co-touristes étaient souriants et agréables. Donc bien se renseigner sur le groupe, essayer une autre agence, et si on s'y connait en volcan faire la ballade seule car là, le rapport intérêt prix nous a semblé négatif.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
44 Kilometres
Catania Fontanarossa
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Bar Russo
Nearest Ferry
28 Kilometres
Catania
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Il Picciolo, Linguaglossa
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Giarre
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Giarre
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Santa Venerina
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Rifugio Sapienza, Etna
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Praiola
Car: recommended

Villa EtnAmare lies only 500 metres away from Santa Venerina, a village famed for the production of sweets and liqueurs. The 'Russo' bar is well-known for the production of sweets: 'cornetti al miele' (croissants filled with honey), marzipan fruit and almond pastries.

Santa Venerina is an excellent base from which to explore eastern Sicily thanks to its very strategic position halfway between Catania and Taormina. The village distance 5 minutes from the highway A18 Catania-Messina from which (in an average time of 20 minutes) it is possible to reach the most beautiful places of Eastern Sicily. It is the ideal starting point for a visit to Taormina, Catania, Acicastello, Acitrezza, Acireale, Etna, Siracusa, Giardini Naxos...

The charming town of Acireale distance only 15 km from Santa Venerina. It is situated next to the 'Riviera dei Ciclopi', a unique coast with a crystal clear sea and lava stacks (faraglioni) which is believed by Greek mythology to correspond to the stones thrown by blind Polifemo to Ulysses.The Riviera traditional resort towns of Acicastello and Acitrezza have long been a magnet for local day trips and offer arguably the best Granita to be found anywhere and lots of good seafood trattorias.Catania, with its rich architectural heritage, its vibrant markets, restaurants and shops, is only 30 minutes away from the village.

The east coast Ionian Riviera has some of Sicily's most picturesque pebbly and sandy beaches including those of Isola Bella, Giardini Naxos and Letojanni (below Taormina).Santa Venerina is just 25 km from Gardini Naxos and 30 km (20 minutes with the highway) from Taormina, which draws more visitors than any other town in Sicily, thanks to its splendid position, its elegant shops, and its Greek/Roman theatre with a unique view of Mount Etna.Torre Archirafi, Pozzillo and Santa Maria la Scala are pleasant seaside villages near Santa Venerina. The nearest can be found in Praiola (8 km), a wild pebbled beach next to an impressive cliff.

Santa Venerina is also an excellent starting point from which to explore Mount Etna and its surroundings. The towns and villages that dot the flanks of Etna, such as Zafferana Etnea, Trecastagni and Randazzo, are well worth stopping off for a visit to their seventeenth century churches built in lava stone or for a spot of lunch in restaurants offering delicious local products. The village is only 4 km away from Zafferana Etnea and 10 km from Rifugio Sapienza, the main ski area, where it is possible to take the Etna cableway, up to the main craters.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Santa Venerina, Catania

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Tariffa G
10 Sep 2016 - 7 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
£391
for 3 nights
£912
 
 
Tariffa H
8 Oct 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£589
for 5 nights
£825
 
 
Tariffa 1
31 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
£589
for 5 nights
£825
 
 
Tariffa 2
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
£527
for 5 nights
£738
 
 
Tariffa 3
8 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
£713
for 5 nights
£998
 
 
Tariffa 4
1 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,129
for 7 nights
£1,129
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £130

Gardenia is the result of 2 apartments, connected inside through a private staircase. It can be rented main floor only, up to 4 guests, at the same price of the other 1 bedroomed apartments. Visit our website 'etnamare.it' for more pictures and information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for 'Geranio' in Santa Venerina in Sicily

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Living Room 1 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Disco club
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Guests can take a walk along the footpaths, lighted by romantic lamps, and reap fruits from the orchard trees: oranges, lemons, cherries, pears... and more.

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