Villa in Viagrande, near Catania, Sicily - Peaceful Location, Few Minutes Walking From Shops, Restaurants, Patisseries
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.
Top Traveller Review
Like being at home on holiday!
About the Owner
About Francesco Alessi
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.
Francesco Alessi purchased this villa in 3
Why Francesco Alessi chose Catania
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
(12 traveller reviews)
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.
Beautiful, perfect for families
Family of 4 (two adults and two small children) stayed for three weeks in this wonderful villa. Lots of space both inside and out, with high standards throughout. The outdoor area is particularly impressive, with beautiful gardens and a fantastic pool. Stunning views of Etna. The owner was very professional and friendly, and everything was well taken care of. The village of Viagrande is charming, although a bit quiet at times. However, it is a good location for exploring the east of Sicily, including Etna, Taormina and Syracusa, among others. We highly recommend this property!
A well designed spacious house with extensive beautiful gardens and a lovely pool area. Our favourite spot for breakfast and evening meals was the roof terrace with views of Etna and the sea. An excellent base for visiting Siracusa, Taormina, Hill Top towns, the beach and our favourite excursion Mount Etna not to be missed. A Superb Holiday.
What a wonderful....place
We were with 2 chefs, a doctor, a businessman and an artist at our very first visit to Sicily. We booked the accomodation from Cape Town. There were no problems and Francesco (who we never met!!Send a picture!!) organised everything to a "T". The owner Cristina welcomed us with open arms and if there was any question, a qiuck sms to her sorted it all out.
The house is spacious and everything you want and need is there plus wonderful view on the terrace of Mount Etna. In South Africa we love our "braai" that is a barbeque for the rest of the world and the villa offers one of the best places to prepare your fish, steak or your own fired artichokes! The villa offers a great place to enjoy preparing your food either in the kitchen or outside. There is a garden service and pool service so you can RELAX!!!
With Wifi, big screen TV (we never used), jacuzzi and lots of places to "chill" everyone found what they wanted to do in and around the villa. The place is well positioned to walk to the town (5 minutes) where you find the most amazing vegetable merchants, restaurants and delicatases etc. At a short drive away there is also a Liedl store! The city is typical Sicilian, nice buzz, some old buildings worrthwhile looking at but do not expect super clean!!
Oh and if you are in your wines....go to the vinyards around the corner to buy direct from the tap your best Sicilian wine.
Great place to start discovering Siciliy or enjoy good Sicilian living. We'll be back!!
Beautiful Villa..Lovely location
We had a wonderful holiday in this beautiful villa in Viagrande, Sicily. The facilities in the villa were incredible, it was a real home from home. It was very clean and the garden was fabulously maintained. The owner, Cristiana, could not have been more helpful when we arrived, and we would definitely recommend this property to others, particularly if you want to explore Mt Etna, and for families with children..the pool was great. We had some fantastic meals in the local area, but our favourite was Trattoria U Puttusu in Acireale. And we also loved the Bam Bar in Taormina, where we had amazing granitas with warm freshly baked brioche. We watched Mt Etna erupting for the first few nights, red lava pouring down the mountain, which was unforgettable. It was a perfect introduction to Sicily which is a fascinating place, and we are definitely keen to return there.
From the Owner
“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”
Activity and Interests
Nearest beach 15 km far
Nearest airport: Catania airport 25 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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
18 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£217|
For a definitive booking it is kindly requested a deposit of 30% of the price by bank transfer, the final balance will be payed cash on arrival.
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 conditioning according to consumption, final cleaning 80 euros. Refundable deposit 250 euros.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“the excellent view and the typical sicilian garden”
- Sports & Activities
- Air Conditioning
- Fitness Room / Equipment
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Room
- DVD Player
- Table Football
- Satellite / Cable
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- theme parks
- winery tours
- eco tourism
- outlet shopping
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- ice skating
- mountain biking
- ski pass optional
- 300 m²
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Bathroom 1 with wc,bidet on the first floor. Bathroom 2 with wc, bidet, shower and jacuzzi pool on the ground floor. Bathroom 3 with wc, bidet, shower on the ground floor. Bathroom 4 with wc, bidet, shower in the pool depandance.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6+1(3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and one single bed and large window overlooking the garden, Bedroom 2 with double bed and one single bed and a large window overlooking the garden, Bedroom 3 with a comfortable chair bed and internal window.
- Golf ...
- Ski & Snowboard ...
- Outside: The villa is surrouded by a wide mediterranean blooming garden, with panoramic terraces, an equipped dining area , an external kitchen and a barbecue. In the garden you can find also a private swimming pool, a beach volley field and a little depandance with one bathroom, a dressing room and storage. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: A set of bed and bath linen for person, pool towels wikly changed are included in the price.Not included final cleaning 70 euros. Other: Close to the bedrooms there is a fitness and music room.