2 room(s) , of which 1 Bedroom(s), Independent kitchen, Living room, 1 shower room, 1 separate toilet, Terrace, Balcony
Surface area : 50 m2 / 538 sqft
Date of last renovation : 2004
The Suite Under the Castle is a lovely apartment on the sea located in the old fischerman town of Acicastello (near Catania) in east Sicily, a calm little fishing-village with a historic fortress and a nice public square next to the sea. Good infrastructure for the supply of groceries, dayly needs, bars and restaurants.
The appartment: Located next to the fortress with a splended terrace immediately overviewing the bay. Just beeing there, taking a fresh breeze, listening to the relaxing sound of the seawaves, seeing both, the sun and the moon rising is a pure pleasure. Inside two spacious rooms, completely equipped kitchen, high-graded sanitary outfit. The whole appartment is affectunately decorated with various fine details. Especially the high ceilings are elaborately designed with paintings that make the interior so distinctive and precious.
Helpful information is provided by the owner not only for the stay at the appartment but also recommendation for touristic activities. Rocky sea-access and pleasant swimming-conditions. ideal for couples looking for a special and relaxing experience among sea, sun and history. The suite under the castle, a stage of emotions.
It is a lovely apartment on the sea ideal for couples looking for a special and relaxing experience among sea, sun and history.
1 bedroom, sleeps 3
Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed, 1 Double sofa bed
1 double sofa bed located in in the living room, 1 cot
Room for 4 in the dining area Room for 4 in the living area
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17 out of 17 people recommend staying here
Geoffrey from Worcester Park
Stayed Thursday 05 September 2013 with Couple
Valeria really looked after us, with advice and very kind presents during our stay.
The property was larger than we expected, and really enjoyed the balcony with its exceptional views.
Alejandro from London
Stayed Friday 12 July 2013 with Couple
We had the best couple of weeks in this charming apartment in Aci Castello - we were met by the owner at our hotel in Catania and followed her in a taxi, Valeria was charming and very thoughtful. Her apartment is much larger than we expected and especially the terrace, where we spent alot of time, both days and more so in the evening - including a couple of magical evening watching the full moon rise between the Cyclops islands and change colour as it gathered height - all whilst sipping local vino from a Etna vineyard - bought from a wine bar where the owner has bulk supplies and you take along empty water bottles and fill up @ E3 per litre - delicious and you can have a refreshing glass of proseco with the ac also cooling and nibble homemade treats at the bar - bliss on a stick.
The apartment is very comfortable and Valeria dro pped by several times with goodies including some really delicious dessert wine, when we were to leave she brought us a hug bunch of freash local oregano to take homeso that we could relive the taste of Sicily back in London - very sweet.
We deliberately wanted to live as some locals do without a car and managed to get to Taormina and Syracuse with some effort and a lot of fun, but mostly we were in the local area, enjoying life in a fishing village dating back to 350 BC +/-, seeing daily weddings in the churches and Norman castle, swimming in the crystal clear clean Med, having coffees and delicious pastries, visiting butcher and fishmonger et al. Quite a lot of reading too and listening to life on the Lido below the aprtments terrace. For really exploring, a car is a must.
We both needed to some work whilst we were away and needed intrenet connection, so paid extra for wifi, but that doesnt exist. We found an internet point, but finding a free desk and the place open was often a real challenge - we became very well known at the pastry shop opposite and learnt some Italian and they some English - fun. Always double check these important matters in advance.
We both needed to do some work whilst we were away and had booked the wifi connection as an extra, but this doesnt exist and getting to the internet point and finding it open with a free desk was another challenge
Stephen from Greenwich
Stayed Friday 14 June 2013
Excellent way to relax. Aci Castello is a lovely little village with a lovely Piazza just around the corner. The view from the balcony is wonderful.
The rooms are very large and airy and the bed is very comfortable.
The kitchen is very small and difficult to cook in. The shower is also very small. Overall we had a fabulous week in a lovely setting. We would recommend this. (The stairs are steep and dark but once you are inside the living areas are large.)
Roger from London
Stayed Saturday 27 October 2012
Superb accomodation - the owner was very welcoming and kind. Highly recommended.
David from Alton
Stayed Saturday 25 February 2012
Our stay at the Suite under the Castle was lovely in every respect. The accommodation was spacious, very clean, traditional, yet with good quality modern conveniences. The owner was very friendly, extremely helpful and spoke good English.
Finding a generous welcome pack of food supplies and a home cooked meal for our first evening was a very pleasant surprise indeed! We felt that the owner genuinely cared about Sicily, her property and making sure her guests had a great holiday.
We have no problem highly recommending this property.
Eugene from Roseville
Stayed Friday 07 October 2011
The apartment in Aci Castello was an excelent value. The photos on the web were accurate, though the view was even more beautiful than pictured. It was neat and tidy and the bed was comfortable. We especially enjoyed the balcony. Valeria tried to think of everything we could possible need in the week we were there. She even had food waiting for us because she knew we would be tired and hungry when we arrived. We enjoyed shopping in the local markets and cooking some of our own meals in the well-equiped kitchen. Valeria was most egar to proved for us. When weI requested an iron, she brought one by the next day along with a little gift of pastry. We would certainly reccomend this property to others and hope to return someday.
Steve from london
Stayed Friday 09 April 2010
Lovely location, very attractive flat and in an interesting and characterful small sicilian town.
Owner was very attentive and worked hard to see we enjoyed our stay.
Christian from South Burlington
Stayed Friday 04 September 2009
We had a wonderful time in Aci Castello at the Suite Under the Castle. We agree with the other positive reviews, especially that the apartment is spacious and light, the terrace is fantastic, and it is a perfect spot for couples. Also, Valeria is kind, gracious and so helpful. She does do everything possible to ensure a great holiday. The apartment has everything one could need, plus Valeria has extensive information about Sicily, and she is very responsive. Aci Castello is a very good location to explore eastern Sicily. We really liked the fact that we could visit popular places like Taormina, Etna, and Siracusa (where there were often more tourists) and then come back to our suite and get away from it all and just relax. It felt really special to live among the locals and enjoy the lovely little town, the restaurants and the castle square. It grew on us more every day as we felt more and more at home and connected, and it was very sad to leave. It is truly a special place!
Anna from Newport
Stayed Friday 12 June 2009
We stayed in this Suite for a week in June 2009. The Suite itself is our favourite self catering accommodation we have ever stayed in. The owner, Valeria has spent a lot of time and care in restoring the original features (ceiling frescos and tiled floors). Even the great web photos do not do the Suite justice. The two main rooms (bedroom and living/dining room) are large and the kitchen is small, but large enough and well equipped. The shower room is also small and probably not suitable for someone carrying a few pounds! The balcony is fabulous ~ its large and the views are fantastic. It gets the sun all morning and by the evening is shady and cool. There isnt any private parking and the street outside is residents only parking, but as long as you dont mind a 5 min walk (with some uphill walking or steps), then it is easy to park down by the harbour. Valeria was very welcoming and helpful, supplying lots of local information (both verbally and with books/maps) and nice touches in the Suite (wine, pastries, fresh lemons and cherries etc.). Aci Castello is a quaint and interesting little town and a good base for exploring eastern Sicily. A word of caution, if you are not a fish lover be very careful which restaurant you chose as many offer little else. Also, most restaurants did not have English translated menus or English speaking waiters. We would highly recommend the Suite to anyone, as long as climbing the steep steps to the Suite didnt pose a problem (at a guess there are about 20 or so).
During our week long stay we managed to visit Catania, Mount Etna, Villa Romana del Casale, Syracuse, Noto, Enna, Taormina, Panarea and Stromboli (stayed over night and climbed to the top). Top tip ~ use the E45/A18 to bypass Catania ~ you need to get on/off at Acireale. The extra time and miles are well worth the hassle and stress youll save!
Paula from Leeds
Stayed Saturday 27 September 2008
Our stay in The Suite Under The Castle was first class from start to finish. Firstly, the pictures on the website did not do it justice. The painted ceilings and splendid floor were beautiful and you cannot appreciate the wonderful view from the balcony until you are actually standing on it. This was our honeymoon and we certainly found this to be a very romantic place especially at dusk when the lights came on around the bay.
Valeria could not have been more helpful and her care of us started long before we arrived in Sicily.She had such good knowledge of the area and was always at the end of a telephone when needed. The gas ran out half way through cooking dinner and she had the man around with a new bottle in literally 5 minutes. Thats service. Her attention to detail was second to none and the groceries she left us, meeting us in the village to show us where to park, advising us on local restaurants and sights, coming to see us with a wonderful souvenir and being very patient when we accidently locked the door from the outside instead of opening(twice) made it a stress free and very special honeymoon. Many many thanks.
Richard and Paula Feltbower.
Michael from North Berwick
Stayed Saturday 05 July 2008
The apartment is in a wonderful position overlooking the bay of the Cyclops with the Norman Castle to one side. The view from the balcony is superb and we spent many hours just sitting there watching. The apartment itself is excellently appointed with air conditioning (thank heavens!) and everything necessary to make it an enjoyable stay. It also has two lovely painted ceilings. Valeria, the owner, couldnt be more helpful, making sure that you get the best out of your stay. There are plenty of places to eat around and about and Catania is easily reached by public transport or car. there is so much to do in the area that I feel we only scratched the surface.
Shona from London
Stayed Saturday 07 June 2008
We spent a lovely honeymoon week in the Suite under the Castle and would thoroughly recommend it.
The Suite under the Castle is a beautiful apartment with high ceilings painted with fresco, a modern and well equipped kitchen and bathroom and a wonderful terrace overlooking the sea and the Castle.
Aci Castello is a delightful town with all the necessary shops and some good trattoria/pizzerias and cafes. It is good base from which to explore other parts of Sicily, with Syracuse, Taormina, and Catania within easy reach.
Valeria, who owns the apartment, was extremely welcoming, gave us some excellent recommendations of places to visit and restaurants to try and even left some drinks and provisions in the fridge for our arrival!
Rhett from Quebec
Stayed Saturday 24 November 2007
The "Suite under the castle" was an incredible property set in a typical Sicilian town. It was perfectly located on the coast beside a beautiful historical castle and included rooms with vaulted ceilings and a large balcony overlooking the sea. The highlight of this experience for us was the unbelievable friendliness and generosity of the owner. She continually surprised us with her kindness and the genuine interest she displayed in ensuring our stay was absolutely the best it could be. She certainly succeeded. If you are looking for a great location close to most of the sites in Sicily, this is it. We highly recommend this property.
Lovely apartment with fantastic seaviews, but the most appealing aspect was the hospitality and friendliness of the owner, Valeria. We were made to feel very welcome.
This property is perfectly located facing the sea at Aci Castello. It lacks a laundry but otherwise, all the furniture and appliances are comfortable, beautifully co-ordinated and very functional. We used Aci Castello as our base (for a week) while we drove around Sicily and it was good to have a quiet home to come to at the end of the day. The neighbour upstairs was gorgeous and friendly and the owners looked after us very well (including a visit to Catania). Parking our car was easier than I would have expected but then again, this is a relatively quiet town. No sandy beaches but well worth considering.
Très bel appartement,superbement décoré et trés confortable.accueil particulièrement chaleureux de Valéria qui donne une multitude de renseignements sur cette belle région de lEtna .Aci Castello est un endroit vivant(un peu trop les We dété...) à latmosphère authentiquement sicilienne.
Just fabulous The view is to die for you sunrise is spectacular. Everything absolutely perfect. Valeria was wonderful filled the fridge with goodies, provided maps and hints on the local area for us. Aci Castella a beautiful place to stay in Sicily and we would highly recommend it!
6 other reviews
Beautiful .. simple and sweet like the town of Aci Castello.
Truly a find and special spot in Sicily.
A MUST SEE and EAT - Check out the Restaurant /Pizzaria Ionica on the other side of the Castle Square.. GREAT PIZZA - and in the summer there is open air seating in the park across the street. FUN and loving towns people take care of you like family.
"HEMOS PASADO UNOS DIAS MUY AGRADABLES EN ESTE APARTAMENTO TAN ACOGEDOR Y PINTORESCO DISFRUTANDO DEL SOL Y DE LAS PRECIOSAS VISTAS. NUESTRA HIJA HA DISFRUTADO JUGANDO EN LA TERRAZA Y LOS DESAYUNOS HAN SIDO MEMORABLES. EL APARTAMENTO ES AMPLIO Y CONFORTABLE Y CON TODO LO NECESARIO PARA PASAR UNAS ESTUPENDAS VACACIONES. GRACIAS VALERIA POR TU ATENCIÓN Y SIMPATIA."
"Valéria nous propose là un appartement ancien refait à neuf, déco moderne, superbe avec des plafonds et une vue exceptionnels,encore plus beau sur place que sur le site internet:facile à se garer,reposant, tout est prévu et plus encore, pleins de petites attentions. Valéria est extrèmement charmante et "professionnelle", ponctuelle, précise,polyglotte explique comment profiter d'Acicastello et de son environnement, et vous accueille avec de quoi vous restaurer pendant 2 jours si vous arrivez sur le week-end sans provision.c'est tellement propre que des chaussons personnels vous attendent à l'entrée.Un petit paradis proche de tout l'est de l'île. Merci énormément Valéria!!!!""Vue splendide, appartement très confortable et bien situé. Propre et bien décoré. La propriétaire est chaleureuse, accueillante et généreuse. Beaucoup de documentation et d'information ont été fournies pour aider à faire de notre séjour, une expérience agréable."Superbe appartement où tout a été pensé et fourni jusqu'au fil dentaire! propreté irréprochable et la chambre à coucher est une vraie oasis de fraîcheur avec des plafonds aux fresques paradisiaques. Magnifique vue avec la mer à nos pieds, et propriétaires exquis et polyglottes qui allient gentillesse et art de recevoir avec plein de petites attentions et produits régionaux qui vous attendent au frais à votre arrivée. La terrasse offre des moments inoubliables le soir avec ambiance musicale au bar à quelques mètres, pas du tout gênante même pour les personnes friandes de tranquillité comme nous. Acicastello est une petite ville charmante avec son petit château où l'on a assisté spontanément à des mariages célébrés entre deux visites au musée. Tout en beauté et élégance à l'italienne. Point stratégique également pour visiter toute la sicile orientale.Unique bémol, por nous en tout cas qui rentrions tard le soir de nos ballades,la difficulté de garer la voiture car tout est pris à partir de 20h à cause de l'affluence dans les restos et bars du coin, mais cela justifie davantage le charme et l'attrait de Acicastello! Merci encore MME V. pour ce séjour inoubliable. Madame et Monsieur R. paris. France"
"This was the best apartment we have ever stayed in and the location was perfect for the quiet relaxing holiday we were looking for. Just like staying in a 4 star hotel everything had been thought of."
This is a really beautiful apartment which has been lovingly restored and is located within the historical area of Aci Castello. It is comfortable, very well furnished, and quiet. There is an attractive terrace on which one can laze in the sun, enjoy a meal, or look down on the activity on Aci Castello Beach. It is very well located, being almost next to the Castle and historical centre of the small town; also within easy walking distance of the beach, small shops, and several good restaurants. Aci Castello is a good touring base, being within easy travelling distance of Etna, Taormina, Siracusa, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, and (of course) Catania. The owner speaks English well, was very hospitable, and gave extremely helpful suggestions to help us enjoy our stay. Our only wish would have been for a longer holiday
Testimonial date 31/10/2006 from Mr. Heikki T.The house is really recommendable, extremly well equipped, marvelous view to the sea and the lady of the house doing her best to take care of her guests. In the surroundings you find all you need except internet point. (Walking distance 2,5 km) I recommend to rent a car. There is an excellent parking place just stairs down from the flat.Testimonial date 11/05/2006 from Miss Susan H.It is always difficult to make judgements on places when you only see them on the web. The apartment interested me becasue of the seaside location and the information provided was very tempting. We were not disappointed. In fact it was far better than we dared hope. This is the perfect holiday venue for two people, friends or partners. The apartment is exquisite - so beautifully decorated and with wonderful large rooms and high ceilings. There is plenty of space, and storage space. The terrace overlooking the sea has the most fantastic views and there is more than large enough for two poeople to lie on the loungers and there is a table big enough to invite friends for lunch or supper. My partner commented that there was everything in the apartment one could ask for or need. This I think is due to the thoughtful attentiveness of the delightful owners (as are the beautiful design and furnishings). At night the loudest sound was the ticking of the clock. I can imagine that in the heat of summer the apartment would be beautiful and cool. The owner met us at the autostrada exit and escorted us to the apartment, showed us where to park (or more importantly where not to) and ensured that there were all the essentials there for us (wine, cheese, fantastic olive oil, salad, fruit, bread, eggs etc.). Maps, restaurant information, and even guide books were also provided. We felt we had come to stay with out very best friends. My only word of caution is that if you were very large you might not fit through the sliding door to the shower! Definitely made for petite Italians! Aci Castello has some nice restaurants and it is a pleasant if not longish stroll to Aci Trezza where there are many more. Seafood abounds and the food in every place we tried was just fantastic. We will be back!Testimonial date 29/08/2005 from Mr. Paul R. This is a really beautiful apartment which has been lovingly restored and is located within the historical area of Aci Castello. It is comfortable, very well furnished, and quiet. There is an attractive terrace on which one can laze in the sun, enjoy a meal, or look down on the activity on Aci Castello Beach. It is very well located, being almost next to the Castle and historical centre of the small town; also within easy walking distance of the beach, small shops, and several good restaurants. Aci Castello is a good touring base, being within easy travelling distance of Etna, Taormina, Siracusa, Caltagirone, Piazza Armerina, and (of course) Catania. The owner speaks English well, was very hospitable, and gave extremely helpful suggestions to help us enjoy our stay. Our only wish would have been for a longer holiday
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