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URG |FK Gorgeous penthouse in the heart of history

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2 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
6 guests
1 night minimum
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SelfCateringSicily - Tourism Web Network A prestigious penthouse in the city centre, set in a unique location in front of the Ursino Castle (Castello Ursino): the emblematic monument of culture of the city of Catania built by Frederick II of Swabia and dating back to the thirteenth century. The building as a whole has been recently restored and exudes great tranquility and privacy. The privileged position of this property within the historic centre of Catania, in close proximity to the city’s vibrant night life, makes your stay both comfortable, stylish, convenient and an ideal base from which to explore the prime attractions on the eastern side of Sicily. Even without a car (the bus station is 5 minutes walk away) you can visit Siracusa, Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Vendicari nature reserve, ...SelfCateringSicily - Tourism Web Network A prestigious penthouse in the city centre, set in a unique location in front of the Ursino Castle (Castello Ursino): the emblematic monument of culture of the city of Catania built by Frederick II of Swabia and dating back to the thirteenth century. The building as a whole has been recently restored and exudes great tranquility and privacy. The privileged position of this property within the historic centre of Catania, in close proximity to the city’s vibrant night life, makes your stay both comfortable, stylish, convenient and an ideal base from which to explore the prime attractions on the eastern side of Sicily. Even without a car (the bus station is 5 minutes walk away) you can visit Siracusa, Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Vendicari nature reserve, Piazza Armerina, Pantalica, Taormina, Agrigento, Messina and Acireale as well as Palermo directly. The apartment is just a short walk from almost all Catania’s main tourist attractions including the Roman amphitheatre, yarrow spas, thermal baths, the Benedictine monastery, Piazza Duomo (the main square) and the Cathedral; not to mention the famous fish and fresh food market, Via Etna, Bellini Park, Via Crociferi, the Amenano River, the Gamamzita well, Bellini Theatre and much more. Integral to the city’s buzzing nightlife, you are also only moments away from one of the gastronomic centres of the city. A short ride on public transport (or car) will take you to either a sandy (south) or volcanic stoney beach (north) within a few minutes. Mount Etna is accessible within about 40 minutes by car or bus (departing from the central bus station). The house has been renovated by the oner - an architect by profession - in a contemporary style, with attention to the choice of materials and decorative details to preserve the tradition and the historical nature of the site and the building. All the furniture is of superior design with some original pieces from the designer. Located on the second floor of a building dating back to the 1900s, this apartment is composed of two levels: the first a living area with a large open plan lounge with relaxation area with full HD projector and surround sound system (Sky TV and Netflix movies are viewable) and a dining area for six people. On the same level, there is an open entrance area with direct views to the terrace and castle, a large kitchen and bathroom. The garden terrace, viewable from the entire space, is equipped with a solid oak table and benches/chairs providing the perfect ambience for relaxing dinners with wine or a typical breakfast sipping coffee and sampling Catania's excellent “granita” and brioche. The backdrop of the medieval castle creates the optimal setting. Ascending the freestanding staircase takes you to the upper level of the apartment comprised of two large double bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms (both with a rain showers) and laundry area. The master bedroom is directly connected to the upper terrace garden with private sundeck, outdoor shower, an array of beautiful flowers and plants and a magnificent 360 degree view of the cityscape and Etna volcano. At the same level a studio room with a double sofa bed provided The apartment is equipped with everything you could possibly need during your stay, including fiberoptic broadband and free WIFI. It is only a 10-minute drive or bus ride from the airport, a 15 minute walk from the train station and a 5 minute walk from Via Etna, the main shopping street. A 5 minute taxi ride takes you to the bus terminal for Taormina (40 min north), that is also accessible by train, and the city of Siracusa and Ortigia (30 min south) and as well as other picturesque locations on the island. The apartment is perfectly located for your stay in Catana. You are situated directly in front of the Ursino Castle, a short walk from the Duomo (the main square), the main shopping street and just a few metres from the historic fish market. The Ursino Castle Square is a gastronomic centre of the city where numerous renowned restaurants and bars are concentrated. The area surrounding the Ursino Castle is the heart and historic centre of the Catania. In close proximity to the famous fish market you will observe the fascinating old folk traditions and Baroque architecture. ALL INCLUSIVE The rental is supplied without centralized services in accordance with Law 431/98 without providing personal services. Tourist License / Licencia de turismo N °: IT04180160876More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: No
DVD Player
Refrigerator
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Highchair
Safe
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Paper Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Books
Ceiling Fans
Hairdryer
TV
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City Getaway
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Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
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Alarm Clock
Central Heating
Water Views
Blender
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Cable/satellite TV
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Waterfront
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
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Balcony
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Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

Location of this lovely and interesting home is great! Just across from Ursino castle and an easy walk to the lively fish and produce market. The home itself is light filled and spacious with lots of outdoor space and lovely unusual art work . Perfectly...More

Thank john e m
Reviewed 10 July 2014

We stayed here in June 2014 while visiting our daughter at the University of Catania. The apartment is in a fantastic location. It is close to lots of areas of interest and there is a lively buzz but the apartment is peaceful and quiet. The...More

2  Thank kazz50
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this stunning, stylishly designed apartment, kitted out with all mod cons. Every evening we would take the 5-minute stroll to one of the many 'Pasticcerias' near the dome to buy the kids delicious Italian ice cream, or we would...More

2  Thank Antje B
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Taking time to research the best self catering accommodation for our 4 day trip to Catania definitely paid off here..we were amazed on entering this fabulous apartment. We received a warm welcome from Massimo & were made to feel very much at home during our...More

3  Thank sparker26
Reviewed 8 November 2013

What an AMAZING property! Beautiful, well located and well appointed apartment. EVERY convenience. Masimiliano is very accommodating, always available for questions. The pictures do not do it justice, and the views from the many windows and decks are amazing. I can't recommend it highly enough....More

2  Thank islandgirl32226
About the Owner
Massimiliano S
Languages spoken:Portuguese, English, Italian, Spanish
Response Rate:100%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:March 2013
Interaction with guests
I will be happy to meet you and to welcome in the check in date. Please, for that, due I work during the day, tell me in advance your arrival time for better planning my day and for receiving you at the time you need. At check in, I will happy to give you all instructions, information, to give you the keys and to help you during your stay. Please feel free to contact me for any info you need and for any issue you have during your stay in our property. You can reah me by wapp, phone, email.
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The house is located in the historic center of Catania and in front of CASTELLO URSINO, built onXIII. The privileged position within the tourist route from Catania and its night life make it unique and very convenient to stay in the city. From here, with brief walks, you can visit almost all the main tourist places of the city and during the evening you will be in the middle of the night life (restaurants, pubs and discos). Among the sites immediate neighbors: the Duomo, the greek amphitheater and the odeon, the Benedictine monastery, the Roman amphitheater, the romans baths, the Gammazita's well , the river Amenano, Palazzo Biscari , Via Etnea, Teatro Bellini. With the help of public transport 10 minutes to get to the area of sandy beaches and volcanic rock beaches, and you can reach Etna, with about 40 minutes by car.
Getting around
Catania is an UNESCO heritage baroque Centre with a very good night life , great history and dinamic people. Catania was greek , romans, arabic, norman, swabian, spanish. Was destroyed 7 times by vandals but most from eruptions by Etna and earthquakes. Now is one of the most interesting cities in Italy. In maximum 5/10 minutes walking you can be in the main square, main street, public gardens and, very important, at the bus station where you can take bus to Syracuse, Noto, Taormina, Etna. From here you can visit Duomo, roman amphytheatre, odeon, monastery of benedictines, romans Achille's baths, Palazzo Biscari, Amenano river, Gammazita's fount and many more. Ask for tips
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