Villa EtnAmare 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 with rich orchards, olive trees, flowers and silent footpaths.
The enormous swimming pool (25x8m) is set amongst orange 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.
The villa is divided into four units with private accesses located on the ground floor which is connected to the swimming pool. Each apartment has a large, private terrace with a sweeping view on the green coast to the east and Mount Etna to the west.
All units are 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 are available for hire.
Two units can be combined in order to have large apartments with 3 or 4 bedrooms. Also, when available, the entire villa can be rented with exclusive use of all amenities.
Villa EtnAmare lies only 500 metres away from Santa Venerina, a village famed for the production of sweets and liqueurs. The 'Pasticceria Russo' is well-known for the production of 'cornetti al miele' (croissants filled with honey), marzipan fruit and almond pastries. in the village, at 5 minutes walking distance, there are restaurants, supermarkets and shops.
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 with the car 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, Catania, Acicastello, Acitrezza, Acireale, Etna, Siracusa, Giardini Naxos...
The charming baroque 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 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 it is possible to take the Etna cableway, up to the main craters.
The sun of Sicily holds the record in Europe and with the proximity of Africa 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!
My name is Nadia and, together with my brother Fabio and my parents Angelo and Maria Teresa, I am the owner of Villa EtnAmare and Villa Teresa. I graduated in Foreign Langueges and Literatures in 2011 and, although cultivating an unbridled passion for travel, I have always lived in Santa Venerina. I love to share my home, this gives me the great privilege to meet different people from all over the world.
My father bought our property in 1986. He was immediately 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, it was so well connected to neighboring towns.
On the property was a small winery that, once restored, 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 and all that it offers with genuine passion, aware and proud of the uniqueness of this place. Papà Angelo often collects fresh fruit for our guests and shows them the many fruit trees so that they can pick the fruit by themselves. Mamma Maria Teresa is a more discreet presence, but 'behind the scenes' she coordinates all matters relating to the care of the garden and the villas.
Everything is family run, it is sometimes very difficult, but in the end there is no greater satisfaction than to see guests come back year after year, write a good review, or just say some nice words about our place.
Villa EtnAmare was inaugurated in July 2010. The villa, garden and semi-olympic pool were entirely designed and built by my parents Angelo and Maria Teresa, being the first builder and the second a landscape architect. The furnishings and finishes in wood, marble and terracotta have been chosen with great care.