About the property
- House2152 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 2 nights
3 x bedrooms sleeps 6 spans over 3 floors, top floor kitchen/dinning and terrace
This 3 bedroom house which spans over 3 floors is situated in Piazza. Madonna Suffragio with magnificent views of both a beautiful 400 year old church and the Med sea, is walking distance from the heart of Acireale, a 17 C baroque town bursting with beautiful historical buildings. 'Casa Aranci', built lately and recently refurbished, retains some of its original features and integrates within the square.
The first floor is dedicated entirely to an en suite bedroom which also has a single sofa bed for a third guest.
The second floor comprises of a double room and a single room both sharing a 'wrap around' style balcony and a shower room. The highlight of 'Casa Aranci' has to be the third floor which is the kitchen and dinning area leading out to a garden terrace which benefits from magnificent views of the sea.
All rooms have air conditioning which can also switch to heat in the few cold winter nights between Nov and April. Catania, Taormina Mt Etna within one hour drive.
Thermal Spa: You can take advantage of Acireale's Santa Venera Thermal Spa where past, present and future join for a special spa experience. In the heart of the city of Acireale, you can enjoy natural thermal waters closer to the very site where the Romans did over 2000 years ago.
Santa Venera Thermal Spa is a day spa where you can bathe in the warm, natural mineral-rich waters and choose from a range of spa treatments designed to ease the body and soothe the mind.
Excursions to Mt Etna: Etna volcano, the largest Volcano in Europe, towering above Catania, Sicily's second largest city, has one of the world's longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BC. Historical lava flows of basaltic composition cover much of the surface of this massive volcano. The Volcano, truncated by several small calderas, was constructed during the late Pleistocene and Holocene over an older shield volcano.
If you are a volcanoes amateur you can organise a trip to the top or take advantage of somebody, with high educational skill in geology and volcanology, that can lead you for some Etna excursions . We can organise for geologists and accredited guides to lead you trough the excursion of a lifetime.
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- english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 17, 2018
What makes this House unique
The excellent view from its terrace will make you fall in love with it as it did to us from the minute we set foot in it... It was, and it still is, like seating in the deck of a cruise ship; from dawn to sunset!
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Better than advertised
The place is very nice and very spacious. Paola was very welcoming. The home was in a perfect spot. We explored Acireale the first day. There is a lovely nature walk only steps from the casa. We ate a few local restaurants and none disappointed. La Locanda di abbatizza(4min walk) was our favorite. We also took day road trips to Catania and Taormina once again the casa was in the perfect spot to do so with out driving forever. We would definitely stay there again when we come back.
Thank you so much Dominic!
It was a pleasure to have you and your beautiful family with us, Paola is very grateful of your comments as well. Thank you also for your review of the restaurants nearby... it’s always helpful for future guests.
You’ll be very welcome next time you visit!
Kind regards, Eamon + Mario
It was the best! Go out of your way to stay at Casa Aranci!
This apartment in beautiful Acireale was a fabulous place to stay. It is large, has very high ceilings, wonderful balconies and lots of sun. It is perfect for two couples ( altho we were one) but would work with a few children also. The way it is set up leads to a lot of privacy; each floor can be closed off. One floor up there is a bedroom and large bath with a tub; one floor above that is another large BR, a smaller one, a bath, and a wrap around balcony. The third floor has another bath, and the most wonderful open space with a big galley kitchen, washing machine, wonderful eating area and magnificent balcony with plants, eating area, view of the sea, and a spiral staircase leading to the rooftop with a view of both the sea and Etna It is on a pretty street, on a beautiful square with a church and within easy walking distance of the square, the market, and multiple wonderful places to eat. Bells ring in the church on "our" square from about 6:00-10, but they are pretty, and even without earplugs, they did not bother us at all.
The best thing about the place is the hosts. They sent us extensive information about the town - where to eat, what to do, suggestions about places to explore, and about day trips from the area. We had the most contact with Mario, who lives in London, but grew up in Acireale, and comes back frequently. He is so friendly and kind; we spent lots of time with him, and that contributed to our fantastic stay. Even when in London, he responds almost immediately to all emails. His English (and Italian) are perfect, and he is also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Paola lives across the street and she let us in and explained everything - even tho she speaks almost no English. She is lovely
We are not the only ones who love to stay there - the people before us stayed for months!
We will recommend his apartment to everyone, not just because it is wonderful, but because the hosts put so much effort into making sure the guests have a perfect time.
I would go out of my way to stay there; it did turn out to be the perfect base to explore the east coast of Sicily.
Thank you so much Karen and Joe,
It was fun and an absolute pleasure to meet you both even if we started with parking challenges!
Your review will be very helpful to future guest wishing to visit different places in Sicily while staying in town, close to shops and restaurants but also with plenty of space to relax on the terrace or walk down to the sea.
Paola will be delighted when I’ll read your very kind words to her.
Whenever you decide to come back to Casa Aranci sharing the house with your family, we’ll love to welcome you again and catch up over a glass or two as we did before you left.
Thank you very much again,
Arrivederci, Mario +Eamon
Lovely, spacious house with a beautiful view of the sea only minutes away from the heart of Acireale
The property is very clean and spacious with a lovely terrace off the top floor living/dining area. There is also a further roof terrace at the top of the house for those seeking uninterrupted sunshine. The house is well fitted out and comfortable with airconditioning in each room. It is only a few minutes' walk to the centre of Acireale and there is always something going on in one of the piazzas! There are plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance including the Mescan immediately below the house. There is a Deco supermarket within walking distance and larger supermarkets accessible if you have a car. There are plenty of places to visit if you have a car (but make sure it is a small one as some of the roads are very narrow) - we visited Etna, Siracusa/Ortygia, Taormina, Gole Alcantara, Acitrezza, Acicastello and Catania plus a number of beaches up and down the coast. The best sandy beach we found was in Catania, south of the port, where there are a large number of lidos where you can pay for entry/sunbeds and spend the day. The nearest place to the house to swim is in Santa Maria la Scala, which you can walk down to from the house although the walk back up is quite testing - there is a decking platform down there which has sun beds for hire and a decent bar/restaurant. If you are travelling with kids, we also recommend Etnaland, near Misterbianco, which is a large waterpark by day with lots of rides and in the evening, the other side of the park opens as a theme park, again with decent rides (andno queuing - at least when we were there!). Our host, Mario, was extremely informative and hospitable, providing plenty of info before and after arrival and Paola, who is the housekeeper, was very welcoming, charming and very helpful. In summary, we loved our stay at Casa Aranci and had an amazing holiday.
Thank you very much Cathryn,
Your kind words delighted Paola, our invaluable local housekeeper and of course ourselves!
Your detailed comments, suggestions and experiences will hugely help future guest when trying to decide where to stay and what to do in the area.
Your up to the point advice of a small rental car is essential as most historic places like our neighbourhood have "challenging" narrow street, specially when processions and summer festivities restrict parking around the house and square.
Thank you again and we look forward to welcoming yourself and your lovely family some other time in the future.
Kind regards, Eamon
Nous avons passé de superbes vacances avec ma fille.
L'appartement est très propre et possède une terrasse avec une vue exceptionnelle dans un quartier calme.
Le dépaysement est assuré!
Merci à Paola pour son accueil chaleur et Emon pour sa flexibilité qui nous a permis d'arriver un jour plus tôt suite à un problème d'annulation du vol à notre départ de lyon (France)
Thank you very much Franck,
It was a pleasure to have you and your delightful daughter with us,
Paola was very happy with your comments as well!
Hope to welcome you back some other time in the future...
Thank you again, Eamon
Thank you for an amazing stay in Sicily!
Thank you for an amazing stay in Sicily! Mario and Eamon are the perfect hosts and I would definitely recommend Casa Aranchi....we spent a week here in mid August. Casa Aranchi is beautifully spacious, immaculate accommodation, with all amenities and amazing views over the Med. A great location with beautiful restaurants, supermarket, pharmacy and lots of other shops and the piazza within 5 mins walking distance.
We enjoyed lovely walks down the hill to the beach and were within an easy drive to Mount Etna, where we spent a morning exploring, as well as a day trip to the beach in Taormina and a day spent at the Aqua park at Etnaland. So much to do and was enjoyable for all as we had children and grandparents with us. Mario and Eamon gave us so much information about what to do and where to go and were even able to assist with a driver to take us on our day trips! Having Paola the housekeeper across the way was a godsend - she was amazingly helpful!
This was our first trip to Italy as a family and we all enjoyed the beautiful sights and architecture of Catania/Acireal, a truly authentic Sicilian experience. The people were so lovely and friendly and we had the most amazing time....thank you Mario and Eamon....we look forward to going back again next summer!!! Ghazala, Trevor and kids xx
Thank you very much Ghazala and family! Paola will be thrilled when I pass your lovely comments and the driver as well. We're glad to know the tips and advice worked out for you and for your own tips as we were not aware of Etnaland as a possible family day out! Your comments will certainly help future clients to decide for Casa Aranci and Acireale when in Sicily! Many thanks again for taking the time and we look forward to welcome you very soon, Mario
A great family vacation !!
We spent ten days as a family of four, in this fabulous property! The house itself was spotless, plenty bedrooms for all of us and a fabulous terrace with a marvellous view.. We travelled to giardini, Taormina, castelmola which was a quaint village in the mountains.. Also travelled south to Ragusa. Car hire was available in acireale. We would like to thank Paola for her kind help too. She made a huge difference and was a pleasant assistance to us. Town was very Sicilian experience . We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. We loved casa aranci!! We hope to return again in the future. Thanks for the tips about the lovely restaurants too Mario and eamon
Thank you very much Majella! It will certainly help future guests to decide for Acireale and Casa Aranci in particular; We'll pass your comments to Paola as well, she'll be delighted and we'll certainty be looking forward to welcome your lovely family some time in the future. Thank you again, Mario
we suggest you drive mostly along the coast following directions to the main port and train station in Catania and then the small port of Ognina. Follow signs for Acicastello, Acitrezza, Capomulini and then Acireale. Follow directions for Acireale Nord and enter the city by the communal gardens of Villa Belvedere, drive along Corso Italia and turn left into Corso Savoia to Piazza Duomo, drive under the arches (via Monsignor GenuRdi) next to the church and turn left in via Galatea, some 30 metres ahead turn right on via Marzulli, another 30 metres on the right turn into via Aranci and follow the road down to Piazza del Suffragio where Casa Aranci is at number 40... if you find it difficult to negotiate the narrow street of the neighbourhood you can go on driving Via Galatea another 100 metres to the big car park just before the church in Piazza Cappuccini.
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