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Romantic holiday rental Scicli 2/4 guests in the center with roof terrace

Bedrooms 1
Space 75 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


About the property

Charming holiday accommodation in the center - 5 mins. drive to the sea

It is a typical early twentieth century Sicilian house, restored using old squared stones for the walls, wood for part of the ceiling and other local raw materials. The charming furniture reminding the past together with the most modern comforts are thought to grant a pleasant and quiet stay to families with children and couples. “Make yourself at home” is our motto.

The holiday letting in the centre of Scicli is on three levels. On the ground floor there is a dining room furnished with wooden table and chairs and a comfortable double sofa-bed, a fully-equipped kitchen corner and one bathroom. On the first floor there is a bedroom with double bed, a nice tiny balcony and the second bathroom. On the top the suggestive roof-terrace from which you can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding hills and architectures while spending your time in total relaxation. Around the house only narrow pedestrian safe alleys.

The house can host up to 4 adults.

If you wish to come with relatives or friends, consider that just round the corner we own a second brand new restored house with the same characteristics, named Via Tivoli (

Free services:

- Independent entrance

- kitchen provided with electric cooker, refrigerator, dishes, glasses, cutlery, ladles, pans, frying pans, espresso machine, detergent, tablecloth, cloths

- Hair-dryer

- TV with satellite and decoder

- Iron and ironing board

- Washing machine and clothes-horse

- Electric oven

- Necessary for daily house-cleaning

- Sheets and blankets upon arrival

- Set of towels (3 per person) upon arrival

- Final cleaning

Free services on request:

- Equipment for children:


High chair


Baby bath

Feeding-bottle heater

Feeding-bottle sterilizer


- Shopping for you. You just need to tell us in advance what you need to find at home upon arrival (milk, fresh bread, fruit, cheese, wine,…) We will buy it on your behalf and you will refund us the amount spent only.

- Suggestions about restaurants, pizzerias, café, wineries, pubs,…

- Assistance in renting car, scooters or bicycles

Services on request

- Change of bed linen € 7,00 /double bed

- Change of towels € 4,00 /person

- Push-chair € 7,00 / week

- Italian lessons (tariff to be agreed)

- Customized cooking class (to be agreed)

- Pick up at the airport (tariff to be agreed)

- Cleaning lady € 8,50/ hour

- Organization of daily excursions or guided tours (tariff to be agreed)

Services not included:

- Electricity (upon consumption 0,4/kwh)

Terms and conditions:

- Arrival time: from 3 to 8 p.m. Departure time: by 10 a.m.

- Late check-in: for arrivals after 10 p.m. an extra Euro 30 will be charged

- We are sorry but we cannot admit animals in the house.

- Final cleaning do not include the cleaning of the fridge and of the crockery. Only if necessary they will be charged separately.

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2017

What makes this house unique

Via Piedigrotta, from the name of the street, as well as Via Tivoli ( are two welcoming and charming holiday rentals in the center very close one to the other.

Both of them have been recently renovated maintaining the original stony walls, the wooden roof and the panoramique terrace overlooking the surrounding natural and historical landscape.

We tried to pay the maximum attention to all comfs to ensure a pleasant stay.


Scicli House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , First floor
    Toilet - toilet , shower , bidet , Ground floor
  • There are two bathrooms, one each floor. The shower is in the upper bathroom with independent access.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double bed
    Bedroom - 1 queen
  • The fifth bed is an added bed suitable for children up to 10-12 years.
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Romantic holiday rental Scicli 2/4 guests in the center with roof terrace
average rating of 4.903226 based on 34 reviews

A traditional, comfortable and unique home.

  • 5 of 5

Our fourth visit to C'era una Volta, and probably not the last! We just feel so at home in this beautiful traditional Sicilian house tucked away in one of the older parts of Scicli. with friendly neighbours and a view across to the caves. Everything is exactly as it says on the web site.

The house is always immaculate. and homely. it's uniqueness sets it apart from other holiday homes. Other years we have always eaten out in the evening. however this year, my wife had a swollen knee so I did the shopping and cooked. It was simple fare, but the local supermarket - Deco - and the butcher just down towards Piazza Italia are really helpful, have wonderful fresh produce and really good prices. Everyone is so helpful, and someone even brought round some home made massage oil for Cath's knee.

Once she was more mobile we went to Donnalucata by bus. We enjoyed lunch at Mezzaparola and a stroll along the sea front in the sunshine.

We wanted to venture further afield than we could manage on the bus, and we booked a day trip, by taxi, with Elios in Piazza Italia. We chose to go to Piazza Armerina. We went along the coast toward Gela and then up to the Roman Villa, about a 2 hour drive. Amazing and well worth a visit. Afterward, the three of us went for lunch and then he took us on a scenic route back to Scicli. The driver was brilliant and by the end of the day, I think my poor Italian was a bit better and he had learnt some more English!

We ate out on the last two nights, firstly at Quore Matto ( not impressed) and then at Baqqala which was very good. We also went to Millenium for coffee, cakes and Internet. There are a couple of small bars just past San Bartolomeo church which serve excellent coffee and pastries at an extremely cheap price.

I revisited "a rutti ri Ron Carmelu" the museum depicting life in the caves, it is very good.

It was sad to say good bye on the Saturday, and used EliosTaxis again to go to Catania.

Francesca really makes the stay at Piedagrotta something special. We will be back, hopefully at an earlier time in the year, to see one the amazing festivals that take place.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your frank and friendly appreciations. You write as you really felt part of the local community. I'm happy that the "olio di iperico" worked with Cath's knee and you found other new and interesting places to visit (being your forth time....) but I'm even happier you experienced once more what "hospitality" in Scicli means. Come back whenever you wish. We'll be here waiting to welcome you again. Francesca
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Cera una volta is a delightful, well appointed property with all home comforts and a roof terrace.

  • 5 of 5

Francesca is a very attentive and well organised hostess. Her friendly approach made our whole experience of Sicily particularly enjoyable. The house is comfortable and spotlessly clean, only a few minutes walk from the town centre, which has a good selection of eateries, shops, baroque churches and 'Montalbano' locations. Francesca's local map is marked with all the places to visit, the numbers 2, 4 & 6 are the locations of cafes, restaurants and food shops and is part of a comprehensive folder of leaflets about local towns and attractions, available in several languages. Her offer to buy in shopping in advance and to organise car hire if we needed it was also most welcome, particularly as we arrived so late in the evening. An ideal 'home from home' for any couple wanting to visit SE Sicily!

We managed to visit the Greek Temples at Agrigento, the seaside towns of Donnalucata and Sampieri, as well as Modica, Noto and Ragusa for their chocolate and baroque highlights and even all the way to Villa Romana del Casale to see the 'bikini girls'. The best meal we had was at Ristorante Majore in Chiaramonte Gulfi, an amazing, unpretentious little restaurant with wonderful service, surroundings and even more importantly great food!

The people of the area were all so friendly and helpful they made it a wonderfully memorable holiday.

Many thanks to all of you!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Malcom, from the very beginning I understood I was in the presence of a special couple. You've been simply fantastic. The way you got in touch with the locals, the way you experienced the local culture is who I feel the real travellers to southeastern Sicily should do. We hope to welcome you back whenever you wish to enjoy your "home from home". Francesca
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A perfect little escape

  • 5 of 5

My sister and I stayed in the Via Tivoli house for a week at the end of May and really felt that we had been blessed with finding the perfect little house for our needs. We like to stay in places which give a feel for the local life and we certainly achieved that. Francesca was exceedingly helpful both with information before we booked our holiday and then by buying some basic provisions (we were arriving on a Sunday) and meeting at the bus terminal in Modica. She gave us some interesting insights into local life and politics. As we were not a 'couple', we wanted separate sleeping areas and Francesca accommodated our needs by putting a second bed downstairs in place of the sofa.

The weather was perfect - mid twenties centigrade and upwards which was a relief after months of relentless wetness at home in Wales, UK. We decided not to hire a car (in spite of being urged to do so by various tourist advisers!) and we really enjoyed using the buses and the train which, with a bit of careful planning got us everywhere we wanted to go. It also had the benefit of being more relaxing and meant that we rubbed shoulders with local people, trying out our embryonic Italian! The restaurants we were directed to by Francesca were great and we had some really good Sicilian food. Our stay also coincided with the festival of Madonna delle Millizie which gave us further enjoyable insight into local customs.

The house is easy walking distance from the main square, the shops and all the touristy things you may want to see in Scicli. I would recommend a visit to Don Carmelo's restored cave dwelling which was inhabited by his grandfather. And of course there is lots of interest in the local and neighbouring areas for Inspector Montelbano fans!!

I look forward to a return visit to Scicli at some point in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Caroline. You've been wonderful guests since the very first moment I picked you up at the bus stop in Modica till the day I drove you to the bus back to the ariport. We are really happy to read you liked Scicli and our house. We remain at your complete disposal to discover together other surprising corners of Scicli and local recipes. Un abbraccio da Francesca, Luigi, Marta e Sara.
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A great place to stay and enjoy Sicilian life

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the house at the end of a very busy trip to Sicily, and it was a great place to slow down and just enjoy life in Scicli. The house was well equipped and very comfortable. It had a great 'sun deck' at the top of the house, which was a wonderful place to go and enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad anytime we read how much our friends/guests like the house and enjoy the roof terrace. Nonetheless it is exaclty what we like to offer: an original atmosphere of the local life. Scicli, among the 8 late-baroque UNESCO sites in the Val di Noto, is maybe one of the most original and not spoilt. We love to welcome nice, discrete and sweet couples like you've been. Come back to Scicli anytime you wish. Un caro saluto. Francesca and Luigi with Marta and Sara
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Charming house in a beautiful town.

  • 5 of 5

C'era una Volta is an immaculate charming house in the beautiful town of Scicli. It is in a great location and has a lovely roof terrace with fabulous views. The owner Francesca speaks perfect English and is the most friendly and helpful host you could wish to meet. She arranged transfers to and from the airport for us and gave us local information. The neighbours and people of Scicli are very friendly. We had a lovely 11 days and highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a lot, Janet. We look forward to welcoming you back next September. A presto. Francesca and Luigi
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A Dream Holiday

  • 5 of 5

C 'era una Volta is an immaculate charming house in the beautiful town of Scicli. It is in a great location and has a lovely roof terrace with fabulous views. The owner Francesca speaks perfect English and is the most friendly and helpful host you could wish to meet. She arranged transfers to and from the airport for us and gave us local information. We really felt at home. The neighbours and people of Scicli are so friendly. It is a holiday we won't forget. We highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Janet. You and Kevin are a fantastic couple. We wish we had all guests like you ( to tell you the truth we've welcomed many nice families and pairs so far). Thanks for thinking of us while we were in Paris on november 13th. Those who come to Scicli and choose C'era una volta become part of a family that grows day by day sharing emotions, knowledge and love. We hope to welcome you back would you wish so.
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Rates & Availability

Scicli House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jan 29 2017 - Apr 14 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
Media stagione
Apr 15 2017 - Jul 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
Alta Stagione
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
Media Stagione
Aug 27 2017 - Oct 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
Bassa Stagione
Oct 22 2017 - Mar 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $3 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Non sono inclusi i consumi di energia elettrica (Euro 0,5/kwh)
Electricity use is not included ( Euro 0,5/kwh)
Elécricité doit etre payée selon la consommation ( Euro 0,5/kwh)
Strom nicht inkludiert ( Euro 0,5/kwh)

I bambini sino a 2 anni sono nostri ospiti gratuiti.
Free for children up to 2 years
Discount for 2-weeks stays
Kostenlos fuer Kinder bis 2 Yahre.
Gratuit pour enfants jusqu'à 2 ans.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
400 Metres
Nearest Ferry
11 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Car: recommended

It is located in the suggestive and picturesque “Cava di San Bartolomeo”, facing the rock-settlement of Chiafura on the way from Ragusa, Modica, Noto and Siracusa and 5-10 minutes by car to the sea.

It is well located to visit the Sicilian late-baroque architecture of Scicli, Modica and Ragusa Ibla, part of UNESCO world heritage, to enjoy holidays with children, to discover the interesting archaeological sites of Chiafura, Ispica or Kamarina, to visit the sets of the fiction “il Commissario Montalbano' and of many other films, to make suggestive naturalistic excursions through caves along wild paths and to enjoy the several cafes and restaurants tasting the local traditional cookery.


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