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Situated in the heart of Sicily, Mazzarino offers to its visitors a rich cultural, artistic and gastronomic heritage. Churches, palaces, castels, archaeological sites dominate this old mediaval town. It is situated in a strategic position to visit the most famous historic, artistic,and natural landmarks of the island:Piazza Armerina and the Villa Romana del casale; Agrigento and its Valley of the Temples; Palermo with its elegant buildings; Cefalù with its Norman heritage and its clear sea; Caltagirone and its precious pottery; Gela and its Greek archaeological sites; Catania and Noto famous for their baroque buildings; and last but not least Ragusa with Mantalbano's novel settings.
This apartment is spacious, comfortable and well fitted out - you feel instantly right at home. Rita is generous, warm and friendly, making you feel a welcome guest. The town is lovely with gorgeous buildings, old squares and wonderful views of the beautiful countryside. We had the best meal of our 6 week holiday at Vidi, just around the corner. We wished we could have stayed longer.
This was a terrific place. Rita was extremely friendly and helpful. The apartment is comfortable, and she arranged the bedrooms to suit us, which was very nice. There was lots of hot water, and pantry items, so easy to settle in. The big outside terrace was very nice. The town itself was great, with a wide main street and interesting churches and castle ruins, and not touristy at all so people were friendly and interested in finding out who we were and where we came from. (The people at the grocery store even gave us a gift of a bottle of wine for having shopped there!) A great experience!
We stayed in Rita's apartment in Mazzarino the nights of Apr 20 and 21st and Rita made us very comfortable and very much at home - and we were surprised and pleased at how big the apartment was - it's a whole floor with 2 bedrooms and terrace! A bargain! Bright, spick and span and had all we needed and very convenient too, both for the old centre of town and for major attractions including Agrigento, Turkish steps, Piazza Armerina. Rita is very knowledgeable here. Mazzarino is a genuine old Sicilian town, not packed with tourists at all, and Rita's place was actually our favorite accomodation on our trip to Italy. We hope to be back for a longer stay. It was great!
The apartment is large enough for 4-5 persons. Kitchen well equipped, very nice terrace, quiet surrounding, comfortable main bedroom (we did not use the other one). But the most important aspect is the very warm welcome of Rita and Rino, the owners. They live in the building just on the upper floor. We had good advises from them, Rita spoiled us with fresh fruits, butter, jam, etc. As soon as we needed something, they tried to provide it for us. Mazzarino is a typical rural town on top of a hill among the fields but you have every convenient thing you need next door to the flat. The surroundings are quiet and relaxing.
The apartment was delicious, tasteful, classy and comfortable, and right in the centre of the town.
Mazzarino is a lovely welcoming place. There are great shops, a good market each week, a local outdoor swimming pool, quirky little streets, with bars and restaurants. For such a small town it is a bustling place with lots going on.
Rita, who owns the apartment, is the loveliest hostess you could ever imagine meeting. Full of excellent advice, suggestions and care she made our week-long stay seem far too short. She made us feel very welcome and was great ambassador for Mazzarino and Sicily.
There are some lovely towns and coastline within 3/4 - 1 hour drive - such as Piazza Armerina, Caltagirone and the beach at Mollarella. The whole area is stunning to drive around and while the roads are tricky, they are no worse that anywhere else in Sicily.
Rita suggest a couple of restaurants in Mazzarino which were fantastic and we would recommend them too, Canttina Di Bacco and Tentazioni.
All in all, a great place to stay and a good loaction to visit other parts of Sicily.
We hope to return soon.
Tom and Eva, Birmingham
We have stayed for one week in Mazzarino. We really enjoyed our stay. Mazzarino is a small and cosy town in the center of Sicily with many churches and artistic decorations. The town also has the ruins of an old castello. The food is good - we can especially recomend Cantina di Baccio
The flat is simply excellent. It is very clean and well kept, and the there is plenty of room. The interior decoration and style is homely and tasteful. We especially enjoyed having breakfast on the roof-terrace.
Ritha was very helpful when we planned our trip and had a lot of suggestions of what to see and do. During our stay she was just as helpful, and out of her way to make our stay perfect. For instance she brought us homecooked food we could try the real Sicilian food. She had also prepared our arrival by having some basic food in the fridge and two bottles of their own produced wine.
We can higly recommend this place for a shorter or longer stay.
To reach Mazzarino by car take the motorway Catania-Palermo and exit at Caltanissetta. If you arrive by plane, there are lots of collective taxis and the possibility to rent a car in Mazzarino
In Mazzarino there are religious celebrations and festivals all year round and they reveal the locals' true identity to this day. The most significant are Christmas, the Holy Week, the festival of Crucifix of the Elm (2nd Sunday of May), and the Patron Saint festival (3rd Sunday of Sempember).
In Mazzarino you can also find beautiful handcraft, for example very precious laces and hand-embroidery, which adopt the ancient traditions. Don't forget our restaurant, which suggest old recipes of Sicilian tipical cooking served with excellent local wines at competitive prices.
We recommend you to try from our family winery Torre Favara (www.torrefavara.com)
Nearby there are the picnic areas and range of options: doing quad excursions, practising tennis, basketball, five-a-side football, jogging, horse rides. Far from stress, smog and cities noise. Art lovers can find tour guides speaking English and French. Opportunity to extend your stay in the beautifull Taormina.
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