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Lovely Villa divided into 4 units with a 25-Meter Pool between Etna and the Sea - 'Girasole'

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Description

'Girasole'

Girasole is faced south-east, with an amazing inside/outside sea view as well as view of Mt. Etna from the terrace.

This apartment consists of a double bedroom, a full bathroom with shower and a living room with kitchenette, dining table, chairs, two single beds equipped with sofa cuscions and a sliding door accessing the terrace which is equipped with table, chairs, parasol, and a barbecue.

A window placed next to the kitchen allows guests to enjoy a view over the sea while cooking.

The terrace offers a spectacular view of Mt Etna and of the whole Ionian coast, as far as Calabria on the East side, and the Catania bay on the South side. The interior is carefully chosen with high quality materials.

'Girasole' can be combined to 'Gelsomino' through an inner door, for up to 8 guests.

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About the property

Villa EtnAmare

Villa EtnAmare is divided into 4 units with independent accesses and private terraces. The villa 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 dotted with heavily laden citrus trees and flowers.

The huge swimming pool (25x8m) is set amongst orange and olive 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.

Each apartment offers a sweeping view on the green coast to the east and Mount Etna to the west. As well as a terrace, the apartment Geranio offers a large, private lawn garden with sea view.

Each unit is 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 can be hired on request.

Two units can be combined in order to have large apartments with 3 bedrooms.

Villa EtnAmare lies only 500 metres away from Santa Venerina, a village famed for the production of sweets, wine and liqueurs. In the village, just 5 minutes walking distance, there are good restaurants, supermarkets and shops.

This quiet, landscaped village offers a number of relaxing activities which can be booked from the property: wine tours, massage, tennis and horse riding.

You can also book guided tours to Mt Etna, Taormina and the marine reserve of Aci Trezza. The owners will be available for any tips on the area during your stay.

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 is 5 minutes drive 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, Alcantara Gorge, Catania, Acicastello, Acireale, Etna, Giardini Naxos...

The charming baroque town of Acireale is only 15 km away 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 you can take the Etna cableway, up to the main craters.

The sun of Sicily holds the record in Europe and 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!

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Owner
Fabio Monaco/Nadia Monaco
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian, dutch, swedish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 17, 2017

About Fabio Monaco/Nadia Monaco

Hello, my name is Nadia. I graduated in Foreign Langueges and Literatures in 2011 and I'm a teaching assistant since 2013. Although cultivating an unbridled passion for travel, I have always been living in Santa Venerina. My brother Fabio has lived and worked in Stockholm for a few years as a sound engineer before moving back to Sicily in 2014. My parents Angelo and Maria Teresa, a builder and a landscape architect, respectively, teamed up to realise our little paradise that we all love to share, since we have the great opportunity to meet different people from all over the world.

Why Fabio Monaco/Nadia Monaco chose Santa Venerina

My father bought the property in 1986. He was 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, was so well connected to neighboring towns.

On the property was a lovely winery that, once renovated, 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 with genuine passion, aware and proud of the uniqueness of this place. Papà Angelo loves to collect fresh fruit for our guests and to lead them along the citrus scented paths, so that they can pick the fruit by themselves. Mamma Maria Teresa deals all matters relating to the care of garden and villas.

We are available during your stay for any information you might require about the property and the surrounding area.

Everything is family run whereby it is sometimes very difficult, but in the end there is no greater satisfaction than to see guests come back year after year, or just say some nice words about their stay at our place.

What makes this apartment unique

Villa EtnAmare was inaugurated in July 2010. The villa, garden and semi-Olympic pool have been designed and built by the owners Angelo and Maria Teresa.The wooden furnishings and traditional Sicilian finishes in lava stone and terracotta have been chosen with great care.

Map

Nearest Airport
44 Kilometres
Catania Fontanarossa
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Bar Russo
Nearest Ferry
28 Kilometres
Catania
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Il Picciolo, Linguaglossa
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Giarre
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Giarre
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Santa Venerina
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Rifugio Sapienza, Etna
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Praiola
Car: recommended

Villa EtnAmare lies only 500 metres away from Santa Venerina, a village famed for the production of sweets and liqueurs. The 'Russo' bar is well-known for the production of sweets: 'cornetti al miele' (croissants filled with honey), marzipan fruit and almond pastries.

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 from the highway A18 Catania-Messina from which (in an average time of 20 minutes) it is possible to reach the most beautiful places of Eastern Sicily. It is the ideal starting point for a visit to Taormina, Catania, Acicastello, Acitrezza, Acireale, Etna, Siracusa, Giardini Naxos...

The charming 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 Greek/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 can be found in Praiola (8 km), a wild pebbled beach next to an impressive cliff.

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.

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Amenities

Santa Venerina Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16.00 / Check-out: 10.00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Washing machine
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Twin sofa-bed
  • The villa is brand new, and is provided with excellent quality sofa-beds. The bathroom is placed between the living room and the bedroom, so it can be accessed without entering the bedroom, for a total privacy of guests sleeping in both rooms.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Gated Community
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • disco club
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Guests can take a walk along the footpaths, lighted by romantic lamps, and reap fruits from the orchard trees: oranges, lemons, cherries, pears and more.

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average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews
5

A delightful villa with wonderful hosts in a picturesque location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here (in the Girasole apartment) in late May and had a very relaxing and enjoyable time. The villa is lovely: it is modern, clean and very well looked after; the rooms are large and airy, and our apartment and its beautiful terrace had stunning sea views. The grounds are also super - we enjoyed walking around them, sitting by the pool, swimming in it and just enjoying the peace and birdsong. The photos on the website don't exaggerate: if anything, the real-life experience is even better! Our wonderful hosts (Dario, Nadia, and her father) encouraged us to take fruit from the orchard, so we got to eat fresh grapefruits and cherries every day (and we would have had oranges instead if we'd been a few weeks earlier), and we swam in the pool most days (in spite of it being a bit cold - it is a few degrees cooler than Catania, being in the foothills of Etna). At this time of year (and in August), Etna is quite cloudy during the daytime, but we could see it smoking in the early morning and late afternoon. We could walk into the picturesque village (Santa Venerina), where there was a wonderful shop selling local produce, as well as a supermarket, restaurant, fish shop, butchers, cheese shop (selling ricotta made daily from sheep which grazed in the villa's pasture!), and others; we happily cooked in the villa kitchen most days. It was an easy 20 minute drive to the Giarre-Riposta station, from where we could get trains to Catania or Taormina if we didn't want to drive all the way there (and parking was fairly cheap - just a few euros, but make sure to have coins!), and we could also drive to Etna with ease. One of the days, we took the Circumetnea train around Etna from just next to the Giarra-Riposta station, which was a very pretty journey. (Again, have cash to buy tickets - no cards accepted.) Other days, we just rested at the villa, enjoying the balcony, the grounds, the peace, the views and the sounds. The whole villa and village also felt very safe. We could not have had a nicer holiday, and we would very much like to go back again. We'd highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful, well equipped apartment, with sweeping views of the sea and Mt. Etna. Dario was great showing us around, explaining where to shop and visit. The location places you on the doorstep of everything the Mt. Etna region has to offer. There is much adventure to be found, but you will be tempted to while away the days in this quiet, tranquil place -- where even the cats are friendly! Great place to stay.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
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5

Amazing location - beautifully designed

  • 5 of 5

Girasole apartment was just right for the 2 of us - it gave us fantastic views from the balconies of the sea, Mount Etna and the beautifully landscaped grounds with fruit trees and vines. Swimming in the big pool also gave us the same breath taking views. Off the beaten track and up a private road made it feel more exclusive. However one could walk to the local small town easily if one did not want to take the car. The location was ideal for visiting Mount Etna and the surrounding villages but also for visiting Taormina and Catania and beyond. The two lane motorway at this time of year made it quick and easy to get around by car. Our hosts were extremely friendly, kind and helpful

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
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5

Wonderful Place, just a true Paradise in Sicily

  • 5 of 5

What can we say. We came as tourists and left as friends. That's the best thing, what can happen in a holiday. The Villa Etnamare has an amazing view. It is quired, sorrounded by a wonderful garden whith lots of fruits, vegetables and herbs. We cooked a lot with ingriedents from the garden. The four appartments are well equiped and have all a fantastic view. The pool is just great. Our daughter loved to dive for hours:-). Nadia, Angelo and Dario are so nice hosts - we just want to say thank you - we will definitly come back!!!

Grazie mille e a presto!

Lili, Alex and Kathrin from Germany

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
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5

We loved EtnaMare and the entire family.

  • 5 of 5

First, I must say that the picture of the pool and views are more amazing in real life. The grounds are wonderful with fruits and herbs you can pick. We picked cherries, lemons, oranges, and plums that were delicious. We picked our herbs from the grounds to cook. This entire experience with the land was precious and beautiful. It was just my husband and me (we were on our honeymoon) and it was very peaceful and relaxing. The City of Santa Venerina is very quiet so if you want more “action” it’s about 15 minutes away. There are several vineyards nearby which Nadia and Dario can help you with. You will live like a true Italian here. Angelo and Teresa (the mom and dad) are great! We had a cooking class with the family which was one of our most memorable events on our Italy trip. It started off with us going to the fish market in Catania. If you like cooking and Italian food, we recommend you do it. I’ve cooked the Pasta alla Norma a couple times already as well as the zucchini salad. Teresa’s cooking was amazing and a recipe from her mom! The apartment was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. The only I would point out as a negative is the size of the shower. It was a bit tight and small for American standards. We look forward to going back.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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A lovely stay at Etnamare

  • 4 of 5

Great place, lovely swimming pool and surroundings, very friendly peoply en nice weather. We'll come back!

Ton, Willemien en Josja (The Netherlands)

  • Submitted: May 12, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
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