|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Apartment with a terrace on the waterfront, right next to the main square of Santa Tecla. From the terrace you can admire a sweeping view over the bay of the small fishing village of Santa Tecla, its square and the sea. Next to the house, stairs lead to the lava rocks. When you plunge into the sea in front of the house, it feels as though you are diving straight into a salt-water pool. Casa Scirocco is located on the ‘Lemon Riviera', the coast between Catania and Taormina, so-called due to the infinite number of lemon groves found at the foot of the volcano Etna. In summer Santa Tecla is a seaside destination for the islanders who enjoy the pebbled beach that distances only 400 metres from the house. Santa Tecla has a small port, a village square at the seaside with an ice-cream shop, a bar, various pizzerias and two excellent seafood restaurants. For example the renamed and affordable seafood restaurant 'La Bettola dei Marinai', only 50 meters from the house.
The terrace offers a spectacular view of the bay of Santa Tecla and is ideal for outdoor eating, and aperitifs as you watch the sun setting over the village or enjoy the sunrise from the sea in the morning.
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We very much enjoyed our stay at Casa Scirrocco. Lorenzo, the keyholder, came to meet us upon our arrival and was very helpful, despite the fact that he has very little English and we have no Italian. He very generously gave us 2 bottles of wine as a welcome gift. The terrace is really big and the views from it are amazing. In one direction you look out over the sea and in the other you have fantastic views of Mount Etna. Other travellers in the past have said that there was nowhere to sit on the terrace but that has now been rectified and there is now a table & 4 chairs and 2 sunbeds which was great. The apartment is well equipped, and has excellent air conditioning in the bedroom. There was 11 large dinner plates and 11 side plates but no breakfast bowls!? Our only niggle with the property is that it could have been cleaned a bit better. The shower enclosure was rather dirty and had black mould in it and one of the doors didn't close properly and there was scum left in the bottom of the toothbrush mug. There was also a lot of dust & hair down beside the bedside lockers. The town itself is small but has everything you would need. Great fish restaurants and pizzerias. It also has a small shop/deli for all your everyday needs. The people are really lovely but I would suggest brushing up on your Italian beforehand as there is very little English spoken there, which for us added to it's attractiveness. I would definitely recommend Casa Scirrocco to my friends and family.
We were the only foreign tourists in this little Italian coastal village. The locals made us so welcome. The apartment is conveniently located close to the landlord, Lorenzo's, superb fish restaurant. The apartment has all that is required; i.e beds, bathroom, kitchen, bathroom with shower and although somewhat basic in 'fixtures and fittings' the views from the balcony more than make up for it. To the front the sea, lapping against the lava rocks, to the side the lovely little town square where the locals gather to drink coffee and chat, and over your shoulder there is Mt Etna, smoking away in the distance. Lorenzo, has the most superb fish restaurant with really friendly staff (brush up on your Italian though as this is a local's restaurant not a touristy place!). There is a little corner shop across the road and five minutes walk away a small supermarket where you can get all your groceries etc. 20 minutes walk outside the village is The Santa Tecla Palace Hotel where you can treat yourself to a day in their superb swimming pool. A hire car is essential but once in Santa Tecla we found it hard to drag ourselves away from this totally unspoilt, 'off the beaten track' part of Sicily. It's rare that we say we will definitely return to a holiday destination but this is one place we will certainly return to.
The property is in an excellent location with a private balcony with uninterrupted views of the sea. It is also very convenient for exploring the many sights in the east of Sicily and around Etna. The provision of air conditioning in the main bedroom is a great benefit for the hot summer nights.
We flew into Catania for a 4 day break in Sicily and found this great apartment. The town of Santa Tecla was perfect for us; it was quiet and very authentic (no one spoke English) with a number of excellent restaurants, a supermarket, a corner shop 100 yards from the apartment and a butcher.
The apartment was up on the 2nd floor and accessed via a communal courtyard. It was spacious for the 2 of us but would have been crowded if we'd used the second room/sofa bed and there'd been 4 people staying there.
The balcony was incredible and totally private with an uninterrupted view of the sea. From the bed you could open the shutters and doors in the morning and see the waves against the rocks and the clear blue sky - bliss!!
Unfortunately the kitchen was not very well equipped - no bowls, only 3 wine glasses, no large glasses for water, no kettle, no power sockets (!!) and no ice tray!
Another let down was the fact that there was zero outdoor furniture on the balcony to be able to sit out there and enjoy it. For the price I would have expected a table and chairs (as shown on the photo) and a couple of sun loungers and a nice little extra would have been a small BBQ. Instead we had to drag the mattress out onto the balcony to sunbathe on each day and move the dining table outside to eat breakfast and lunch.
Another downer (which contributes to the 3 star rating) was the cleanliness of the apartment - it was really quite dusty.
We did receive a very warm welcome (and a free bottle of wine!) from Lorenzo and parking was right outside the building.
Couple of tips - the coffee at the bar in the square right next to the apartment was the best in town. As a treat walk along to the purple hotel (to the right as you look out the balcony) for an afternoon of reading and drinking by their infinity pool, it's quite a stunning hotel!
Overall we had a wonderful break and regardless of the little things the apartment was fabulous and we would absolutely stay there again...I would just come with my own ice tray :)
Santa Tecla is an excellent base from which to explore eastern Sicily. The quaint fishing village lies halfway between Catania and Taormina and just three kilometres from Acireale, a pretty little city, built on a plateau of lava, that is known for its Baroque churches. Giardini Naxos, a seaside resort with beautiful sandy beaches, is just 20 kilometres from Santa Tecla. Beside it we find Taormina ‘the pearl of the Mediterranean’ and the most exclusive seaside resort in Sicily. Its ancient Greek theatre is world famous for its extraordinary panoramic views. Santa Maria la Scala and Aci Trezza are pleasant seaside villages near Santa Tecla. Travelling south, one hour’s drive away lies Syracuse.
Santa Tecla is also an excellent base from which to explore Mount Etna and its surroundings. The villages of Etna, such as Trecastagni, Zafferana Etnea and Randazzo, are famous for their ancient lava flows, the architecture of their seventeenth century churches, their delicious local produce and the hospitality of the villagers. Situated 700 metres above sea level, they are a favourite retreat of the city dwellers who, in summer are in search of cool, fresh air, while in winter are in search of snow for skiing. Few people are aware that Etna is a popular location for skiers in winter. On some glorious days in winter, it’s even possible to ski the frozen slopes in the morning enjoying a wonderful panoramic view of the Mediterranean, and then, the same afternoon, go and sunbathe on the beaches below!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Rates include use of air-conditioning, linen, towels and final cleaning. There are no hidden extras.