The Hotel La Ville in the city centre of Catania is a homely accommodation suitable for families looking for self catering as well as the more regular short term hotel guests. With a delightful public area suitable for intimate meetings or events and full 3 star facilities, also suitable for the disabled, this hotel is about 10 minutes on foot from the Duomo.
Warm and welcoming and full of beans - this 3 star on Catania's main road offers a low cost, comfortable place to stay, with friendly staff and owners and spacious, comfortable rooms with high vaulted, Bourbon style ceilings. Cheap and cheerful lodgings ideal for a stay in Sicily's second city!
Right by the trains station in Siracusa, the Sorella Luna 3 star guest house and hotel offers a comfortable and inexpensive place to stay and really make the most out of the fantastic historical seaside town of Siracusa. Located midway between the medieval island centre of Ortigia and the archaeological zone and commercial centre.
In the very heart of the city, right by the Teatro Massimo and the heartbeat of the city's nightlife and only a few minutes on foot from the Duomo, is the Biscari 3 star guest house. Spread over three floors of a historical building and with a rooftop terrace, the unusual Biscari hotel has some incredibly large rooms, unlike most European hotels.
For a truly unique accommodation experience in the sun-drenched coastal town of Siracusa, try the Residenza alla Giudecca, which not only occupies a medieval listed building but also contains the ruins of an ancient Hebrew bath used for ritual purification until the 4th century, and a deconsecrated Christian Church!
The 3 star Hotel Del Santuario has recently undergone a complete makeover in an effort to turn this old lady's ailing fortunes as a long standing Siracusa hotel. Extremely large for a 3 star, the Del Santuario offers a wealth of 4 star services at 3 star prices, fun and friendly staff and a good location. Ideal for families on a budget.
The Etnea 316 Guest House is modern and attractive and ideal for travellers and young couples. Elegantly set out with a great communal atmosphere, this hotel benefits from a great deal of natural light and is an ideal place to meet other travellers as well as stay in comfortable and air-conditioned lodgings in the centre of Catania.
Large yet tranquil 3 star hotel on Catania's main street, the Hotel Gresi occupies a stunning building that has Catania's history painted on its walls. With high vaulted ceilings with original frescoes on them, and antique furniture throughout, this simple yet traditional hotel offers a polite and keen service amid serenity and opulent surroundings - a real value for money gem.
was until recently, one of the best kept secrets in Italy.
This fantastic island region is home to some of the finest
cuisine and the most hospitable people in Italy. In fact,
Sicilians barely regard themselves as Italian. Aside from
the food and the warm hospitality, this stunning region offers
some of the most impressive natural beauty in Italy, not least
the notable presence of Mount Etna – Europe’s
largest active volcano. From the sprawling cityscape of Palermo,
the capital, to the eastern coastal towns of Catania, Taormina
and Siracusa, this affordable and mostly rural part of the
world is definitely on the highly recommended list of destinations
Sicily Useful Links
Mount Etna The official website of Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano on the east coast of the island, visible from the cities of Catania and Taormina among many others.
Dive Sicily The warm clear waters around Sicily offer some truly beautiful opportunities for scuba and snorkelling and various courses are available for those who feel its time to get that licence.
Etna Explorer Tours of Mount Etna. Reserve a whole day from Catania or Taormina to go to the summit of Mount Etna - and take warm clothes even in the height of summer.
Guide Rome Romexplorer is an impartial guide to Rome written by UK and American ex-pats living and working in Rome.
Sicily Ferries Ferry timetables and routes concerning all of Sicily, connections to mainland Italy and the various islands such as Stromboli which decorate the northern coastline.