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Self Catering Sicily | URG| Catania |VBRO

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Gorgeous penthouse with panoramic view and 2 terraces

A prestigious penthouse in the city centre, set in a unique location in front of the Ursino Castle (Castello Ursino): the emblematic monument of culture of the city of Catania built by Frederick II of Swabia and dating back to the thirteenth century. The building as a whole has been recently restored and exudes great tranquility and privacy. The privileged position of this property within the historic centre of Catania, in close proximity to the city’s vibrant night life, makes your stay both comfortable, stylish, convenient and an ideal base from which to explore the prime attractions on the eastern side of Sicily. Even without a car (the bus station is 5 minutes walk away) you can visit Siracusa, Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Vendicari nature reserve, Piazza Armerina, Pantalica, Taormina, Agrigento, Messina and Acireale as well as Palermo directly.

The apartment is just a short walk from almost all Catania’s main tourist attractions including the Roman amphitheatre, yarrow spas, thermal baths, the Benedictine monastery, Piazza Duomo (the main square) and the Cathedral; not to mention the famous fish and fresh food market, Via Etna, Bellini Park, Via Crociferi, the Amenano River, the Gamamzita well, Bellini Theatre and much more. Integral to the city’s buzzing nightlife, you are also only moments away from one of the gastronomic centres of the city.

A short ride on public transport (or car) will take you to either a sandy (south) or volcanic stoney beach (north) within a few minutes. Mount Etna is accessible within about 40 minutes by car or bus (departing from the central bus station).

The house has been renovated by the oner – an architect by profession – in a contemporary style, with attention to the choice of materials and decorative details to preserve the tradition and the historical nature of the site and the building. All the furniture is of superior design with some original pieces from the designer. Located on the second floor of a building dating back to the 1900s, this apartment is composed of two levels: the first a living area with a large open plan lounge with relaxation area with full HD projector and surround sound system (Sky TV and Netflix movies are viewable) and a dining area for six people. On the same level, there is an open entrance area with direct views to the terrace and castle, a large kitchen and bathroom. The garden terrace, viewable from the entire space, is equipped with a solid oak table and benches/chairs providing the perfect ambience for relaxing dinners with wine or a typical breakfast sipping coffee and sampling Catania’s excellent “granita” and brioche. The backdrop of the medieval castle creates the optimal setting.

Ascending the freestanding staircase takes you to the upper level of the apartment comprised of two large double bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms (both with a rain showers) and laundry area. The master bedroom is directly connected to the upper terrace garden with private sundeck, outdoor shower, an array of beautiful flowers and plants and a magnificent 360 degree view of the cityscape and Etna volcano.

A double sofa bed is available in a separated room at the same level

The apartment is equipped with everything you could possibly need during your stay, including fiberoptic broadband and free WIFI.

It is only a 10-minute drive or bus ride from the airport, a 15 minute walk from the train station and a 5 minute walk from Via Etna, the main shopping street. A 5 minute taxi ride takes you to the bus terminal for Taormina (40 min north), that is also accessible by train, and the city of Siracusa and Ortigia (30 min south) and as well as other picturesque locations on the island.

Very positive feedback on the net


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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

About Max

I am an architect 40 years old, working and living in Catania, on historical center. I love my job and I consider it very exciting because it gives me the tools to analyze the cities that I visit.

I love Brazil and Brazilian music (MPB), I also love jazz. I studied piano and when I do I like the jam sessions with friends in my home.

I love the cinema, reading, and good wine.

Self Catering Sicily is a Tourism network which I founded becasue, as traveller, I would like to help other traveller to make them to feel at home when they rent an holiday house. Part of the network are the owners of the house that I propose, who I know personally. My agency creates connection between good houses, good services and good guests. All this makes a good marketing.

I select and inspect houses in Catania and the whole Sicily, offering support and suggestions at guests.

I work directly in Catania center and i'm trying to expand my businnes in the whole Sicily.

Welcome to Sicily


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Max purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Max chose Sicily

Perfect location for a stay in Catania. Apartment in front of the castle ursino a short walk from the Duomo, the main street and a few meters from the historic fish market. Castle Square ursino is a gastronomical center of the city and have focused a great deal of restaurants and clubs. This area is still alive and can be reached easily from here all the most representative of the city. Stazinoe a bus is about 5 minutes from where you can take the means to reach places such as Etna, Siracusa, Taormina, Noto, Piazza Armerina


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What makes this apartment unique

The neighborhood is alive day and notZona perfect for a stay in Catana. Apartment in front of the castle ursino a short walk from the Duomo, the main street and a few meters from the historic fish market. Castle Square ursino is a gastronomical center of the city and have focused a great deal of restaurants and clubs. This area is still alive and can be reached easily from here all the most representative of the city. Stazinoe a bus is about 5 minutes from where you can take the means to reach places such as Etna, Siracusa, Taormina, Noto, Piazza Armerinate, full of bars and restaurants of typical Sicilian cuisine where you can take a trip enograstronomico respectable at reasonable prices.


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Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a stunning apartment with a wonderful view both to the Castello Ursino as well as Mount Etna. It is smack in the middle of Catania only a few streets from the impressive fish market, where you can buy the freshest fish and seafood, cook it in the kitchen and eat it on the lovely terrace together with a wonderful Sicilian wine- at least that's what we did and believe me, you won't regret it....
Mar 2016
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Catania Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Studio bedroom - 2 sleep sofa /futon , double sofa bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat


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Self Catering Sicily | URG| Catania |VBRO
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Very good accommodation in Catania

  • 5 of 5

The location of the accommodation is perfect. You can walk easy to the center of the city and there are many restaurants nearby in the same street. The apartment looks very very nice, is very clean and is well equipped. We liked the roofgarden very much. Everyday we used there our breakfast. The other roof terrace has a breathtaking view on the Etna.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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The best place in Town

  • 5 of 5

There is any word to describe our experience in this wonderful and peacefulll place. Positive energy, high standard design, perfect location, full equipped, high tecnhologic, roof garden breathtaking, private terrace overlooking Etna.

We spent a week and was not enough to enjoy everything there. The best place to visit east sicily.

Behind the corner there is a gorgeous food and fish market (Pescheria), the Ursino Castle square has a lot of options for restaurants and bars, the area is dinamic and open 24 hours.

We felt into the sicilian culture and we appreciate it.

the house is very very confortable with 2 bedrooms with bathroom ensuite, a huge living room (with home cinmea), dining room and the terrace with decking and large table was the main attraction.

Unbelievable to live like in a villa in the center of town with the amzinng view of the medieval castle in front of you.

We checked all the area and we can confirm there is any other place with a better location than this.

We high reccomend this flat to who want to enjoy Sicily in a special way. Cost is even less than the penthouse deserves and the pictures just describe a part of the strong emotions you can live in this place.

Massimiliano is a fine architect and he was very good in design this magic place!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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wonderful accommodation in Sicily

  • 5 of 5

The listing and the photo's were accurate and a huge help in preparing for this trip to Catania. Max the owner, was more than helpful through our many e-mail exchanges. The apartment was well appointed, far exceeding our expectations. Free wifi was a huge bonus. Location near the various attractions , restaurants, and sightseeing possibilities was perfect. We felt safe in the area and walked to most places we choose to go. The Restaurant Da Antonio right outside the apartment was fabulous and we ate there several times. Many other good ones near by. The only draw back to the apartment is it's up on the upper floors of the building, so if flights of stairs presents an issue caution is advised. We had no problem negotiating them at all, a good workout. Max also provided us with the name of a tour guide for the trips that involved a distance. Vincenzo was an amazing driver, spoke english well and extremely knowledgeable about Sicily. We used him to go to Mt Etna, Siracusa, Noto, Ortigia and Taormina to name a few. We just can't say enough about this wonderful experience . A highly recommended place to vacation and an extremely comfortable apartment to spend the 8 days we were there.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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best place in Catania

  • 5 of 5

Everything is just perfect in this appartment, the location in the city, the light and the terrace , the view and even the kitchen equipment! I can only recommend this place if you plan to visit Catania and the surroundings (Etna, Syracuse ...)

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Absolutely magificent!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. The appartment is perfectly located in the city center. The apartment itself is spacious, appealing furnished and very well equipped. The roof terrace with its view on the Castello Ursino as well as the other one with its view on the roofs of Catania and the Etna are great. In case you have a car, the parking situation is easy. The owner is of great help in any circumstances. It´s not just as presented in the listing desription, it´s even better.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Spring in Catania

  • 5 of 5

Great location right in the centre of historic Catania, 10 mins taxi ride from airport. Very close to daily fish market, cafés, restaurants, shops, Castello, Duomo, tourist bus any lots of beautiful architecture & historic sites. 10 mins walk to bus station, 20 mins walk to train station. Lovely modern flat in old building, up 2 flights of stairs from street level, split over 2 levels with 2 terraces with lovely views either over street to Castello or over rooftops to Etna. Great for adults who like to walk and explore then catch the afternoon sun on the balcony. The owner, Max, organised a trip to Etna & winery as well as taxi it airport.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
catania centrale
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $23.9 per person per night
Damage Deposit $358.51

for reservation made before april 2017 previous policy will be applied: cleaning fee (50€) to pay on site

Free on-street parking is available.
Smoke is allowed only in open spaces (balconies or terraces)
Due the local tourist regulation you can be charged for tourist tax €1,5 per day per guest over 18.
The rental is supplied without centralized services in accordance with Law 431/98 without providing personal services.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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