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Self Catering Sicily | URG| Catania |VBRO

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Gorgeous penthouse with panoramic view and 2 terraces

Prestigious penthouse in the city center, unique location in front of the Castello Ursino, emblematic monument of culture of the city of Catania, built by Frederick II of Swabia and dating back to the thirteenth. The building as a whole is restored by the architect owner and a great tranquility and privacy. The privileged position within the tourist route from Catania and its night life make this unique and very comfortable accommodation for your stay in the city and to visit the best attractions in the eastern part of Sicily. Even without a car (the bus station is 5 minutes) you can visit: Siracusa, Ragusa, Noto, Marzamemi, Vendicari, Piazza Armerina, Pantalica, Taormina, Agrigento, Messina, Acireale. The penthouse, with short walks, you can visit almost all the main tourist points of the city (Roman amphitheater, Odeon, yarrow spas, baths of round, Benedictine monastery, Piazza Duomo and the Cathedral, Via Etna, Bellini Park, Via Crociferi, the Amenano River, Pozzo di Gammazia, Teatro Massimo Bellini (Opera House) and much more. In the evening this area becomes the gastronomic centers of the city. With transports in 10 minutes you can reach sandy beaches and / or volcanic rock, Mount Etna with about 40 minutes by car or bus (departing from the central station). The house has been renovated by the owner, an architect by profession, giving a contemporary style, while not denying, the choice of materials and in some decorative details, the tradition and the historical nature of the site and the building. All the furniture is of high end design and some original pieces of the designer. Located on the second floor of a building of 1900, is composed of two levels: the first level living area with a large open plan lounge with a relaxation area with full HD projector and surround system (viewable SKY and Netflix) and a dining area for 6 persons. At the same level there is a large kitchen, a bathroom. The garden terrace overlooking the entire space and is equipped with table and chairs to be exploited for relaxing dinners and breakfasts with soleggianti excellent "granita". The medieval castle is the optimal setting. On the upper level there are two large bedrooms with bathroom for a total of 4 beds, and a spare room (office) with a confortable double sofa bed. The main bedroom is directly connected to the second terrace garden with private sun deck, outdoor shower and a beautiful view of Etna volcano. At the same level there is also the laundry area. The house is equipped with everything, including broadband fiber access and free WIFI. The house is 10 minutes from the airport, 10 min from the train station and 5 min (walking) from the main street of the shopping. A 5 min taxi is the bus terminal to Taormina (40 min), Siracusa and Ortigia (30 min) and other picturesque locations of the island. Easy parking in the area if you arrive by car. visit us SelfCatering Sicily

Very positive feedback on the net


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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 7, 2018

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 Catania

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
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
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
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

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Self Catering Sicily | URG| Catania |VBRO
average rating of 4.875 based on 12 reviews

Lovely large apartment in the heart of the historic part of Catania

  • 4 of 5

This was one beautiful apartment near all of the historic sites and within walking distance of everything with many good restaurants including the one just downstairs. The coffee bar across the street was also in the perfect location and by the 3rd day we didn't have to say "Cafe Americana to Take Away". We were 4 people so that everyone could have their own ensuite bathroom as well as a good sized bed. More people would not have the privacy that we did.

However, here are some things to consider: Parking can be iffy. We mostly found a free spot on our street, but all of a sudden one day they were hauling away cars. Lucky for us we happened to be downstairs when that happened and could find another spot. Be aware that the police speak NO English. Some evenings there is very LOUD music until after midnight. Never could figure out where it was coming from. That happened 3 of the 5 nights we were there. Since there is no elevator and the apartment is on the top floor, be aware that you will be walking up lots of steps to get to your door. Not a huge problem unless you have heavy suitcases like we did and are all over 60! Finally, the apartment while well stocked with plates, glasses and cookware did not have extra things like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent or tissues. The coffee maker needed single cup inserts which we couldn't find so therefore the coffee bar across the street was a necessity. These items were not easy to find at stores in small quantities for staying just a few days.

None of the above should be looked upon as a negative for staying there, just be aware of some of the issues we faced. May not matter to others.

BTW, the furniture and art is beautiful. Don't recommend staying there with small children especially since the inside stairs has no railing or protection from falling off.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Hope, thanks for your feedback. I would like to clarify something that i didnt find correct in your description and is not useful for the next clients. The flat you have booked is luxury, top and full equipped. Probably you didnt have the opportunity, the patience to test everything in the right way. First : in the flat you can find a Nespresso coffee machine (that one you say it needs single cup in). Nespresso machine is universally well known as a good coffee , but is not for you. There is another trditional coffee machine , for 10 people (it means , big) and working with coffee powder. Not so complicated. But you didnt like it. Maybe next time its better for you to send me the technical list of the appliances you want to find. Second: parking space. The area has a huge number of parking space. Of course you have to consider that you have rent a flat in the historical center in the south of Italy and not in a country side in Colorado. Probably there is big difference on it. The historical centre in a italian city is alive (fortunatelY) full of restaurant and full of life. Third: Music. I apologise if something happened but I cant control those things. IN the weenend its normal to have some alive party in the center of town. I can say that normally people renting this flat dont complain as you have done for noice or music. Probablu theuy like music more than you do? Fourth: Police. I do apologise for this. Probably they dont speak english and I cant overcome this big lack. Fifth: stairs and floors. Is well described in the advert that the flat is at the second floor and no lift. I can reassure you that we didnt change it before you arrived at the flat. It 's still at the second floor of an ancient building, no lift. I can add that we normally help our guests with baggage to go up! Thanks again for being my guest . Best regards
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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: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: September 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: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
3 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
catania centrale
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Ski
35 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres

Catania's historical centre is UNESCO Heritage site. His baroque style is representative all over the world. The area of the Castello Ursino, where the apartment is located, is the heart of the city. The old folk tradition, proximity to the historical market of the fish, the Baroque context, make it fascinating. The location is central and from here you can visit all the main tourist and historical sites of the city: greek ancient theater , Romans amphitheater, Roman baths, the underground city, opera house, museum, diocesan museum. A few minutes by car or bus you can reach the sandy beaches (south side) and those of black volcanic stone (north side). A few steps away is the bus linking the city of Catania and Taormina, Siracusa, Noto, Ragusa, Palermo etc ... The neighborhood is alive day and night a perfect area where to spend holiday in Catania. The apartment is located just in front the "Ursino" Castle a short walk from the Duomo (5 minutes), the main street and a few meters from the historic fish market (3 minutes). In 5 minutes walking you can reach the bus station where its possible to take buses to Etna, Syracuse, Taormina, Noto, Piazza Armerina. All the area around the castle and fish market is full of bars and restaurants of typical Sicilian cuisine where you can take a trip enograstronomico respectable at reasonable prices.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $369.19
final cleaning $61.53

Free on-street parking is available.
Smoke is allowed only in open spaces (balconies)
Keep clean and order the place at your check out (take away rubbish)
Standard check in time is considered from 3pm till 9pm. Other check in time is allowed but please inform us in advance.
The rental is supplied without centralized services in accordance with Law 431/98

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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