Excelsior Grand Hotel

Piazza Giovanni Verga 39, Catania, Sicily, 95129, Italy | 5 star hotel
Prices starting from $111.00

Travel Blogs from Catania

Next stop: Kamarina and rural southern Sicily

A travel blog entry by gparadis2004


We said "good-bye" to the amazing city of La Vallette, Malta, and headed by the Virtu Ferry to Pozzallo, Sicily. The view from the ferry as we pushed away was truly stunning as we took in our last glimpses of the fortress, towers and Churches of this city that stole our hearts.

The Ferry was top notch, so modern, comfortable and swift. We …

Sicily with Lidia

A travel blog entry by hambone5000


In November, 2007 I was invited by Alitalia Airlines to attend an educational program in Sicily and earn the designation of Sicily Sales Specialist. Aside from visiting highlights in Palermo, Agrigento and Taormina, I had the opportunity of meeting and dining with Lidia Bastianich (of PBS fame). I wanted to get this up right away, so I posted a …


A travel blog entry by suzannevalle


... there before...... the soles of our feet were raw by the end of the day!!

Lia had an absolute ball - she'd been counting down sleeps for months.... Nuka also had a blast but seemed to wane in the middle of the day, she's developed some sort of allergy and has a rash all over her face.... Being in the sun all day hasn't helped I'm afraid.....

It's our last night at Etna Mare, sadly, tomorrow we pack up and head South......


No country for old women

A travel blog entry by suzannevalle


... that gather in the evenings, here and in other towns we have visited. They sit and chat amongst themselves, raucously greeting newcomers with kisses and back-beating hugs and ogling women that pass by. They are wonderful to watch, but I'm curious...... Where are all the old women? At home, cooking? Looking after grandchildren? Run off with the pool boy? Swimming with the ...

Castles and pistachios.....

A travel blog entry by suzannevalle


... a wee, paid for by 4 gelati...... Phew!

A Google search while we waited for the town to rise from her slumber, did not reveal any pistachio shops / wholesalers, but the bartender told us about a place near the church. We searched again without success in the most suffocating heat, and were saved by a lovely lady who directed us to a pasticceria that specialised in pistachio products. We bought a few pastries, but the highlight of the trip was ...

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This 5 star hotel, located in the Borgo-Sanzio area of Catania, is near Piazza Duomo, Duomo di Catania, Castello Ursino & Museo Civico, and Palazzo Biscari.
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    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good