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Travel Blogs from Catania
Well, last full day in Sicily, so off to visit the town we have based ourselves at. We are down near the coast, but the old town itself is 200 metres high up a very winding, steep road. It is an old Sicilian town with narrow streets and plenty of shopping, both low and high end. Reason for the high end is that other than airports, it is on of the few places you can buy expensive items without having to pay the VAT if you are a non EC person. Usually you ...
... Opera is the number one form of live entertainment in Sicily and third overall in Italy. What was meant to be an hour trip turned into 2 very enjoyable hours of hurling around the streets of Palermo. After a quick lunch, back in the car for the 4 hour drive back to Taormina. Last full day tomorrow before we all part company on Saturday. Will stay local tomorrow and apart from seeing the town and taking the cable car there, might go for a boat trip around the area. Until ...
... seems to shut between 1.30 and 3.30pm each weekday for siesta! It is a good time to drive as the roads are not so busy! We then to another town further along the coast ( the road and exit was built between two mountains with the roads some 200 metres above the ground...amazing to see, and a good example of the road infrastructure the Italians have spent on the autostrades. Have never seen some many tunnels and bridges to keep the roads straight as possible). ...
Early start to make the Ferrovia Circumennea train that goes around Mt Etna. We managed to find the train station thanks to Sue. After seeing us 4 passengers on the platform, we noticed that they pumped extra diesel into the train! At 9 we set off on a 114km journey which took just over 3 hours. The landscape contrasted from market gardens, vines, orchards to waste land of volcanic black basalt. It ...
For our last day, we went on a sailboat cruise from Catania. We drove down to the port and met our captain, Evan. We were with 8 other people from Poland, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Italy. Everyone spoke some English. There wasn't much wind on the way out, so we just used the motor. By the afternoon we were able to put the sail up. We sailed by the Isole dei Cyclopi, or Islands of the Cyclops, known as the Cyclops Riviera. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Liberty Hotel Catania
Wir sind vom Hotel begeistert
Dieses Hotel ist das beste überhaupt. Das Dekor ist herrlich. Das Zimmer war sehr komfortabel, das Badezimmer war unglaublich! Zwar ist es ein kleines Hotel, aber vom Service her würde man das nicht vermuten. An der Rezeption sprachen alle gutes Englisch und waren extrem hilfsbereit, besonders was Tipps für Sehenswürdigkeiten betraf.
Das Frühstück war super. Ein Buffet mit Obst, Brötchen, Kuchen, Schinken und Käse, die Kellnerin hat aber auch frischen Kaffee gemahlen, Obstsaft gepresst und Eier gekocht!!
Das Hotel ist nahe genug, um zu den wichtigsten Sehenswürdigkeiten zu laufen. Wir sind nicht mit dem Bus gefahren, da die Stadt ziemlich klein ist. Zum Bahnhof kann man auch gut zu Fuß laufen.
Man sollte auf jeden Fall die Trattoria San Domenica an der Ecke der Straße probieren. Es ist auf Fischgerichte spezialisiert, man bekommt dort aber auch ein gutes Steak!!
Loved this hotel
This hotel is simply the best. The decor is superb. The room was very comfortable with an amazing bathroom! It is quite a small hotel but you wouldn't think so by the service that is offered. The receptionists all speak good English and were extremely helpful, particularly with sightseeing trips.
Breakfast was exceptional. A buffet service of fruit, rolls, cake, ham and cheese but also the waitress would freshly grind coffee, squeeze fruit juice and cook eggs!!
The hotel is close enough to walk to the main tourist areas. We didn't use any buses as we found the city quite small. Even the walk to the station wasn't overtaxing.
Try the Trattoria San Domenica on the corner of the road. It specialises in fish but also served a good steak !!
Oasis of peace and order
We spent four nights in this little charming art deco "butique" hotel. The location is a little bit out of downtown (quiet residential area) and uphill, so do not intend to carry suitcases from the via Etnea. Taxi is a prefferable solution - 27 EUR from airport. An evening stroll downhill to center is refreshing. Parking around hotel might be a problem, but we found a place for rented Punto nearby every night. Only rule is - do not block the garage entrance - everything else is allowed. The hotel is pretty OK signed from the main streets - only problem then is to find the rules of driving all those one-way narrow streets. The staff of hotel is extremely helpful, assistive and all speak fluent english. They solely should actually deserve 5*. Rooms are spaciuous, ceilings are high. Bathroom is a story for itself. Be surprised. Breakfast is continental, very good, lots of choises, fresh fruit and great selection of jams. We liked the breakfast ladyservant - she was so enthusiastic. Hotel has two floors and has an elevator and so is reccomended for seniors as well. Room in ground floor might not be reccomended, becouse window faces the pavement in front of hotel. Famillies with kids or babies would be probably treated great in hotel - but Catania itself is not a place to discover with babytrolley or god forbid wheelchair - i havent seen a single one actually.
We do strictly reccomend this hotel for a romantic getaway.
For nice dinner at reasonable price ask for "La Collegiata" - 15 minutes walking from hotel through shopping area in direction of il Duomo.
Vesna & Klemen Grabljevec; Ljubljana; Slovenia
A real gem
Let me add my voice to the chorus of praise for this place. An elegant, charming and sympathetic restoration of an early 1900s town house on a quiet street only a few minutes from Via Etnea, Piazza Sesterico and Villa Bellini. The staff were wonderful, the service great. Comfortable, easy on the eye and relaxing. Booked through hotels.com it was also a bargain (by European standards anyway) at little more than 100 Eur a night for two people. If you are looking for quality accommodation in Catania at a good price consider the Liberty.
Ein wirklich ausgezeichnetes Hotel, schöne Zimmer, Personal exzellent freundlich, Garage zu einem vernünftigen Preis in der Nähe. Die via San Vito ist - für Catania - relativ ruhig, die Zimmer sind gegen Lärm hervorragend - Balkontüre + verriegelbare Doppeltüre - abgeschirmt. Zum Zentrum geht man lediglich ein paar Minuten.
Scheint - hoffentlich auch im Sommer - kein Ziel von Massentouristen zu sein.
Wir werden bei unserem nächsten Aufenthalt in Sizilien mit Sicherheit wieder dort wohnen.
Mag. Werner Cejnek, Österreich
P.S.: für ungeübte Autofahrer ist Catania nicht zu empfehlen - nehmt lieber ein Taxi - doch dafür kann das Hotel nichts.
What a gem
If you are looking for a really gorgeous hotel just for a night or two in Catania this would be a great choice. It doesn't have a pool but as a base of transferring through the airport and a city break it works well.
Our room was just spectactular, and all the common areas are beautifully finished in belle epoque style with fine attention to detail.
The staff were really pleasant, speaking english (which was very useful as Catania isn't as big a tourist destination)
Catania is not for the feint hearted. The safe crossing of a road can give you a great sense of achievement - never mind driving amongst them. Lovely areas, duomo, wide boulevards like Via Etna. Do not miss the fish and veg market if you are there on the weekend - it was the best we have ever seen.
Good restaurants were a little hard to find but a vast array of pizza/ice cream parlours will keep you going. Remember it is a southern European city so it really only comes awake at about 9pm when restaurants sort of spring out of nowehere and there is a really good vibe.