Travel Blogs from Catania
... us up here this morning...... "Claudio". Before getting out of his car at the bottom of the hill, I tipped him 20€, to return at 7:45p.m., and take us back to the Timeo for dinner. He agreed -- so hopefully may 20€ is not lost, but an insurance that we will have a chauffeured way up to the top of the mountain for dinner. At 7:45p.m., Claudio was waiting for us as we climbed out of the dinghy. This time I was adorned in foul weather gear over my evening attire. ...
... anchor and call it the total end of the crossing journey..... okay -- now to continue.... What a lovely, motor-less sail we had, cruising 7-7.5kph, from Spartivento down the Southern tip of Italy, and crossing at the lower entrance of the Straits of Messina, over to the island of Sicily. The sun was burning hot, as we silently glided through the water, lazying our way toward our destination. After hearing ...
... as they must have taken shelter. By the time we had reached our first stop (factory outlet for honey, olives, garlic, wine and who knows what else) it was drizzling. We started to climb Mt Etna ( which means fire) it was starting to clear and we thought all would be good. Not 5 minutes later and we were in cloud. When we got to the car park it was a whiteout. We couldn't see any buildings. We were supposed to spend ...
... as we gave each other scores, pointed our toes and tried to do fancy dives. When we eventually swam back to the shore everyone was looking at us. I am not sure if it was because of our incredibly talented diving or the fact that we are the only people wearing board shorts in the water! Take your pick. The men all wear tight buggy smugglers or even tighter still, bathers with a small cropped leg but made out revealing fabric ...
... in. We did break away to see a few of the sights, including - yes - the Cathedral/Duomo, piazzas, chiesas and ruins. I am sure we could have seen much more, but we with an true, live and active food market underway we just couldn't stay away. We even at lunch at a restaurant located in the heart of the market, with seating outside next to the market stalls. The food at I'll Paglia was quite good. They specialize in fish, and it's said that if you cannot find it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Liberty Hotel Catania
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.
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 !!
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.
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.