Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Etnaland is a delightful place to use as your base for touring Sicily, or for those really wishing to discover Etna
The flat is ina semidetached house , very calm in winter time. there is a chimney . It is perfect if you wish to relax and to discover etna.
Ideal for small family. Thre is rom there you can reach a lot of villages on the slopes of volcano Etna , Catania, Syracue, Palermo, Taormina, The sea and so on.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Catania 20 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania 3 km, Nearest railway: Catania 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Safe|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Furnished fully equipped
|Further details outdoors|
You can park in the parking place in the garden of the apartment.
My telephone is 00390952500293 mobile 00393207115715
To reach the place it is necessary to have the car, even if there are buses from Catania we reckommend a private means. ther eis no internet
The Sicily region
Sicily (Italian and Sicilian: Sicilia, [si?t?i?lja]) is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, comprising an autonomous region of Italy. Minor islands around it, such as the Aegadian Islands, Aeolian Islands, Pantelleria, Lampedusa are part of Sicily. Its official name is Regione Autonoma Siciliana (English: Sicilian Autonomous Region).
Sicily, like all regions of Italy when viewed separately, has its own rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine, architecture and language. The Sicilian economy is well diversified. The agriculture sector is significant with citrus fruits (mainly oranges and lemons), olives and olive oil, grapes and wine. Tourism and real estate are also important sectors for the island (?Economic sectors). Sicily also holds importance for archaeological and ancient sites such as the Necropolis of Pantalica, the Valley of the Temples and Selinunte. The archaeological site of Selinunte contains five temples centered on an acropolis. There are continuous excavations that occur in Sicily due to its extensive history.
Topography of Sicily
Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. It is located in the Province of Catania.
View of the town of Vizzini, on the slopes of Monte Lauro in the Hyblaean MountainsSicily has been known since ancient times for its roughly triangular shape, which earned it the name Trinacria. It is separated to the east from the Italian region of Calabria through the Strait of Messina.
The distance between the island and mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina is about 2 miles [3 km] wide in the north, and about 10 miles [16 km] in the south of the Strait. The island is characterized by a densely mountainous landscape. The main mountain ranges are Madonie and Nebrodi in the north and Peloritani in the north-east, whereas the south-eastern Hyblaean are considered geologically as a continuation of the Italian Appennines. The mines of the Enna and Caltanissetta district were a leading sulfur-producing area throughout the 19th century, but have declined since the 1950s.
Sicily and its small surrounding islands are extremely interesting to volcanologists. Mount Etna, located in the east of mainland Sicily with a height of 3,320 m (10,890 ft), is the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.
The Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea, to the northeast of mainland Sicily, exhibit a volcanic complex including Stromboli. Currently active also are the three dormant volcanoes of Vulcano, Vulcanello and Lipari. Off the southern coast of Sicily, the underwater volcano of Ferdinandea, which is part of the larger Empedocles, last erupted in 1831. It is located between the coast of Agrigento and the island of Pantelleria (which itself is a dormant volcano), on the Phlegraean Fields of the Strait of Sicily.
ragalna is a small village on the slopes of volcano etna 25 km far from Catania and 5 km far from Etna or Nicolosi
Catania (pronounced [ka?ta?nja], Greek: ?at??? – Katáni; Latin: Catana and Catina) is an Italian city on the east coast of Sicily facing the Ionian Sea, between Messina and Syracuse. It is the capital of the eponymous province, and with 298,957 inhabitants (752,895 in the Metropolitan Area) it is the second-largest city in Sicily and the tenth in Italy.
Catania is known to have a seismic history and past, having been destroyed by a catastrophic earthquake in 1169, another in 1693, and several volcanic eruptions from the neighbouring Mount Etna volcano, the most violent of which was in 1669.
Catania has had a long and eventful history, having been founded in the 8th century BC. In the 14th century and the Renaissance, Catania was one of Italy's most important and flourishing cultural, artistic and political centres, including having witnessed the opening in 1434 of the first university in Sicily. Today, Catania is one of the main economic, touristic and educational centres in the island,
u LiotruThe symbol of the city is u Liotru, or the Fontana dell'Elefante, assembled in 1736 by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. It portrays an ancient lavic stone elephant and is topped by an Egyptian obelisk from Syene. Legend has it that Vaccarini's original elephant was neuter, which the men of Catania took as an insult to their virility. To appease them, Vaccarini appropriately appended elephantine testicles to the original statue.
The Sicilian name u Liotru is a phonetic change of Heliodorus, a nobleman who, after trying without success to become bishop of the city, became a sorcerer and was therefore condemned to the stake. Legend has it that Heliodorus himself was the sculptor of the lava elephant and that he used to magically ride it in his fantastic travels from Catania to Constantinople. Another legend has it that Heliodorus was able to transform himself into an elephant.
The presence of an elephant in the millenary history of Catania is surely connected to both zooarcheology and popular creeds.
In fact, the prehistoric fauna of Sicily from the Upper Paleolithic, included dwarf elephants.
The Catanian Museum of Mineralogy, Paleonthology and Vulcanology holds the integral unburied skeleton of an Elephas falconeri in an excellent state of conservation. The first inhabitants of Etna molded such lavic artifact to idolize the mythical proboscidian.
The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi backs the Cavea of the Greek-Roman Theatre.
Roman Amphitheatre. Classical buildingsThe city has been buried by lava a total of seven times in recorded history, and in layers under the present day city are the Roman city that preceded it, and the Greek city before that. Many of the ancient monuments of the Roman city have been destroyed by the numerous seisms. Currently, different ancient remains can be seen and visited in the city-centre.
Ancient edifices include:
Greek-Roman Theathre of Catania (2nd century)
Odeon (3rd century). It could house up to 1500 spectators
Greek Acropolis of Montevergine
Roman broken arcades
Christian basilicas, hypogea, burial monuments and Catacombs
 Roman thermal structuresAchillean Baths
Terme di Santa Maria Odigitria
Terme della Rotonda
Baths of the Four Quoins
Terme di Palazzo Asmundo
Terme del Palazzo dell'Università
Terme di Casa Gagliano
Terme della Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate
Roman Thermal Baths of Santa Maria dell'Indirizzo. Baroque and historical churchesThe Baroque city centre of Catania is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
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12 Jul 2012
"We were disappointed and angry at what we found and refused to stay."
We arrived late on the afternoon of 9th June to find the entire entry and the full height of the stairwell under construction. The construction works were fully open to the passage which led to the … More
18 Apr 2012
"wonderful location for foodies"
Wonderful location for those who appreciate good fresh food. Very close by is a daily market where the freshest of fish, meat, fruit and vegetables can be purchased. The apartment is centrally located for parks, tourist attractions and transport links. We loved the Sicilian feel to the apartment and the CD and videos were an unexpected bonus.
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