Townhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The house is located in the historical center of Noto, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated on the first floor, it has been created from the restoration of a bulding dating back to the end of the 19th century. The house overlooks the spectacular skyline of the beautiful baroque town, with a view of the dome of the Cathedral, the roofs of the houses and monuments, to the wonderful sea of the Gulf of Noto and, in the distance, the island of Portopalo and the extreme tip of Capo Passero.
The house offers comfort and style: two large bedrooms and two bathrooms with shower, the charm of antique furniture combined with the convenience of modern furniture, air conditioning in the bedrooms, electric heaters throughout the house, TV. It also has a balcony with table and chairs where you can enjoy the beautiful landscape, sipping a coffee or relaxing with a glass of good Sicilian wine.
The house can accommodate two families, each with their own separate entrance. The two apartments, each about 70 square meters, each consist of a living room with sofa bed, a double bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen. One apartment can accommodate 2 to 3 people; the whole house (occupying both apartments), can accommodate a total of 4 to 7 people with two bedrooms and two bathrooms with shower.
Within walking distance of everything you need. A few meters away, down a stone staircase, you reach the main street of Noto with its restaurants, bars and shops.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lido di Noto 5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Fontanarossa of Catania 80 km, Nearest railway: Noto 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
The house also has:
• Bed and bath linen
• Cot, high chair and twin on request
• Well equipped kitchen with cookware and utensils and basic condiments
* Coffe machine Nespresso
• Citrus-fruit squeezer
• Vacuum cleaner
• Ironing board
• Electric heaters
• Tool box
• First-aid kits
There are the following additional services on request:
• Cleaning Personnel
• Bed and bath linen changed weekly
• Sicilian cooking classes and tasting
• Baby sitter
The house is located on the first floor, has in total an area of 140 sq.m., each apartment is about 70 square meters.
|Further details outdoors|
A panoramic balcony, furnished with table and chairs, offers a unique panorama of the beautiful city of Noto, in front of which you can relax.
• Parking available
• Beach umbrellas
• Potted aromatic herbs
• Activities nearby to suit different interests
• Less than 1 hour from airport
Sorry, no dogs and cats.
Smoking permitted only on the balcony.
Refundable breakages deposit of € 150,00 required on arrival, to be refunded the day of your departure (subject to satisfactory property inspection).
25% of rental fee due within three days of your booking.
The Sicily region
Sicily is the southernmost region of Italy.
Sicily is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, and its capital is Palermo. It is the largest and the most densely populated island of the Mediterranean. It is one of the most important tourist destinations of Europe: in fact, in the eighteenth century, it was the last stop on the Grand Tour, the journey that young European aristocrats, mostly British, used to make in Europe, many in Italy, to improve their education and their spiritual formation.
The climate in Sicily is "Mediterranean", with hot summers and mild winters. Coastal Sicily has a subtropical climate, as it corresponds to climatic parameters of this type. The average annual temperature on the coast is at least 18° C and this fact explains the presence of sub-tropical vegetation which has perfectly adapted to most of the island, next to the native Mediterranean vegetation. Palm trees, bougainvillea and banana plants are plant species of tropical origin that abound in Sicily thanks to the mildness of its climate.
The island of Sicily has been visited for centuries by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans. Each of these civilizations has left a mark on the culture, on the traditions and on the art of this beautiful region, with Greek temples, Roman mosaics and Arab and Norman buildings.
However, you can also find fascinating beauty almost everywhere: lovely coastline, picturesque villages, unspoiled nature and fashionable resorts, renowned wineries where you can taste excellent wine and authentic Sicilian cuisine.
In Sicily there is everything you could desire for your holiday!
If there is a place that has no "off-season," Sicily is one of these. A green island, rich in landscapes, art and culture. It is an island known for its beaches but also a destination for the spirit. Sicily, therefore, out of season is ideal to visit cities and places of art, to find gastronomic products without the pressure of crowds of tourists, to taste the new oils and cheeses, to eat good fish and to take advantage of a mild climate without the heat of the summer.
The list of typical products is very long. Each province (and in many cases, each town) has its own speciality. Sicilian "granita" is universally known. Less known but equally good is the "latte di mandorla" (almond milk), a drink that looks like milk but has the flavour of sweet almonds. Among the savory products there are "arancini" (rice balls) and "focacce" (durum wheat buns) with fillings made of parsley and tomatoes or cauliflower or other vegetables. There are many meals with aubergines, such as "caponata", "parmigiana" and "pasta alla norma". Even the fish, in many varieties, is an important ingredient of Sicilian cuisine: very famous in this area is the "tunnina a cipuddata" (tuna with onion) and "pesce spada alla Messinese" (swordfish with capers, olives and tomatoes). Typical of Trapani is couscous, main dish of the culinary tradition of the southern Mediterranean, which is prepared with both fish and meat. Among the sweets of the region we must not forget "cannoli", "cassata", "torrone" (nougat), most of these prepared with sweet almonds of Noto and pistacchio nuts of Bronte.
There are many places you need to visit and spend time in: Cefalu, Taormina and Mount Etna, Europe's highest and most active volcano (3,323 meters above sea level) near Catania in the north east of the island, the majestic monuments in the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento, the beautiful Trapani area and Erice and the historic centres of Palermo and Catania .
On the eastern side of the island there is the Baroque architecture of Ragusa Ibla, Noto and Modica a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The house is ideally located at the centre of Noto and you can find bars, shops of all kinds and restaurants in the neighbourhood.
Recommended Bars: Caffè Sicilia in Noto, one of the best pastry shops and bars in Italy according to the Gambero Rosso Guide. Restaurants: Crocifisso; Dammuso Baglieri, Fontana d'Ercole, Marpessa, Meliora, Il Cantuccio and the Lounge bar Anche gli Angeli (Noto).
Noto is located a little less than an hour's drive from the international airport of Catania, with cheap flights from all over Europe.
The beautiful baroque town of Noto is included in UNESCO World Heritage List, with the cathedral and its numerous palaces and churches, a triumph of Sicilian baroque, and it is described by the art historian Cesare Brandi as the "Garden of Stone". In every corner you can find baroque friezes, capitals, churches and noble palaces.
In Noto you should not miss: the characteristic procession of San Corrado, the Patron Saint of Noto, which occurs on February 19th and on the last Sunday of August; the religious traditions of Easter week; the Infiorata, a flower festival which occurs in third and fourth week of May.
Leaving the town behind, you can take the roads inland and go searcing for those intense flavors and aromas which give identity to this territory rich in culinary excellence, and great wines.
Noto is just 5 kms away from the beach of Lido di Noto, with its crystal clear waters, and a few kilometres from other sandy beaches among the most beautiful on the island, including the nearby Cala Mosche, Eloro, Marianelli, Marchesa, San Lorenzo, Cittadella, Portopalo, the island of Capo Passero and the “Isola della Correnti”. The famous Natural Reserve of Vendicari is a wonderful place where you can find unspoiled natural beauty, where in some seasons rare species of migratory birds nest which makes this an ideal place for bird-watching.
30 kms away is Siracusa, the capital of Magna Graecia, with the old center of Ortigia and its splendid archaelogical area and Greek Theater.
The surrounding area offers a variety of cultural attractions and other beautiful baroque towns: Modica, Scicli, Ragusa Ibla and Palazzolo Acreide.
There are also sanctuaries and the ruins of the ancient city of “Noto Antica”, the mosaics of “Villa del Tellaro” and the necropolis of Pantalica.
The caves and the gorges of Cava Grande of Cassibile are worth a visit with the small emerald lakes where you can swim and the river area of Valle dell'Anapo, with it's fish and fresh water crabs.
So, this is a good base to explore south-eastern Sicily, with its cities, Blue Flag beaches, trails and gorges, to visit the Greek and Roman ruins in the surrounding countryside or go to one of the wineries in the area.
The mild climate, the mountain paths, ancient villages, caves, churches and convents are unequalled.
I recommend that you spend at least two weeks' holiday in this part of Sicily. This will be just enough to be able to enjoy it's masterpieces and the unique and excellent cuisine and great wines.
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23 Jun 2014
"Our Perfect Holiday Home"
We were a bit daunted about driving around Noto as this was our first trip to Sicilly, after day one we were able to find our way down the delightful little streets easily and the apartment was easy t… More
6 May 2014
"A lovely traditional flat in a stunning location"
We thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated our stay in Noto and in the flat - not least because of the generosity of Livia, our host, who actually found us as we floundered in the backstreets of Noto lost on our way to the flat and guided us there! Noto is difficult to negotiate without SATNAV but it is well worth the effort (and humiliation) when you get to the flat: the view is stunning and the location is very convenient and felt very safe. You are just a pleasant uphill walk from the beautiful main Corsa. There are also local shops and a food market nearby. The flat is comfortable and spacious for 2 and would be nice and cool in the heat of summer. It was well equipped and clean with a good shower and large kitchen. The balcony is small but the view is lovely.
5 May 2014
"Characterful apartment with stunning views of Noto"
These two spacious adjoining apartments are very comfortable, but the best aspect of them is the fabulous view over the Baroque town of Noto. We stayed for a week in April, which is a great time of year to visit this part of Sicily, as it was warm and sunny but not too hot to walk around. It is a fascinating area to explore and Noto is a good base to visit the surrounding areas. The apartments were clean, with everything we needed. Livia is very welcoming and helpful. We especially enjoyed the organic oranges and lemons from her family farm, given as a welcoming gift. We would certainly recommend renting this beautiful apartment.
24 Apr 2014
"Great location, super host"
Property in great location in Noto, with great views but easy walking distance to centre of town. Livia great host providing maps, useful information and a list of recommended restaurants, shops etc … More
16 Feb 2014
"wonderful apartment centrally in old Noto"
A very nice apartment with lovely antique furniture and place centrally but still in a quite area of old Noto. The apartment has recently had wifi established. Restaurants and local supermarket within… More
13 Oct 2013
"A perfect pied-a-terre."
A lovely, traditional Mediterranean apartment with lots of character, ideally situated in the historical quarter of Noto; just a few minute's walk to either the local neighbourhood or the main st… More
7 Sep 2013
"Lovely holiday in an barroque atmosphere"
We stayed in Livia's appartment for 3 weeks in July 2013 and we really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere of the appartment and of Noto overall. Are are in the meiddle of the town on the top of a sl… More
5 Jul 2013
"Taste of Sicilian life with panoramic views of the interesting Baroque town"
The positives are: -
- Good facilities in apartments and marvellous view
- Excellent and friendly service from Livia e.g. sorted out lost luggage with Al Italia
- Interesting town giving a real feel for Sicilian life
Negatives are: -
- Narrow one way streets - driving very difficult and Livia knows in future she needs to provide detailed routes to and from apartments and supermarket (GPS does not work in Noto)
- you need to be able to walk up and down hill for it is on top of a hill
Conclusion - despite negatives enjoyed stay and would recommend
21 May 2013
This apartment is simply great....it is 2 minutes away from the city center which was good for us since we went for the "Noto Infiorata"..... Livia, the owner is really helpful, she provided us with maps, helpful information and how to get around.....came to pick us up near a center point and also offered us where to park our motorcyles safely which we really appreciated.....finally but not least she also gave us a good bottle of wine and a very warm welcome....I would highly recomend this place
27 Apr 2013
"Brilliant holiday appartment, perfect location!"
We had a fantastic holiday in Noto and really enjoyed staying in this lovely apartment. The apartment owner was very welcoming and hospitable. The apartment is in a peaceful neighbourhood with friendly local shops. It is clean, comfortable and well equipped. There are beautiful views over the Baroque town and the sea. It is only a few minutes walk down to main town centre. We would definitely stay there again.
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