Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This lovely budget cottage is in beautiful peaceful surroundings, and is well equipped for every need, with kitchen, small sitting area with sat tv, bathroom with shower, and a large terrace with garden furniture and barbecue. Sleeps 4 and is perfect for walking, relaxing and enjoying the Sicilian countryside.
Situated in the green Alcantara valley, surrounded by fields and mountains. From the valley magnificent view of the always smoking mount Etna. Just 2,5 km away from the quiet rural village Francavilla di Sicilia with restaurants, bars and supermarkets. The nearest beach is Giadini Naxos, at 15 minute drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Giardini Naxos 14 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania 65 km, Nearest railway: Giardini Naxos 14 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The house inside is small, simple furnished but well established and clean. Ideal place for those couples looking for a budget rental but in the same time being in a comfortable house with all the needs.
Please mind if you have little children, that the bedroom with the two single beds is in a outbuilding next to the main entrance, shown on picture 6!
|Further details outdoors||
Garden furniture and barbecue is provided.
• Swimming pool available from 20 april to the 2th of November 2013
• Bed linen and towels are provided en included.
• Final cleaning €.35,00.
• Breakages deposit of €.150,00, which is fully refunded on departure assuming no damage or breakages have occurred.
• 30% deposit due to secure booking.
The Sicily region
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean sea and....the place where the mountains meet the sea. Sicilia, the island in the sun, is home to Heavenly beaches, majestic mountains and Europe's greatest natural wonder, mount Etna. Sicily's coasts are gold with orange and lemon orchards. A place where time and tradition have been forged, timeless beauty in eclectic diversity: Europe, Africa and Asia in one magical moment...
Food and wine are among Sicily's main attractions. The climate in Sicily is known as “Mediterranean” which means that the summers are hot and dry and the winters are mild with light rainfall.The summer season can often seem long, as Spring and Autumn offer a continuation of the warm temperatures and long hours of sunlight.
Once you've been there you no doubt agree… and just to reinforce the point, here are some unusual facts about Sicily that you might not yet be familiar with:
•Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean with 600 miles of coastline and yet it is still somewhat undeveloped for tourism. It takes roughly 3 ½ hours to cross the main island from east to west and 2 ½ from north to south.
•Sicily might be like another world but it's actually only three kilometers from the Italian mainland across the Straits of Messina.
•People in Sicily consider themselves Sicilians first and Italians second.
•About 70 percent of people in Sicily actually speak Sicilian not Italian. In fact Sicilian is so different from Italian that even though it is referred to as a dialect, it could be a language in its own right.
•Who hasn't lived in Sicily? The Arabs, Normans, Byzantines, Greeks, Romans and Spanish - you name it they've all been here.
•One of the world's most famous mathematicians, Archimedes, was born in Sicily.
•The Republican movement to unite Italy started in Sicily.
•The majority of Italian-American immigrants hailed from the south – Naples and beyond into Sicily.
•The term “mafia” originated in Sicily and this is indeed home to the infamous and illicit Mafia criminal organization. However another kind of “mafia” exists in Sicily and that is mafia culture – or a system of bribes and kickbacks by which government and business often function.
•Sicily is home to two out of three of Italy's active volcanoes: Stromboli and Etna. The other volcano in Italy is Vesuvius near Naples. Mt Etna is also the tallest volcano in Europe and about 25 percent of the Sicilian population live on its slopes.
•Italy is considered to have the biggest "black economy" in Western Europe, much of this thanks to goings on in Sicily. Economically, Sicily is one of Italy's poorest areas with an average wage about half of that in the north. The official unemployment is double the national average and sits around 20 percent.
•The Allies used Sicily during WWII as a base to begin the Allied Invasion in 1943 which finally led to the end of Benito Mussolini's reign in the country.
•Syracuse was once the largest ancient Greek city in the world.
Casa del Sole is immersed in the Alcantara Valley, at 200 mt from the well known Alcantara Gorge, a true oasis between Mount Etna and Taormina.
Visit the spectacular gorges, created by the erosion and cooling of the lava, flowing from a side crater of Mount Etna. There are several good restaurants in the surroundings, where you can taste the authentic and excellent Sicilian cuisine and wine. From the cottage it is 10 minutes drive to the sandy beach of Giardini Naxos.