Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casa Furnari will allow you to live in the country and enjoy the quietness and peace of nature, although being located in a strategic position, a short distance from the most beautiful places in Eastern Sicily, such as Taormina, the Alcantara gorges, the Etna Volcano, and picturesque towns like Randazzo or Bronte.
Seaside lovers will find a nice comfortable beach at 18 kms , with bars and gazebos. Nearby you will find shops, supermarkets, restaurants, pharmacies and first aid service.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Giardini Naxos 18 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Catania airport 69 km, Nearest railway: Taormina 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
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Final cleaning €.35,00
Breakages deposit €.150,00
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The Sicily region
Wherever you turn you will see evidence of Sicily's 3,000 years of history as the strategic crossroads of Europe. Nowhere else have Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians, and even the British, left such an enormous collective legacy.
The island is a vast open-air museum, a testament to nearly every Mediterranean civilisation of the past. There is always something to do, whether it be lounging on golden beaches, hiking in the mountains, visiting ancient archaeological sites, skiing on Mount Etna or shopping in Palermo's fashionable boutiques.
Sicily does not only offer summer, sun and lovely beaches but also many cultural highlights. A compulsory point on each itinerary for a Sicily vacation are the countless testimonies of past times that a spread out across the island.
Some examples include the world famous „Valley of the Temples“ in Agrigent with the structures more than 2,500 years old and are testament of Greek settlement on this island during the ancient times. Besides this also well preserved remains of antique structures can be visited in Syrakus oder Catania which are equally appealing.
Those who need to cool down after these historical adventures will find many places to do so along the more than 1,000 kilometres of coastline. In the north and east you will mainly find steep cliffs and rocks towering above the sea with a number of picturesque bays lying in-between them. The southwestern part is flatter and characterised by beautiful beach strips.
Sicily has though much more to offer than just temples and beaches. Explore some of the interesting smaller and larger towns such as Palermo, Messina, Ragusa, Trapani or Taormina. Alternatively go on a boat tour that will take you to the Aeolian Islands and Aegadian Islands.
On Corso Vittorio Emanuele you can visit Saint Paul's Church, dating back to the XV century, and the elegant Saint Paul's fountain, embellishing the omonymous square. This monument was the work of artists from the Gaginis' school, and it consists of the white marble statue of a maid with a shield in her right hand. On the shield you can see the blazon of Domenico from Sperlinga, with two rampant lions. According to tradition, the maid represents the town of Francavilla.
Close to Saint paul's Church you can admire the Vena Fountain, also named the "fountain of the 18 pipes".
A sort distance from the actual town, after crossing the so-called Saint Mary of Prayers bridge, you can reach the Capuchin Friars Monastery, which was built in 1570 by will of Viscount Antonio Balsamo thanks to the ecnomic support of the population and later of his nephew Jacopo Ruffo's donations.
Other monuments worth a visit are the Church of Saint Annunziata, built in 1550, and the Church of Saint Rocco, which is open only once a year, on August 16th.
On top of the town, above the noble Palazzo Majorca Pecoraro, you can visit the typical "borgo", an ancient peasant quarter named "contarado", whose little houses are characterized by balconies embellished with flowers and architectural elements in late gothic style.
FRANCAVILLA DI SICILIA:
Francavilla di Sicilia boasts a unique heritage of monuments inserted in a urban context where past and present live in perfect symbiosis.
On top of a hill 500 metres on sea level you can visit the remnants of a feudal Castle, erected in 1275 and circled by large and imposing defensive walls. The Castle rose along the "regia trazzera", the royal main road departing from Taormina and leading towards the interior of Sicily, along the Alcantara river valley.
The most important monument in Francavilla is the Church of Saint Mary of the Assumption, built in XVI century (open on ly on friday mornings). It has a precious sandstone portal in gothic style.
The original bell tower, built in the XV century, was demolished and replaced with a new one in 1852, made out of both lava stone and white stone. The interior has just one nave. On the main altar you can see a beautiful marble tabernacle, from the Gaginis' school. In a chapel on the right side you can admire a tarnished wooden crucifix, while in the chapel on the left side there's a XVII century painting of the Assumption of the Virgin and a wooden statue of Saint Anthony the Abbot.
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21 Nov 2013
"The villa cats were a surprise!"
We arrived for a 1 week stay at Casa Furnari to be greeted by the 4 cats living at the villa. Previous reviewers and the villa information do not mention this (unwelcome) surprise and there is an un… More
28 Aug 2013
"Peace, tranquility and fresh food in the foothills of Etna"
Casa Furnari is a wonderful getaway on the northern edge of the Parco Dell Etna, nestled between the towns of Randazzo and Castiglione di Sicilia. Located off the beaten track (getting there was hampe… More
8 Feb 2013
"We will come back!"
A lovely rural and peaceful location, within easy reach of nearby towns. Really good range of small shops available nearby. Friendly English speaking owners, discreet but available when needed. Also the very clean kept pool is unusually large for a private property. We enjoyed our holiday very much and would recommend the cottage to our friends. The location and facilities were perfect.
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