Large penthouse with all conforts, Catania Sicily

Large penthouse with all conforts, Catania Sicily


Jan 2018

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 7
3 Bathrooms

About our home

I am an academic and I live with my husband and 3 children (6, 10, 11) in Catania (Sicily), in a large, sunny, pleasant penthouse. It is a large apartment (4 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 dining room, 1 studio with an extra double bed, 1 kitchen), situated at the 10th floor (elevator), with a balcony and wonderful view on the sea. It is in the city center (Piazza Trento) and a great place for kids, as it is very close to the central historical park, where children can play, bike, skate... We have internet, washer and dishwasher. Great market with fresh fish, meet and vegetables, many shops, subway and bus stops very close. Historical places, Etna Volcano and beaches are all very close. We are looking for exchanging our apartment with an apartment or even a rural house in Scotland in July and/or August 2018.


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  1. I'm an anthropologist

  2. I travel with my family: we are a couple with 3 kids (11, 10 and 6 years old)

  3. I love nature and green

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Where is it?


Catania has a history dating back 2700 years, dominated by several different cultures (Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish, etc.) and was a rich commercial centre, mainly due to its port. The major feature of this city is its architecture, which is predominantly baroque. The major characteristic of Baroque architectural is its theatricality. Baroque from Catania has several unique features such as use of dark lava stone (basalt), the Bell in the facade itself and grotesque masks and putti. Catania has a compact centre and it is most convenient just to walk around. We live in the central area where you can find everything around at walking distance: fish markets, historical sites, shops, restaurants, bars, gardens.

Buzzy restaurants
Catania is proud of some specialities, like Arancino (cone-shaped rice croquette filled with meat, tomato sauce, cheese and peas) and other many typical tavola calda. The fish is also good, as Catania is a large port. The city is also known for horse meat, especially in some areas around the
Cool bars
Most of the nightlife is centered around the Piazza Bellini and the surrounding streets. Usually there are more people drinking on the streets than inside the bars. Tuesday is student night and gets quite packed. Another spot usually with a good mix of locals and tourists is the bar and courtyard of the Agora Hostel, usually packed on Mondays with live music most weekend nights. The area around the castle has plenty of places to drink and eat too.
Bit of culture
In summer you can go to the classic greek theatre in Syracuse (only 40 minutes from Catania) for a theatrical show among ancient stones and beatifull landscapes. The drama are performed at the sunshine.
Walks in the park
Villa Bellini is the main historical garden in the city. It's a 5 minutes walking distance from our apartment
Day tripping
Visit Mount Etna - an eerie volcanic landscape. You could also have a visit along the coast for Acicastello (a nice medieval castle built on a giant rock, over the sea) or Acitrezza, a little fisherman village well known for its giant rocks lying in the sea, supposed to be the ones thrown by the Cyclops at Ulysses. Within a day, you can easily reach Taormina, Syracuse, Ragusa, Piazza Armerina, Messina, and all the lovely beaches around.

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