Between Mount Etna And The Sea: A Guesthouse In Sicily

Between Mount Etna And The Sea: A Guesthouse In Sicily

The guesthouse Castiglione is located in a prime location between the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna; an unforgettable location just 35 km far from the Catania city centre.

Enjoy a natural retreat

View from Castiglione Guesthouse

For nature lovers and those looking for a little relaxation and fresh air, the guesthouse Castiglione is the ideal place to spend a romantic vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For families who want to introduce children to the pleasure of rural life, the guesthouse is just a few minutes walk from Asilat Farm, a major maker of donkey milk; you can book a tour in advance to visit the farm and learn about typical local products and cosmetics. The bravest children can also ride a real donkey! For those who are even more adventurous, the pine grove of Parco Scarbaglio, very close to the guesthouse, hosts a lovely adventure park, which is a wide green area that offers the chance to try safe aerial explorations from tree to tree and climbing for adults and children who want to have fun in nature.

Two hosts

Etna Eruption

Cesare and Lucia are a warm and welcoming couple. Lucia is a painter who, after many years of experimentation, came to invent a new and original style between Art Nouveau and Van Gogh Post-Impressionism; the house contains some of her treasures! Cesare is a Etna lover, there is no route that he has not travelled and explored on the volcano, which is a great way to learn about the best places to visit and where to admire the spectacular eruptions of Mount Etna. Remember that the magma is more visible at night! Cesare will also advise you on the more difficult trekking tours to take, but do not worry, he knows the easiest ones too! Hiking and skiing will be your main activities in the winter months.

Vintage style

Castiglione Guesthouse Living Room

The guesthouse has two large double bedrooms with private en suite bathrooms. Lucia has a real passion for vintage; she found and reinvented all the furniture in the house from the curtains to chandeliers. Each object has a story and Lucia will be more than glad to tell you about it. From a small terrace overlooking the vineyards, you can be impressed by the silence of the surrounding land. Why not enjoying a good book watching the sea from afar? There is a wide choice of Italian and other literature in the library of the guesthouse.

How to get to the house

View of the Guesthouse

The guesthouse, despite the fact that it is immersed in nature, is just a few minutes walk from the town centre of the small commune of Milo. Cesare and Lucia are pleased to welcome their guests at the airport in Catania, so that reaching the accommodation will be easy and fast. If you want to visit many places in a short time you may take into account the idea of renting a car as the area offers a wide range of sport activities and nature itineraries sometimes little served by public transportation. Art and culture are instead within easy reach: see the city of Catania and its ‘black and white’ Baroque, the panoramic hamlet of Taormina, and Greek and Roman archaeological sites.

Let yourself be enchanted by the charm of Sicily

The town of Milo, where the guesthouse is located, is also well known for the high quality of its local honey and the sophistication of Etna wines. Cesare’s favourite pastime, as for many Sicilians, is to make homemade wine; he does it for passion not for profit. A bottle of traditional Sicilian wine and homemade jams made by Lucia will welcome you to Castiglione guesthouse to wish you an unforgettable holiday in Sicily!

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Rossella Scalia is a London-based architecture critic and independent researcher. She received her M.Arch from Reggio Calabria University (Italy) and her M.A. in Architectural History, Theory and...Read more

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