Mamma Etna is a private and quiet property located in the center of the lovely village of Viagrande. It is a picturesque village on the slopes of Etna and in a strategic position because you can easily reach Catania, the local beaches and other Sicilian beauties. Also, if you want to have a walk, the center is 10 min away and is full of gastronomical excellences!
Opening the external gate to enter the property, a wonderful and lush park will surprise you; there are all kinds of palms, tall trees, succulent plants and various types of flowers. Walking along to reach the house you will find the beautiful and huge swimming pool. The pool is shared with the owners but never crowded. Around the pool there are various corners for relax.
The antique house is built in lava stone but completely renovated. Some original elements are still there (like the arch above the door). Around the house there is a large patio covered by the shadows of a centenary tree.
There is a corner perfect for having a quick meal (granita for breakfast) and a corner with barbeque with gazebo and wooden table for your Sicilian meals. You can reach the top of the house by the outside stairs and enjoy the view, sitting on an ancient “pensatoio”.
Inside there is a cute living room with television, fireplace, sofa, table and chairs decorated with antique Sicilian furniture but renovated with style and taste by the owner. The kitchen is connected to the living room and has everything you need.
There are two bedrooms, one double and another twin, both incredibly cute! All the rooms have glass doors that bring refreshing air inside. The bathroom is with shower, in the middle of the two bedrooms.
The house would not need air conditioning, because it is an old Sicilian house with thick stone walls, but still has two Dyson coolers/purifiers.
The property is attached to a wonderful and well-known hotel belonging to the same owners. For that reason, included in the price of the house, you will have unlimited access to the stunning SPA and wellness area with indoor whirlpool pool, emotional shower, Turkish bath, sauna. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy full relaxation during your holiday!
In the same property the owner lives, but being extremely big, you will have all your intimacy and tranquility. If you choose this house you will have the opportunity to learn more about Sicily and its past. Welcome!
Bedrooms (2) and Bathrooms (1): a double bedroom on the ground floor; a twin on the ground floor; a bathroom with a shower on the ground floor;
By Giovanni Vallone (President of Il Console Association, writer, author)
Closest Market: 0,5 km - Closest restaurant: 0,5 km - Closest Piazza (or center): 0,5 km
Viagrande was the place where, in the past, aristocratic families used to spend their summer holidays.
This is way, presently, we can still admire wonderful properties along this small and charming town, full of lush vegetation.
I suggest you two walkings: Monte Serra (photo), an extinct crater of the past, where you can enjoy the Butterfly museum or where one can have a pic-nic in the nice park or climb up to the top; and the public garden of Viagande, a great spot for pets, adults and children.
We are in the eastern side of Sicily, and two masterpieces dominate the landscapes: the sea and Etna volcano, joined by something bigger thant them: the blue Sicilian sky!
Etna Park (Unesco’s), with its inactiv volcanos (the sons of Etna), caves, forests, lava grounds … lasts 10 km’s.
Don't miss our Etna tour , the most requested in Sicily a familiar-friendly experience that will allow you to have a real vision of Etna.
Catania (photo) is10 km's away. I suggest you to park the car in Piazza Alcalà than have a walk: let's start from the worldwide famous Pescheria (outdoor fish market), then to Piazza Duomo (the hearth of Catania) and from it take the Via Etnea, the main street of the town, a pedestrian walking full of shops, cafe and wonderful buldings in Baroque style. Let's walk for about a kilometer, visiting the Roman amphitheatre (in Piazza Stesicoro) until arrive to the Villa Bellini (Catania's public garden).
The Playa (beach) lasts 10 km’s and is close by Piazza Duomo. In this area there are many lido (private beaches where you can rent umbrellas, deckchairs, have a meal in a cafe ...) and I suggest you to enjoy the Lido Verde, partner of MammaSicily.
Other places worth a visit are Acitrezza and Acicastello (5 km’s), both fishermen hamlets, where lava flow of millenia ago has modelled the landscape: in Acicastello you can find a stunning castle in lava stone overhanging the sea and in Acitrezza the Faraglioni (photo, sea stacks).
Taormina (photo of Isolabella), the pearl of Sicily, is almost 30 km’s away: it’s a magic place with the amazing Isolabella and its narrow streets rich in history, a sort of vintage atmosphere and fashion: cool!
Siracusa (Unesco’s), and its Greek masterpieces it’s almost 60 km’s away.
Another tips is the visit of Pantalica (Unesco’s), with its more than 3000 graves carved on the rock, a river, a forest and a sort of mistery all around.
At a glance: Acireale (Baroque style, 5 km), Savoca (The Godfather movie spot, 40 km), Brucoli (sea village, 40 km), Megara Ibla (archaeology, 50 km), Randazzo (nice town, 40 km), Giardini Naxos (sea, 30 km), Cavagrande del Cassibile (nature, 60 km).
Its time to eat something and my tip is to do not miss the Pasta alla Norma (photo) and to have, at least once, a typical Sicilian breakfast: granita and brioche!
Of course, we suggest you to enjoy our Silvana's Cooking Class, just few kilometers away from the villa.
And, of course, fish, fish, fish …
Minimum stay 5 days (except July and August, 1 week). Changeover day: Saturday (July and August)
The electricity is included up to a consumption of kWh 100 per week. Beyond that limit it will have a cost of € 0,40 per kWh.
Damage deposit to be paid locally: € 300 to be refunded upon departure
Pets are not allowed.
When the customer cancels a reservation 60 days or more before the arrival date the owner will retain the half of the paid sum as a cancellation penalty charge.
When the customer cancels a reservation 59 days or less before the arrival date the owner will retain the whole of the paid sums as a cancellation penalty charge.