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Born in Catania, I live and work in Milan
This was a great apt in a great location. I had a great time exploring the city and Gualtiero's father took great care to make sure everything was perfect. He even escorted me back to the highway so I wouldn't get lost on my back to the airport. I hope to visit again!
We had a great experience staying in this wonderful apartment! Gualtiero was an excellent host and very quick to respond to all communication and questions. His father met us at the apartment and told us everything we needed to know including directions to the local fish market only a few minutes away! A bowl of fruit and bottle of wine was offered on our arrival which was really lovely. This apartment is very tastefully decorated. It's large and spacious and has everything one needs. It is located in a beautiful street surrounded only by churches. There is also a car park available right outside the apartment's door which was a bonus given we had a car. It is quiet by day and comes to life in the evening. All the main attractions are within walking distance and there are plenty of places nearby to have a drink or bite to eat. We really enjoyed our stay here and can't thank Gualtiero and his father enough for their wonderful hospitality.
First of all we would like to point out the smooth communication - it was easy to contact apartment owner, he was very responsive and nice and called us few times, due to our stay, to validate that everything is OK.
Great location - apartment located in city center in historic building, close to all main attractions. Few meters from Pubs, Pizzerias and Restaurants. The apartment has a private parking, which is very important in a big and loaded city.
We have visited Sicily in August in very hot period, it was was really pleasant with open windows in mornings and too warm in evenings, but thanks to air conditioning we slept good at nights.
The apartment itself is very beautiful, unique and well maintained, the kitchen is equipped with everything we needed. And the views from the windows are just wow!!!
Thank you so much for the pleasant staying in Catania.
Marina and Genady
Everything was great during our stay here. The host was very accommodating and provided useful local info. Yes it can be a bit loud on the street at night but it makes for fun people watching.
We had a great welcoming with a lot of guidance to get to the house. All was explained and we even got a bottle of wine to welcome us at the arrival.
The internet router had been stolen by the previous guest the day before so our host went straight away to get a new one so we wouldnt have any trouble getting internet at the house.
From the moment of booking, Gualtiero was nothing but welcoming and cordial. We had a number of emails to clarify things and he was always extremely forthcoming and helpful. We were welcomed to the apartment by his father who was also very personable. The apartment is in a fantastic location and is graciously decorated. It can be a little noisy outside but that didn't bother us at all. The main attractions of Catania are within easy walking distance. A fantastic introduction to Sicily - we are sure to be back!
We spent almost two weeks at Gualtiero's in Catania. Gualtiero is a world-class host and made us feel very welcome. He was very helpful providing information on logistics prior to our arrival as well as helping out during our staying. Before New Years Eve we even found some cake and prosecco in front of our door ;-) When we checked out his dad even gave us a ride to the airport which. We would certainly give Gualtiero 6 stars as a host!
The flat is very nice and the description and photos are representative (it looks even nicer in reality). It is well located in one of the most beautiful streets of Catania, full of Baroque buildings. We decided not to rent a car and were happy with our decision: most attractions are in walking distance. The flat is well equipped and Gualtiero made sure that we had some basics to start with. So we ended up cooking 2-3 times as well. There is a washing machine, TV, and internet is working relatively well too (even streaming movies or skyping).
There are also many nice restaurants relatively close by:
1. Il Sale Art Cafè
2. Razmataz Wine Bar
3. Mosaik (beer and tea house; very interesting beers and teas)
4. Terrazza sui Crociferi (belongs to Hotel Royal around the corner, roof terrace with stunning view)
Thanks again, Gualtiero!!!
The apartement is ideally located in the Baroque part of the historic city center of Catania. A lot of the attractions, the fish-market, good restaurants, the opera, shopping opportunities, public transport and also the taxi stand at via Etna can be reached easily by foot.
The apartement is well-kept and offers a lot of charme. The host Gualtiero is very proactive and provided us with a lot of good tips about what to do, where go etc.
Himself beeing out of town, Gualtiero was well organized - his father took care very attentively of us. The day of our departure he even gave us a ride to the airport. Highly recommended.
I will echo a few other reviewers and say that photos don't do this extraordinary place justice. It's comfortably and tastefully appointed, with all of the necessities -- and the platter of fruit and bottle of local wine we were welcomed with was a lovely, generous touch. You can't beat the location; it is centralissimo! We weren't at all bothered by the young revelers who congregate on the steps in front of the church at night, but it's also winter (so we preferred closing the windows at night anyway) and we're from NYC (where this decibel level is pretty much average). We can't wait to come back. Grazie di tutto, Gualtiero e Giovanni! E' stato un gran piacere.
Un très bon séjour à Catane chez Gualtiero qui a su s'adapter à nos horaires en sollicitant son frère puis ses parents ! L'appartement est très beau, très agréable et très bien situé. Si vous voulez faire une gasse mat' attention aux cloches de l'église d'à côté.... Gualtiero répond très rapidement et donne des infos. Une bouteille de vin nous attendait en arrivant, sympa !
Gualtiero and Costanza were the perfect guests. It was really a pleasure to meet them both. They were friendly, interesting and great fun. We would highly recommend them as guests and hope to visit their place in Sicily in the near future.