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Giarre: B&B La Masseria

Macchia di Giarre, Phone: 095.933446

Reviewed by: Henry Schulte from KS, review #1445

When: March 2006

La Masseria is half way between Catania and Taormina. The host, Mario, is a wonderful cook and generous with his time and knowledge. A truly great stay.

Mario in the kitchen, photo by Henry

La Masseria is accurately shown on the website. The rooms are clean but nothing special. What is special is the owner, Mario! He speaks excellent English and makes your stay enjoyable. He will provide directions and suggestions for places to visit and is very entertaining.

La Masseria has a view of the sea from the terrace in front of the rooms. Unfortunately Mount Etna can’t be seen from the property because of a ridge that is very close. Back off a hundred meters from the property and Etna looms over you. A nice pool and deck is right off the dining room where breakfast and dinner are served. Surrounding the entire property are groves of oranges and palms.

Mario is a wonderful, gracious host and a very fine cook. When our bags were lost he called a friend in Rome who worked at Alitalia who tracked down the luggage. Mario went to the airport and picked up the bags and delivered them to our room.

Mario also provided excellent meals for us every night. Each morning he went out and got fresh pastries for our breakfast (included in our room rate), which included fresh squeezed blood oranges.

I highly recommend La Masseria. Less than a half hour from Catania airport and Taormina, it is a lovely quiet spot to relax. It is about five minutes from the autostrada so you can get to many places quickly. Prices were €35 per person for the room and €15 per person for dinner. I look forward to staying here again.

Reviewed by: miedc from Belgium, review #535

When: April 2004

Casa Vacanza sull'Etna - a traditional Sicilian b&b on the slopes of Mount Etna between Taormina & Catania.

This B&B literally is on the slopes of Mount Etna - You need to climb quite a lot of stairs - so we wouldn't advise this b&b for people who have trouble walking. The road up the Mount Etna to the villages of Milo ... is winding up around the property, but traffic is limited.

From the large terraces before the rooms, one has a lovely view over downtown Giarre towards the sea.

A swimming pool and nice gardens are available, and on one of the terraces, there is a summer restaurant for guests. In the colder period of the year, meals are served in a lovely decorated room in the main house.

Mario, the owner, is a good host and an excellent cook as well.

As the property is not signposted on the road, it is wise to call Mario from the square in front of St. Vito's church when arriving in Macchia.

Rates depend on the season. We paid €35/person/night for b&b, half board was €50, children got 50% reduction.

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