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Review 1422: Casa Miceli, Apartment

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Review by janet488 from US

apartments in the center of Cefalu, Sicily


a kitchen meal, photo by janet johnson

When

May 2 - 15, 2005, 2 weeks

Location

The location of these two apartments is outstanding: one has a balcony on enjoyable Via Bordonaro, and the other's balcony is directly on the sea. The building is very old, as are all the buildings in central Cefalu, but well-kept, and the apartments are newly renovated. The area is wonderful.

Nearby Amenities

You can walk to cafes, restaurants, trattorias, little markets, shops, just about anything you might want.

It's easy to rent a car, but parking is hard. We found a parking lot for 25 euros a week, but it's quite a walk from the apartment. We now think it would make more sense to rent a car only on those days when you need it to go beyond Cefalu.

The House/Apartment

These apartments are on the first (as opposed to ground) floor. The owner and his wife live in the top 2 floors. It is very safe and secure. There was little or no noise from other apartments/buildings.

Garden

No garden; this is in town. No pool, but there's a very good beach within easy walking distance. The balconies were the enjoyable sitting areas.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The apartments were very clean. The furniture was ample and utilitarian, but there were no easy chairs or sofas.

Bedrooms/Bathrooms

One of these apartments is a studio with limited closet/cupboard; the other has a large bedroom with plenty of closet space and a separate kitchen. All the beds were firm but comfortable and roomy.

The bathrooms were very modern and well-lit. The showers were very good, with plenty of hot water.

Kitchen

The kitchens were modern and complete, except for a full oven; however, there was a large toaster-oven. Plenty of pots & pans etc. It was easy to cook a full meal there.

Problems or Bonuses

There could have been more soft seating.

But a good surprise was the location, which was perfect. Cefalu is a delightful and very real town, and we were right in the heart of it. Via Bordonaro is a great place to watch the world go by, and at the same time we had the Mediterranean at our doorstep.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We booked directly with the owner, Carlo, using www.tourist-paradise.com. He was one of the best surprises about the apartment. He loves Cefalu and is very well versed in its history and the history of Sicily in general. He is very friendly, helpful, and accommodating. AND he has a good sense of humor, which is always a nice touch in a landlord!

The price we paid in May for both apartments (they connect) was 900 euros for the 2 weeks. We considered this very reasonable.

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

I recommend this to anyone, and I'd stay there again in a minute.

Things to do in this area

Cefalu is a wonderful town on the north coast of Sicily between Messina and Palermo. It's still an active fishing town, and even though tourism is making inroads, most of the tourists are still Italian, and they love it too.

There are historical sites to visit, as well as hiking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, walking, swimming; renting a boat yourself or chartering one to take you to, for example, the Aeolian Islands 45 mins. away; spending time at the beach or in the cafes; shopping; even attending a very famous puppet theater.

On the weekend evenings, there's the passegiata, hundreds of residents of every age strolling the narrow cobblestoned streets, greeting each other and stopping for a chat. At all times, there are endless chances to sit in a cafe and read or just talk and watch and listen.

The high mountains rise up directly behind the town, and it's a quick drive to go to one of many very ancient mountain towns.

There are many good restaurants and trattorias and a couple of great ones, all small, friendly, and very good. La Botte may be the best; Corte Antico is also very good, as is Il Picciolo. Il Brace is good, but be careful of the pasta called "American" -- it tastes like noodles in peanut butter!

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