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An April 2004 trip to Catania by Marianne

Bed and Breakfast Alla Stazione, Noto Photo, Catania, Italy More Photos
Quote: We toured Sicily by public transport. There is a good network of trains and buses. Buses are faster than trains. Travel on Sundays is restricted, sometimes only one bus.
Bed and Breakfast Alla Stazione, Noto Photo, Catania, Italy
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B & B Alla Stazione is five minutes on foot from the railway Station. It is another 10-minute walk to get to the centre of Noto. Simply continue Viale le P. di Piemonte. It will take you to Garddini pubblici and Porta Reale, which is the entrance to Via Emannuelle III, Noto’s main street. We had no difficulty in finding accommodation but it can be difficult in June, July and August. The B & B owner told us that there are many pre bookings for these months. Our room was large 6 x 6 metres. There was one double bed and two single beds. There were bedside tables with lamps, a desk, a big wardrobe and three chairs, a tiled floor, and cream-coloured walls. Enoug...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Bed and Breakfast Alla Stazione, Noto
Viale le p. di Piemonte 113
Catania, Italy

Hotel Rafael, Ragusa

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Hotel Rafael, Ragusa Photo, Catania, Italy
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Hotel Rafael is a three star hotel right in the centre of Ragusa. We had a double room which is a standard type hotel room. Comfortable but nothing special, the type you will find all over the world. There was a double and a single bed, a side table with the television and a mini bar, empty but for some bottles of water. We paid €85, which includes air conditioning in summer and central heating in winter. The bathroom was L-shaped. There were fewer towels per person than we had in other hotels, but we had a hairdryer. The shower was quite narrow, but the water was really hot.A small balcony overlooked the busy main street but too small to sit on. There was double glazing and louvered shutter...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Hotel Rafael, Ragusa
Corso Italia 40
Catania, Italy
0932 654080

Hotel Belvedere, Agrigento

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Hotel Belvedere, Agrigento Photo, Catania, Italy
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This hotel is in the centre of Agrigento and easy to find. From the train station: walk straight on and turn left, walk past a small church and a tiny square in front of Bar San Calogero, a good place for breakfast, straight ahead 120 stone steps. Go up and turn left at the top. This is Via San Vito, five minutes on foot. From the bus station walk straight into via San Vito. It is less than 10 minutes. Our room is fairly small and oblong, 3 x 6 m. There are windows with louvered shutters and wooden blinds on the inside, two single beds, a wardrobe with extra blankets. On top of it a fan. There is a table and two chairs. The bathroom is small, but well-equipped. There is no view. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Hotel Belvedere, Agrigento
Via San Vito 20
Catania, Italy
0922 20051

Grande Albergo Sicilia, Enna

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Grande Albergo Sicilia, Enna Photo, Catania, Italy
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I read in Rough Guides: Sicily that Hotel Grande Albergo Sicilia was the only hotel in Enna, I did not believe this. But it is true. Grande Albergo Sicilia is right in the centre of Enna. From the outside it does not look very promising. It is an oblong concrete building, not very well maintained. concrete decay has set in and in some part the iron frame within the concrete is already visible. The entrance is difficult to see because of the many cars parked in front. Reception and the entrance hall look very attractive. There are fake art-deco stained glass partitions. The lobby has sets of deep armchairs. Coffee tables and a communal television. The carpet could do with...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Grande Albergo Sicilia, Enna
Piazza Napoleane Colajanni 7
Catania, Italy
(0935) 500-850

The Holiday House, Marinella de Selinunte Photo, Catania, Italy
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We had no difficulty in finding this hotel as a young man offered his business card when we got out of the bus. He told us that he had a room available which did not surprise us as it was early May and the holiday crowd had not taken possession yet. The B&B is owned by a couple, la signora is German. She also speaks good English. Our room is on the first floor. There is a double bed with a German type bedcover, which we will need as the scirocco, this strong wind so typical of Sicily, was blowing almost right through the house. Once we rolled up the blinds the room filled with light through the double french windows. There is a small balcony with two plastic chairs the type used from Argenti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

The Holiday House, Marinella de Selinunte
Via Apollonio Rodio 23
Catania, Italy
0924 46035

Villa Romana

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Attraction | "Villa Romana, Piazza Armerina"

Villa Romana Photo, Sicily, Italy
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We went to Piazza Armerina on a day’s outing from Enna. We took the 8 o'clock bus, which is the bus from Gela to Palermo, and arrived in Piazza Armeria at 9.45 am. It is 5 kilometres to Villa Romana: Four kilometres along a minor route with some traffic and then one kilometer along a country lane. We were early and only few tourists buses passed us. In the parking place there were only three buses but that was quite different when we left. We then walked along a lane of souvenir stalls all selling the same, and came to the entrance (€ 4,50) The villa is very large. The owner lived here with his extended family and many servants. It was probably the hunting and summer lodge of a rich Rom...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2004

Villa Romana
Piazza Armerina
Sicily

Enna: City on the Hill Top

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Sicily Enna Photo, Catania, Italy
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Enna is built on top of a hill - the altitude is 1100m. It is always windy: pleasant in summer but cool in spring. It is 5 kilometres uphill from the train station to the centre of Enna. When the train arrives there are taxis waiting. But if you wait another 15 minutes there is a bus to Enna via Enna Bassa.(the lower lying part of the city) The bus station is on the outskirts of the upper city, but within walking distance of the historical centre.Walk to the back of the bus station i.e. walk to the wall at the back. Go up the stone stairs turn left and then first right. This is Via S. F. Assissi. This road, slightly downhill, will take you right in to the centre.If you li...Read More

Agrigento and Valle dei Templi

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Agrigento Valle dei Templi Photo, Catania, Italy
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There is no need for me to describe the Temples as all guidebooks tell you in detail what to expect and what to look out for. One thing I want to stress: Don’t miss it. If there is only one thing you can see in the whole of Sicily this is it. The Temple of Concord is truly amazing. A monument far better than any description I had read or seen in pictures. It is still in such good condition because for some time in its history this temple was a Christian basilica. Christians looked well after their sanctuaries. Thanks to their dedications we can now see an almost perfect Roman temple. From the train station in Agrigento to the temples takes 45 minutes on foot. You follow either the...Read More

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Marianne

Marianne
Eindhoven, Netherlands

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