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Ursino Roof Garden

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Castello Ursino 69, 95121 Catania, Catania
Sicily, Italy

Sleekly designed by the friendly architect-owner, this 2-bed apartment puts you steps from Catania's restaurants, bars and fresh food market

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Hovering over Catania's 13th-century castello and lively square is a huge, wonderful terrace adorned with tropical plants and white pebbles. You can barbecue and dine out here, snooze in the hammock, or just lean over and watch Sicilian life flow by. The terrace is the focal point of this light, contemporary apartment, which architect Max designed above a 20th-century palazzo. Bold yellow and blue splashes enliven a monochrome theme; hand-painted majolica tiles add a touch of nostalgia in a state-of-the-art kitchen; and, in the living room, glass walls throw light onto a skinny dining table, quirky lampshades, wall-to-wall bookshelves and a slinky leather chair in which to read. Up free-standing metal stairs you find drenching showers, rectangular sinks and translucent bathroom doors. One room has a sofabed and a small terrace with an outdoor shower and views to Mt Etna (whose slopes make for interesting trekking and skiing). The nearby food market is famous for fish, and restaurants abound. Born and bred in Catania, Max knows all the secrets of Sicily's east coast, from hilltop Taormina to the best beaches.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant nearby

Shop within 3 miles

Guest feedback
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"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this stunning, stylishly designed apartment, kitted out with all mod cons. Every evening we would take the 5-minute stroll to one of the many 'Pasticcerias' near the dome to buy the kids delicious Italian ice cream, or we would simply relax on the marvellous rooftop terrace enjoying the view of the lit medieval castle located right opposite. Perfect location!"
December 2013
"Taking time to research the best self catering accommodation for our trip to Catania definitely paid off. We were amazed on entering this fabulous apartment! We received a warm welcome from Max & were made to feel very much at home. He was professional, friendly, helpful & attentive in advising us on the best places to visit and with answering any queries. The interior design was very tasteful & both roof terraces with their stunning views were a perfect place to relax. No matter what your reason for staying, this apartment is the perfect 'home' base to explore Catania's many attractions."
October 2013
"We were very impressed with the roof terrace apartment, we had high expectations from the photographs which were exceeded when we arrived. Its a fantastic apartment, immaculate, spacious, with everything you could need and is located perfectly for all the sights of Catania. We will be back!"
October 2013
"What an AMAZING property! Beautiful, well located and well appointed apartment. EVERY convenience. Masimiliano is very accommodating, always available for questions. The pictures do not do it justice, and the views from the many windows and decks are amazing. I can't recommend it highly enough. WORTH EVERY PENNY. I will definitely stay here again when I return."
September 2013
"What a beautiful apartment in a perfect location to explore Catania. We stayed for 5 days with our twin daughters (1 year old) and had a fabulous time. Max was always on hand to help out with any questions we had. What great memories we have of sitting on the terrace having an evening meal overlooking the castle. Idyllic! Highly recommend as a base in Catania!"
April 2013
"My wife and I stayed for 10 days at Massimiliano's beautiful apartment. We had ample room as there were only two of us, but the accommodation would also be ideal for 4 or more. It is situated in a wonderful position on the corner of a piazza with super views of Castello Ursino. It is convenient for the centre of town, bars, restaurants and a lively market selling a range of local foods including some superb fish. Massimiliano is a helpful and friendly host who lives in the same block and is only too happy to give advice and help with any difficulties if they should arrive. "
December 2012

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Booking enquiries: Massimiliano Strano
+39 347 1289727(mobile)

  • 1 Apartment for 4
Price:(i) 800 to1500 per week

Extra bed/sofabed available from €150 to €250 per person per night.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season. Children over 12 welcome. Short breaks available.


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Castello Ursino 69, 95121 Catania, Catania

Self-catering Apartment (self-catering)
Apartment ~ 2 doubles (en suite), 2 sofabeds with extra bathroom.
Price: (i) 800 to 1500 per week
Booking enquiries: Massimiliano Strano
+39 347 1289727(mobile)