La Dimora del Castelluccio

Castiglione di Sicilia, Catania
Bed & Breakfast

You probably won't want to leave the sheer beauty of this place, so make the most of your stay - there's history galore, wine tours, culture


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


You are perched at the summit of teetering Castiglione, with views from every angle over rooftops and vineyards all the way to snow-topped Etna. Inside is on three levels: find a luminous art-and-sculpture-filled living room with French windows, plenty of comfortable sofas, bronze lamps and Modica stone floors; a dining room with an antique table and a gorgeous collection of pea green china plates. The suite is huge and views from here are stunning, the second bedroom is nicely private on the next level up, and the Cave Room on the ground floor is carved from the sandstone rock. Bathrooms are sparkling and tiled, towels are thick and fluffy. You’re looked after by the housekeeper, Maria – she will make cakes and breads to order, and can cook you a delicious Sicilian supper too; breakfast on the terrace overlooking the volcano is special indeed. It’s tempting to stay put but there’s much to discover nearby: Castiglione has ancient Greek origins, Byzantine churches and a fortified tower; Etna can be explored on foot, horseback or jeep; local wine tasting is a must. Owner Denise lives on site in another building and can give wise counsel.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Special offer: We can arrange a wonderful ski week which includes a picnic on Etna volcano

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Children over 10 welcome.
9 November - 8 April.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner upon request. Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from €90
Dinner, B&B €40-€50 per person.
1 Twin
From €90
1 Suite for 2
From €200
1 Double
From €150


Denise’s warm welcome and Oksana’s friendly interpreting made our stay in this lovely village even more memorable. The wonderful views from all three of our very comfortable and stylish bedroom and the location made this our favourite place to stay during our ten-day holiday. The views of smoking Mount Etna were mesmerising. All the recommendations (wine tasting) and Oksana’s family restaurant were superb. We particularly enjoyed the wonderful modern art displayed around the house that was at the very top of this picturesque village that didn’t feel touristy. Thank you Denise.

Kate, Sussex

Denise and Oksana were so welcoming and helpful, the views are wonderful, the breakfast freshly made and superlative and the house and room immaculate. As we are from Australia we say 'do yourself a favour' and consider this. Castiglioni is 'typical' Sicliy and a good base but we tended to return early as sitting on the verandah was so peaceful. the stairs will keep you fit too!

Alexander, Perth

We were so pleased to have picked this wonderful b&b as part of our two week holiday. Of all the places we stayed, this one has stuck with us. We had the suite which has breathtaking views and we were fortunate enough to see a minor Etna eruption, a truly memorable once in a lifetime experience. If you can do try and take the suite, it’s worth every penny. Denise and Oksana couldn’t do enough to help us with recommendations on parking and where to eat. Oksana’s family restaurant is just round the corner with authentic Sicilian cuisine at reasonable prices.

Gemma, London

Such a very special place and Denise a lovely, elegant and inspiring host who evidently poured her creative heart into her fantastic hilltop “Dimora”. Beautifully appointed and comfortable room with a fantastic unrestricted hilltop view towards Etna and sweeping vistas of the vines and mountains around. Denise and her right-hand Oksana, offer loads of friendly hospitality, including a scrumptious and freshly made breakfast that Oksana lovingly prepares and serves on the beautiful terrace overlooking Etna and the valley. Romantic medieval hilltop-town living at its very best. Highly recommended

Suenette, Cape town

Many sincere thanks to our host Denise, and her professional assistants Oksana and Stephania, for an unforgettable stay. I'm so glad I chose this charming boutique hotel to start our first trip to Sicily, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. The suite is truly beautiful as are the lounge, terraces, balconies and dining room. the furnishings and decor are impeccable. I could quite happily spend a week here without even leaving the place! Denise arranged for Maria, a lady from the village, to prepare an authentic special dinner for us, which was a wonderful end to our first day.

Nasreen, Oxford

Wow! Our stay at La Dimora del Castelluccio was truly unforgettable. The house has been thoughtfully renovated so that the stunning surrounding scenery is visible from almost anywhere. The location at the top of Castiglione di Sicilia offers incredible views of Etna but is also within driving distance of major sites around Etna and the coast around Taormina. The hospitality of our host Denise was most welcoming and we felt very much at home. Every morning we were offered a generous breakfast of local delicacies, which were some of the best products we tried all holiday. Thank you!

Melissa, London

La Dimora del Castellucio was the perfect finale to our Sicilian trip. Denise has made her home into a stylish, extremely comfortable b & b with the most beautiful views from every balcony. Her assistant Oksana speaks very good English, and between the two of them they helped organised our trip up Etna, and find a restaurant nearby to eat in (there are several within easy walking distance). The breakfasts were wonderful, with fresh fruits, ricotta, hams, and an apricot tart which Denise made the night before.

Amanda, London

La Dimora del Castellucio is a stylish intimate b&b at the very top of the ancient village with fantastic views of Mount Etna and the surrounding countryside. Denise and her English speaking assistant Oskana warmly welcomed us and very personally made our visit special with help and advice. The rooms are extremely comfortable with modern bathrooms - we were on the top floor with a little balcony overlooking the village. Denise has restored the whole house beautifully, with a mix of contemporary and antique furniture and art. Delicious breakfasts on the terrace.

Shirley, Sussex

This house has been lovingly restored by the owner, Denise, and is modern yet classic - and very, very elegant. The bedrooms overlook Etna and the medieval village and the valley. The rooms are spacious and beautifully appointed with artworks which Denise has collected throughout her life. Our bed and linens were luxurious. Breakfasts are organic fruits and freshly baked bread and local made cheeses and meats. The house is at the top of the village beside the castle so you feel that you are in a fairtyale... 100% recommend for couples looking for simple luxury and true Italian hospitality

Samantha, Co clare

Luxury. The house, the suite, the welcome, the breakfasts. Denise has created a sophisticated, relaxing haven in a stunning location, right at the very top of a stunning historical Sicilian hill town, with stunning views of Etna and the surrounding countryside. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for Denise and Oksana, who are committed to making your stay the very best it can be. Denise took it on herself to introduce us to many excellent local wines, and the ever happy Oksana saw to it that we had everything we wanted, and more. The Etna 4x4 and Fiat 500 tours are outstanding experiences.

Brian & gill, London

Our stay at La Dimora was the highlight of our visit to Sicily. Denise & Oksana made us very welcome and we felt privileged to be able to share Denise's beautiful home. Sad to leave.

Ann & martin, Exeter

This is a really special B&B. Beautiful rooms, the most splendid breakfast and above all extremely charming housekeeper and owner. The highlight was breakfast on the terrace with views of Etna, made it very difficult to leave.

Kay, Penzance

This property is very special and possesses all of the wonderful features we have come to associate with Sawdays properties. The town is fascinating, lived in and very Sicilian with an interesting history, well located, friendly, hospitable, and just enough off the beaten track to avoid tourists looking for the more easily accessible selfie locations. Yet it is close enough to Isola Bella to drive for a swim and the sunset, to Etna to soak in the views and take an excellent recommended tour. Denise was a very good hostess and with her lovely assistant, Oksana, made our stay faultless. Lovely.

Lisa, Den haag

We arrive stressed and exhausted from London and left relaxed and refreshed. We stayed in the 'standard' double room upstairs but it was deluxe in its huge bed, crisp linen, spotless ensuite and lovely views. We were welcomed with local cheese and delicious Etna prosecco on the sunny balcony looking at the amazing volcano and blue sky, the perfect start to the holiday. We enjoyed days trips up Etna which was breathtaking and to a local gorge. Wonderful.

Hannah, London

This is a very special place to stay. Denise has created a beautiful and comfortable home. The position is spectacular. Nothing can beat the view from the main bedroom window overlooking Mt Etna. Denise was very welcoming, and most helpful with tips for local restaurants, and suggestions for guides for a trip up Mt Etna. The rooms were beautifully decorated, spacious and extremely comfortable, with plenty of space. There are gorgeous views from every angle of the house. Breakfast on the balcony was delicious. Denise is a wonderful host who has given much consideration to her guests' experience

Nicola, Bristol

We had an incredible stay in Denise's beautiful home atop Castiglione di Sicilia. We recommend this to anyone traveling to Sicily! The picturesque, most comfortable living space featured wraparound balcony views of Etna and the surrounding countryside. Breakfast was delicious - and Denise had fantastic recommendations for local eats, activities, and journeys. Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation, and a home away from home!

David, New york

It was an adventure just to drive up through the town to this for our last 2 nights in Sicily and our stay was the perfect end to the perfect holiday. Our elegant host could not have been more welcoming and her style was reflected throughout the beautifully decorated house. We wanted for nothing and even our teenage children were smitten. Etna gently puffed away as we chatted on the balcony - toasting our arrival and watching the sun sink beyond the castle or toying with our breakfast, as the sun rose over the vineyards. There's much to return for and why would we stay anywhere else?

Adam, London

An exceptional B and B. Supremely comfortable, well appointed, elegant and stylish. A magnificent location with stunning views of Etna, the little town of Castiglione and the surrounding countryside Delicious breakfasts with beautifully fresh ingredients. Denise was most charming and welcoming and her staff efficient and helpful.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Denise du Chêne de Vère

  • You are a stone's throw from the beautiful and fascinating volcano but also close to the sea. Take interesting visits on the volcano Etna the largest in Europe, trips with donkeys in the unspoilt nature of the Etna Park, trips to the Alcantara gorges.
  • Wine bars and restaurants encircle the village. Here you can taste the best wine cellars of Etna. In addition to fine wine offers very special food products, such as cheeses from Caserio Camuglia where power to buy the best cheeses of the territory.
  • For golf lovers a few kilometers' drive, "Il Picciolo" perhaps the first Golf Resort in Sicily built its position under the Etna volcano it is wonderful. Taormina is also only 25 minutes by car
  • One of the most important city of Sicily: Castiglione di Sicilia is a very peaceful and relaxing place for those who love nature, healthy food and of course the excellent wine produced in this area, famous all over the world!
  • Castiglione di Sicilia is part of one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, is a medieval village and barocco.Il its territory has been declared of great pubblica.Castiglione importance of Sicily it has a very ancient history.
  • The village has beautiful churches, the Castello di Lauria formerly linked to Castelluccio from secret passages, the Holy Byzantine Cuba on Sunday, the most important Byzantine Cuba in Sicily, a national monument since 1909.