Tenuta di Fessina

Castiglione di Sicilia, Catania
Bed & Breakfast


An immaculate wine retreat on the slopes of Mt Etna with charming rooms and terraces scattered about – and the tour train passing close by

Bed

8 beds

Bedroom

7 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

Relax on the terrace with a glass of red Musmeci and admire the vineyards below. You’ll love the view, and the wines: they’re among the best in Sicily. This small winery, off a winding road on the rich slopes of Etna, is a work of passion for winemaker Silvia.

As for the 17th-century ‘borgo’, the layout is intricate and the style exquisite. Wallow in Ortigia stuff in first-floor bedrooms; they’re smaller than the suites but have the views. Then set off on the vintage train that skirts the volcano and runs from Catania to Riposto – 110km!

This being Sicily, everything is local or home grown. Breakfast includes delicious cooked fruits, homemade almond biscuits and ultra fresh ricotta. There’s a chef in the house so book dinner – or a tour around the vineyard, and a picnic in the shade of the trees.

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We think you'll love

  • Relaxing in a vineyard setting with beautiful views
  • The wine tastings and food pairings reveal Sicily at its best
  • The elegant restoration and characterful, stylish decoration
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You should know

  • The suites are on the ground floor so don’t have the views
  • You share the outdoor space with self-catering guests

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • 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
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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

Nearby

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

Activities

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

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 11am
Closed
November.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Dinner and Lunch available on request, €50 per person. Restaurants 2.5km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €150
3 Suites for 2
From €180
3 Doubles
From €150
1 Twin
From €150

Reviews

Fessina is a self sufficient, small but respected winery immersed in one of the wildest Sicilian landscapes. Great starting point for the wine lover who can choose to explore the area by driving or taking the cute toy train, a few steps away. The train passing so close and the stunning vineyards view impressed me the most. I also loved the restoration that preserves the old palmento with stylish, attractive new details. The large living area feels like the owner's private and sophisticated living room.Marina's welcoming was warm and smart. I tasted their Etna Bianco and it was delicious

Angelica, Sawday's inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

In this increasingly well-respected wine region, the borgo lies on the edge of tiny Rovittello (2.5 km), strolling distance from Circumetnea, ‘the vineyard train.’ Linguaglossa (5km) is your nearest town. Obviously the Etna region is famous for the volcano, and the closest access to the crater (Piano Provenzana) is a half-hour drive. Trekking and donkey tours can be arranged by the hotel. You can ski in winter, cycle and ride in summer.

Local points of interest from Silvia Maestrelli

  • Tenuta di Fessina was born as an old Palmento during the 17th century, here all the farmers of the area used to gather on and make wine together
  • Tenuta di Fessina vineyard is enclosed between two lava flows from Etna, one from 1911 one from 1809 creating an amphiteather shape around the estate
  • our vineyard last document is from the 1932, indeed the youngest part is 80 years old, the oldest one more than 100
  • Our rooms are made from the original buidings around the ancient hamlet, we left the traditional lava walls in our suites, the superiors are buited up on the old Palmento facing the vineyards.

Introducing

Silvia Maestrelli

Owner Silvia, who comes from Tuscany, bought the property in 2007; later she added this seven-hectare vineyard, whose Nerello Mascalese vines are more than 100 years old. She is now a respected member of the Etna wine community and opened this hotel in 2018. Marina, hospitality manager and sommelier, and Jacopo, sommelier and assistant winemaker, are professional, helpful, and charming.