Ursino Roof Garden

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A bus away from Siracusa, Taormina, Noto and Mount Etna… 2 apartments in the World Heritage city of Catania


2 places


Sleeping from 4 – 6

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

An amazing position, strolling distance from the Duomo, the Greek and Roman amphitheatres, the Benedictine monastery, and the spa of Achilles.  Visit the ancient fish market for buckets full of snails and clams, eels, tuna, squid and swordfish from Favignana… then bring back your spoils to the barbecue and the kitchen (it’s a wow!). Ursino Roof Garden, spread across the second and top floors of a 19th-century townhouse, is a bright, uplifting, modern two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with a central terrace garden and a brilliant castle view. Flat 18, which lies on one floor, offers plenty of space, a large downstairs living room with a sofabed, a kitchen with everything you need, two sparkling bathrooms and two secluded terraces, the higher one big enough for basking in the sun. Two double bedrooms are crisp and neat – there’s an extra sofabed on the mezzanine floor. Decorative old floor tiles remain (as you’d expect from an architect owner), the decorations are contemporary and thoughtful – white walls, splashes of colour, open metal stairs (no toddlers), bold art, a fine antique dotted here and there. Massimiliano, the architect owner, lives nearby and couldn’t be more helpful. Chefs, take a night off and go where the locals go, Bar Savia in Via Etnea, for some of the best arancini (stuffed rice balls) and cannoli (local pastries) in all Sicily.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • 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

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. 2 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 3 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants nearby.


Nightly price
from £105
Weekly price
from £800
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available €140-€200 per person per week.
1 Apartment for 4
From £1054 beds2 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 6
From £1603 beds3 bedrooms



Our stay in Max's flat was lovely - everything about the flat is great! It has such a strong identity, the rooms are huge, there is a lot of natural light and there is plenty of space for 6-8 people. The flat is very close to the old town centre and it's easy to get to the bus station for Siracusa or Taormina, there are a lot of nice places to eat or go for a drink too. If I go back to Catania, this flat will be on the top of my list. Max was very helpful and friendly, he recommended a lot of good restaurants he also arranged for someto take us on a trip to Mount Etna !!


This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment is huge! It has balconies and views across the piazza to the Castello Ursino. It is in a relatively quiet although busy working neighbourhood with Trattoria da Antonia directly next door and then you are spoilt for choice with many other restaurants in easy walking distance. The closeness to the fish and produce markets is fantastic and we bought our fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and bread and cooked a couple of nights in the apartment's well equipped kitchen. It has a real feeling of being at 'home'.


Great appartment with plenty of space for six people. Centrally located for short walks to the historic old town. The views of the castle and the Catanian way of life were amazing. Only ten metres from a really good restaurant and four minutes walk to many shops and other eating and drinking places. The kitchen was well equipped for any kind of meal preparation if you fancied eating in. You can reach the rail and bus station in twenty minutes by foot for visits beyond the city. The host was very helpful and friendly.


We found the apartment via Sawday's website and liked the photos and reviews so contacted Massimilano to check availability. We were over to visit our daughter at the University of Catania. The apartment exceeded our expectations. It is spacious, elegant and gorgeous. It is full of fantastic design detail while being v comfortable and wonderfully equipped. Price v reasonable, M is great host and brill restau at the foot of the stairs. Well located. Highly recommended. Catania is an amazing city with wonderful architecture, lots of history, great restaus but not necessarily touristy.


Great location in the middle of Catania, 10 mins taxi ride from airport, within 5 mins walk of historic fish market & Duomo. Close to many restaurants, shops, cafés, bus station, historic sites, tourist bus. Train station 20 mins walk away. Spacious flat over 2 levels, reached up 2 flights of stairs from street level, well equipped, great views from both balconies. Would suit 4 adults as 2 double rooms, one also has double sofa bed. 3 bathrooms, one is on lower level away from bedrooms. Lovely modern flat, great location for sighting & catching some afternoon sun on the balcony.


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!


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.

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!


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.


Wonderful apartment right in the center of Catania. Located off the busy tourist streets so the apartment was nice and quiet but still only a short walk to the Duomo, market, and shopping. Max was easy to communicate with and very accommodating to our early arrival.


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!


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.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Massimiliano Strano

  • Castello Ursino - Civic Museum and old residence of Frederik II in the 13th century
  • FIsh market called "La Pescheria" is just 2 minutes waling and is open every day from 7am till 2pm., Its possible there to buy any kind of fresh food!
  • Piazza Duomo (main square) is 3 minutes walking and represent the old center of the city: Even now is the center of the businnes and civic life.
  • The Ursino Castle square is one of the gastronomic center in Catania, where to find a huge offer of tipical restaurant. If you like good food and good wine this is the place.
  • It's not necessary to hire car in Catania, everything is close to this area and there is a bus station 5 minutes from the square where to take bus to visit the most important place around Catania. Another bus station is in fron the main railway station.
  • Place to visit around this area: greek amphytheater, roman amphytheater, opera house, the Cathedral, main square, roman bath di Achille, Monastery of benedectine and more....