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Suite Under The Castle (Ref: 29575), Self catering apartment in Aci
Castello - CATANIA, Italy
The Suite Under
the Castle is a lovely apartment on the sea located in the old fischerman
town of Acicastello (near Catania) in east Sicily ideal for couples looking
for a special and relaxing experience among sea, sun and history. The suite
under the castle, a stage of emotions. Surface area : 50 m2
/ 538 sqft. Sleeps 3.
map of Catania, Sicily, Italy
Sicily - a Roman treasure trove by Rod Ritchie
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prime geographic location in the centre of the Mediterranean Basin has
meant that, over time, settlers and conquerors from the medieval Normans,
Aragonese Spanish, Moorish North Africans, ancient Greeks, Phoenicians,
and Romans have come and, except for the latter, mostly, gone.
|Today, Sicily's Roman ruins
are rivaled only by those in Rome, and lovers of Roman archaeology will
find a treasure trove of sites to explore.
To get an idea of the diversity
of Sicily in ancient times and particularly the range of artifacts from
the Greek and Roman colonizations of the island, visit the Museo Archeologico
Regionale in Palermo. One of Italy's greatest archaeological museums, it
is filled with rare finds that put the multiple foreign occupations in
perspective. As well, you'll have a chance to compare priceless artifacts
from the island's different civilizations, including those from the Phoenician,
Punic, Greek, Roman and Saracen periods. Listed here are some of the best
Roman ruins in Sicily:
Cape Boéo - Marsala
Roman ruins here include
a villa with baths and colourful mosaics, and the Church of San Giovanni,
built over a cave converted into a home in Roman times. The Baglio Anselmi
Archeological Museum on Lungomare Boéo exhibits ship from the Punic
Catania has two Roman amphitheatres,
one reminiscent of Rome's Colosseum. The smaller one, off Via Vittorio
Emanuele, built upon an earlier Greek theatre, accommodated 6,000 spectators,
while a larger amphitheatre, near the commercial centre in Piazza Stesicoro,
is completely Roman and was built in the second century AD.
Seventeen kilometres east
of Palermo, overlooking the coast, and on a site that was originally a
Phoenician village that had been expanded by the Greeks in 396 BC, are
the ruins of a town that was rebuilt by the conquering Romans 50 years
later. The ruins mostly consist of floors, with some mosaics, the lower
portions of walls, with some murals, and some columns. While there is a
small archaeological museum here, most of the original artifacts are in
the Palermo's Regional Archaeological Museum.
The Greek amphitheatre here,
built in the third century BC, was expanded later by the Romans, who enlarged
The view of Mount Etna and
the sea beyond the theatre is spectacular. During summer, the theatre stages
dramatic performances. A much smaller Roman theatre, the odium, is near
Santa Caterina church.
Tyndaris - Capo Tindari
|Tyndaris, founded by Dionysius
the Elder in 396 BC, and later destroyed by pillaging conquerors, has been
excavated to display the ruins of everything from a basilica to a Roman
theatre. Overlooking the sea, the setting here is magnificent.
Villa Romana del Casale
- Piazza Armerina
This Roman villa, a few kilometers
outside town, and built between 330 and 360 AD, is one of the largest surviving
classical-era Roman dwellings anywhere. The villa contains 40 rooms with
western Europe's most magnificent mosaics depicting scenes from daily life,
such as hunting, and one mosaic of ten young women dressed in strapless
two-piece swim suits that could be in fashion today.
No archaeology lover's trip
to Sicily would be complete without visiting the Valley of the Temples,
the largest and best collection of ancient Greek ruins in the world. You'll
also see necropoli, houses, streets and everything else you would expect
to find in an ancient city. Be sure to check out the small amphitheatre,
the several auditoria, and the first-rate archeological museum. You can't
miss the Concord Temple with its with 13 tall, wind-eroded columns. Set
outside the city of Agrigento, on the southern coast of Sicily, the temples
look dramatic at night when floodlights accentuate their shape and form.
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About the Author -
Rod Ritchie, a travel writer and editor, writes for many publishers including
AA Publishing and Fodors. Cottages to Castles offer a range of high quality
rental villas in Sicily. Visit Cottages to Castles at http://www.cottagestocastles.com
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for hotels in Catania, Sicily, Italy
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hotels in Catania, Sicily, Italy
Western Hotel Mediterraneo Catania
Situated in Catania, this
business-friendly hotel is near Villa Majorana, Benedictine Monastery,
and Greek Amphitheater. Additional attractions include Stadio Angelo Massimino.
Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 3.0-star property
offers small meeting rooms and audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet
access is available in public areas. Room service is available during limited
hours. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily. Guest parking
is available for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a bar/lounge,
multilingual staff, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. There are
63 guestrooms at Best Western Hotel Mediterraneo. Guestrooms
Verde Hotel Catania
Immerse yourself into a
relaxing sensation of wellness at the Borgo Verde Hotel, a place where
silence speaks, nature sings and enchants. Offering you a warm welcome,
the Borgo Verde Hotel is located in Catania, a town situated between a
deep blue sea and Mount Etna. This property has 30 rooms in total,
which are well-furnished with every comfort and individually decorated.
Guests can enjoy beautiful views of the magnificent park from some of the
rooms. The two indoor breakfast rooms, with their bright and luminous
colours, will assure you a tasty good morning. During leisure, you
can explore Catania, which is a town full of Greek and Roman ruins as well
as of wonderful monuments in Baroque style.
Grand Hotel Catania
Set in the heart of Catania,
this hotel is close to Piazza Roma and Bellini Gardens. Additional attractions
include Teatro Massimo Bellini. Dining options at Excelsior Grand Hotel
include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Room service is available during
limited hours. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily. Recreational
amenities include a fitness facility. This 4.0-star property has a business
center and offers small meeting rooms, limo/town car service, and audio-visual
equipment. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available in public
areas. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café,
multilingual staff, and laundry facilities.
Etnea 316 Catania
Situated in Catania, this
business-friendly hotel is near Bellini Gardens, Teatro Massimo Bellini,
and Greek Amphitheater. Additional attractions include Benedictine Monastery.
The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is available
for a surcharge. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas.
Hotel Etnea 316 features a bar/lounge, a coffee shop/café, and multilingual
staff. Room service is available during limited hours. A complimentary
breakfast is served daily. Business services and tour assistance are available.
Additional property amenities include express check-in. There are 10 guestrooms
at Hotel Etnea 316. Guestrooms have balconies.
Located near a university,
this business-friendly Catania hotel is close to Parco Gioeni. Additional
attractions include Stadio Angelo Massimino. Dining options at Poggio Ducale
include a restaurant and a bar/lounge. A complimentary breakfast is served
daily. Wireless Internet access is available in public areas. The property
offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is complimentary.
Additional property amenities include express check-in. There are 25 guestrooms
at Poggio Ducale. Balconies offer city views. Refrigerators and minibars
Tecla Palace Hotel Acireale near Catania
Located within view of the
Timpa Natural Reserve, the Santa Tecla Palace Hotel is set at the foothills
of a mountain and offers breathtaking views of the clear blue seas.
Santa Tecla Palace Hotel is located on the coastline facing the sea, and
is just 30 minutes by car from the airport of Catania and 10 minutes from
road from Acireale's Railway Station. The property offers 187 beautifully
furnished rooms where sophistication and comfort reigns supreme leaving
you hypnotised. Each room has its own balcony facing the Ionian Sea. Besides
there are 12 suites especially made for guests with their own terrace as
well overlooking the bay. Santa Tecla Palace Hotel Acireale has 3
wonderful restaurants all offering water views and serving delightful Italian
and other international cuisines from all parts of the world. The Candle
Light dinner is an experience of a lifetime.