Palazzo Massa S. Demetrio occupies the Northwest corner of Quattro Canti between via Etnea and via di SanGiuliano and is considered, along with the contemporary Palazzo Biscari, the greatest example of late Baroque architecture of the city of Catania.
The apartment is located in palazzo San Demetrio and was the first to rise again at the behest of the Baron of San Demetrio, Don Eusebio Massa, after the terrible earthquake in 1693 that destroyed the entire city of Catania; in 1694 Don Eusebio Massa placed an inscription in the entrance hall of the new building in memory of the earthquake as a good omen for the future:
"D.O.M. in year 1 of the Sicilian earthquakes of 1694, Don Eusebio Massa, Baron of the land of St. Gregory and the receiver of the woods Valley, was the first to build the houses that you see today in this crossroad, the first fruits of resurrecting Catania. Dear Guest, from here take a good omen and walk away unharmed."
It is located on the first floor and can accommodate up to 8 people.
There are two bedrooms in front of each other: one with a double bed and a single bed, the other with two double beds and a single bed. Continuing down the hallway of the apartment you will find the living room with two sofas and a dining table. From the living room you have access directly to the kitchen (fully equipped).
The bathroom has a shower and a washing machine.
The bedroom with the double bed is equipped with air conditioning, the other rooms have fans.
All rooms come with free WI-FI coverage.
Price includes: Utilities, linen, cleanings, towels.
City tax: 2 euros
Minimum stay: 2 nights
CATANIA APARTMENTS offer a shuttle service to and from the airport in Catania
The cost is euro 25
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About as central to all the sightseeing in Catania as you can get. Roomy older building, does have small elevator however, however, unit is just one floor up. Check-in and check-out smooth, host can give recommendations if asked and also lives nearby. All in all a great value.
Fantastic location. Massimo was a very good host and we really enjoyed our stay here. Hi Massimo thank you for accommodating us. We had a great time and the location was amazing.
Catania is nowadays one of the most vibrant cities in Italy and offers a variety of entertaining activities. It is very much a 24 hour town and thanks to its local traditional shops and its traditional markets, which still compete with the big chains, as well as being a popular destination for university students.
One of the coolest areas for evening entertainment is without a doubt, the “Golden block” in the historic part of town, situated between Piazza Duomo, Piazza Manganelli and Piazza Teatro Massimo. Amongst the baroque architecture, you will find night clubs, always very busy, which during the summer time make use of the outdoor spaces and transform themselves into the famous “Caffe’ Concerto”, a mix of music, shows and multimedia events. The “Caffe’ Concerto” were inaugurated 20 years ago by the local council in collaboration with the local commercial association and are responsible for birth of the “MOVIDA” in the historic centre. As you can see, the entertaining options are never-ending, there are theatres, disco clubs, wine bars and many other shops ready to satisfy any need and desire, whether it be in Arab, Japanese, Irish or Brazilian Style! Many places also offer live music.
The CTP is a card allows to visit the following locations:
The holders of CTP can get access to all the permanent exhibitions of museums above-mentioned. In case of special exhibitions, the City Council and the Archdiocese of Catania reserve the right to limit free access; in such case the holders of Catania Pass will still be entitled to a discounted rate. The card entitles the holder to use the public transport vehicles, within the valid dates and following the modalities described at point 4. The CTP also entitles the holder to enjoy discounts and benefits, thanks to agreements between the City of Catania and private and public subjects who aim to promote the card.
The list of the subjects is available on the website. The CTP kit consists of the following elements:
• Card to get access to museums and to other benefits.
• Unique ticket valid for public transport.
• Bilingual map (Ita/Eng) with useful information to explore the city.
The CTP is available in two formats:
• Standard, designed for one person;
• Family, designed for a family (two adults with one or two children under 13 years).
Each version (standard and family) can be purchased in three denominations: 1, 3 or 5 days, equivalent to 24, 72 and 120 hours, respectively. The card must be validated at the moment of the first use. When visiting one of the museums included in this program, the holder has to fill the slots with hour, day, month and year in the front of the card. The CTP card can be used only if adequately validated and within the valid period.
The unique ticket CTP entitles to use all the urban routes managed by AMT SpA, including Alibus fast line (Airport-Center) and Ferrovia Circumetnea Metro line. The ticket is valid for one person (standard version) or for a family composed at most by two adults and two children under 13 years (family version), for 24, 72 or 120 hours depending on the CTR purchased. The ticket must be validated on the first mean of transportation used (bus or metro) and the validity period starts from the first validation. The unique ticket CTP is valid only if combined with the CTP card. Who uses the public transport system with a not validated or expired CTP ticket, or without the combined CTP card, will be subjected to sanctions as if travelling without a ticket.
The CTP can be purchased in the following points of sale:
• Catania Tourist info point at Vincenzo Bellini Airport
• Catania Tourism Bureau
• City Museums included in this program (Ursino Castle, Bellini Museum, Emilio Greco Museum)
• Diocesan Museum
• AMT Subscriptions Oce
• AMT authorized retailers joining the initiative which expose Catania Pass logo The following table shows the dierent CTP prices:
1 DAY/24 H € 12,50
3 DAYS/72 H € 16,50
5 DAYS/120 H € 20,00
1 DAY/24 H € 23,00
3 DAYS/72 H € 30,50
5 DAYS/120 H € 38,00
How to get
From the airport Fontanarossa Bus Alibus - Bus stop STESICORO
Departure every 20 mn - Travel time 25 mn
How to move around Catania- by Bus
The Urban Lines, orange bus, are managed by the Municipal Transport Society A.M.T, they reach the urban areas. Tickets are available in any tobacco black and white T sign outside shop and some bar or Newsagents, or at the AMT booths in every principal square, a regular , one-way, ticket is 1 € and is valid for 90 minutes.
From the airport - Alibus
The ticket price for the Alibus is 4 euro and can be purchased:
Airport (open space in front of the old terminal), Strap connection Via S. Maria Goretti, Via S. Maria Goretti, Via San Giuseppe the Rena, services Axis, Faro Biscari, Strap access to the Port, South Port Varco, internal road to Port, North Port Varco, Via Dusmet, Martyrs Square, Via April 6, Central Station, Liberty Avenue, Corso Italy, Piazza G. Verga, Via XX Settembre, Piazza Trento, Via XX Settembre, Via Etnea, Stesicoro Square, Corso Sicilia , Course Martyrs of Liberty, Piazza Giovanni XXIII, Via VI Aprile, Martyrs Square, Via Vittorio Emanuele, Piazza S. Placido, Via Porticello, Via Dusmet, North Roundabout, Dusmet Street, North Port Varco, internal road to Porto, Strap South exit at Porto, Faro Biscari axis Services Via Fontanarossa Airport (open space in front of the old terminal).
To clarify certain questions raised by users, please note that the ticket purchased in the parking meter "Staying" companies must be stamped inside the bus and having a consistency and a different weight from the one on sale at authorized dealers, has necessary to accompany the nell'obliteratrice input, pushing the surface lightly with a finger in order to avoid it to bend.
Tickets can be purchased from authorized retailers that display the Amt logo, through vending machines installed in the main centers of trade, in a cost car increased, with the smartphone or from parking meters of Staying companies (including using a prepaid card).
The non-electronic tickets must be validated at the first in-car access.
It should be noted that the purchased ticket in the parking meter to stop inside the bus and must be obliterated, having a consistency and a different weight from that for sale at authorized dealers, it is necessary to accompany the entry into the validator, pushing the surface lightly with your finger to prevent it from bending.
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