Villa Pao is located in a unique and magical setting, halfway between reality and myth: The waters of the sea in front of the Villa have inspired poets and novelists: a few meters from here you will find the “Faraglioni” of Acitrezza that give the panorama an atmosphere of exceptional beauty.
There are three stacks and five rocks that make up the small archipelago. They are linked to the legend that tells how Ulysses, during his journey back to Ithaca, landed at the island of the Cyclops where he was hosted by the terrible Polyphemus. The great Cyclop worked inside the volcano Etna where the lightning used by Zeus were created: During the stay the cruel lord of the place devoured many of Ulysses’ companions who, in order to save himself, made him drunk and blinded his only eye. In the grip of rage Polyphemus began to cast large boulders against the ships of Ulysses and his men who were fleeing, thus giving rise to the Faraglioni.
The villa, almost dissolved in the surrounding nature, is the work of Giuseppe, owner of the building. He is the visionary mind responsible for creating an unconventional space, ideal for your holiday, full of charm and exceptional good taste.
It is divided over two levels linked together by a ladder but also be completely independent. The first, on the ground floor, seems the bridge of a caique; Even if the huge windows separate it from the garden, they are hardly noticeable, they blend and mingle with the outside making the first impact a constant that repeats every time we cross the front door. You never get used to it, the eye is continually betrayed, deceived, as if we were in front of a trompe-l'œil.
The gaps and the full are not divided but they create synergy between them and make the presence of the furnishings (two armchairs convertible into a single bed, a smart TV, a kitchen equipped with everything, a dining table for 4, colored vases that are actually diffusers of aromas and table lamps in every corner) not a random choice but an ideal location.
From the ceiling, above the dining table, a copper lamp projects our gaze towards post-industrial atmospheres: Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade Runner could provide the background scenery. A door adjacent to the kitchen gives us access to the bedroom (equipped with a bathroom and shower) that is not simply a place to sleep but also a modern and elegant space where to take refuge and allow thoughts to find their ideal dimension. The frame consists of a double bed, a chest of drawers/mirror placed in front of the room and two bedside tables.
A staircase located near the guest bathroom (also with a shower) leads us upstairs. The furnishing and the use of the space here are also linked to a meticulous and never casual logic.
The 3 seater sofa, the 1970’s console placed in front of it, the two armchairs and the low glass table all seem to come from the same place: a designer’s magazine?
In the same room the kitchen, completely white reflecting, brings out the light coming from the two windows doors that connect the interior with the immense terrace. No break, no separation between the kitchen and the sea in front; a natural optical illusion brings together and approaches the two elements that allow you to immerse yourself in an unreal but perfectly tangible dimension for your senses: you will feel the smell of the sea, the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks and the salt on your lips.
The three bedrooms inside, one of which is placed on an upper floor, are all equipped with bathroom and air conditioner. They are large, bright and welcoming; the attention to detail in each of them was a top priority for Giuseppe and Sabrina, the owners.
Each area is covered by Wi-Fi and both the garden and the terrace are equipped with outdoor furniture. In front of the Villa a gate for the exclusive use of the guests of the villa leads to the seafront Scardamiano, which runs along the coast and where there are restaurants, pubs and various platforms that host bathing establishments open in summer.
Price includes: Utilities, linen, cleanings, towels
City tax: 2 euros
Minimum stay: 3 nights
Floor: Ground and first floor
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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 reach
From the airport Fontanarossa bus ALIBUS - Bus stop STAZIONE
Take bus 534 - Bus stop 1661
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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