Villa Timpa is a perfect combination of nature, elegance and escape from the chaotic urban life and from the "mainland".
The surroundings are a true open air geological laboratory and reveal the geo-volcanc history of Sicily. They were declared a Natural Reserve just in 1999 after popular backing and thanks to the people of the area who have always appreciated its uniqueness.
Once in you’ll smell the sea, hear the typical rocking of the fishing boats and your gaze will be lost over the visible horizon: a landscape tinted of all variations of blue will envelope your senses and pleasantly overwhelm you offering a feeling of pleasure and wellbeing.
The walls, that are there but are almost unnoticeable, are appropriately white and are interrupted by big glass windows that don’t separate but instead amplify the rooms and make the interiors an element perfectly in line with the natural landscape outside.
A three seater sofa, a small and a bigger transparent and rectangular coffee tables next to a sliding door are the only few furniture items.
A small one step drop will lead you to the first bathroom and the utility room of the house.
To the left of the front door you’ll find a second red sofa (than can be turned into a bed) and a TV with CD/DVD player.
The sight if a hammock won’t surprise you, it will make you feel like you are sailing on a caique.
The two sets of stairs, located one in front of the other, will take you to the bedrooms (first floor) and to the kitchen on the lower floor, the same level as the garden and swimming pool.
The style and colour of the kitchen, all white, follow the theme of the living area and you will find any amenity you would expect to find in a well equipped kitchen: dishwasher, kettle, oven and full set of pans and cooking utensils so that your cooking and preparing would be turned into a pleasant relaxing and social time.
In this area as well the light and the different shades of blue from the landscape are the dominant elements mixing the inside and the outside into a single setting.
Before entering the bedrooms, to the left you’ll find a walk in wardrobe: practical, spacious and ready to welcome all your clothing.
The master bedroom is the perfect refuge/cabin of the “captain” of the ship: simple but at the same time comfortable and warm. A bed, a chest of drawers, an armchair and two bedside tables are the furniture elements of this room.
In the rest of the floor you’ll find a bathroom with shower and the other two bedrooms, one with king size bed and a wardrobe and the other one perfect for kids, with two semi double beds (one of which has an under bed).
This last bedroom is linked to the master bedroom by a panoramic terrace from where you can admire the bay of Acireale.
The garden, the swimming pool and the view over the coast that reveals the northern profile of Sicily and some of the profile of Calabria (the tip of the boot of Italy) make a stay at Villa Timpa magical and unforgettable.
And if at any point you find your stay has become boring and stressful, then behind the Villa you will find the stairs (400 steps) that will take you to the sea, in a secluded and private beach reserved only to the guests of the Villa.
Santa Caterina, the little village where the Villa is located, is characterized by small roads and alleys that do not allow cars to circulate.
The villa can be accessed only on foot, after parking the car in a parking space (included in the price) located 5 minutes away.
The landscape of the Timpa represents one of the best testimony of the Etna territory. The terracing around the steepest slopes executed in lava stone, the internal alleys, the canals for the irrigation (saie), the stone walls constitute the memory of this area.
Price includes: Utilities, linen, cleanings, towels
Price does not include: €200 deposit to be deposited at check in
Minimum stay: 5 nighs
Floor: 3 levels
E' possibile richiedere un transfer da e per l'aeroporto
Il costo è di 80 euro
4 - 6 PM
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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