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Huge villa with private pool and sublime garden on the flanks of Mount Etna

Bedrooms 6
Space 300 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

16 sleeps, beautifully tended garden, well furnished, pool open all year round

Villa Alemà is a spacious villa with private pool and garden located on the south-eastern flanks of Mount Etna just a few minutes outside the towns of Aci S. Antonio and Acireale. The villa has high ceilings and smooth lava stone features. The garden is beautifully tended, with a perfect lawn and shaded areas, including a gazebo. The pool is 16 x 10 meters and up to 2.90 meters deep. Indoor and outdoor living areas combine seamlessly. The villa is perfectly located to explore the Eastern side of Sicily, but you will also be well content to relax in the stunning surroundings of the villa, the garden and the pool.

The villa consists of two floors and a dépendance.

From the main entrance you access the living room that once was a ‘palmento’, an antique olive crusher. The living room opens onto a covered patio area, perfect for dining during hot summer days. The ground floor has a spacious kitchen, a room with a pool table, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The 1st floor has a bathroom, 3 bedrooms with air conditioning and a terrace with a wide view on Mount Etna. In the garden is a renovated dependence with air conditioning, 3 sleeps and a bathroom.

Villa Alemà is also suitable for a winter stay thanks to the heating system and a gas heater in the palmento.

Internet connection available!

More Details

Property Manager
Giulia Lattanzio / Lenneke Burghouts / Giulia Tiriticco
Speaks english, french, german, spanish, italian, dutch
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2017

About Giulia Lattanzio / Lenneke Burghouts / Giulia Tiriticco

We have been with Homeaway since 2006, proposing houses that are able to unfold Sicily's colours and charm at best.

Houses with quality furnishing in unique locations, with incredible views or with a pool, always accurately selected in order to satisfy our main wish: to see you falling in love with Sicily just like we did.

We provide you with transparent information and true pictures. What you see is exactly what you get. We will advise you as much as we can about travel info, transfers and car rental.

Dinners in villas and other extra services can also be arranged. Finally, our prices are final rates! There are no hidden additional costs. We are flexible with your arrivals and departures and if you need a late check-in this is usually possible.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We were absolutely delighted by the Villa Alema. It is furnished to a high standard and is much bigger than the photo's suggest. The pool is fantastic - we spent many hours in and around the pool. The keyholder was helpful and cheerful. Would we recomend Villa Alema - 100% yes! We had a wonderful holiday!
Jul 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Aci Sant'Antonio, Italy

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Try to be on time for your check-in (which is usually set at 4 PM) and please send a text message to the keyholder in case of delay.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • outdoor shower - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure , dependence
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 child bed , 1 cot , Ground floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , Ground floor
    Bedroom 6 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed , dependence
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon , First floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 large double bed , First floor
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double bed , First floor
  • The bedrooms on the first floor and the dependance have air conditioning.
  • Television
  • deck chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • volcano
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Extra: snooker table. The closest supermarket is at 1 km from the villa. In Acireale you can find several restaurants and shops.


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(16 traveller reviews)

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Huge villa with private pool and sublime garden on the flanks of Mount Etna
average rating of 4.1875 based on 17 reviews

Lovely, spacious villa

  • 5 of 5

A group of 9 adults, we really enjoyed our stay at Villa Alemà. The villa is well-equipped and has plenty of room. We especially enjoyed the large pool and pretty garden area, which has a lovely view of Mount Etna, and is great for evening meals. Acireale is a short drive away, and the villa is well-located to explore the East coast, with Catania (<30 mins) and Taormina (<40 mins). Thanks to Giada and Massimo, who were very welcoming, helpful and responsive, and provided useful tips of places to visit. We had a fun holiday and would definitely recommend this villa!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Villa. Would recommend. Would stay again.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent villa, beautiful grounds, fantastic pool, brilliant BBQ set up.

Quirky and interesting building. Plenty of space, lots of different places for different people to sit to get away from group (inside, outside under-cover or not).

Great view of Etna from (one of the) balcony (ies).

Kids loved the wi fi.

Everyone enjoyed the pool table.

Owner was very helpful.

It was difficult to find first time, and we were late by the time we found it, but it was not an issue.

On the downside there weren't really enough wine or water glasses for 10 of us, and the beds were merely satisfactory. We didn't discover anything within walking distance worth walking to.

Pistachio ice cream and brioche bun recommeded!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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fantastique semaine en Sicile...

  • 4 of 5

Très belle propriété, très spacieuse - magnifique jardin et piscine. Très bien située pour visiter l'ouest de la Sicile. Très bons conseils de Giuda et de Massimo. Mille grazie di tutto!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property and gardens

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful well maintained property in a lovely location. We were a family of 7 adults and 2 children. The house had ample room. The view of Etna from the garden is spectacular. The pool was clean and well kept - I read in some reviews that there were tiles missing in the pool - maybe 5 mosaic tiles were missing.

The kitchen is huge and well appointed. There's plenty of seating for a large family to eat.

The place is quite hard to find with GPS, so follow the instructions they give you. After having difficulties finding it the first time, it was easy to get to. There's nothing within walking distance from the house. But the are plenty of nice restaurants and super markets within 10 minutes drive.

Overall we loved our stay and would highly recommend this Villa.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Huge/beautifull villa with wonderfull view on ETNA

  • 4 of 5

Beautifull and huge villa where we were kindly welcomed. But kitchenware was insufficient for 16 personns. And the owner billed any broke even if the broke was due to its age, during normal usage, without providing bill or invoice. So be carefull on the villa equipment. The Forian Pizza near the villa was good and cheaper. ANd there is many lovely place near this villa: Traomina, Etna, Syracuse ...

We really appreciate our travel and our week spend in family.

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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On arrival for easter week the house was ice cold, the heating not having been turned on. We were told not to use the 3rd bathroom despite being 7 adults. We were told we would have to pay ?100 extra for the use of the pooltable, no information of this beforehand. The huge sittingroom cum diningroom only had one gas terracewarmer for heating on which was a sticker saying ut was not to be used indoors. We were told to turn it off at night. Despite 26 degrees outside, this room was too cold to stay in even with the heater on. The room smelt of gas when it was in use. The only other room we could stay together in was occupied by a pooltable. The kitchen did not have a fan despite having a fan hood, so the windows clouded every time we made food. The beds were uncomfortable; you could feel the metal springs through the matress cover. The caretaker woke us up one night to inspect the villa unannounced.The hot water was inadequate and the Internet was erratic. The properties on either side are being used for storing building equipment. The english speaking caretaker never took her phone. The other caretaker could not speak english. When asking the agency if we could change villa, we were first told that we could do this without loss of money, then they changed their mind and said we would lose 2/3 of the remaining rent."

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I will repeat here what I have already said directly to you. I would like to give our future guests the chance to know the other side of the story, because there is always one. First of all I would like to say that we take seriously both advises and complaints of our guests and that my colleague Joris went personally to the villa soon after your stay to check its status. He found it impeccable. He did not find any bad materasses and Internet seemed to work properly. He also talked with the keyholder who claims to have never forbid you to use the 3rd bathroom - and indeed you use it - as well as he did not ask you money for the use of the pooltable, but rather warn you that in case of damages he would require 100E. I cannot say who is right. I can imagine that the language barrier contributed to misunderstandings, but we trust our keyholder since we have worked with him since long time. Certainly I was surpriced to hear - towards the end of your stay - your list of negative experiences in the villa. I was so, because we spoke several time and in the first contacts you have told me that the only problem of the villa was the temperature in the living room. I still have emails from you stating that. I admit to have agreed to your request of changing villa, but you did not mention why I have suddenly ‘changed my mind’. At first I believed that the living room was too cold because the heating did not work. Since I know the importance of a room like the living room during holidays I thought that a change of villa could have be considered. But I spoke too soon. I then find out, speaking first with the keyholder and than with you, that the heating was working properly, but you did refuse to use it because you thought it was unsafe. At this point changing villa or a refund was not an option and I tried to explain that the gas stove in the living room was safe and tested by other guests during winter when temperatures are much lower than 26°C. As for the keyholder showing up at 22.30, it was my fault. I have called the keyholder late that day asking him to help you figure out the use of the gas stove. He decided to come immediately. 22.30 is too late to show up unannounced and I apologize for that, but I hope you understand that it was meant with our best intentions. I am really sorry that your experience was negative. We would be much happier to have clients that liked the house. So I am really sorry in any case.
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Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Catania, Fontanarossa Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Catania (ferry from Napels)
Nearest Golf
45 Kilometres
Il Picciolo, Linguaglossa
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
20 Kilometres
Rifugio Sapienza, Etna
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Santa Maria La Scala / Santa Tecla
Car: necessary

Villa Alemà is an excellent base from which to explore eastern Sicily. The villa lies almost halfway between Catania and Taormina and just five kilometres from Acireale (a pretty little city, built on a plateau of lava, that is known for its Baroque churches). Gardini Naxos, a seaside resort with a sandy beach, is just 35 kilometres away. Just a little further you'll find Taormina ‘the pearl of the Mediterranean’ and the most exclusive seaside resorts in Sicily. Its ancient Greek theatre is world famous for its extraordinary panoramic view. Santa Maria la Scala, AciTrezza, and Santa Tecla are pleasant seaside villages near Villa Alemà where you can find delicious granite and very good restaurants.

The 18 hole Golf course Il Picciolo is an easy drive (45 minutes).

Other Activities: Excursions to Mount Etna, the biggest volcano of Europa


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Additional Guest Fee A$29.66 per person per night

Prices include a set of linen, towels, air conditioning, Internet and final cleaning. In winter time heating is excluded.
SECURITY DEPOSIT: 700 euro due at the arrival

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made