Location of the appartment is ideal for those who plan to explore East side of the Island – 1.5 hour drive to Syracuse, 45min to Catania and Taormina. Appartment is great and very clean with a direct view to the sea and to Etna summit as well. The conditions inside are perfect for a big family - large kitchen, 2 bathrooms and 3 sleeping rooms provide all the comfort you need. Host Rosario will help you with everything that comes to your mind - even a short tour via his 1971 yo classic Fiat 500 :-)
We had an excellent stay at casa iolanda. Rosario and mariella are great hosts that made sure that we were made welcome when we first arrived including breakfast items, bottle water etc and introducing us to the local shop owner who was located conveniently next door. Throughout our stay we were treated more like extended family than holiday renters that made for a pleasant experience. My elderly mum also stayed on for a few weeks and Rosario and mariella took great care in ensuring that her continued stay remained comfortable and enjoyable. She enjoyed the regular drop in for a cup of coffee etc. just sitting back on th verandah brought back memories for her when she was a young girl before she left Sicily. The property itself is well cared for and in a great location. It is a leisurely walk to the Riposto port or swimming beaches. The property has access to numerous amenities within 50 - 100 metres - convenience store, restaurants and a cafe. We had a great time and will definitely stay again if we come back to Riposto.
Our stay at Casa Iolanda appartment was awesome! Everything was clean, nice, ready to use... We stayed there 6 of us plus 2 kids and everything was perfect! Appartment is situated in centre of centre, so it could not be better!
Even, Rosario and Mariella offered some fresh fruit, milk, coffe, sweetie, nutella, marmalade, butter...and so on for our first breakfast the day after our arrival. It was so nice. The beach is at few steps from home and is full of children.
Great stay, great people, great place. I recommend! BIG THANKS! :)
What a tremendous experience! To start with, the location is amazing, with a great sea view. The apartment is bright, clean, spacious, and welcoming, with an open air to it and lots of space to enjoy and feel well. Out of all the rented apartments I have been to with my family, this is the one that stands out with a seamless and genuine experience of home-away-from-home. For the hosts, letting this apartment is much more than an occupation - it is an art form. The rooms are modern and slick, the kitchen is stocked with amenities above all expectations, and the atmosphere is one of serenity and calm without any of the usual stress that comes with letting an apartment in a foreign company. Rosario and Mariella take hosting to unseen before heights by attending to every miniscule detail with a loving and caring touch similar to how a beloved relative would. For them, having you at their apartment is a genuine pleasure, and that emotion translates to their guests to create an unforgettable experience of a sincerely great stay. If you are in the neighbourhood (which is not only friendly and clean, but also filled with convenient shops, cafes, and sights) and are looking for a place to stay without having to worry about how it will turn out, go to Rosario and Mariella's. I guarantee it will be your best stay in Italy yet.
We have previously stayed at this apartment about two years ago in summer and returned this time in winter and saw snow from the windows! It is well positioned near the sea at Riposto and is an easy drive to a number of cities and Mt Etna. Rosario and his wife are wonderful owners/hosts who make themselves available as needed and check to ensure that all is going well and to recommend local amenities. This apartment is huge - three bedrooms and fully furnished for living. Our family included two children and my elderly father and we had plenty of room. It is both warm in the cold of winter (with unexpected snow!) and cool in the heat of summer (when we stayed in 2014). If we can find a way to travel again, we will be back again!
We (2 adults & 1 child) stayed at Casa Iolanda for 6 nights in Oct 16. The owners Rosario & Mariella greeted us on our arrival at 22:00 (they live in the next town) and showed us around the apartment and how everything worked, etc. They even provided milk, water, bread, meats and fruit for us - a lovely touch.
The apartment was very clean and has air conditioning, which was welcome as we stayed during very warm weather. All cooking and cleaning utensils are provided. Secure parking was available although we parked outside the apartment with no problems. The apartment is situated approx. 100 metres from the sea and within a short walk of the town centre.
The apartment had more than enough room for the 3 of us and is well located to explore Catani, Mount Etna and other local towns. I'm unsure of the local bus / train services so a car would be advisable. Two small supermarkets are both within a short walk (as you turn right out of the building).
Rosario & Mariella were always on hand if we needed any questions answered and were very friendly & hospitable towards us.
We would definitely stay again at Casa Iolanda and recommend it. Grazie!
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I have been travelling across italy during the last couple of weeks and this is by far the best apartment we have rented. Rosario and Mariella are wonderful and friendly hosts, they are always willing to help you, give you information and tips about what to do and where to go. The apartment is incredibly well equiped in every possible detail you can imagine. They received us with a pack of things like water, cookies, cleaning products, soap, shampoo, soap for the washing machine, etc. etc. etc. They even have a first aid kit! Thwy have air conditioned and led TVs, in every room. The sea view from the balcony is beautiful and we enjoyed a lot to have dinners there. Cleaning was stunning, Rosario and Mariella keep every corner of the house cleaned to perfection. I will also strongly suggest the location, Riposto is a lovely small village located very close to catania and taormina, it is actually much better to stay there and not in taormina (which is much more expensive, noisy, and where you will end up eating at an international chain with fake italian dishes, instead of having a real sicillian experience!). After some years of touristic trips I have to say that I never was so pleased with a renting like in this case,