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the pool
beautiful pool with flowers and oranges trees
The outside entrance with beautiful flowers
garden with oranges trees
Oranges and lemons in the garden
The passage with a view of the hills full of green
The Gazebo(out side kitchen) with barbacue and oven
The pool
the pool  with flowers
little garden with plants(cactus)
oven to bake your pizzas
entrance with your private bar
furnished roof terrace
room with two single bed
room with double bed
kitchen
the kitchen
out side villa
Mount Etna
Isola Bella -Taormina
teatro grego-Taormina
the beach Giardini Naxox
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2 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Gaggi, Province of Messina, Sicily

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Paul G
Brisbane, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Just perfect”
Reviewed June 19, 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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Our thanks to Giovanni for a truly wonderful two weeks at their beautiful villa. The way in which you looked after us and met our requests was wonderful. After the two weeks I was so relaxed I had trouble finding my pulse.

The villa has all you need to cook and for a memorable holiday.

Giovanni your cooking was wonderful. It is a big world! but Angela and Giovanni we will be back to be spoilt again. I already miss the mushrooms

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Mary H
Lydney, United Kingdom
1 review
“Relaxing rural location with lots of wonderful extras available”
Reviewed May 21, 2014 for a stay in May 2014

This was our first overseas holiday with our young daughter, so we hoped it would be extra special. Thanks to Giovanni's wonderful hospitality it was a trip to remember forever, and we hope to visit again very soon.

The villa is in a rural location on the edge of a small town, but there is a supermarket within walking distance. There are also other local shops such as a fishmonger and some small restaurants in the town although we didn't get to try them. It is surrounded as far as you can see by orange trees, olive trees etc. and Mt Etna is visible in the distance.

You can easily reach popular towns and beaches such as Taormina and Giardini Naxos. The beautiful northern slopes of Etna are only a short drive away too. Giovanni gave us lots of advice on places to visit both nearby and further afield - but we didn't have time to see them all. He also gave practical advice such as good places to park in some of the towns.

For us the best part about the stay was Giovanni's hospitality. We felt we were treated like old friends, and he was a big hit with our daughter who is usually very shy with new people. We really enjoyed the optional extras such as the Sicilian meal he cooked for us, a pizza night, homemade wines and liqueurs as well as produce from his garden.

Sicily is a beautiful and interesting island, and Villa Pagano is a very special place to stay.

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Liked best: The optional extras, like home-cooked food, home-grown produce, homemade wine etc.
Liked least: coming home - we wish we'd stayed for two weeks
Travelling group: Young Children
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Arjan v
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful place to be”
Reviewed May 3, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We stayed in this wonderful villa at the end of april 2014. It is truly a wonderful place to be! The house is very nice and the garden is breathtaking. Al kinds of fruit trees (oranges, lemon, mandarins, kumquat etc). There is also an outdoor kitchen and a clean swimmingpool. The very kind owner Giovanni and his wife Angela take good care of the villa (everything is clean) and their guests. Giovanni is a great kook and gives interesting information regarding the surroundings (and tips where to go to).

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Schepeler...
Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
“Wonderful place to stay for a big family. Excellent inside and outside”
Reviewed July 17, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

The house is beautifully located surrounded by hills with lemon groves and with a view to Etna. The pool area, the garden-like kitchen with grill as well as the terrace overlooking Etna are all very nice places to spend time. It is great having all these possibilities when you are there with a big family. Giovannino is very welcoming and he is a good cook. If you stay in his house you should definetely try this. He also offers you fresh vegetables from his garden. The summit of Etna is very special and worth a trip. We can warmly recommend the Pagano house.

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Liked best: The pool area
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Stefan K
Alkmaar, The Netherlands
2 reviews
“sicilian paradise: villa with lovely garden, pool and great surroundings”
Reviewed June 10, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

We absolutely loved our stay at Villa Pagano. Can't wait to go there again next year. The house is big and cosy. The pool is amazingly situated in the stunning garden. The views on Mount Etna are great.

We had a awesome time in Villa Pagano. Upon request the owner Giovanni and his lovely wife can serve you a Sicilian diner. Or handmade pizza's. Our kids (4 and 6) had the greatest time. The loved the pool and the table football game.

In short: Wow!

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Liked best: The pool in the garden
Liked least: Leaving this place
Travelling group: Extended Family
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southdown...
Lewes, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Peaceful villa in a beautiful garden”
Reviewed April 17, 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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We spent 12 days at Villa Pagano in April 2013 with our two young children and their grandparents. We had a superb holiday, and spent far more time at the villa than we had originally planned, because the house was so spacious and the garden was so idyllic.

The lovingly tended garden is the most wonderful aspect of this rental. As previous reviewers have described, the pool is surrounded by citrus trees interspersed with climbing roses and geraniums, and the pool house backs onto Giovanni's avocado and banana trees, while his olive tree orchard stretches up the hillside behind the house. Giovanni was very generous in sharing his fruit and vegetables with us, and we also enjoyed three delicious meals cooked by Angela. We lolled around on the sun loungers by the pool for most of the day. The small pool (about 9 metres long) is unheated but in the Sicilian April sun soon reached a bracing but refreshing 20 degrees and we swam every day. At mealtimes, there is a dining table by the pool, another in the outdoor kitchen, and a third on the first floor terrace overlooking Mount Etna. The volcano is very active, smoking constantly. During our stay we saw two dramatic eruptions - burning lava spewing from the summit and down the slopes and glowing orange at night.

The villa itself is comfortable and spacious. While built quite recently, it has a traditional and homely Sicilan style, with thick walls, lots of stained pine panelling and beams, and many mementoes from Giovanni's travels. As well as the two large double bedrooms and the smaller twin bedroom, there is a small seating area with a TV in the lobby area (which also has a bar, so one can enjoy sampling aperifs in the evening!). The main seating area comprises two sofas in the kitchen/dining room. However, the lack of a larger indoor sitting room separate from the kitchen was not a problem, as we spent so much time outside. Wi-fi might be nice to have too, but it was good to switch off completely!

We loved the villa's rural but convenient location, set on a hillside 5 minutes' walk from Gaggi and its supermarket. The villa's neighbours seemed to be mainly smallholders growing citrus and olive trees. We were woken by bird song and enjoyed watching the cows and calves with bells around their necks ambling down the road. Gaggi itself is an unpretentious if slightly scruffy small town, not remotely touristy, and a contrast to Taormina. We enjoyed meeting the locals in the small but well stocked supermarket and Gaggi's Wednesday market. It is easy to access tourist destinations from the villa: Taormina is about 25 minutes' drive, the Alcantara gorge is 10 minutes, it is 45 minutes to Mount Etna and 1 and a half hours to Syracuse. You probably need a car while staying here, although there are buses along the Alcantara valley from Gaggi to Giardini Naxos and inland to Francavilla di Sicilia.

In conclusion, Villa Pagano is a delightful place to stay and we thoroughly recommend it.

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Liked best: The beautiful garden and our host's warmth and helpfulness
Liked least: Sometimes we were woken by the rooster and dogs - but that's to be expected in an agricultural area!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed January 4, 2013 for a stay in October 2012

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Liked best: the peaceful of the place
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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