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Podere San Giorgio

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Catania | Bedrooms: 8 | Sleeps: 16

Rates: from £14,225 per week

In the heart of a vast estate, nestled amongst sweet-smelling orange groves and lush gardens, with direct views to Mount Etna, lays Podere San Giorgio, grandly
overlooking the surrounding Catania plains. 

Comfort and luxury, these two have been key elements when restoring the vast property and making it available to discerning guests for their holidays and gatherings.

The eight bedrooms offer privacy and have been magnificently well-appointed to match the grandeur of the villa.

Once at Podere San Giorgio, the staff will take care of your every need. You are met at Catania airport and escorted to the villa where maids, chefs and a Concierge are at your disposal during your stay.

Owned by the same family since 1400, its current owners welcome guests in one of Italy's most stunning properties, surrounded by a 120 hectares citrus orchard. The vast garden is in continuous evolution, aiming to create harmony and beauty, to involve and tantalize all senses. Meticulously restored to the highest standard, Podere San Giorgio offers polished terracotta floors, high ceilings and mid-century antiques. Set within a private park containing a collection of palm trees from around the world, the only thing disturbing the quiet piece are bird chirping. The eight exclusive bedrooms are all situated in the main villa. They are all furnished with impeccable taste and magnificently mix antiques with vintage crafts. The rooms have either balconies or access to the garden Podere San Giorgio is located between Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, and the sea, in one of Sicily's most lush areas, characterized by pastures, orange groves and hills. The importance of the area is also documented in the surrounding prehistoric caves in which one can still find the millennia old carvings. Podere San Giorgio has a private swimming pool, shaded by palm trees and surrounded by the garden. There is a private tennis court immersed in the orange grove as well as a Finnish sauna for 6. Additional entertainment is offered by table tennis, cricket and foosball. The immediate surroundings offer great trekking or walking paths, that lead from the 6,000 year old caves to the hills.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

  • Library with garden views and floor-to-ceiling shelves full of books in various languages. Access the loggia.

BEDROOMS

  • The eight bedrooms are furnished and decorated with Sicilian antiques and pieces gathered from around the world. Each has Wi-Fi internet, heating, air con, ceiling fans and fine Egyptian cotton linens.

GARDEN LEVEL

  • Twin bedded room (beds can be pushed together) with en suite bathroom (tub and handheld shower).
  • Double bedroom (king size bed) with en suite bathroom (shower) and walk-in closet.

These two bedrooms can be interconnected.

  • 2 twin bedded rooms, each with its own en suite bathroom (one with shower, one with tub).

FIRST FLOOR

  • 2 twin bedded rooms (beds can be pushed together), each with its own en suite bathroom (one with shower, one with tub and shower) and balcony.
  • Master bedroom with king size bed, two bathrooms (one with shower and one with tub), sitting room and 45sqm terrace
  • Double bedroom with Moorish influenced furniture, bathroom (shower)
February

  • Festa di Sant'Agata:

Celebrate the patron saint of Catania with processions, shows, gastronomy and spectacular fireworks.

March

  • Carnival in Taormina:
May

  • Carretti Siciliani:

Brightly coloured native horse carts and costumes in Taormina.

June

  • Taormina Film Fest
June - September

  • Taormina Greek Theatre
July - December

  • Etnafest:

Music, arts and film festival in Catania with classical music, puppet shows and rock, pop, reggae and jazz concerts.

August/September

  • ViniMilo:

This harvest festival is held in the little town of Milo in the Catania province and celebrates the vibrant local wine scene.

November

  • Sicily Jazz and More:

Italian and international jazz stars perform at Le Ciminiere in Catania.

Catania offers something for everyone with its many historic and artistic wonders. Visit the beautiful Piazza Duomo to see examples of these wonders, including the symbol of the city: Fontana dell’Elefante. The Duomo itself, is also one of Catania’s greatest buildings.

If ancient ruins and Baroque architecture don’t thrill you enough, there is plenty more to do in this city that will keep you entertained. Take a guided sightseeing tour of one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mount Etna. The views from the top are unparalleled!

For even more action, visit Catania’s parks and natural reserves, where you can go trekking and horseback riding. On these picturesque trails you will come across many species of animals and they are also the perfect place to try birdwatching. Check out Lake Gurrida, the park’s only water basin, for ducks and other aquatic birds.

More action awaits in the sea with activities ranging from scuba-diving and snorkelling to surfing and sailing. The crystal-clear waters here are a dream for those after a seaside holiday. The city also boasts a vibrant nightlife with hundreds of bars, clubs and eateries. During the day, Catania has one of the most lively fish markets on the island.

Visit in the winter to experience the beauty of Etna covered in snow and put on your skis for a thrilling adventure in this truly remarkable landscape.

Taormina is also situated very close to Etna, and the picture-perfect views of Etna from the Greek Theatre in the town make Taormina the most popular summer destination in Sicily. The theatre and its views are Taormina’s premier attraction and in the summer, it is used to stage international arts and film festivals.

Due to the sheer beauty of the scenery and stunning panoramic views, walks and hikes are favoured activities in this town. Head to the top of Monte Tauro – the final steps can be difficult but the view over the town’s rooftops is worth it. Spend a few hours meandering through the streets that are lined with medieval churches, Renaissance palaces and high-end designer shops. If you’re tired of walking you can also explore the town by Segway.

Other activities include golfing at the nearby 18-holes green, tennis, and all water sports.

TIME ZONE

GMT +1hr

LANGUAGE

Italian

CURRENCY INFORMATION

The Euro (€) is the official currency of Italy. Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

MONEY MATTERS

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

TIPPING SUGGESTIONS

You are not expected to tip on top of restaurant service charges, though leaving a small amount is common practice. If there is no service charge, you might consider leaving 10%/15%, but it is not obligatory. In bars any small change is left as a tip. Tipping taxi drivers is also not mandatory but suggested.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE FORMALITIES

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

WEATHER

In general, the climate on Sicily is very mild with little difference between the various provinces. The summers are hotter on the coast and in the valleys than in the hills. It rarely rains in the summer months. The average temperature varies between 27°C and 35°C and can even reach 40°C and more during the summer. Spring and autumn are rainy and mild, however, there are still plenty of dry and sunny days. Even during the winter, the temperature rarely falls below 13°C. By May there is less rain and the days become longer with up to 10 hours of daylight. The average temperature in spring is between 19°C and 24°C, in autumn between 21°C and 24°C. The winter months alternate between rain and sun with an average temperature of around 10°C.

HEALTH

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

ELECTRICITY

Electrical service in Italy is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz - a converter/adaptor may be required.

DRIVING/PARKING INFORMATION

There are some important rules of the road:

  • Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
  • At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
  • You should always be carrying in the car your driver's license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
  • The minimum driving age is 18.
  • It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
  • Headlights must be on all the time except if driving in a city during the day with good visibility.
  • In the event of a breakdown a red warning triangle must be displayed in the road.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways. Speeding fines: Euros 30 - 300.
  • For use of the highways it is invariably necessary to collect a ticket at toll booth marked "biglietti" before entering the highway. DO NOT pass under the lanes marked Telepass. Pay the toll at the exit. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%.There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.

PARKING

  • In many large towns, the historical town centre is subject to traffic restrictions (authorised vehicles only may enter) indicated by large white sign with a red circle saying "Zona a traffico limitato".
  • Street parking is organized and designated with signs and by the colour of the lines for the parking spots. The colour of the lines on the parking space indicates the type of parking; white is for free parking, blue is for paid parking, yellow is reserved for special use.
  • Signs will tell you if you are required to pay or to use a parking disc to time your parking (more details below). In most regions, blue lines mark paid street parking. There will be a payment machine nearby. Place the receipt from the machine on the dashboard.
  • In many towns, white lines mark free parking spots on the street but they may be limited by time. The closest parking sign will tell you if you must set your parking disc to show when you arrived. Set your parking disc to the time you parked and display it in the window. You must return within the maximum allowed time.

LOCATION:

  • Scordia with shops 12km
  • Catania 33km, Caltagirone 50km, Syracuse 67km, Bronte 69km, Giardini Naxos 79km, Taormina 87km,
  • Etna 50km
  • Archaeological site Piazza Armerina 75km

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

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Availability Information

  • Villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year, however shorter breaks and alternative arrival days are available at some villas during low and mid seasons.

  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only & A&K hosted services please visit 'Villa Rental Options'. An A&K Villas Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or give us a call.

Inclusions

  • Maid service for 7 hours per day.
  • Cook to prepare 3 meals per day (groceries extra).
  • Air-conditioning (available in the bedrooms).
  • One airport meeting and "follow me" service to the villa (own transportation required and not included).
  • Arrival set of bed linen, bath and pool towels. Towels are changed during per week.
  • Final cleaning.
  • Wireless broadband internet. Please be advised that due to the rural location of the property the internet connection might be intermittent and at an inferior speed than what you are used to.
  • Cost of utilities (water, gas and electricity).
  • Use of the tennis court.
  • Use of the swimming pool (15 x 7m / 49.2 x 23ft).

Extra Services

  • Groceries and beverages.
  • Extra cooking service available on request at EUR 20 per hour.
  • Laundry service available on request at EUR 15 per hour.
  • Extra maid service available on request at EUR 15 per hour.
  • Waiter service available on request at EUR 15 per hour.
  • Use of the sauna.
  • We are also able to arrange all manner of additional activities to enhance your villa experience such as transfers, guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, art classes and hot-air ballooning. Please see the Activities tab for further ideas and discuss with your Travel Consultant for further details.


  • KINDLY NOTE:
  • The villa is part of a working farm; some noise should be expected although it will be kept to a minimum.
  • Extras are payable locally in cash euro only. Cheques and credit cards are not accepted.
  • Full board is included in our Hosted option and package (alcoholic beverages are not included).
  • A deposit is due on arrival in cash euro for the payment of extras charged "per consumption", i.e. a deposit to pay for the groceries and beverages (at least EUR 2.000).
  • Extras are subject to availability at the time of confirmation and to specific Terms & Conditions. Please enquire with your Tour Consultant for details.
  • Your stay might be subject to a city tax which is raised by the municipality in which the accommodation is located. This tax is payable locally in cash euro only.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Hiking
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Sauna
  • Swimming Pool (Private)
  • Table Football
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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