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Ramo d'Aria Main entrance

Ramo D’Aria Entrance

Many of our readers write with questions about places to stay on Sicily, places away from the crowds and cacophony of a large city, a place with true Sicilian ‘character’.

Recently, I had the opportunity to enjoy an overnight stay at a relatively new accommodation, located in Giarre, about thirty-five minutes north of Catania on the Ionian Coast of Sicily; Ramo D’Aria.

Opened for just over five years, the location offers exceptional privacy, a gorgeous pool, easy access to many major sites and activities and a fabulous restaurant; all with unforgettable views of “She”, Mt. Etna.

Ramo d'Aria Pool and Etna View

Ramo D’Aria Pool with view of Mt. Etna

The majority of the rooms are located on the first floor (second floor as most U.S. travelers would refer to it), and if you request a view of Etna, you will not be disappointed. Both the internal and external furnishings are of the very best quality and you will find the prices for the rooms in keeping with Sicily’s reputation as a less expensive island on which to travel.

The structure was renovated and expanded from the ruins of an old Masseria, an estate building dating to the 19th Century. There is, however, nothing typical or standard about the white walls, the gorgeous artwork, the large and comfortable bath areas. All of the public and private areas were created to ensure guest comfort and privacy.

Ramo d'Aria Office and Reception

Reception and Stairway to Upper Level

Bruno Petrolo (on site manager), Alessandro Maugeri (Owner) and Federica Eccel (Marketing Manager), offered exceptionally responsive support prior to my arrival. From arranging a massage at this property’s sister hotel and spa, Zash,  to making special transfer arrangements from the Catania airport and creating lunch for my late arrival, the service was provided professionally and flawlessly . The restaurant offered a unique cross section of Sicilian preparations such as lamb, fresh fish, vegetarian entrees as well as incredible deserts.

The pool area, surrounded by tropical, plants offers privacy and time to relax.

There are numerous options for your stay when you visit this part of Sicily. Without question, Ramo D’Aria should receive serious consideration!

When you go:

RAMO D’ARIA, Country Hotel

Viale delle Province 261, int. 38

95014 Altarello – Giarre (CT) Sicilia

tel + 39 095 939221 Mobile + 39 3346399145

GPS: 37.71234 – 15.18997

info@ramodaria.it _ www.ramodaria.it

 

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