2 June 2017
Pleasant apartment in a quaint section of Scicli. Walking distance to everything you need or desire. Francesca and Luigi welcomed us as family and became our friends. We enjoyed our stay in this baroque town rich in culture and warm people. We made friends with the butcher, the pastry chef and the supermarket owners. Recommend this property and town highly for people looking to live like locals.
Benedetta M. – North Carolina
3 May 2017
Es ist ein sehr gemütliches, schön eingerichtetes Ferienhaus. Auch die Dachterasse ist sehr schön! Sehr zu empfehlen. Die Gastgeber sind sehr herzlich und helfen mit lokalen Informationen.
Peter M. – Linz
17 April 2017
Wir haben die Zeit in Scicli im Haus von Francesca sehr genossen, waren aber auch viel unterwegs – es ist ein idealer Ausgangspunkt, um die Gegend zu erkunden. Modica, Ragusa und die Küste sind nicht weit allzu entfernt und Scicli selbst eine quirlige, nette und etwas kleinere Stadt. Francesca hat uns einigeTipps gegeben, was noch alles zu entdecken ist: besonders gut hat uns der Besuch des Convents, direkt oberhalb des Hauses gefallen, das aber nur mit einer Führung zu besichtigen ist. Von dort hat man einen tollen Ausblick, die Anlage ist wunderschön.
Heike – Deutschland
9 January 2017
The apartment is newly renovated, with a modern bath and kitchen enhanced by the original stone walls and arches. A loft bedroom looks out on a sunny, private terrace. We found it the perfect space for a couple, and stayed for 4 nights. The apartment was spotless, and well equipped for the breakfasts and dinners we chose to cook there. It is located close to the city center, but is quiet with plenty of free street parking. Francesca is the perfect host. She greeted us with a bottle of wine and an annotated map of Scicli. She has compiled a large volume of tourist info for the surrounding region, and can offer suggestions for hikes as well as key details about which routes to take to nearby towns and where to park when you arrive there. She responds quickly and cheerfully to queries (like the time we accidentally turned off the power). Scicli is a fascinating place, the smallest of the UNESCO Baroque cities site. Besides the earthquake and its reconstruction, there is a significant social history of efforts in the last 50 years to move part for the citizenry from cave dwellings into other housing. We recommend Francesca, the apartment, and Scicli!
Sara – North Carolina – USA
18 November 2016
Beautiful Scicli *****
We were two couples and wanted to rent Francesca’s two apartments. Unfortunately one of them was occupied but Francesca managed to get us a friends apartment nearby. The apartment was Beautiful and very Clean and is positioned in a very nice and quiet part of Scicli. Francesca was the perfect host and helped us with just Everything we needed. Scicli is a very beautiful town and there are wonderful beaches nearby for swimming. We have been to Italy around 20 times and we truly believe this was our best experience so far. Thank you Francesca and hope to meet you again.
Ulf and Doris – Sweden
3 October 2016
It just keeps drawing us back *****
This was our third stay in C’era Una Volta and a bit like ‘coming home’. An authentic old stone Sicilian house that has been very tastefully restored, with the benefit of a lovely roof terrace to while away the hours. We decided not to hire a car for this recent trip and with a little planning, still managed to go to the beach and visit other towns in the area – and had a great time doing so. Francesca, as always, went out of her way to make our stay memorable. Alla prossima e grazie!
Janet and Nick – England
8 September 2016
Francesca is a very attentive and well organised hostess. Her friendly approach made our whole experience of Sicily particularly enjoyable. The house is comfortable and spotlessly clean, only a few minutes walk from the town centre, which has a good selection of eateries, shops, baroque churches and ‘Montalbano’ locations. Francesca’s local map is marked with all the places to visit, the numbers 2, 4 & 6 are the locations of cafes, restaurants and food shops and is part of a comprehensive folder of leaflets about local towns and attractions, available in several languages. Her offer to buy in shopping in advance and to organise car hire if we needed it was also most welcome, particularly as we arrived so late in the evening. An ideal ‘home from home’ for any couple wanting to visit SE Sicily!
We managed to visit the Greek Temples at Agrigento, the seaside towns of Donnalucata and Sampieri, as well as Modica, Noto and Ragusa for their chocolate and baroque highlights and even all the way to Villa Romana del Casale to see the ‘bikini girls’. The best meal we had was at Ristorante Majore in Chiaramonte Gulfi, an amazing, unpretentious little restaurant with wonderful service, surroundings and even more importantly great food!
The people of the area were all so friendly and helpful they made it a wonderfully memorable holiday.
Many thanks to all of you!
Malcolm B. – England