Holiday accommodation in the center -rooftop terrace - 5 mins. drive to the sea
- english, french, german, spanish, italian
We are Francesca and Luigi. We love travelling. As we have travelled a lot and who what it means moving to a new place, we like to make our friends / guests feel home. Depp lovers of this magnificent corner of the world, we will be on your side or if you prefer on the other side of the phone, during your stay offering tips and suggestions on what you shouldn't miss once here.
Francesca purchased this House in 2009
Why Francesca chose Scicli
I've dreamt for quite a long of the possibility to offer guests and friends the chance to discover this wonderful corner of the world: Scicli and its surroundings. This lodging ( C'era una volta) has definitely contributed to make my dream come true.
What makes this House unique
Via Piedigrotta, from the name of the street, as well as Via Tivoli ( https://www.homeaway.co.uk/p1973355) are two welcoming and charming holiday rentals in the center very close one to the other. Both of them have been recently renovated maintaining the original stony walls, the wooden roof and the panoramique terrace overlooking the surrounding natural and historical landscape. We tried to pay the maximum attention to all comfs to ensure a pleasant stay.
Smoking allowed - negli spazi esterninegli spazi esterni
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 18
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Very clean, charming small house in a historic area.
Enjoyed the area - very few tourists mid October. The house was clean with a lovely rooftop space. Francesca was great, arranged a wonderful cooking lesson.
It has been not only a pleasure but in a way a honour for me to welcome you. You and Neil have been fantastic guests. I loved the way you wanted to learn and experience local life and culture.
I hope you keep a lot of good memories and invite you to come back anytime you wish.
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.
Dear Benedetta, thanks for considering us friends. As we met you we felt like we've always known eachother. Make our guests feel like locals is our main goal. We appreciate you liiked the house and our little but sparkling town of Scicli. You'll be most welcomed as you dream of coming back to this part of the world anytime you wish. Un abbraccio. Francesca and Luigi
A traditional, comfortable and unique home.
Our fourth visit to C'era una Volta, and probably not the last! We just feel so at home in this beautiful traditional Sicilian house tucked away in one of the older parts of Scicli. with friendly neighbours and a view across to the caves. Everything is exactly as it says on the web site.
The house is always immaculate. and homely. it's uniqueness sets it apart from other holiday homes. Other years we have always eaten out in the evening. however this year, my wife had a swollen knee so I did the shopping and cooked. It was simple fare, but the local supermarket - Deco - and the butcher just down towards Piazza Italia are really helpful, have wonderful fresh produce and really good prices. Everyone is so helpful, and someone even brought round some home made massage oil for Cath's knee.
Once she was more mobile we went to Donnalucata by bus. We enjoyed lunch at Mezzaparola and a stroll along the sea front in the sunshine.
We wanted to venture further afield than we could manage on the bus, and we booked a day trip, by taxi, with Elios in Piazza Italia. We chose to go to Piazza Armerina. We went along the coast toward Gela and then up to the Roman Villa, about a 2 hour drive. Amazing and well worth a visit. Afterward, the three of us went for lunch and then he took us on a scenic route back to Scicli. The driver was brilliant and by the end of the day, I think my poor Italian was a bit better and he had learnt some more English!
We ate out on the last two nights, firstly at Quore Matto ( not impressed) and then at Baqqala which was very good. We also went to Millenium for coffee, cakes and Internet. There are a couple of small bars just past San Bartolomeo church which serve excellent coffee and pastries at an extremely cheap price.
I revisited "a rutti ri Ron Carmelu" the museum depicting life in the caves, it is very good.
It was sad to say good bye on the Saturday, and used EliosTaxis again to go to Catania.
Francesca really makes the stay at Piedagrotta something special. We will be back, hopefully at an earlier time in the year, to see one the amazing festivals that take place.
Thanks for your frank and friendly appreciations. You write as you really felt part of the local community. I'm happy that the "olio di iperico" worked with Cath's knee and you found other new and interesting places to visit (being your forth time....) but I'm even happier you experienced once more what "hospitality" in Scicli means. Come back whenever you wish. We'll be here waiting to welcome you again. Francesca
Cera una volta is a delightful, well appointed property with all home comforts and a roof terrace.
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!
from the very beginning I understood I was in the presence of a special couple. You've been simply fantastic. The way you got in touch with the locals, the way you experienced the local culture is who I feel the real travellers to southeastern Sicily should do. We hope to welcome you back whenever you wish to enjoy your "home from home". Francesca
A perfect little escape
My sister and I stayed in the Via Tivoli house for a week at the end of May and really felt that we had been blessed with finding the perfect little house for our needs. We like to stay in places which give a feel for the local life and we certainly achieved that. Francesca was exceedingly helpful both with information before we booked our holiday and then by buying some basic provisions (we were arriving on a Sunday) and meeting at the bus terminal in Modica. She gave us some interesting insights into local life and politics. As we were not a 'couple', we wanted separate sleeping areas and Francesca accommodated our needs by putting a second bed downstairs in place of the sofa.
The weather was perfect - mid twenties centigrade and upwards which was a relief after months of relentless wetness at home in Wales, UK. We decided not to hire a car (in spite of being urged to do so by various tourist advisers!) and we really enjoyed using the buses and the train which, with a bit of careful planning got us everywhere we wanted to go. It also had the benefit of being more relaxing and meant that we rubbed shoulders with local people, trying out our embryonic Italian! The restaurants we were directed to by Francesca were great and we had some really good Sicilian food. Our stay also coincided with the festival of Madonna delle Millizie which gave us further enjoyable insight into local customs.
The house is easy walking distance from the main square, the shops and all the touristy things you may want to see in Scicli. I would recommend a visit to Don Carmelo's restored cave dwelling which was inhabited by his grandfather. And of course there is lots of interest in the local and neighbouring areas for Inspector Montelbano fans!!
I look forward to a return visit to Scicli at some point in the future.
Thanks Caroline. You've been wonderful guests since the very first moment I picked you up at the bus stop in Modica till the day I drove you to the bus back to the ariport. We are really happy to read you liked Scicli and our house. We remain at your complete disposal to discover together other surprising corners of Scicli and local recipes. Un abbraccio da Francesca, Luigi, Marta e Sara.
A great place to stay and enjoy Sicilian life
We stayed at the house at the end of a very busy trip to Sicily, and it was a great place to slow down and just enjoy life in Scicli. The house was well equipped and very comfortable. It had a great 'sun deck' at the top of the house, which was a wonderful place to go and enjoy a glass of wine at the end of the day.
We are so glad anytime we read how much our friends/guests like the house and enjoy the roof terrace. Nonetheless it is exaclty what we like to offer: an original atmosphere of the local life. Scicli, among the 8 late-baroque UNESCO sites in the Val di Noto, is maybe one of the most original and not spoilt.
We love to welcome nice, discrete and sweet couples like you've been. Come back to Scicli anytime you wish. Un caro saluto. Francesca and Luigi with Marta and Sara
It is located in the suggestive and picturesque “Cava di San Bartolomeo”, facing the rock-settlement of Chiafura on the way from Ragusa, Modica, Noto and Siracusa and 5-10 minutes by car to the sea.
It is well located to visit the Sicilian late-baroque architecture of Scicli, Modica and Ragusa Ibla, part of UNESCO world heritage, to enjoy holidays with children, to discover the interesting archaeological sites of Chiafura, Ispica or Kamarina, to visit the sets of the fiction “il Commissario Montalbano' and of many other films, to make suggestive naturalistic excursions through caves along wild paths and to enjoy the several cafes and restaurants tasting the local traditional cookery.