Contrada Fontana Della Pietra, Province of Catania, Sicily, Italy
"We stayed here 3 nights and used it as a base for visited the Villa Romana del Casale and the Villagio Bisantino, each about a 45-minute drive. Villa Tasca is a multi-generation family business. We met mom and two daughters. They do everything: the greeting, billing, cooking, serving and cleaning. And they do it well and with grace and charm. Lovely people. You enter through a formidable and well-designed gate (you eventually get the entry code) and come to the reception area to check in. There are 2-3 friendly dogs and a band of back kittens lounging about. There you will see the indoor and outdoor dining areas. We ate lunches al fresco, but dinners inside as it was a bit cool by 8PM. They typically serve a 4-course meal: antipasti (2-4 items and almost a meal unto itself), a pasta course (including some unusual ones), a meat course (usually pork-based) and desert. We did the “Full Monty” the first night (too much food!), but on the second and third nights we limited ourselves to just the first 2 courses and were totally sated. The wines are excellent, e.g., the local Nero d’Avola, at only $20€. The family does the cooking and everything was great. There is no place close by to eat . . . and no good reason to leave the Villa. We had a room that opened onto the pool area with a small sitting area in front. It had queen bed on the main level and a loft with 2 single beds and a minibar/refrigerator. The A/C worked well. We didn’t try the TV (who needs the news when you’re on vacation. The pool is very large and well designed with lots of umbrellas and lounges. They also offer horse rides."
"We stayed here for two nights and found the B&B very welcoming. It was very quiet during our stay (even though it was over the weekend, when some of the local people come and use the pool). The pool is lovely and the countryside around is very peaceful. The room was comfortable with two twin beds located above us in a sort-of loft-area. We had a lovely meal cooked by us by the host on one evening which was really delicious - saved us going back into town. The family dog is very friendly too. fyi - There is a new, very long road to the approach of the B&B, which we nearly turned around and gave up as the Sat Nav got very confused (Google Maps hadn't been updated yet), so if you find yourself in this position, keep on going, and you will come to the large gates at the very end of the new road. The breakfast was very basic, but okay for the couple of days were were here and you are not close to anything (you definitely need a car)."
"We visited here last week and stayed two nights. The property is rural, as you'd expect and even though we arrived very late , after 11pm, we got a lovely welcome from the owner. I had told her we would be arriving late. After a quick registration we collapsed into bed as we were very tired. Our room and bathroom were spotlessly clean and had everything you could want, including air con. I took a quick peak at the outdoor pool the next morning & it looked very enticing indeed should one want to lounge around and read a book. We were on a mission to see the antiquities, so up early and off out! Breakfast both days was very good. We had the evening meal one night and it was good value. We drank a great bottle of local wine; don't hesitate. This is a lovely place to stay, and is good value. The only thing to be aware of is that if using GPS from Catania airport as we were, you need to be very careful. I would set the destination as Caltigirone and then switch when closer. We didn't and ended up being taken a very circuitous route. When getting near the house, keep your eyes peeled for helpful signs at the nearest roundabout. They were the reason we found the entrance!"