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Casa Alveston

The terrace
Very good
9 reviews
The terrace
Less than 10 minutes from town - shows the house on the left and the lovely valley hills
Kitchen dining area
Evening views across Modica from the terrace
A view from the lounge diner
Breakfast on the terrace
Local bars round the corner from the house
Local view of the church tower
View of Modica. Copyright George Preston
Via Gianni - house location
Beach at Marina di Ragusa. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fav/27519904/
Spring meadows along the road between Modica and Noto
Scacce - a local snack. Copyright Stefano Mortellaro. http://www.flickr.com/photos/fazen/4306482187/
Wildlife at the Vendicari Nature Reserve. Copyright Gabriele Iuvara. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ga
View across Noto
View across Modica from the terrace
Waterfront at Siracusa
Greek theatre at Taormina with Etna shrouded in mist during an eruption
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1 Bedroom , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 4
Modica, Province of Ragusa, Sicily
Casa Alveston is a traditional Sicilian townhouse. Originally constructed in the 19th century and recently renovated the house offers flexible accommodation arranged over three floors for couples, or groups of friends wishing to explore this beautiful southern area of Sicily.

Located just outside the centre of Modica but with ample off-road parking the house offers the benefits of being within easy strolling distance of the restaurants and bars in the town whilst only a short drive to the beautiful surrounding countryside and further attractions of this part of Sicily.
Listing #HL188930
About the Owner
Melanie & Ian L
Languages spoken:English, Italian
Response Rate:25%
Response Time:Within a few hours
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Very good - based on 9 reviews
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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Boston, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
242 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

We've rented many holiday homes throughout Europe and have a second home ourselves so I feel qualified to comment that this is Melanie and Ian's second home in Sicily and it feels just as if you've borrowed a friend's house to stay in with all the advantages and disadvantages that brings. So there's a lot of 'stuff' not normally found...

Management response:

Thanks for the review and your comments. The plumbing works well enough when the apartment is in use more regularly though your comments are grounded. We are awaiting a new water meter which has to be installed by a plummer approved by the local water board. The TV was meant to have been removed and we have updated the procedures...


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Martin S
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Reviewed 2 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We (Mum, Dad and 8 y.o. son) stayed 8 nights at the end of October. The weather was still good and we were able to make good use of the upstairs patio area. Our son slept in the master bedroom (downstairs) so that we had full use of the main living area in the evenings. The sofa bed was comfortable...

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 9 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014

this house is spacious clean with a funky vibe, an excellent base for exploring, only 6 minutes stroll to the bars cafes etc of Modica basso. The roof terrace is good and was well used for breakfast, lunch and early evening drinks! Our stay was enhanced by Francesca who has the keys and is full of local knowledge . A...

Management response:

Thank you for the lovely review Vivien. If there is anything you feel we might do to make the stay more enjoyable please do let us know.


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  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Double Beds:(1)
  • En Suite Rooms (1)
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (3)
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Refrigerator
  • Sofa Beds:(1)
  • Towels Provided
  • Wi-Fi
Additional amenities & feature info
The accommodation is arranged over three floors with the ground floor being given over to the entrance hall, double bedroom and en-suite bathroom (double shower, toilet, bidet, wash handbasin). The middle floor is a spacious open-plan living area combining kitchen, dining room and lounge. There is also a separate toilet facility on this floor. The living room contains a substantial sofa that doubles up as a king-size bed - not a run-of-the-mill flop/fold out sofabed.

A further set of stairs takes you up to the private terrace that enjoys an open sunny aspect with views across Modica to the famous Guerrieri bridge, the historical centre, clock tower and the surrounding countryside. The terrace is furnished with dining table and seating for 5.

Our locally-based property managers speak Ita...
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    1 Full bath
    1 Attached (ensuite)
    1 Full
    1 Sofa
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

Dates Min stay Weeknight Weekend night Per week
Default 2 nights
R 722
R 752
R 4 812
Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to South African Rand and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
Additional Rate and Availability Information
Your holiday start days are negotiable depending on guests either side of the dates selected and the minimum charge (for 4 days) covers utility bills, cleaning, etc.
When booking, it would be helpful to know where you heard of Casa Alveston, and if through word-of-mouth where they had heard of us.

Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you to Casa Alveston in wonderful Modica, Sicily.
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About the neighbourhood
Modica itself is a thriving, beautiful baroque town with an abundance of art, history and archaeology enjoying easy access to the spectacular scenery of this unspoilt south-eastern corner of Sicily. The town boasts in excess of 20 excellent restaurants all of which have to survive on local trade, so standards across established businesses are uniformally high. Modica is also famous for its chocolate, made to an original Aztec recipe imported by the Spanish that famously doesn't melt even in the height of the Sicilian summer and indeed the town is host to an annual chocolate festival.

In 2008, Modica and the surrounding towns in the Val di Noto were established by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Following the disastrous earthquake of 1693 the towns were rebuilt - with a seemingly lim...
Getting around
If you have hired a car it's easy to get out of town (the road to Frigintini) but other than that the town is small enough to enjoy strolling.
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Comiso: 31.0 km
Railway: Modica: 1.0 km
Ferry: Pozzalo: 24.0 km
Plane to the nearest airport Comiso (35 minute drive) or Catania (1.5 hrs drive) takes around 3.5 hours from Stanstead or London airports.

Then hire a car from one of the 5 or so available (we use Hertz who have a deal with Ryanair).

Then simply stroll around 10 minutes to the heart of the lovely Modica Basa's bars, cafe's and restaurants - you may even find something on at the Theatre (e.g. opera).
Activities nearby
Nearest Beach: 11.0 km.
Nearby cities
Sicily Villas (15 910)
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