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Even inclement weather did not diminish the pleasures of a stay at Villa Paradiso dell’Etna on the outskirts of Catania, for this is a hotel that was built with the sole purpose of offering guests a retreat in the countryside at the foot of majestic Mt. Etna.  If I were to choose a hotel where I would be forced to spend a day or two of retreat, this would be it.


Villa Paradiso has a long history of cordial hospitality.  Constructed in the 1920’s by Cosmo Mollica, a renowned industrialist who owned an important marble works factory in the area, the villa was the result of his dream to promote tourism on the island.  Villa Paradiso opened its doors in 1929 with much fanfare and soon became a popular place of sojourn for the travelers that started to come to Sicily.


Continuing to offer the wonderfully, warm hospitality for which Sicily is known, Villa Paradiso is proud of its rooms, each one charmingly unique.  Breakfast is served on its rooftop terrace, glass-enclosed and cheerful, with a stunning view of Mt. Etna.  Its renowned restaurant, named “La Pigna” so called for the pinecone that represents hospitality in Sicily, offers a creative cuisine based on traditional recipes.


This is a quiet oasis and for the traveler ready to retreat into the Sicilian countryside, Villa Paradiso is the perfect choice.


February 2006

All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson

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Villa Paradiso Dell'Etna

Via per Viagrande, 37, 95037 San Giovanni La Punta ~ Sicily, Italy

Villa Paradiso Dell'Etna ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson

This hotel is featured in my travel story: Candles in Catania - Celebrating the Feast of St. Agata