In short, if you drive south from Catania airport and just outside Carlentini town, you will find Sicily's first agriturismo which was opened 20 years ago. It is the fruit of Pietro's dream (the owner), and it has set a fine example for the growing trend of agriturismo throughout Sicily since.
Pietro was originally a trained accountant, and when he bought the property Tenuta di Roccadia, he began to enjoy the quiet surroundings and the feeling of being immersed in nature. He was inspired to do something different other than spending his days in a grey office under artificial lights. Pietro however, gave the concept of agriturismo its own interpretation, which paved the way for many of Sicily's similar resorts. Valuing agricultural products meant for him not only to produce them according to traditional recipes, but also to serve them - and it was a success among both the locals and the travellers who began experimenting with living in the country rather than squeezing into the busy and crowded beach resorts by the sea.
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Today, Tenuta di Roccadia is a lush estate with orchards of various kinds, olive trees, vegetable plots and a reputable restaurant and that is mentioned in several travel guides. The dining room is not very big, but it is also possible - thanks to the good weather that characterizes this area most of the year - to eat on the outside terrace. Pietro still manages the farm and enlists the help of his daughters and a number of permanent employees to help.
If you want to take a dip, then there are several options to satisfy your desire: in the garden there are two swimming pools, one of which is closest to the restaurant and which tends to be a bit noisier, and the second is in the higher part of the garden and invites you to enjoy a more tranquil swim. There are plenty of free sun loungers around both pools. From the highest part of the landscape, you can catch a glimpse of Mount Etna's highest crater and a bit of the blue sea in the distance.
Here the rooms come in three forms and all have their advantages and disadvantages:
The news rooms are located in the building Cava Grande
which is in the highest part of the land and have the most panoramic views. From these rooms, you have access to the baglio which is Sicilian for the inner courtyard, where you have your own table and chairs on the doorstep. the pathway leads through the orange trees to get down to the pool area and restaurant approx 800 metres away.
There are six rooms in the building Casa Gialla which have access to a table and chairs outside the door. Four of these rooms are on the ground floor, two are on the 1st floor. They are around 300 metres from the restaurant and the pool and close to the animal park which is behind this building.
To the left of reception there are six rooms in the main building with a covered balcony / porch overlooking the countryside. There are rooms to sleep up to four people, as they have a loft with two beds (not suitable for small children.
At the reception are the cheapest four rooms in an annex, called Arco behind the restaurant. They are close to the pool the breakfast room, but they are quite dark, and they do not have a private outdoor area. However, if you are traveling with several others and need four rooms together, here you get exclusive use of a partially covered common outdoor area. These rooms experience more noise being nearer to the restaurant.
The rooms are all quite large, with the exception of the cheapest at the reception - the other rooms are otherwise quite ordinary tourist class rooms with a direct entrance from the garden. All rooms have air conditioning, television, a small refrigerator and a bathroom with a toilet and shower or bath. Bed linen is changed every third day, breakfast is included in the price.