Palazzo Pozzillo is as close to the ocean as you can get. You can be in the sea in just a minute or so as you descend straight onto the beach from the house.
The mansion is located on the outskirts of this small port just after the harbour. The road ends a few metres after the palace entrance, so noise from traffic is not a problem. The seagulls circle and sing above the cliffs and the harbour where the fishermen still sail by with their catch of the day and sell it in the port upon their return.
Despite the cosy and comfortable living room that you see when you enter the Palazzo Pozzillo, you will be attracted by the magnetism of the sea view at the end of the terrace. It is such a great view, you'll wish you could stay there forever.
Zora and Franz that operate this small bed and breakfast with only 6 rooms, have lived on the island for several years. They fell in love with Sicily and left Paris to open their house on Etna's slopes to travellers before they moved here. They are hospitable by nature, but their smiles were much larger after they moved there, right by the sea. They speak German, English, French and have travelled extensively in their younger days, so you will find that they are entertaining and interesting hosts. The mansion was in need of a loving hand when they took it over in the winter of 2013 and they did a great renovation ready for the first summer of 2014.
The 6 rooms are all different, both in terms of decor, size and size the terraces - only one of the rooms has no terrace. They are superbly furnished with just the right amout of furniture to make them cosy without being too cluttered or lavish. The price includes a rich and varied breakfast buffet that doesn't scrimp on anything. If you have special needs or requests, you can ask Zora and Franz and they will make sure that what you want is on the table the following day, as long as it can be purchased in Italy - NB: sour milk or porridge are for example difficult to source in Italy.
Franz loves to cook and conjures up a variety of dishes that can be based on both meat and fish and fresh ingredients sourced locally. You will be served dinner on the terrace just off the kitche as long as the weather is good enough. In total in costs between 35.00 and 45.00 euros - drinks are not included in the price and includes a starter, pasta, main course, dessert and coffee. Dinner is served at one big table where all guests eat together - here you can share your day's good experiences with the other guests and get good tips from Franz, Zora and the others. It is a pleasant and social event in addition to being a gastronomic experience.
Read about the rooms at Palazzo Pozzillo
We have booked the Siena room and we definitely recommend this to others. Here you can enjoy some sun when you return from a long sightseeing during the day. Wonderful staff that was ready with some chill white wine, water etc when needed and it was so cheap!
Frans is a great chef and is will always recommend a great dinning spot, trips to Etna etc.
Be aware that you need a car to come around if you choose to stay here. We will definitely return some other time - at the same room!
We were visiting Zora and Franz for 3 days. Visit is in our opinion the right word. You don't stay with Z and F - you become a part of it. The unique part isn't the fact that it's located down to the water with an absolutely amazing view. Not least from the terrace where you eat breakfast and dinner.
It isn't the rooms, which are great, which makes the place so unique and memorable. It's Franz and Zora and their presence, empathy and not least pleasure that you came (and yes - we know we paid for it). But it IS a memorable experience, to sit on their terrace with the rest of the house's guests from all over the world (Lebanon, UK, Australia, etc.), and talk like we were at a family reunion.
It's like being at a big party with the family you didn't know you had. If you give a bit of yourself, you will get it back tripled.
Of course it requires, that you think it's great. We do. We thought, it was a gift.
If "you" aren't that type, then Pozzillo works excellently as a starting point for excursions to Etna for example.
Well we had a GPS we thought we drove the wrong way late that evening we arrived. The only house on the road, but was it a hote / B&B? .... actually not noticable in the dark, but knocked at the door and Franz and Zora opened the door to a true Italian paradise. Was guided around the ground floor and into the dining room where tables were set for dinner for 6 (we had ordered fish menu from home) and went out on the terrace and could hear the water running in the warm, but dark night. What was it for a place? After having left the suitcases at the room, and was refreshed we went to the to the dinner, where two German couples also participated (who spoke fine English). A splendid dinner and afterwards came the hosts in and talked about life in Sicily, the food and the wines .... and of course we tasted some of Franz's own wine.
Next day we opened the patio door, to a 100 m2 large private terrace with the Mediterranean on one side and Etna's spectacular silhouette on the other ...... it cant get better. A morning swim in the pool below the terrace and then breakfast in front of the large kitchen in the sun and the Mediterranean as a backdrop.
It was Sunday - and the two German couple moved out and we were invited to the great Sicilian feast, but had to say no .... we did also plan to see some of Sicily.