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Donna Carmela

Location: Carrubba di Riposto (Catania area)
Sleeps: 36
Bedrooms: 18
Features: nursery garden
Surroundings: Mt Etna, Catania, Taormina, Syracuse


A stay at Donna Carmela is a purely contemporary experience. Located at the foothill of Mt Etna, the biggest active volcano in Europe, in the heart of a ten thousand square metre nursery garden specialising in Mediterranean and subtropical plants, this 19th century Sicilian manor house has been fully restored to its original state and turned into an elegantly refined refuge. The local architectural elements and modern details balance each other to perfection. A beautifully designed garden surrounds the house with olive-trees, succulent plants, flowering hedges and a well-kept lawn.  The grey of the exterior compliments the typical colour of the lava stone used in other buildings of the area.

Luxury design pieces define both the common areas and rooms. The atmosphere is stylish and sophisticated without being wintry or neutral.  A bite of city slicker in the countryside, Donna Carmela is a true boutique hotel with its own character and charm.

All is designed to make your stay not only comfortable but exceptional: the courtyards in lavic paving, the ancient cistern and river pebbles, the well-stocked wine cellar and the swimming surrounded by secular olive trees, the comfortable spaces designed to relax,  the quiet reading room, the wide halls and large dining room. This is the perfect place for a complete chill out. Periodically a train that serves that coast of the country will steam by, but after a day or so it blends into the surroundings. Donna Carmela is fairly easy to locate and has a number of attractive small villages nearby. You really need a car to get anywhere if you expect to explore the area.

The Property

Donna Carmela offers 18 rooms, between two distinct buildings, all with different spaces and style and a dependence stoned into the plants and flowers of the nursery. The property comes with three suites, nine junior suites, four superior rooms and a flat to satisfy your every need. Rooms are distinguished by the high quality of the furniture and materials. The swimming pool and the solarium are surrounded by the green of the garden and the nursery and overlook the Ionian Sea. You may order a snack at the swimming pool while lounging under the Sicilian sun or choose a proper à la carte meal at the cosy restaurant. The atmosphere is intimate, with seating for no more than 50 people. Here you can dine on dishes made with fresh products from their own garden and local ingredients, and choose from an extensive wine list. What you can experience are the savours and smells of the ancient Sicilian tradition with a gourmet touch.

The Area

The star of the area is Mt Etna, set in the background, with its fiery beauty and its contrasts: green woods with a lunar landscape, red hot lava when erupting and white snow in winter. Mt Etna offers several nice villages to visit on the way to the Rifugio Sapienza (Nicolosi area) and Piano Provenzana (Linguaglossa area) from where you can get a cable car or an off-road bus to reach 3000 mt, close to the main crater! The coast of eastern Sicily washed by the blue of the Ionian Sea is just a few kilometers away, with the rocky lava cliffs of Catania on the right and the beaches of Taormina area on the left.


Garden yes Daily clearing yes Air conditioning yes
Heating yes Breakfast included yes Mini bar yes
Restaurant yes Satellite TV yes Pool yes
Hydromassage pool no In-room safe yes In-room internet access/Wifi yes
Spa/Wellness centre no Laundry service no Walk to shops/restaurants no
Parking no Kids accteped yes Dogs accepted yes


Don’t forget to taste their Etna d.o.c. wine produced in the vineyards located in the territory of Castiglione di Sicilia, a village on the northern slope of the volcano and one of the most prized of Etna’s wine areas. Have a walk around the beautiful and rich nursery garden.

Periods & Prices

Please, contact us for a customized quotation.
The hotel is open all year round.


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Booking procedures
Please, complete our on-line “Enquiry form” or send us an email.
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You can call our offices in Sicily (T + 39 095 7167020) during our  business hours: 09.00 am to 6.00 pm.

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