Viagrande, Sicily, Italy
Relais San Giuliano
Review by Mila
Written on 21-01-2024
Tastefully decorated boutique hotel with a swimming pool at the foot of Mount Etna
In this tastefully decorated boutique hotel in Sicily, you can celebrate the ultimate relaxing holiday, while also easily exploring the surroundings due to its convenient location (at the foot of Mount Etna and close to the coast). This intimate hotel with a beautiful interior focuses on personal attention, delicious food, and abundant relaxation.
Behind high, historic walls lies Relais San Giuliano, a gem of a hotel that has undergone a loving and thorough restoration. It used to be a "palmento," a cellar or place made of black lava stone where grapes were crushed and processed—the place where wine was made and stored. All authentic details can be found everywhere, from robust beam ceilings to large pillars. Even the grape press is still intact and can be admired in the restaurant and bar area.
The stylish hotel with 11 rooms has been transformed into an Italian paradise where you never want to leave, if only to enjoy the fantastic Sicilian-inspired dishes available every evening. Bliss!
Spending a few delightful hours in the jacuzzi or sauna, booking a massage, relaxing by the pool with a book, enjoying local wines on the terrace, or taking a siesta in your cozy bedroom with a classic twist—once rested, it's time to lace up your hiking boots for a challenging walk on the highest active volcano in Europe; Mount Etna. In the nearby town of Taormina, you can stroll or admire the historical ruins of the Greek theater, while in Syracuse, the Temple of Apollo awaits you.
Even the charming, historic Viagrande itself is worth a visit. It is the ideal base for exploring the east coast of Sicily. The town with old, historic buildings is located 15 kilometers north of Catania. The location of Relais San Giuliano offers excellent connections to the volcano and the coastline. Tip: for coffee, cake, and ice cream, Gran Caffè Urna is highly recommended. Locals have been devoted to this café since 1885.
From winery to hotel
The hotel has been completely restored and renovated. You know what that means! Modern rooms with a particularly tasteful interior. Fortunately, you can still see the characteristics of the old wine house. Especially in the restaurant and bar, you can enjoy the unique authentic elements of the former wine house.
The Italian Relais San Giuliano stands for ultimate relaxation. Alone, with your love, friends or family. Stroll through the soothing garden, take a dip in the infinity pool, or treat yourself to a spa treatment. Everything here is about wellbeing and enjoyment. After a stay at this hotel in Sicily, you will undoubtedly feel reborn.
Bar and restaurant
In the restaurant of the hotel, they cook typical Sicilian meals that you want to savour every bit. The focus is on ingredients from the Etna region. Get to know the unforgettable flavors and scents of this special island through traditional dishes and creative delicacies in the restaurant. The lounge bar of San Giuliano is at the heart of the old palmento, which makes the decor extremely charming. Certainly not a bad place to discover new favorite wines!
Unique wine experience
The Relais San Giuliano is located at the foot of Mount Etna, where the most extraordinary wines are produced. The area where Relais San Giuliano is situated is thus a true hymn to wine. A paradise for wine lovers. You stay in the place where wine was once made and discover the tastiest local wines during your Italian holiday. That leaves you wanting more!
Relais San Giuliano is located in the small town of Viagrande behind high, historical walls on the beautiful island of Sicily with a view on the Etna. It is a perfect location to explore the east coast of the island. The Italian city of Catania is 15 km away and the coast is 12 km away.
Relais San Giuliano
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 280, 95029, Viagrandeinfo@relais-sangiuliano.com 0039-0959891671 https://www.relais-sangiuliano.com/it/View on the map
The nearest airport is Catania International Airport, which is located 28 km away. From there, you can take a taxi to the accommodation or rent a car.
Street parking is free. It is also possible to park on the property of the accommodation. Parking costs are approximately € 20 per day. It is recommended to reserve a parking spot.
Important to know
Check-in: Available from 15:00
Check-out: Available until 11:00
- Pets are allowed upon request
- Outdoor pool
- Coffee and tea facilities
- Free parking
- Bathroom with bath
- Outdoor swimming pool (unheated)
- Child bed available