We stayed here for 3 nights in early December and we were not disappointed. It was a last minute booking for us as our holiday courier let us down so we didn’t have much time to research, but it was fab. We’re used to staying in hotels so not our norm, so was a bit scary. But Antonio arranged a courier for us from the airport (25 euro) which we were glad of not knowing the area. He also sent us links for a local restaurant as we were getting in late and didn’t know the area (which was great and had a lovely meal). The next morning we were greeted by the wonderful Matteo (and Lola). Hot croissants, amazing coffee and fresh juice. Perfect. Good location - supermarket about 4 minutes walk away. And an easy 15/20 min walk down to the main square. Would definitely stay here again.
It is a perfect place to stay in the centre of Catania. The hygiene is on a high level as well as the services and the breakfast. The owners are really perfect in everything they do. They assisted us in organising of some visits to the interesting places around.
The BB Casa Barbero is a perfect place in Catania. Its location is very convenient, of easy access . The treatment is absolutely familiar, the rooms are very quiet close to a very pleasant private house garden. The breakfast is really remarkable. I highly recommend this charming BB!!
We were in Catania for an event and chose Casa Barbero because it was a few blocks away from the venue and stayed for a week afterward to tour southern Sicily. What great luck! The B&B is located in a quiet street parallel with the main thoroughfare of Catania, via Etnea, about a 15-minute walk to the historic center, the Cathedral of St. Agatha, the famous fish market, and many restaurants and shops (there are also several buses that run on via Etnea downtown). Antonio and Monica are the co-hosts, but we interacted most with Antonio. They both speak English and the ever-charming Antonio was the proverbial font of knowledge, as a lifelong resident of the city. When we arrived in Catania after an overnight flight into FCO and a multi-hour layover there to connect to CTA, we were greeted by a taxi arranged for by Antonio at our request. It set the tone for our visit. While we chatted at breakfast each day, he also provided us with a handy map of central Catania, referrals to restaurants and shops, and suggestions about where to visit outside of the city that dovetailed with the destinations that we had already chosen. His warmth and attention made us feel like true guests in his family home. We found our room quiet and comfortable. We never knew how many other guests were there while we were. The B&B is located in a historic building with a central garden courtyard that is available for breakfast during the warm weather. We were there in January, so we had breakfast inside. Fresh Cappuccini and warm cornettos (croissants in the U.S.) were supplemented by, among other things, yogurt, hardboiled eggs, an array of cookies and fresh fruit, and bread for toasting. We helped ourselves to all. There is also a kettle in the room. After 4 days of touring Catania, we rented a car to visit Taormina, Agrigento, Noto and Siracusa, and the mosaics at Palazzo Romano Casale. Antonio suggested a 24-hour attended parking lot a few blocks from Casa Barbero, because on-street parking is challenging. This made it possible to see parts of Sicily that we wouldn't have if we were reliant on buses and trains. The next time we visit Sicily, we will use Casa Barbero as our base again!…
Thanks to a Naples Air Traffic control strike we found ourselves stranded in Catania for 2 nights initially without anywhere to stay! Thanks to the excellent Dorling Kindersley guide to Sicily we managed to get a room in the Casa Barbero. It's in an old palazzo bang in the middle of the city indeed the main street Via Etna is a 2 minute walk and has only 6 rooms. Monica and Antonia are charming hosts and run a delightful small family hotel. Very much old Europe - perfect. Rooms are a good size and breakfast first class. Everything you would want to see in Catania is within walking distance.The city itself has a faded feel about it but it's full of splendid buildings and churches. If you are looking for somewhere close for dinner look no further than Trattoria "DA Peppino", mention you are staying at Casa Barbero and you will get excellent and friendly service. Food in Sicily is top knotch.…
What a delightful surprise awaits you when you unlock the outer door. You are in a beautiful courtyard with lush exotic plants. It is so quiet and peaceful - a haven of tranquility. Some of the en-suite rooms open on to this space, where breakfast is also served. Breakfast was superb. First of all we were brought delicious warm almond croissants and the best coffee I have ever tasted! A huge variety of fresh fruit, pastries and hard boiled eggs etc was tastefully laid out in the dining room. This room itself is to be admired, with its amazing original painted ceiling with intricate plasterwork, and a beautiful tiled floor. It was real treat to stay there and it is only a short walk to the main part of town. Antonio was a charming host and arranged our transfer from the airport and also a wonderful half day trip to Mount Etna. …
I had to great days at this cozy BB. The room was impecably clean, the breakfast was very good, the inner patio is very relaxing and the host, Antonio, is super nice! I`d highly recommend this BB for couples and groups of friends.
Having been recommended this place by a friend, we found it extremely welcoming and pleasant. It is not too far from Catania city centre so you can walk there or catch a bus. It is quite close to a nearby metro station. Our accommodation was comfortable and clean. The breakfast courtyard was lovely and cool. Antonio, Monica and Matteo make every effort to make your stay a pleasant one and we really enoyed our time in Catania.
Comfort, tranquility & delicious food make this bed & breakfast amidst the bustle of the city not only a bargain but a great base for tourists & business people alike. We returned this year & it’s still as good.
Last minute we decided to stay in Catania. Within 30 minutes we found ourselves in a clean, quiet, and very comfortable room. Followed by a wonderful breakfast, in a lovely courtyard. 5 stars are not enough for Casa Barbero. And there is a wonderful Pizzeria with walking distance.