Hospitality is provided in our apartment if you have joined the WWOOF movement. The apartment is located in the nearby hamlet of Carruba (at around 4 km from the farm). A quiet top floor apartment surrounded by a long balcony and accoutred with an ample terrace.
The rail station is just 4 minutes on foot (see the map). The area is served by two bus lines stopping opposite a minimarket based in the same building. The coast is a kilometre away from the apartment (15 minutes on foot from the nearest beach).
Carruba is a locality of Catania's metropolitan area, administered by both Giarre and Riposto municipalities. it is 6,0 km away from Riposto, 6,4 km from Giarre, 6,5 km from Santa Venerina e 9,.5 km from Acireale. Its toponym might have originated from an old carob grove or from the Arabic qarûbah, indicating a small currency used during the Muslim domination in Sicily.
How to reach us
From Catania International Airport
From Catania airport you will need to board a bus to Catania Central Railway Station. Bus service is provided by AMT. Choose Alibus aeroporto-centro to find the timetables (you might need your browser translator as the website hasn’t got a English section yet). Tickets can be purchased directly on-board. Buses run every 25 minutes from 4.40 am to 12 pm every day. Bus stops are just situated and recognizable by two kiosks in the area outside Terminal B (opposite the escalators you see on the left, after you leave the luggage conveyor-belt room in Terminal A).
Once in Catania Centrale you may then easily reach Carruba (less than 30 minutes run) boarding a train. Tickets may be purchased on "trenitalia.com" or directly from the ticket machines within the station. Do not forget to punch your thicket (seek the ticket inspector’s assistance if unable to use punching machines). Trains to Carruba are generally bound to Messina, Giarre – Riposto or Fiumefreddo as a final destination.
Last train stopping in Carruba from Catania Centrale Railway Station is at 20:46 on working days and at 19:40 on holidays.
Carruba stop comes immediately after Guardia-Mangano-S. Venerina (which in turn comes after Acireale) and before Giarre-Riposto.
From Messina through rail
From Messina Centrale rail station this time Carruba comes immediately after Giarre-Riposto (which in turn comes after Fiumefreddo) and before Guardia-Mangano-S. Venerina.
As shown on the map, once in Carruba, reaching the apartment is just a matter of minutes. The address is “Via E.Toti 1/C” (do not trust Google street view, its result is slightly off). The entrance (brown gate) is adjacent to the first house past the petrol station, on the right heading east.
By car from Giarre motorway exit (A18 - E45)
Thanks to the nearby railway station, Carruba is favoured with easy access to the rest of the island:
Catania - 25' (30km);
Taormina - 35' (35km);
Siracusa - 2h 50' (100km);
Messina - 1h 50' (75km);
Palermo - 4h (237km);
and by car favourably situated for reaching a number of locations of naturalistic interest such as:
Etna Natural Park summit areas - Rifugio Sapienza (Southern side), Rifugio Citelli e Piano Provenzana (Northwest side) - 30km;