Sicily’s buzziest new boutique hotel

Asmundo di Gisira in Catania combines baroque architecture with original artworks and an unbeatable location

The rooms at Asmundo di Gisira, in Catania, each boast bespoke details, such as original artworks
The rooms at Asmundo di Gisira, in Catania, each boast bespoke details, such as original artworks

Catania has for far too long been considered Sicily’s fly-through city, a mere conduit to the Aeolian Islands, Taormina, Ortigia and other better-known holiday locations. But its cachet is growing; and the base for exploring is a new and very original boutique hotel, Asmundo di Gisira (asmundodigisira.com; from €220), which combines the buzz of an art gallery with the welcome of a small, independent inn. Against a backdrop of baroque and art deco architecture are collectable and vintage design pieces, with each room boasting a clutch of unique details, from bespoke tile work to original art. The dead-central location, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral of Sant’Agata – Catania’s patron saint – and a few blocks from the sea, only adds to the appeal.

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