To ease into European time, get over jet lag, and take the pressure off any possible delays or European airport connections, the program offers the option of spending a night at the 4-star Hotel Il Principe, on the night of Friday, June 24, for an additional cost. Participants choosing to arrive early must leave the US by Thursday, June 23, and land in the Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) airport any time on Friday, June 24, the day before our program's first official day. Taxis are easily available from the airport to this centrally located hotel, about 15 minutes away, at the participant's expense. Program staff will be staying at this hotel ready to receive you and coordinate any issues. The following morning participants will be able to take our program's bus transfer to Noto, leaving directly from this very hotel.
Il Principe Hotel Catania occupies a recently restored aristocratic building, located on Scalinata Alessi steps, set between Via Etnea Street and Via Crociferi Street, very close to Piazza Duomo so you can walk with the evening passeggiata and have access to many restaurants. It is in the baroque heart of the historical center of Catania, providing outstanding testimony to Sicilian architecture and declared by UNESCO Patrimony of Humanity.The hotel's Comfort Rooms, elegantly furnished, were designed to offer the maximum comfort to our guests. All of them have private bathroom, with jacuzzi bath or shower, air conditioning, television set with satellite channels and free wifi internet, mini-bar and safe.