About the Homestay
Iris's house is a multinational family due to our guests beings from different countries, cultures, languages and religions. Please help us maintain a friendly atmosphere.
It is included a simple breakfast and one meal per day.
Remember, if you have any questions, we are here to help!
Large family home near the beach.
Our family lives in a 6 bed house in Santa Margherita, on the south side of Messina with our pet, Iris.
Our home is a 30 minute by car to Taormina village which has an ‘old-world’ feel with lots of picturesque thatched cottages.
We have a small kitchen and separate dining room that opens into a lovely conservatory. There is a garden with a amazing balcon.
We have one spare bicycle, which our guests are welcome to borrow during their stay.
Nearby Santa Margherita beach is very safe and has a lifeguard year-round. This village has a rural feel and has a good selection of cafés, bars and restaurants on the beach.
- Bikes for use
- Internet Access
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Non Smoking
Bedrooms available for booking
About the Area
Away from the city
Our house is located on the south side of Messina city in a quiet and safe suburb called Santa Margherita, which has a history of fishing village and is famous for its simple Carnevale and for its beach!
We are 10 km from the city centre and only 50 minutes drive from the Catania airport.The bus stop is only 30 seconds walk from the house and there are lots of bus options using this stop.
Close to the city
Our apartment is situated in the heart of the beach.The village is full of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants as well as some nice fashion boutiques and specialist shops.
Local Area Facilities
- Shopping Centre
- Water sports
- Bus Stop
Hosts can offer a complimentary light breakfast at their discretion. All other meals, including a full breakfast, might incur an additional cost, if offered. Meals and any additional payment should be arranged directly with your host.
Included in the stay
- Complimentary Light Breakfast
- Use of Kitchen
Available on request at an extra cost
- Full Breakfast
- Half Board
- Packed lunch
Diet Type available on request
Inside the House
Please use the furniture and fittings as intended.
Please do not plug any appliance into electricity sockets without permission. In the garden Please do not jump from the terrace and take care when using the terrace steps. Please do not play ball games on the terrace or the lawn.
In Messina Evenings: city centre, in the evening, it is always safe until nights. You have to avoid specific area situated on the red map.
The public bus service (ATM) is the best, if you need the timetable you can ask us. If you have missed the last bus you should take a taxi (Radio taxi Jolly. 0039/0906505).
Park and waste land (for example the area next to the railway station) are not always safe, particularly in the evenings.
Road Safety Remember …..in Italy, cars drive on the right. The roads in Messina are busy. There are lots of cars! When you cross the road…if possible, use a pedestrian crossing!
Look left Look right Viale San Martino and Via Santa Cecilia are very busy.
Health -First aid Azienda ospedaliera universitaria Policlinico “G.Martino” – Messina (Phone: 0039/0902211). Pharmacy: you can find a good pharmacy next to our house. Allergies and Illness In order to look after you, we must know if you have any allergies, for example, to nuts, wheat, animals or plants. We must also know if you have an illness, for example: Diabetes Epilepsy Asthma High or low blood pressure.
Please also tell us if you are taking any medication at the time of your visit.
We do understand that telling people about yourself can be embarrassing but it is very important.
We promise we will not tell anyone except the staff and hosts who are looking after you.
Banks Most banks in Messina are open Monday – Friday 09.00 – 15.30. Visits and excursions We have a lot of brochures that you can see.
When you arrive you could receive a good handbook in which you can find the price list of excursions that use offer: for instance at Messina down town: free Messina outskirts within 15 km: free
Homestay Bedroom: you are expected to keep the room tidy and make your bed. Friends: before you invite your friends, ask your host if this is allowed and which rooms you may use. Heating: The central heating is turned on when the owner decides, you must ask the owner if it is possible to switch it on.
In Sicily, it is only necessary from January to March. Laundry: your host it will supply you with fresh bed linen weekly. You can use the personal laundry once per week. You must not expect the ironing to be done for you.
Food: if there is any food or drink to which you are allergic, or you do not like, please tell you host, and say whether you eat a lot or a little. If you feel you are not getting enough or you are getting too much, tell you host. Your host will provide you with light breakfast and on request a substantial evening meal during the weekend. You should not expect, or ask, your host to provide a packed lunch, except on a specific request.
Make sure you tell your host in advance if you are going to be late for, or miss, a meal. You must not keep food in your bedroom. Voltage: in Italy operates on 240V AC.
Be very careful if you use any electrical equipment you have brought from you own country! Key: your family is not under any obligation to lend you a key.
Evening: please respect your host’s wishes. If you are over 18 and wish to return late, discuss this with your host. Safety: your host will explain any special safety rules to you, particularly if there are small children in the home.
You must always keep pills, cleaning fluids and breakables out of reach of small children.
Damage: you must expect to pay for any damage you have caused, even if it was an accident. Any payment needed must be made, before the end of your stay.
Money: remember that transfers from abroad are relatively slow so plan ahead. If you run out of money, you cannot ask your host.
What you should expect from my homestay
1. A safe environment
2. To be the only guest in the house
3. Adequate heat, light & space to hang/store clothes 4. Reasonable access to toilet/washing facilities
5. Light Breakfast and on request a substantial cooked evening meal at the weekend (or a packed lunch) and eaten with hosts
6. A reasonable amount of washing (but not ironing)
7. Wi-Fi access
What your Host expects from you
1. Bedroom kept in a reasonable state
2. Friends only invited round with their permission
3. Return at night within a reasonable time
5. Observance of any house rules
6. That you will keep any medicine or dangerous substances out of reach of young children
7. It is forbidden to use every type of illegal Italian drugs
8. To pay for any damage before the end of your stay
9. To respect the Italian low
10. To avoid rude behavior towards the Italian people 11. Knives, weapons and explosives : there are very strict laws about carrying knives in public and they are not allowed in this house.
Smoking is not allowed.
We had a bad start as nobody was there to welcome No numbers or names on the apartment. Neighbour ended up letting us is. Place was in a bit of a mess. Our room was full of other peoples clothes, no air con and shared bathroom. Ciro was a good host and friendly when he arrived, and he did phone us to explain the problem, but we decided to only stay one night. Maybe good if you are young, backpacking and very easy going
Really enjoyed my home stay in Messina the host family were very welcoming and took me and my sister to Etna and the town Randazzo after picking me up from Catania airport.
I would recommend going direct as I had two flights staying in Rome.
They are both excellent cooks and cooked with fresh local produce.
We had a lovely knowledgeable Mt Etna guide who had the same name as me lol he was very patient with me it was well worth the hike up to see the views.. Ciro and Elyna also took us to Taromina where we enjoyed a drink in the Irish bar after walking around the exclusive resort.
Really miss them and would love to visit again....Ciro and Elyna are wonderful at what they do as they really make you feel involved, learnt such a lot about the history and local food...the village behind the main road S.Margherita is typical even a local gave us some lemons that i made a granita with when I got home!!
Even iris the dog was friendly and welcoming!!
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Ciro and Elyna. They took me to various places and I saw lots of different things. The location of the house is great, right near the beach, supermarkets and bars just around the corner. Iris the dog is very friendly too! X
Ciro and Iris were really friendly and helpful, the house is right in front of the beach, the bedroom was comfortable it really was a home from home experience in every way.
It was my first time in this accomodation and I already miss the owners, Ciro and Iris, who immediately proved to be very welcoming. Thanks to them I felt such as at home! The house is spacious, comfortable and with a magnificent position in front of the sea. Messina city centre is approachable easily in a short time, such as several touristic sites. No remarks. Excellent value for money!!!!
Lovely holiday! Beautiful house on the beach, close to downtown Messina and only half an hour from Taormina and Giardini Naxos. The morning started with a delicious breakfast and the excellent candle lit dinner was enhanced by the view of the Straits of Messina. Ciro and Elyna are very good cooks who love cooking Mediterranean specialities ( the swordfish was fantastic!), for quality and price this place is unbeatable.
Ciro, Elyna and even Iris (their adorable dog) are friendly, generous and helpful giving all kinds of information on what to see and do in the area, in fact it's possible to dance, drink and listen to music every night on the beach. They even lent us bicycles to use during our stay. Fantastic, well done to Ciro and Elyna
How do I book?
Contact the host to check their availability and ask them any questions you have about staying with them. Once the host confirms they’re available for your dates, you can complete your booking.
When do I pay?
Once a host confirms they're available, you can go ahead and pay the 15% booking fee (maximum of 199 $£€ for longer term bookings) using a choice of payment methods: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Maestro, Laser, JCB & PayPal (not available in certain countries). You then pay your host on arrival or as stated by your host on their profile and agreed by you on booking. Please be cautious if a host requests advance payment if its not included on their profile. Our hosts have been advised that if they wish to request advance payment they must make this explicit in their profile. We do not recommend the use of Money gram or Western Union.
When can I share my contact details?
Host and Guest email address, phone number and home address will be exchanged in a confirmation email sent to both immediately after a booking is completed. It's against our policy for Guests and Hosts to exchange direct contact details via our messaging system.