Kitchen at Gianni House

Gianni House Hostel-A Good Budget Place To Stay In Giardini-Naxos

Gianni House Hostel is located in  Giardini-Naxos, Sicily.  Giardini-Naxos is the seaside resort just under the more famous Taormina. First of all, Gianni has the best directions of any hostel I’ve seen as how to reach his hostel. He even includes a video with arrival directions on his website. I will never forget the great welcome that I had from Gianni. He was waiting for me at the bus stop when I arrived. He immediately whisked me into the best bakery in town, in front of his hostel, to have them prepare a fresh cannoli for me.

Valen Dawson eating cannoli in Sicily

Eating cannoli in Sicily

Then, he led me up to the roof of the Gianni House to see Mt. Etna in all of her glory. Going to the rooftop was the first thing I did everyday to see the changing faces of this majestic volcano.

Mt Etna from Gianni House, Taormina

Mt Etna From The Roof Of Gianni House

Gianni gave me great suggestions of where to eat and what to see while I was there. You should know that while you can walk to Taormina, it will take over an hour. You are better off taking the bus (the bus stop is just in front of the hostel). The bus comes hourly, and the last one returns from Taormina at 10:15 pm.

The kitchen at Gianni house

The kitchen

The kitchen is nice and bright and there are a couple of refrigerators where guests can store food to prepare meals. The common area is nice and they make great coffee for breakfast. Gianni is currently building a bigger common area and kitchen. 

Espresso at Gianni House

Espresso at Gianni House

My bed wasn’t the most comfortable bed I’ve ever slept in, but it was adequate. The shower in the bathroom was also pretty small, but for the price of the rooms, it is a great choice for single travelers to stay and get their own private room.

Private Bedroom At Gianni House

Private Bedroom At Gianni House

Bathroom at Gianni House, Giardini-Naxos


The staff at Gianni House in Giardini-Naxos was friendly and helpful. There was always someone at the desk to help me figure out what the bus route was or to help me with my planning for the day. Gianni especially was a great host, and he really made the place something special.


47 Via Pergusa, 98035 Taormina, Sicily, Italy
+39 338 238 3732

Disclosure: I received a free stay at Gianni House, but all opinions in this review are my own.