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Hotel Villa Ducale
Ranked #1 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
Certificate of Excellence
Zug, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“This is the place!”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

The Villa Ducale deserves every accolade as other guests have described so well. We enjoyed the first days of our honeymoon at the Villa Ducale, and we felt as if we were indeed welcome family guests, as the Villa was originally the family home of Rosaria, the proprietress.
You could hardly find a better view of the city, the ancient theatre, and Mt. Etna in the distance in all of Taormina.
We ate well everywhere in Sicily, but the breakfast served at the Villa Ducale stands out as the best breakfast, and some of the best food of our trip.
Our thanks to Rosaria and her staff for a truly enjoyable visit.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sliema, Malta
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

was at the hotel for two days. arrived late on sunday night and we found a guy call illie waiting for us. he was very nice, and accomodating. we asked where we could sit to have a bottle of wine to wind down from the travelling and he said that because it was so late everywhere was closed... however he offered to open up the terrace for us and let us sit there... he even went on to open up the plastic covers covering the terrace in order for us to enjoy the view and to see etna erupting. that was already amazing... he then followed to go into the kitchen and organise a few nibbles! the next day we met Paolo, who was very very helpful and keen to help with any query we had! they are so accomodating and friendly its impressive! apart from all this, the hotel is beautiful, and its very clean!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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colchester
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

There must be other places in Taormina that have lovely views, great staff, delicious food, luxuriously comfortable rooms and views of Mount Etna, but there can be NOWHERE that has ALL of these aspects in such unlimited quantities as Villa Ducale. After many visits to this paradise of a hotel it is like home to us. From the welcoming hug from the staff to the sad goodbyes, every moment is a treasure. We very much look forward to our next visit and would like to offer our sincere thanks to Rosaria, Alessia, Paolo, Santina, Ilie, Serena, Santi, and all of the great staff whose names we did not catch for looking after us so well and making our stay the 'Holiday of a Lifetime' yet again! See you all again as soon as we can.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

The most heaven-like place on earth, with genuinely charming and helpful staff, stunning view on Etna, friendly bedrooms and the most heart-warming pastries for tea time ! A magic moment, when a couple can just be in love away from the world's spinning time and dizzy hassle

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Malta
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Reviewed 12 November 2013 via mobile

Villa Ducale was a pleasant surprise. Spent a fantastic weekend with two dear friends. The rooms were wonderful, views were beautiful, hospitality was warm and wonderful, service was superb and food was delicious. Will definitely go again.
Nathalie and Renald
Malta

Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2013

When we arrived, at the end of October, we were welcomed by a glass of spumanti that together with the view, made us forget the travel from Belgium. Our room was very nice and the service was great. Our hosts had always good advise to help us visit town and the Etna. We hope to get back asap.
The breakfast is the best I have ever had in a hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

Stayed here for a week in October following great reviews and really cannot fault the service, the food or the views from the Naxos facing side of the hotel. The Hotel is right on the outskirts to Taormina on the way to Castel Mola which means it is high up (some 600 steps above the main tourist centre) and quiet. The hotel is split in 2 sides. The main part has magnificent views over the bay with mount Etna on the right hand side and catches the sun for most of the day. The other side (where our room was) has views north to Castel Mola and the coast but definitely lacked the warmth of the main side. The staff and owners go out there way to speak to all the guests and there is a regular shuttle to town. Breakfast and the various cakes servers through the day are absolutely fantastic.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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VillaDucale, Owner at Hotel Villa Ducale, responded to this review, 11 November 2013
Dear daccad,
thank you very much for writing such a beautiful review after your recent stay at our Taormina boutique hotel.
I am sorry that you found one part of our villa getting less than than the main one; well you have to consider that you stayed at the end of the season (end of October) when the sun angles are completely different from most of the season, being this fall. However the villa where you stayed is where we have the most beautiful rooms and in fact it is much requested.
Thank you again for the praises and I hope to see you again next year.
Kind regards,
Mrs. Rosaria Quartucci, the owner
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Property: Hotel Villa Ducale
Address: via Leonardo da Vinci 60, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Ducale 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Taormina Hotel Villa Ducale is small luxury boutique hotel perched in an elevated position above the centre of Taormina km 1,3) commanding a unique outstanding view over the Mediterranean sea and Mount Etna.Our hotel,member of HIP hotels, is incredibly pretty, with flowers and colours adorning every angle, and a view to die for.Every bedroom is individually designed with the highest attention to detail, furnished with great taste in a mix of Sicilian traditional and Italian design contemporary style, each has its own private panoramic terrace or balcony.The hotel is able to offer a variety of personalised services, such as cooking lessons, wine tasting and tailor made meals, special romantic candle-lit dinners which can be arranged easily with the super friendly staff.Eleven Double rooms and six suites with full aminities and free wi-fi connection.Free shuttle to center and the beach. ... more   less 
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Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina, Sicily

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