If you’re looking for a charming, friendly Taormina Villa, try the Hotel Villa Ducale, 11 double rooms and 6 suites that together have the feel of a private villa. With a magnificent view of the Gardini-Naxos Bay and the faint glow of lava on Mt. Etna visible from the terrace at night, one is able to travel back in time. Walk 300 yards to the stairway at Madonna della Rocca, with over 100 steps down to the village, and be amazed when you see the Teatro Greco in the distance. This view reinforces the sense that you are truly in a magical, timeless Sicily
We were met with a warm and friendly greeting by Lucca, at the Hotel Villa Ducale front desk lounge area, which immediately set the tone for a relaxed and stress free get away. Next, we were served Bruschetta and Proseco on the terrace and a after a bit of conversation with Lucca and Paolo, we basically had our plan for Taormina touring. Lucca recommended several family restaurants serving tipico Sicilian food – and all of them were excellent with friendly service and great food at reasonable although resort prices. Lucca also recommended a guide for a private tour of the nearby villages Savoca, and Forza D’Agro, and this too exceeded our expectations. We were met by a handsome English speaking driver in a new Mercedes who took time to find out what our interests where and then customized the route to meet our requests. We also booked another tour on our own with a different touring company (Sicily Life)to take us for a ½ day trip up to Mt. Etna where we saw the most recent craters and activity, stopping on the way up for honey and wine tasting at a local family store. We happily recommend both guide services.
We were given the keys to our room which was across the small yet busy, narrow street and let ourselves into the spacious suite with its accents of Caltagerone pottery vases and lamps. We traveled with our son and he had a special part of the suite - a loft - with access up a metal curved stairway. There was a sitting area with couch and table at one end of the room which was elegantly decorated with creative accents. There was more than enough closet space within the Armoire allowing clothes to be either hung or folded on shelves. A nicely laid out tile bathroom, with ample room, and a Jacuzzi shower with jets, provided a welcome relief after the day’s outings. There is a narrow terrace balcony with tables and chairs for two, with a peaceful view of the Messina coastline and adjacent canyon. The morning rooster crow heard in the wee hours was a nice reminder of the joys of vacationing in a real neighborhood. The breakfast offered tipico Sicilian fare, fresh fruits and marinated vegetables, prosciutto and cheese and a delicious pane rustic – always plenty of food and warm welcoming service made it hard not too eat too much and even harder to leave the Villa for our tours.
The Villa provides a free shuttle service with a fixed schedule to get you up and down the narrow streets to town, and there are plentiful taxis as well for a small, fixed fee. We were determined to practice our Italian and many shop restaurant owners seemed pleased with our attempts yet all spoke very fluent English.
Taormina is a bustling resort city, filled with tourist delights and many amenities along with a great variety of restaurants sure to meet every taste and budget. The highlight of our visit was however, the Hotel Villa Ducale and we heartily recommend it to all.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Ducale Hotel Taormina
- Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina, Sicily