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Hotel Villa Ducale Sicily

FROM ARISTOCRAT’S HOME TO SMALL HOTEL

TAORMINA, on the northeast corner of Sicily, has attracted sophisticated visitors since the days of the Grand Tour.

The town is built on a narrow plateau between the Ionian Sea and Mt Etna and it’s all view: look up and there’s Europe’s most active volcano, look down and there’s the voluptuous curve of the bay. There’s a flowery fragrance on the breeze, sunsets and sunrises of outstanding beauty and the melancholy ruins of Roman and Greek civilisations. The Villa Ducale sits high up on a hill with Mt Etna dominating the skyline.

Once the home of a Sicilian aristocrat, it’s now a small hotel. Each room is decorated in Sicilian style.

What’s the best thing?

Probably the view, which takes in an 80km sweep from the blue bay to the snow-covered mountain.

Nearest airport?

Catania, about an hour’s drive away.

Want to know more?

Hotel Villa Ducale, Taormina, Sicily, Italy (0039 094228153, www.taorminahotels.villaducale.com)

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