Hotel Villa Ducale Sicily


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,

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