The hotel commands one of the best views on the island, taking in the lush, almost subtropical hotel garden, then the botanical park of Taormina and the deep blue Ionian Sea. The location is a paradise for anyone in need of sunshine and relaxation. Simple meals can be taken at the hotel. A wide selection of restaurants is available in the vicinity.
Greek Theater: The theater, built into the hillside, has excellent acoustics and spectacular views of the sea and Mt. Etna
Medieval Quarter: A clocktower gate serves as the starting point for Taormina's picturesque medieval section with its narrow streets and old shops now selling modern clothing, crafts, and souvenirs
Corso Umberto: the lively main street through town, Corso Umberto, is lined with shops and bars. One of the best squares is Piazza IX Aprile with great sea views.
Piazza del Duomo: a Baroque fountain with a centaur, the symbol of Taormina, is at the center of square
Medieval Castle and Madonna della Rocca: The ruins of a medieval castle are in a picturesque position at the top of Monte Tauro where you'll find outstanding views. There's also a sanctuary from 1640, Madonna della Rocca.
Near Taormina - Beaches: below Taormina there are beaches, coves and a peaceful sea perfect for swimming. There are paths between the town and the coast.
Near Taormina - Mount Etna: There are many day tours available to Mount Etna. The scenic Circumetnea Railroad circles Mount Etna and stops at several villages. Mount Etna offers good hiking and skiing.
Strait of Messina Distance: 90 km Travel time: 1:30 h
Panoramic views of the Italian mainland can be admired on the way to Messina, the third largest city in Sicily. If time allows, you should take a look at the 12th century church Annunziata dei Catalani. From Messina we recommend taking a detour to the Capo Peloro at the tip of the Strait of Messina to enjoy the stunning views along that section of coastline.
The hotel stands directly on the coast on the west side of the peninsula known as the Western Riviera. The rooms are comfortable and charming, each featuring a scheme based on Sicilian mythology. Thanks to the warm climate in Milazzo, the balconies with beautiful sunset views over the Aeolian Islands can be used almost all year around.
The Aeolian Islands: are seven small inhabited Italian islands off the northern shore of Sicily, close to the tip of Italy's toe. The islands are popular as a holiday destination, offering sunshine, beaches and natural beauty.
Lipari: it is the largest and most populated of the Aeolian Islands. The island has the biggest town of the archipelago, also called Lipari; a lively busy place with picturesque streets, an attractive harbour and a historic castle-citadel.
Lipari town: it is a very pleasant place, with pretty streets and lanes perfect for wandering around. There are some elegant historic town-houses as well as plenty of more humble island-dwellings, with balconies bedecked with flowers, washing, onions and peppers. The town has a very cheery atmosphere, and although tourists must get used to touts offering boat trips, the local people in Lipari are all very friendly and welcoming. There are a lot of appealing shops selling souvenirs and good-quality local food and drink; including huge quantities of the local capers and Malvasia wine - both very good items to take home, if your luggage will allow it/li>
The Terme di San Calogero: are thermal springs on Lipari which have been used for thermal baths for thousands of years. Archaeologists think that some of the structures around the springs date back to the Myceneans.
The fortified estate was built in the 17th century in the traditional style of the period. The main residence, the former stables and the workersquarters have been converted into modern and comfortable guestrooms. Wine and olive oil produced on the working farm are available for purchase, and bicycles can be rented for excursions. The sprawling grounds with a swimming pool is a great place to relax. The 3rd century Villa Romana del Casale is just 15 km away from the hotel, which is perfectly located for exploring central Sicily.
Via Roma Cathedral: the Via Roma Cathedral has a composite style that's the result of the waves of invaders who sought to possess the mountain eyrie. The curious façade covers its Gothic predecessor, while the rich interior is almost entirely baroque in design. The dark grey basalt columns are worth looking at for their highly ornamented bases
Temple of Demeter: to the north of the castle a small road leads quickly down to the superbly sited foundations of the Temple of Demeter (Ceres to the Romans), the goddess of fertility and agriculture
Duomo: destroyed by fire in 1446, it was rebuilt over the next 200 years and is an interesting mixture of architectural styles. It even contains Classical ruins at the base of the pulpit
Alessi Museum: is displaying the Duomo’s treasury, including a lovely selection of vestments and jewellery
Castello di Lombardia: it is one of the most important examples of military architecture in Sicily. Although only six of its original twenty towers remain, it is none the less impressive as it dominates part of the town
Alessi Museum: Torre di Federico: an interesting octagonal tower named after Frederick II of Swabia, in the town’s public garden - at 24 metres high it is the perfect point from which to gaze at the views.
Southeast Sicily Distance: 190 km Travel time: 3:30 h
Key sites on the way to the coast include Villa Romana di Casale, a palace built by a wealthy Roman patrician near Piazza Armerina, and Ragusa, an ancient city that seems perched on the side of a cliff.
Two sunny floors in a historical palazzo and a top waterfront location are two key factors for this B&B in the Syracuse Old Town. The owners look after the comfort of all guests with a delicious breakfast featuring freshly baked bread and ricotta (lunch and dinner available upon request), and a veranda overlooking the Old Town and the sea.
The Greek Theater: the largest theater in Sicily, was begun in the 6th century BC and held 15,000 spectators
The Roman Amphitheater: one of the largest arenas of its kind, dates from the 3rd century AD
The Castle of Eurialo: was an important Greek military installation built in the 4th century BC
Santa Lucia Church: it incorporated a Greek temple to Athena into its building and added a Baroque facade. It's built on the spot where Santa Lucia, Syracuse's patron saint, was martyred in 304AD. On Santa Lucia Day, December 13, a huge silver statue is paraded from the duomo to the church.
Ortygia Island: has a small but interesting historic center. It's duomo started as a 5th century BC Doric temple and was turned into a church in the 7th century AD. It has a dramatic Baroque facade. On the island you'll find temples, churches, squares, shops, and seaside bars. There's also an aquarium with Mediterranean sea life, fresh water fish, and tropical habitats.