Hotel Ariston

  • Sicily, Italy, Taormina Area

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The views across the Bay of Taormina from the Hotel Ariston are amazing – grab a drink from the pool bar and enjoy! Close to the centre of Taormina, built into the hillside of Sicily's Ionian coast, the hotel has a traditional Sicilian feel to it. It’s located at the foot of Taormina's Ancient Greek Theatre, where there’s often music events during the summer. It’s easy to walk down to the coast and Taormina Mare, but it’s even easier to take the nearby cable car. We recommend wandering across to the beautiful Isola Bella.

The hotel's La Terraza restaurant is open throughout the summer. We loved having dinner up here on the ‘sky terrace’. The food is delicious, mainly traditional Sicilian dishes, often with a backdrop of live piano music. You could spend hours and hours relaxing on the terraces that surround the pool. There are plenty of loungers and parasols. Nice shady spots are cast by the trees in the surrounding gardens and the pool bar is nearby. The bartender makes a mean Mojito with freshly picked mint from the garden.

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 5 mins by private car from Catania airport.

Added value

Free bottle of sparkling wine and fruit on arrival

Early booking offer available for summer 2022 (ends 31 Mar 22)

  • No. of rooms: 146
  • No. of buildings: 2
  • No. of floors: 4
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

A resort tourist tax of approx. €3.50 per person per night is payable locally.


Standard Balcony Rooms are about 16-24m² and are decorated in a fresh Mediterranean style, with a balcony. They offer a comfortable base for exploring Taormina and the surrounding area and sleep 2-3 people. All rooms are air conditioned in high season, have bath or shower, hairdryer, telephone, safe, satellite TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Baby cots are available free of charge. 

Standard Sea View Rooms are about 16-24m² with views across the Ionian Sea and sleep 2-3 people. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided in these rooms.

Superior Rooms are about 22m² bright and airy. They have furnished balconies with views across the Ionian sea. These rooms are equipped with a minibar where soft drinks are provided free of charge, deluxe toiletries, bathrobes, slippers and a turn down service. They sleep 2-3 people with an extra single sofa bed. 

Bedroom facilities

  • Internet connection


The hotel has adapted rooms. These rooms are available on request, please call to book to ensure that these rooms meet your requirements.

  • Lift accessible: Yes
  • Lift serves all floors: Yes
  • Access ramp: Yes

Please note that this hotel may not be suitable for guests with walking difficulties or wheelchair users due to the hotels hillside location. 

Taormina Area

Stunning views of Europe's largest active volcano, often capped with snow, sweeping sea vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see and gardens full of the colours and aromas of bougainvillea, lemon trees and jasmine - all combine to create one of the most enchanting destinations in Italy.


Valley of the Temples

Agrigento & Scala Dei Turchi (full day)

This awe inspiring excursion will take you on a journey along the South Coast of Sicily to Agrigento, known as Akragas in the past, a place in which one of the most influential civilisations of ancient Greece flourished. Explore the archaeological site and discover the ruins of the ancient temples, some among the best preserved in the world, Concordia, the temples of Juno, Zeus, Hercules, Vulcano and the ruins of the temples of Castor and Pollux.

The journey continues towards Scala dei Turchi and its white marna cliff formations on the south coast of the Island. Its name is translated to ‘Stair of the Turks’ due to the ladder like rock formations that undulate across the landscape. This unique striking landscape is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Italy. There are two sandy beaches surrounding the cliffs that you can make your way down to (comfortable shoes are highly recommended). Pack your swimsuit, towels and sun cream so that you can take a moment to relax by the glistening emerald ocean before making the trip back to Taormina in the late afternoon.

Departs: Tuesdays from 01 May – 31st Oct

Price: from £49pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)


Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorges (full day)

This trip takes you on an adventure to Europe’s largest and most active volcano. To reach the towering Mount Etna from Taormina, take the highway (about 20km) until you reach the mountain road that meanders through the villages of Etna and the surrounding fields of vineyards, olive trees and fruit trees. As you ascend the mountain road through a continuously changing landscape, a chestnut and pine forest closes in at an altitude of 1000 metres, before opening up into a volcanic lunar landscape at 1900 metres. From the carpark you can take a short trek up to the Silvestri Craters that formed as a result of the eruption of Etna in 1892.

There is also a cable car up to the spectacular viewpoint at 2500m. If you are feeling even more adventurous you can join a Jeep and mountain guide that takes you to the foot of the mountain crater at 2900m where the black volcanic landscape intensifies into a kaleidoscope of red ionised rock, white ashfall and yellow sulphur. This extension depends on the activity of the volcano and the weather conditions. During your visit to Mount Etna there will be time for lunch at the base of the cable car where there are small souvenir shops and self-service restaurant.

As you head back towards Taormina you will have the chance to see the stunning lava prisms at the Alcantara Gorges. The black lava walls that tower above the glistening Alcantara River, have been formed from the lava cooling process and water erosion. A stairway leads you down through the gorge or you can descend through the canyon via a lift.

Departs: Daily except Fridays from 01 May – 31st Oct

Price: from £103pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)


Palermo (full day)

Take a trip from Taormina through the heart of Sicily to Palermo via the Catania-Enna-Palermo (about 280 km). Once you reach the Capital of Sicily you will find yourself in the political hub and cultural centre of the Island. Palermo is at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and as a result, is a melting pot of many influences. First stop is the magnificent Cathedral of Monreale, a visual culmination of these influences with its mix of Western, Byzantine, and Islamic architecture. Its original building was constructed on the orders of King William II of Sicily and dates back to 1182. The majestic building is set on the hillside overlooking the city’s centre in a striking and strategic location that assured that the residents security and defence. Famed for its intricate mosaic finish that covers almost the entire interior from floor to ceiling with geometric patterns and rich figural decoration, it is a sight to behold. You will have the option to visit the adjacent cloister on the southern side of the cathedral, which is part of the original monastery building.

Departs: Wednesdays from 01 May – 31st Oct

Price: from £49pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)


Syracuse & Noto (full day)

The beautiful baroque town of Syracuse is known for its ancient ruins and stunning architecture. You’ll get to explore the thousand-year-old history of the town on this excursion, starting with the incredible cathedral that dominates the piazza. After a short walk, you’ll arrive on the seafront promenade to admire the Arethusa Fountain before getting some free time for lunch. With Syracuse’s daily market filled with fresh food and plenty of family-run trattorias and cafés, you’ll be spoilt for choice. After lunch, you’ll stop at the archaeological park before heading to Noto, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its maze of beautiful baroque buildings.

Departs: Mondays and Fridays from 01 May – 31 October

Price: from £50pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)


Mini Cruise to Aeolian Islands - Lipari & Vucano (full day)

This full-day excursion takes you north to the stunning Aeolian Islands. Heading to the port town of Milazzo, a comfortable ship will take you to Lipari via the Punta Castagna - a beautiful area of old Pumice Pits and white beaches, where you can admire the charming landscape and the crystal-clear waters. On Lipari you’ll get to visit the old town and archaeological park before having some free time for lunch or a spot of shopping. Next on the agenda is Vulcano, an island known for its black sand beaches, hot springs and mud baths. Before heading back to mainland Sicily, you'll enjoy an hour and a half's sail around the islands to view the Faraglioni, Papa Giovanni rock, the Grotta degli Angeli and the Scoglio della Mummia. On the way back to Milazzo, the boat will pass near the picturesque village of Gelso to admire the ancient lighthouse.

Departs: Wednesdays and Fridays from 01 May – 31 October

Price: from £63pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)


Mini Cruise to Aeolian Islands - Panarea & Stromboli (full day)

After departing Taormina, you'll drive to Milazzo and board a boat directly to Panarea, one of the Aeolian's most fashionable islands where luxury yachts fill the tiny harbour and some of Italy's most elite sip prosseco in bustling cafés. You'll have two hours here to wander around - visit the picturesque village, take a swim in the crystal-clear waters or stop for a bite to eat. The afternoon takes you to Stromboli, where the smoky volcano dominates the sky. You'll have time to explore before leaving at sun set when you can admire the 'sciara del fuoco', the stream of fire, created when the lava flows down the active volcano.

Departs: Thursdays and Sundays from 01 May – 31 October

Price: from £74pp (entrance fees and lunch are payable locally)


Pools & Beaches

There's a lovely outdoor swimming pool (unheated) with a whirlpool on the panoramic terrace, surrounded by sunbeds and parasols. The hotel offers a free towel service. Refreshments are close to hand, with the pool bar nearby. 

The Hotel Ariston has a partnership with one of the beaches on the Bay of Taormina, about five minutes drive away. So you'll receive a discount on the shuttle service, entry to the beach and use of loungers as well as meals from the beach bar. 

General Facilities

  • Spacious lounge
  • Large outdoor terrace
  • Free WiFi
  • Entertainment (piano bar)
  • Parking (on request and subject to availability)
  • Entertainment
  • Lounge area
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Restaurant

Each morning the staff prepare the breakfast buffet with a wide selection of fresh fruits, breads, pastries and cereals. There are also Sicilian specialties like granita and brioche.

Those opting for half board can enjoy a four course dinner with choices in the a la carte Pirandello Restaurant. In the summer there's a weekly Sicilian evening where a buffet dinner, with traditional dishes, is served on the terrace accompanied by live music. 

Pirandello Restaurant is in the main hotel building serves an a la carte menu of traditional Sicilian, as well as international dishes. In the summer dine outside on the panoramic terrace. 

La Terrazza Restaurant opens during the summer months. Here guests can enjoy candlelit dinners on the hotel's spectacular sky terrace. The terrace restaurant serves delicious grilled dishes, including fresh local fish. 

The Grill Restaurant is located on the terrace. Enjoy al fresco lunches here in the summer months.

The Main Bar is set in a traditional space that serves a selection of drinks including aperitivo and cocktails. Drinks can also be enjoyed on the terrace.

Poolside Bar serves drinks, snacks and ice cream that you can have while relaxing beside the pool.

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board

This property caters for the following special dietary requirements

  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarians

Please advise of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Location in resort
  • Longitude: 15.293403
  • Latitude: 37.851402
  • Location Description:
    • Resort centre location
    • 400 metres to Taormina's pedestrianised historic centre 
    • 150 metres to the nearest bus stop
    • 600 metres to Taormina's main bus terminal

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per person from £498
Includes £12pp discount
Hotel Ariston
Taormina Area, Sicily,Bed & Breakfast
19/10/2022 - 3 nights
3 adults
From London Gatwick
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