Villa Diodoro

  • Sicily, Italy, Taormina Area

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Villa Diodoro couldn’t be in a more striking position. It’s built on the hillside surrounded by its own private gardens, which means you’ll have views all the way from the Bay of Naxos as far as the stunning Mount Etna. The historic villa is named after the Greek historian and writer Diodoro Siculo, who lived in the city. It’s under ten-minutes’ stroll to the Corso Umberto, Taormina’s busy main street, yet inside the quiet sanctuary of the hotel you wouldn’t believe it.

Breakfast is served each morning in the Restaurant Bellavista. The dining room has Belle Époque décor and high ceilings. Ask to be seated beside the windows if you can, just to make the most of that incredible view. But wherever you sit you’ll be treated like royalty by the lovely staff. Upgrade to half board and you'll have dinner here too. The whole dining experience is a very elegant affair. On the warm summer evenings we loved sitting on the comfy armchairs of the Bar il Vecchio Carrubo terrace, listening to music and enjoying our aperitivo.

The rooms have a classic Italian feel, comfortably furnished with everything you’ll need to relax on your holiday. If you choose a superior room you’ll have a lovely furnished balcony that looks out over the gardens, some have side views towards the sea. Or why not go all out and wake up to the breath-taking sea views by going for a Deluxe Room, where you can watch the beautiful Mount Etna from the comfort of your balcony.

You could spend all day just enjoying the views and lounging beside the large outdoor pool. You won’t go without refreshments as there’s a pool bar that serves drinks and snacks from lunchtime until sunset. If you’d like to make the most of Taormina’s beautiful coastline, the hotel runs a shuttle service (payable locally) that takes you to their sister hotel, the Lido Caparena where you can use the sunbeds and umbrellas free of charge on the lovely private beach.

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

Added value

Free nights available between 15 - 31 Oct 21 (min 7 night stay, not combinable)

Free night available between 01 Jul - 01 Aug 22 & 15 - 31 Oct 22 (min 7 night stay)

Early booking offer available between 09 Apr - 31 Oct 22 (ends 28 Feb 22, not combinable)

Honeymoon Offer: Room upgrade (subject to availability) and sparkling wine

  • No. of rooms: 102
  • No. of buildings: 1
  • No. of floors: 5
  • No. of interconnecting rooms: 2
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

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


Classic Rooms are about 22m² and are furnished in an elegant Italian style, with views across the Mediterranean gardens. The rooms sleep up to three adults and the bed can be a double or two singles, with an additional bed available on request. All rooms have a private bath or shower, air conditioning, television, minibar, safe and hairdryer.  

Superior Rooms with Balcony are approximately 22m² and offer either side sea views or garden views.

Superior Sea View Rooms all have balconies with superb sea views. These rooms are available on request, please call to book.

Deluxe Sea View Rooms are lovely and spacious. They have a bedroom and a seating area. The furnished balcony has incredible views along Taormina's coast and Mount Etna. These rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

Classic Room for Single Use are available on request, please call to book. 


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 the there are steps to the swimming pool. 

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)

  • Outdoor swimming pool, with views of the sea and Mount Etna (usually open May - September)
  • Terrace with sunbeds and parasols
  • Free use of private beach at Hotel Caparena, with two sun beds and a parasol per room (from May - September)
  • Shuttle service to Hotel Caparena (payable locally)
  • Fitness room with Tecnogym equipment
  • Wellness area for massages and treatments (payable locally)
  • Mountain bike rental (payable locally)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking (payable locally)
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
Family Facilities
  • Baby sitting service (on request, payable locally)

A buffet style breakfast is available in the Restaurant Bellavista each morning. The have tasty options like fresh pastries, cereals, fruit, cheeses, cold cuts and bread, as well as teas, coffee and fruit juices.

Half board is available for a supplement. If you choose this option you will dine in the hotel restaurant in the evenings and choose each course from the menu. 

Restaurant Bellavisita serves breakfast and dinner in a beautiful setting. Surrounded by large windows, the dining room has amazing views of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna in the distance, which can be enjoyed whilst you eat. They specialise in Sicilian cuisine and offer fantastic, attentive service. Breakfast is buffet style and is open from 7am to 10am. Dinner is between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. 

Bar il Vecchio Carrubo is just beside the restaurant and is the best place for aperitivo. Once again you'll be treated to those lovely views if you wander out onto the large terrace, surrounded by beautiful carob trees. Relax out here in one of the comfy armchairs with your favourite cocktail. During the summer there's often a musical backdrop too. 

The Pool Bar is the perfect spot for a cool drink as you lounge on the sun terrace. You can also enjoy a light lunch here. They do lovely salads with juicy sun ripened tomatoes, fresh cheese and basil. The bar is open from May to September from lunchtime to sunset.  

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Half Board
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 15.292039
  • Latitude: 37.851039
  • Location Description:
    • 150 metres to the Villa Comunale Gardens
    • 600 metres to Taormina bus terminal
    • 650 metres to Theatro Antico di Taormina
    • 700 metres to the centre of Taormina on the main street, Cosro Umberto
    • 700 metres to Piazza IX Aprile 
    • 900 metres to the top of Taormina cable car that will take you down to the coast and Taormina Mare

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