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. Dinner is served in 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 upgrade to the 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 breathtaking 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.