Hotel Villa Sonia

  • Sicily, Italy, Taormina

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Hotel Villa Sonia is a delightful, family-run hotel. It's got a nice, peaceful location about a ten-minute walk from the centre of Castelmota, a lovely hilltop village that's about a 15 minute drive from Taormina. A free shuttle bus to Taormina's centre runs three times a day so it's easy to get out and about but it's worth spending some time in the village too. It's got charming cobbled streets, cafés for a morning cappuccino and wine bars and restaurants for the evenings that are authentic and relaxed. If you're planning to explore more of Sicily, we'd recommend hiring a car.

As the hotel's high up in the hills, you'll get amazing views. Each morning breakfast is served on the terrace (weather permitting) that looks out towards Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos. The pool's a great little spot to recharge your batteries. Take a good book and grab a lounger to sunbathe. You'll feel away it from it all here. Inside has a traditional feel with cool tiled floors in the rooms and a cosy bar where you can get a glass of local wine at the end of the day. 

Transfer time: approx. 1 hour 10 mins from Catania airport.

  • No. of rooms: 44
  • Official rating: 4

Local Fees and Taxes

A tourist tax of €2 per person per night is payable locally. 


Standard Rooms are about 18m² and sleep up to two people in double or twin beds. They're decorated in a traditional style with terracotta tiled floors and elegant furnishings. All rooms have air conditioning (July & Aug), TV, free Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, bath or shower and hairdryer. Cots are available on request. 

Standard Etna View Rooms are about 18m² and sleep up to two people. They're decorated in warm tones with rustic wooden furnishings and cool tiled floors. They have a French balcony with views of Mount Etna. 

Superior Rooms are about 20m² and sleep up to three people. These rooms have a balcony. 

Deluxe Rooms are about 24m² and sleep up to three people. They have a terrace with views of Mount Etna and are available on request, please call to book. 

Single Occupancy standard rooms are available on request, please call to book. 

  • Lift accessible: No
  • Lift serves all floors: No
  • Access ramp: No

It's easy to understand why Taormina is one of Sicily's most popular resorts. It's position on the edge of the island means you get incredible views over the sea towards Mount Etna. Spend your days strolling through the historic streets, grabbing a coffee on a sea-view terrace or heading down for a day at the beach in Taormina Mare.

What to see on a holiday to Taormina

There's a lot of history to unpack here. The Greek Theatre is the town's most-known attraction - it also has some of the best Mount Etna views so bring your camera along. If you time your visit with the Taormina Film Festival you can even take in a show here. Just walking through the town is a great way to take in the sights. Head down Corso Umberto for the shops and restaurants, or take the cable car down to Taormina Mare and spend some time on Isola Bella. 

Discover more things to see and do in Sicily.

Why book a holiday to Taormina with Inghams?

We've hand-picked some fantastic hotels in central Taormina so you won't have to go far to explore. We've also got a great selection of excursions so you can get all around the island's best sights. Your holiday is in safe hands with Inghams.

Things to Do

Things to see and do

Taormina has some of the most stunning architecture Europe has to offer with the Teatro Greco ruins, Corso Umberto and the Piazza Duomo, which dates back to the 13th century. The pedestrianised Corso Umberto (named for the King of Italy) is home to a fantastic variety of shops, restaurants, cafés and enoteca. Be sure to make a stop at the famed 'Gelatomania', one of the oldest ice cream shops in Taormina with over 50 flavours of gelato to choose from.

Head outside the town and take a trip to Mount Etna. Head to the summit for fantastic island views or stick to the foothills and discover quiant towns and a good vineyard scene.

Food & drink

It's all about Sicily's famous street food in Taormina. There's nothing better than grabbing a snack to eat as you walk around the town. Our favourite is arancini (fried rice balls) and canoli (a sweet ricotta-filled pastry). Olive oil is big business here so ask for a few varieties to dip your bread into while you wait for your main course. You might even find yourself bringing a bottle or two home! We love the local Sicilian wine and the best way to enjoy a glass is on a sea-view terrace. Our favourite is the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo - the views of Mount Etna are unbeatable.


Pre-book your excursions online or give us a call

Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorges from £38 per person (full day)

This unmissable excursions gets you up close and personal with Europe's most active volcano. You'll drive up to 1,900 metres before taking the cable car to the summit where you can enjoy panoramic views (weather dependant). You'll have some time for lunch and there are some small souvenir shops too. On your way back to Taormina, you'll stop al Alcantara Gorges - black lava walls that have been formed above the Alcantara River.

Departs: Daily except Fridays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.

Syracuse & Noto from £50 per person (full day)

The beautiful baroque town of Syracuse is known for its ancient ruins and stunning architecture. You’ll get to explore its thousand-year-old history on this excursion, starting with the incredible cathedral that dominates the piazza. After a short walk, you’ll arrive on the seafront promenade 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: Thursdays. Entrance fees and lunch are payable locally.


We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book in low season but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

  • Outdoor swimming pool with a panoramic terrace with views of Etna (normally open May to September, weather permitting). 
  • Beach facilities with deckchairs and umbrellas can be hired locally for approximately €8 per day.
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Free shuttle bus three times a day to Taormina
  • Small fitness area with sauna (payable locally)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Private parking approx. €7 per day (must be reserved, payable locally)

Buffet breakfast is served in the dining room or on the panoramic terrace with a choice of fresh pastries, bread, cereals, fruits, juices, tea and coffee. Guests upgrading to half board will dine in the Parco Reale Restaurant.  

Restaurant Parco Reale is in an original part of the building that dates back to the 1600s where you can dine amidst antique furnishings whilst looking out across the beautiful Sicilian landscape, with views of Mount Etna. Enjoy fresh Sicilian dishes made using local produce accompanied by some of the best wines from the region. In the warmer months, the restaurant extends out onto the panoramic terrace. 

Board basis options available

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Full Board
  • Half Board
Location in resort
  • Longitude: 15.28842872704466
  • Latitude: 37.86078256442856
  • Location Description:
    • Rural location above Taormina close to village of Castelmola
    • 400 metres to Castelmola
    • Public bus stop opposite the hotel
    • 5 kilometres to Taormina

Reviews of Hotel Villa Sonia

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Total price from
per person from £586
Hotel Villa Sonia
Taormina, Sicily,Bed & Breakfast
24/09/2022 - 4 nights
2 adults
From London Luton
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