We spent a week in Taormina in October at Casa Cuseni, a place well known to our family and one we had waited years to visit. Originally built in the early part of the century by British watercolorist Robert Kitson, Casa Cuseni provides a stunning vantage point above the main part of town with glorious views of the sea, Mt Etna, and Taormina - Lovely in the morning, beautiful during the day, mesmerizing at sunset.
The proprieters Franco and Mimma are exceedingly gracious and helpful (Mimma's English is a bit better). Leave yourself some time to hear about the history of this establishment from Franco and Tori including stories of Mr Kitson, his friends and guests, as well as time to enjoy the art collections, architecture and garden. Endless time could be spent experiencing the treasures of this incredible museum-home and garden.
The rooms and terraces are beautiful, as are the gardens that the owners are working hard to restore to their original splendor. Choose a terrace for a nice bottle of Nero d'avola and some cheese in the afternoon before heading out to dinner. There are a lot of good restaraunts in town, but have at least one dinner in - Mimma is a wonderful cook and enjoying the splendor of the Brangwyn designed dining room is something to be experienced!
Breakfast upstairs is a lovely way to begin the day and Franco makes some mean (meaning very good) coffee to prepare you for a day of strolling the town, up to Castelmola - if you need a bit of exercise - or perhaps relaxing in one of the quiet garden terraces with a good book or tray of watercolors.
For us, Casa Cuseni will be a place we return to again and again.
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