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“I found Paradise in Taormina”
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Hotel Villa Ducale
Ranked #1 of 87 Hotels in Taormina
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Seattle, WA
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Reviewed July 14, 2005

I always thought that Paradise was found somewhere near Tibet. Today I found it nestled in the upper part of Taormina. Getting to the hotel was the only concern.. as the roads are narrow and winding like the amalfi coast but boy the hotel and the associated views are marvelous!! The staff is tremendous, led by the owner Andrea and support well by Riccardo and others. Exceptional views from the rooms, the terrace and the reception area are panoramic of the ocean and of Mount Etna (Sicily's live volcano). The rooms are magnificient and worth every penny that you are spending - dont hesitate ever at the price of staying here.
If I were a travel critic I would tell you the rooms are all five star, the service and the hospitality is without comparison, the panoramic views are spectacular and the beauty of the area and the sun drenched ocean beaches are amazing. Did I mention that our bathroom is nearly as big as our bedroom? Phones in the room (missed this in Rome), great plasma tv in rooms, wonderful air-conditioning in the rooms, laundry service, in room safe, great maps available at the front desk, no problems speaking English or Italian with the staff, great restaurants recommendations, rooms are very nicely furnished with large beds and excellent decor.... very romantic.
Each room has a private terrace with a spectacular view of the ocean and countryside. Access to the town is easy. A free mini shuttle bus takes you into town or to the beach until late at night (and runs on a frequent schedule). From town you can get to the beaches by funicular... really convenient and fun. Corso Umberto is a shoppers paradise and reataurants about everywhere. If you need parking reserve ahead of time... however once you arrive and park your car you really won't need it again before you leave!
Truthfully, you need not look for further paradise or Shangri-la! This is it. I am looking forward to coming back next year and stay longer.. this place is going to be in my mind for ever ...... ciao.

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Floral Park, New York
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Reviewed June 19, 2005

We discovered Villa Ducale six years ago. We've traveled to Sicily three times since and would not think of staying anywhere else in Taormina. Our latest visit was end of May 2005. We could not wait to get there. The entire staff, starting from the owners Andrea and his beautiful wife Rosaria, the General Manager Sebastiano, and all the others... have become our true friends. Visiting Villa Ducale is like coming into a beautiful home and visiting friends and family, all in a beautiful and peaceful environment with Mount Etna and the Aeolean Sea in the background. In addition, the owners have made some wonderful enhancements in recent years... updating the rooms and bathrooms; adding a shuttle service to/from town, and providing dinner in the evening. Rosario and I cannot wait to return. We would pack our bags right now if you could. Ci vediamo presto... tutti amichi alla Villa Ducale! Rosario and Rosemary King

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Reviewed June 16, 2005

i spent 3 wonderful days in this magical spot , I WOULD RECCOMEND THE ducale to all my friends . Taormina is one of the most beautiful places in the world and this hotel is the best all-in-all . You must stay here .

  • Stayed: May 2005
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Truckee, California
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Reviewed June 11, 2005

Located high above the town center, the Romantik Villa Ducale commands an awesome view of the The Ionian Sea and Mt Etna. The owner Andrea and staff were exceedingly hospitable and gracious. The gardens were lovely. We were very comfortable in our spacious room (12). The walk back up the hill from the town center is not for everyone, but transportaion was available. We especially enjoyed our meals at the two nearby restaurants (a five minute walk). Our mid-May stay was perfect and we wished we could have stayed longer than two nights.

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Seattle, WA.
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Reviewed June 7, 2005

During a stay in May at the Villa Ducale in Taormina, Sicily we had problems with their staff. Upon not rewarding them with compliments to a 'show' suggested we attend, and a dinner afterwards, which we cancelled we were shown the true rudeness of the haughty Italian's at this particular establishment. It is truly a lovely place, but run by maniacs! If you go make sure to Love everything they arrange for you, and most importantly Do Not criticize anything they plan or book for you - or you will be ignored and if you're unlucky - you will be stalked by their owner/manager via email. I would NEVER recommend this place, soley on the mis-management of the place and the sheer rudeness to a paying customer.

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Reviewed May 29, 2005

To end a perfect day, or enhance the pleasures of a longer visit, I highly recommend a stay at the Hotel Villa Ducale, where Sicilian hospitality reigns. Andrea and Rosaria Quartucci are dedicated to making their guests feel at home in what was once their private family dwelling, now lovingly converted into an elegant inn painstakingly decorated by local artisans to recreate and showcase Sicilian interior design at its best. The terrace where breakfast and afternoon aperitifs are served has an unobstructed view of the Ionian Sea and Mt. Etna. Andrea is present to greet and assist his guests offering advice and suggestions on all aspects of their stay in Taormina. He exhibited a gentle kindness to me and to my elderly parents, as did his staff. Reservations are a must as Villa Ducale’s reputation for excellence is growing. Contact Hotel villa Ducale, Via Leonardo da Vinci, 60, 98039 Taormina (ME), Sicily, -------. For more information, visit hotelvilladucale.

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Bruxelles , Belgium
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Reviewed May 24, 2005

We spent a week at the Villa Ducale in May 2005.

The Villa is a 8/10 minute walk along a pedestrianized scenic long staircase to the main square in Taormina (buses, taxis, bars etc) and from the famous amphiteatre . Also they offer a free shuttle service , very convenient , which we used at night after dinner to go back .

Behind wrought iron gates, the immaculate terraced gardens lead up to the house. A smiling face appears at the reception and in a few minutes you are relaxing on a comfortable armchair sipping a glass of wine and enjoying an extraordinary panorama !

Our room was very comfortable, full of antiques and curios, with a huge bathroom and a cosy terrace overlooking the Ionian sea .

In the evening when the sun goes down the views over the sea and volcano Etna are just stunning and it's hard to leave for dinner . You can smell a sweet fragrance in the air as there are flowers everywhere (the orange flowers are just unbelievable) .

The owner is justifiably proud of his work in transforming the family home into a small luxury hotel. All the staff were very helpful and service was impeccable.

We would recommend the Villa unreservedly to anyone looking for a small charming personal hotel at reasonable rates (ehm .... relatively Italy is expensive ) . Taormina and all Sicily have been the most beautiful welcoming places we have visited , people are incredibly friendly and generous .

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Address: via Leonardo da Vinci 60, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Taormina
Price Range: $196 - $527 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Villa Ducale 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Taormina Hotel Villa Ducale is small luxury boutique hotel perched in an elevated position above the centre of Taormina km 1,3) commanding a unique outstanding view over the Mediterranean sea and Mount Etna.Our hotel,member of HIP hotels, is incredibly pretty, with flowers and colours adorning every angle, and a view to die for.Every bedroom is individually designed with the highest attention to detail, furnished with great taste in a mix of Sicilian traditional and Italian design contemporary style, each has its own private panoramic terrace or balcony.The hotel is able to offer a variety of personalised services, such as cooking lessons, wine tasting and tailor made meals, special romantic candle-lit dinners which can be arranged easily with the super friendly staff.Eleven Double rooms and six suites with full aminities and free wi-fi connection.Free shuttle to center and the beach. ... more   less 
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Ducale Hotel Taormina
Hotel Villa Ducale Taormina, Sicily

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