This is an absolutely beautiful place. The owners obviously put a lot of love into the design and landscaping. My husband and I planned to use this as a base of operations for making day trips to Mt. Etna and Taormina, but it's so serene and relaxing, once we got there, we didn't bother leaving to see other places. It's a great place to rest. (We were there in September and there were only a few other guests.)
My only constructive criticism is that the gourmet dinners, while inventive, were unevenly executed. Some dishes were perfect, some overcooked.
If you're driving, don't rely on Google for directions. Just find the village of Riposto, which is on the coast, and make a beeline for the lemon orchards, which are a 2-minute drive inland.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Terra Del Mezzo farmhouse is located between Etna and Ionio sea, 15 km from Taormina e 30 from Catania, 800 meters from the sea. "La Terra del Mezzo" offers accommodation in 10 comfortable rooms and a restaurant where you can enjoy the flavors and scents of Sicily. The structure is managed by Pennisi family, owner for many generations of the 18 acres of lemon groves which surround it. All ten rooms are equipped with private ventilated bathroom (with bath and shower), air conditioning, telephone, fridger, television and internet connection. Breakfast is served every morning in the dining room and outside, below the shadow of lemon trees, when time permits. Mrs. Adele makes every day freshly squeezed citrus juice, homemade cakes, cookies and continental breakfast. Parking and internet connection are available for free. ... more less
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