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Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Panorama of Sixteenth Century Florence under Francesco di Medici


Sixteenth century building activity in Florence is any thing but negligible. On the whole, new buildings and renovations considerably reduced the Medieval urbanistic continuity, especially on the environmental level.

The "grand ducal facades" changed the landscape, as it were of the old Medieval streets (Borgo degli Albizi, Via della Scala, Il Prato, Borgo Pinti, Via Romana, etc.) and squares (Santa Croce, Santo Spirito, Santa Maria Novella, SS. Annunziata). Even the facades of the churches (Santa Trinita) and mainly the interior changes with the installation of huge monumental altars correspond to this attempt at transfiguration.

From this point on "changes" in civil as in religious buildings would become the most common type of intervention during the XVII and XVIII centuries. Furthermore, the size of the area enclosed by the walls, more than enough for a population of 60,000 increasingly favored the development of a new equilibrium between architecture and green or free spaces, and the trend for smooth plastered or graffito facades with simple perimetral structures. The result was a new type of environmental continuity along the streets that were preferably wide and straight. This stupendous drawing marks a fundamental phase in the history of iconography in Florence. The figurative representation of the city as a single hierarchy, starting from the fifteenth century view of the "Catena" reaches perfection in this drawing. In Bonsignori's panorama, the method of axonometric perspective corresponds to the desire for an absolutely established hierarchy.

The evaluation of the general equilibrium and the parallel capacity for scientific analysis are carried to the limit. Each part of the city is visible in the same conditions, the streets take on an importance equal to the constructed volumes, consistently with the fact that the sixteenth century city was conceived as a dynamic relationship of streets. It is interesting to read Bonsignori's dedication: "To His Serene Highness the Grand Duke Francesco Medici. I have very diligently described the City of Florence in drawing; it is a city which, for its beauty and magnificence is worthy of being seen by all men. I am sending it to Your Highness in order that you be gratified to be prince and king of a city so noble and illustrious that celebrating it is superfluous; and that you may take pleasure in seeing the decorations made by Your Highness, your father and ancestors, loving it as benefactor and father, and may God always protect it. "

* In this statement, where the most significant parts are in Italics, is a key to understanding that the rigor of the axonometric method corresponds to the concept of order of the city-state, capital of Tuscany, imposed by Cosimo I. The interest in accurately recording the territory or individual features of the site, also corresponds to the climate of precision that reigned over Francesco's and Buontalenti's "scientific" experiments, Ligozzi's drawings and the semiprecious stone inlays, all of which can be related to the publication of the guides to Florence.

In 1510 Francesco Albertini published the Memoriale di molte statue e pitture della Citta di Firenze (A souvenir of many statues and paintings in the city of Florence). It was actually the first "guidebook" to the city. The only earlier ones were short notes in some fourteenth and fifteenth century chronicles. Examples are the remarks about Giotto and his followers in Filippo Villani's Cronaca and mainly Goro Dati's description of Florence.

A letter in the appendix to Disegno (1549) by A.F Doni contains a detailed program of a work Firenze illustrata, in 6 volumes that would be the first in a genre that later became highly cultivated in Italy. It had to be greatly illustrated with views of the city and its surroundings, and describe the buildings and monuments. One of the books was dedicated to festivals and entertainments. In 1591 Bocchi's Bellezze della citta di Firenze was published in 1591 and it was expanded by Cinelli in 1677. *The excerpts from Vasari and Bonsignori are freely translated from the Italian.

A Brief Introduction into Medieval Italy

Introduction - The last hundred years of the Western Roman Empire, from the second half of the 4C, coincided with large migrations of Germanic peoples (Visigoths, Vandals, Burgundians, Huns, Heruli, Alemanni etc.) who on different occasions settled within her territories. At the same time economic conditions also reflected the political instability of the imperial government, it deteriorated gradually and was accompanied by a chronic fall in population.

Already by the 5C the Italian population had been reduced to some six million inhabitants.

With the end of the Western Roman Empire the Italian territory remained basically united, first under the rule of Odoacer and then that of Theodoric the Ostrogoth (493-526). Under the latter, the country had periods of relative economic prosperity and peace. This was also due to the contribution of illustrious Romanists such as Boethius, Cassiodorus and Symmachus.

It was in this period that the influence of the Christian church began to make itself felt more consistently. This was in contrast to the progressive orientalization of the Empire, now focused on its new capital of Costantinople, founded by the emperor Constantine between 326-330 on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium. The Christian church sought to continue the authority and prestige of Rome. In particular there emerged the figures of popes such as Leo I (440-461) and Gregory the Great (590-604) who were capable of bringing prestige to the institution they represented. Under the latter in particular, the church also began to assume political and administrative functions due to repeated territorial acquisitions (St. Peter's patrimony).

Also at the end of the 4C there began to flower western monachism, with its major figure in St. Benedict of Nursia (480-543). The Benedictine monasteries and abbeys, but also those of other orders, became already in the early Middle Ages not only places of religion but centres for the preservation and spread of culture. In addition, they took an important economic role due to their schemes for the drainage and use of lands devastated and depopulated by recurrent war. The papacy, monasteries and other ecclesiastical institutions found themselves in possession of huge estates, often enlarged by further donations, that contributed to strengthen their political authority and power.

The deterioration in relations between Theodoric's successors and the Eastern Empire offered the emperor Justinian (527-565) the opportunity to re-unite the Empire.

This he did at the price of a difficult conflict, the Graeco-Gothic War (535-553), which had grave consequences for the Italian territory as it was placed under the government of the Exarchate of Ravenna.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Hotel Borgo Grondaie - Siena

The hotel Borgo Grondaie built in an old Tuscan farm just two kilometers near Siena centre, surrounded by a secular park, is a hotel residence, fully air-conditioned. Due to its strategical position, the hotel Borgo Grondaie, is the perfect starting point for excursions to Siena and the beautiful Chianti and Brunello region.
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The hotel has 15 apartments and 10 rooms. The rooms, decorated in Tuscan style, are located in the dependance, the old country house. All of the single and double rooms feature air conditioning, private bathroom, safe, hairdryer, mini bar, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, heating and Internet connection. The apartments are two-room apartments for 2, 3 or 4 persons and three-room apartments for 5 persons. Two-room apartments are composed of a double room, bathroom, kitchen and living room. Three-room apartments are composed of 2 double rooms, bathroom, kitchen and living room.All apartments are equipped with air-conditioning, hairdryer, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, heating and Internet connection. Two apartments have services for the disabled while some also have a private garden or terrace.
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Hotel Il Giardino - Siena

The hotel Giardino is situated in the historic centre of Siena, right beside the medieval city walls and 1 km from the legendary Piazza del Campo medieval square and the Duomo cathedral, one of the best examples of Gothic in Italy.The property is fully air-conditioned and offers many facilities, such as a restaurant, a swimming pool, a solarium and a fitness room.The hotel, ideally located in the heart of Toscany, is the starting point for art and gastronomic tours in the region.
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The hotel has 20 single, double, triple and quadruple rooms, with a magnificent view over the Tuscany countryside or over Siena. All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom, hairdryer, mini bar, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, heating and Internet connection. Some rooms also have a mini safe.
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Beach umbrellas and deck loungers
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Hotel Minerva - Siena

The hotel Minerva is located in the historic centre of Siena, just a 10 minutes' walk from Piazza del Campo and the Duomo, and a mere 500 metres from the railway station. The property features comfortable guest rooms and public areas, such as a bar and a meeting facility.
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The hotel has 59 single, double, triple and quadruple standard and superior rooms. All accommodations are equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, heating and Internet connection. The superior rooms, also featuring air conditioning, safe and mini bar, are decorated in a modern style and are larger than the standard ones. Some rooms overlook the historic centre while one room is specially equipped to welcome disabled guests.
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Hotel Minerva - Siena

The hotel Minerva is located in the historic centre of Siena, just a 10 minutes' walk from Piazza del Campo and the Duomo, and a mere 500 metres from the railway station. The property features comfortable guest rooms and public areas, such as a bar and a meeting facility.
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The hotel has 59 single, double, triple and quadruple standard and superior rooms. All accommodations are equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, heating and Internet connection. The superior rooms, also featuring air conditioning, safe and mini bar, are decorated in a modern style and are larger than the standard ones. Some rooms overlook the historic centre while one room is specially equipped to welcome disabled guests.
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Hotel Santa Caterina - Siena

The Hotel Santa Caterina, a 18th century Patrician villa, is situated just a few metres away from Porta Romana, one of the medieval gates to the historic centre of Siena, and a 15-minute walk from the renowned Piazza del Campo. The property is a small hotel surrounded by a verdant and peaceful garden, overlooking the countryside. The bedrooms feature a customized decoration, in a typical Tuscan style. Furthermore, a bar is at your disposal for a cocktail or a fresh beverage.
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The hotel offers 22 single, double and triple bedrooms, all equipped with direct dial phone, air conditioning, mini bar, modem plug and satellite TV. All the accommodations feature a private bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer. Some of the bedrooms have a view over the Tuscan countryside. One room equipped for disabled guests is available on request.
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Entire property is air conditioned
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Room service - 24 hour
City tour
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Hotel Italia - Siena

The hotel Italia, a recently renovated modern building, is situated in Siena, a short distance from Porta Camollia, the traditional entrance to the medieval town. Siena is nestled amongst wonderful rolling hills, and it is world famous due to its artistic and architectural jewels of the medioeval city centre, which has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. The hotel lies near many bars and typical restaurants, where guests can taste the delicious tuscan specialities accompanied by the internationally renowned local wines: Chianti classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Brunello di Montalcino or Vernaccia di San Gimignano.
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The hotel has 66 single, double and triple rooms decorated with bright colours and fabrics. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom, hairdryer, safe, mini bar, colour TV, direct dial telephone and heating. Several rooms are also equipped with air-conditioning.
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Hotel Garden - Siena

The hotel Garden is prestigious 19th century residence with original frescoed halls, surrounded by a secular live oaks park. The property is situated 700 metres from the ancient walls of Siena and has been recently renovated with ancient furnishings. The bedrooms feature a customized decoration and are equipped with all the modern comforts. You will appreciate the spacious swimming pool and a tennis court, as well as the elegant restaurant of the hotel. Furthermore, a banqueting room and a number of equipped meeting rooms are at your disposal.
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The hotel offers 125 single, double single use, double, triple and quadruple bedrooms, all equipped with direct dial phone, air-conditioning, safe, mini bar, satellite TV and ADSL Internet connection. All the accommodations feature a private bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer. Some of the rooms boast a fantastic view over the countryside.
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Best Western Hotel Executive - Siena

The Best Western Hotel Executive is situated in Siena in a quiet residential area called Scacciapensieri, close to the Centro Didattico Universitario e Congressuale of the new Santa Maria delle Scotte hospital and less than 2 km from the historical centre and the railway station. The hotel features all the modern comforts and is entirely air-conditioned. It offers a high level of hospitality ensuring a successful stay for both the business and leisure travellers and is furthermore an ideal basis to discover all the attractions of Tuscany. The property features a large parking area and an Internet point in the hall.
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The hotel offers 73 single, double single use, double standard, twin and triple bedrooms.All the accommodations are equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom, hairdryer, mini bar, satellite TV, direct dial telephone and Internet connection. Ironing facilities are available upon request. Two rooms feature facilities for disabled guests.
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Hotel Montaperti - Siena

The Montaperti hotel, is located on a hill overlooking the city of Siena, in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy. The property enjoys an array of fine services that includes a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center with gym, sauna and Turkish bath as well as meeting and banqueting facilities.
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The hotel offers rooms and residence accommodations as well as suites. All of the accommodations are equipped with air conditioning, private bathroom with hairdryer, safe, mini bar, satellite TV, direct dial telephone, heating and Internet access. The accommodations overlook the Tuscan countryside or the Siena hills. Specially equipped rooms are also available to welcome disabled guests. Residence accommodations provide a useful alternative to the rooms. Built in the same modern and functional design, they are equipped with a kitchen corner. For this reason they are ideally suited for a business stay, either short or long, and also family holidays, especially with children. They all have the facilities of the hotel rooms and provide more living space.
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Grand Hotel Continental - Siena

In Piazza Salimbeni, the heart of the ancient Medieval city of Siena and just steps away from Piazza del Campo, the Grand Hotel Continental is a splendid aristocratic mansion that now plays a vital role in the cultural heritage of the famous Tuscan town. Faithful restoration has not only given the hotel back its original architectural features, but has also brought to light old decorations and magnificent frescoes.
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The hotel has 51 double classic, superior, superior panoramic and deluxe rooms, as well as junior suites. All rooms are also suitable for single use. Each room features air-conditioning, private bathroom with hairdryer, safe, mini bar, satellite TV, pay TV, direct dial telephone, writing desk, heating and Internet connection. Some rooms overlook the Duomo.
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Access for disabled
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Room service - 24 hour
Room service - limited menu
City maps
Concierge
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Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Hotel Villa Ducale in Taormina

The Hotel Villa Ducale in Taormina is to be found in a genuine aristocratic, Sicilian villa from where you can admire a unique and spectacular view: on one side the vast, calm crystal sea extends out, while on the other Etna rises up, surrounded by a luscious vegetation which invites you to explore.A romantic and relaxing place, immersed in nature and rich in history and traditions: ideal for lovers and for those who wish to regenerate themselves in magical, exclusive surroundings.Everything is taken care of in the smallest detail to offer our guests an unforgettable stay.The external areas are a celebration of nature: the terrace where breakfast is served, allows you to appreciate a spectacular view, while the delightful Mediterranean garden is dominated by the typical colors and perfumes of this land.

Internally, the Hotel has perfectly preserved the authentic atmosphere of a Sicilian villa: from the use of material such as terracotta, wrought iron and painted ceramics, to the warm, friendly welcome, offered in a sophisticated but informal context.This small, elegant and luxurious hotel in Taormina has received countless awards and honors, special mentions and compliments from leading international tourism guides and magazines, quickly becoming in vogue for those who seek a special, unique vacation, in a charming setting in harmony with local culture and traditions. Elegance, style, charm, ambiance, relax, top quality services, courtesy and warmth are the cornerstones of Villa Ducale

Taormina Attractions

The origin of Taormina's name came from the Tauromenion (Greek) that is the shape of Taurus. Seems that the Sicilian, to which Dionisio of Syracuse had previously granted the earth around Naxos, had occupied Monte Tauro in the years of the Olimpiade of the 396 a.C. But the tyrant of Syracuse wanted to resume with violence the granted territory. Taormina remains under the tyranny of Syracuse until the domination of Rome, in the 212 a.C

Attractions:
The greek-roman theatre Going back probably to the III century a.C., the greek-roman theatre of Taormina is sure the largest in Sicily, after that one of Syracuse. It's supposed that it was built by the Greeks Tauromeniti and later re-built by the Romans. The greek-roman theatre is divided in three parts: the scene, the orchestra the cavea.

The scene is that part where the actors go on show. It has six bases of columns and four columns of corinzio style are.

The cavea is formed by the gradinate that left from the bottom and went salting towards the high where took place the spectators. The steps of the gradinate were dig in the cliff.
The orchestra is the flat part of the theatre. Here the singers were placed to develop the tragedy or the commedy where the actors recited.

Palazzo Corvaja Palazzo Corvaja was realized during the Arabic domination in Taormina. In fact its structure has in its base a tower that remembers the" Arabs the sacred"- “ Ka `bah”. It's the dice that, according to Maometto, was the first temple raised to God from Abrham to La Mecca. The palace was realized in the beginnings of 1400 in order to allow the reunions of the first sicilian Parliament of 1411. Currently Palazzo Corvaja is the center of the "Etno-anthropological" Museum in which are exposed objects from the art and traditions of the period comprised between the XVI and the XIX century.

The Dome The Dome was erected in the XIII century, but many of its structural members were added later on. It is the case, as an example, of the portal on the left flank that laughed to the ?400, and the ghotic style portal that laughed to the '500.

The park Column The park is property of the common from 1923. In its inside, there are not only native plants like carob trees, olive trees and almonds tree, but also plants coming from the exotic parts of the austral hemisphere, i.e. the Araucaria, the Calliandra and the Bahuinia.

Fluvial park of the Alcantara Taormina makes part of this protected area, but it is opened also to the Ionian see and dominates an immense landscape beyond the Etna. In the territory there are immense citrus groves. The beauty of this places make it a privileged center for the tourists.

Typical Products The typical products of Taormina are those diffuse in the zone comprised inside of the Etna park. Blue fish is however impossible to renounce too.
Festivities and events In the city are organized a lot of manifestations all the year. The most known are the Taormina film festival and the Taormina Art. They regards also music and theatre, in fact, in the summery months inside of the Greek theatre and the communal villa are organized numerous shows.

Taormina Culture and tourism

The David di Donatello Taormina Film Festival has been held for over fifty years, with international film stars viewing films on a screen erected in the Greek theatre.
Just south of Taormina is the Isola Bella, a nature reserve. Tours of the Capo Sant' Andrea grottos are also available. Taormina is built on an extremely hilly coast, and is approximately a forty-five minute drive away from Europe's largest active volcano, Mount Etna.

In 1927 the young Icelandic writer Halldór Laxness (born 1902) published his first major novel, Vefarinn mikli frá Kasmír (The Great Weaver of Kashmir), a panorama of social, literary, religious and sexual issues of his times. Laxness, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1955, wrote most of his novel in Taormina which he then praised highly in his book of autobiographical essays, Skáldatími (The Time of the Poet) from 1963.

Between 1948 and 1999 the English writer Daphne Phelps lived in the Casa Cuseni designed and built by Robert Hawthorn Kitson in 1905, and entertained various friends includingBertrand Russell, Roald Dahl, and Tennessee Williams.

Taormina archaeology

The present town of Taormina occupies the ancient site, on a lofty hill which forms the last projecting point of the mountain ridge that extends along the coast from Cape Pelorus to this point. The site of the old town is about 300 m above the sea, while a very steep and almost isolated rock, crowned by a Saracen castle, rises about 150 m higher: this is undoubtedly the site of the ancient Arx or citadel, the inaccessible position of which is repeatedly alluded to by ancient writers.

Portions of the ancient walls may be traced at intervals all round the brow of the hill, the whole of the summit of which was evidently occupied by the ancient city. Numerous fragments of ancient buildings are scattered over its whole surface, including extensive reservoirs of water, sepulchres, tesselated pavements, etc., and the remains of a spacious edifice, commonly called a Naumachia, but the real destination of which it is difficult to determine. But by far the most remarkable monument remaining at Taormina is the ancient theatre (the teatro greco, the "Greek theatre"), which is one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily, on account both of its remarkable preservation and of the surpassing beauty of its situation. It is built for the most part of brick, and is therefore probably of Roman date, though the plan and arrangement are in accordance with those of Greek, rather than Roman, theatres; whence it is supposed that the present structure was rebuilt upon the foundations of an older theatre of the Greek period. With a diameter of 109 metres (after an expansion in the 2nd century), this theatre is the second largest of its kind in Sicily (after that of Syracuse); it is frequently used for operatic and theatrical performances and for concerts.

The greater part of the original seats have disappeared, but the wall which surrounded the whole cavea is preserved, and the proscenium with the back wall of the scena and its appendages, of which only traces remain in most ancient theatres, are here preserved in singular integrity, and contribute much to the picturesque effect, as well as to the interest, of the ruin. From the fragments of architectural decorations still extant we learn that it was of the Corinthian order, and richly ornamented. Some portions of a temple are also visible, converted into the church of San Pancrazio, but the edifice is of small size.

Taormina History

Taormina's coastal location, facing Greece, between the powerful cities of Syracuse and Catana to the south, and Messana (and behind it, mainland Italy) to the north, determined much of its history. It is only about 5 km from the site of the ancient Naxos, and there is no doubt that Tauromenium did not exist as a city till after the destruction of Naxos by Dionysius I of Syracuse, 403 BCE; but the circumstances connected with its foundation are somewhat confused and uncertain.

It appears, however, from Diodorus that after the destruction of Naxos, the remaining inhabitants of that city were driven into exile, and its territory was assigned by Dionysius to the neighbouring Siculi. These, however, did not re-occupy the site of the ancient city, but established themselves on a hill to the north of it, which was called the hill of Taurus (ὁ λόφος ὁ καλούμενος Ταῦρος). Here they at first constructed only a temporary camp (in 396 BCE), but afterwards erected walls and converted it into a regular fortress or town, to which they gave the name of Tauromenium. (Diod. xiv. 58, 59.) The place was still in the hands of the Siculi in 394 BCE, and they held it against the efforts of Dionysius, who besieged the city in vain for a great part of the winter, and though he on one occasion forced his way within the walls by a nocturnal surprise, was again driven out and repulsed with heavy loss. (Id. 87, 88.) But by the peace concluded in 392 BCE, it was expressly stipulated that Tauromenium should be subject to Dionysius, who expelled the greater part of the Siculi that had settled there, and supplied their place with his own mercenaries. (Id. 96.) From this time we hear no more of Tauromenium till 358 BCE, when we are told that Andromachus, the father of the historian Timaeus, brought together all the remains of the exiled Naxians, who were still scattered about in different parts of Sicily, and established them all at Tauromenium. (Id. xvi. 7.) This is related by Diodorus as if it were a new foundation, and even as if the name had then first been applied to the city, which is in direct contradiction with his former statements. What had become of the former inhabitants we know not, but there is little doubt that the account of this resettlement of the city is substantially correct, and that Tauromenium now for the first time became a Greek city, which was considered as taking the place of Naxos, though it did not occupy the same site. (Wesseling, ad Diod. xiv. 59.) Hence Pliny's expression, that Tauromenium had formerly been called Naxos (Plin. iii. 8. s. 14) is nearly, though not strictly, correct.

The new settlement seems to have risen rapidly to prosperity, and was apparently already a considerable town at the time of the expedition of Timoleon in 345 BCE. It was the first place in Sicily where that leader landed, having eluded the vigilance of the Carthaginians, who were guarding the Straits of Messina, and crossed direct from Rhegium (modern Reggio di Calabria) to Tauromenium. (Diod. xvi. 68; Plut. Timol. 10.) The city was at that time still under the government of Andromachus, whose mild and equitable administration is said to have presented a strong contrast with that of the despots and tyrants of the other Sicilian cities. He welcomed Timoleon with open arms, and afforded him a secure resting place until he was enabled to carry out his plans in other parts of Sicily. (Diod. l. c.; Plut. l. c.) It is certain that Andromachus was not deprived of the chief power, when all the other tyrants were expelled by Timoleon, but was permitted to retain it undisturbed till his death. (Marcellin. Vit. Thucyd. § 27.) We hear, however, very little of Tauromenium for some time after this. It is probable that it passed under the authority of Agathocles, who drove the historian Timaeus into exile; and some time after this it was subject to a domestic despot of the name of Tyndarion, who was contemporary with Hicetas of Syracuse and Phintias of Agrigentum. (Diod. xxii. Exc. H. p. 495.) Tyndarion was one of those who concurred in inviting Pyrrhus into Sicily (278 BCE), and when that monarch landed with his army at Tauromenium, joined him with all his forces, and supported him in his march upon Syracuse. (Diod. l. c. pp. 495, 496.) A few years later we find that Tauromenium had fallen into the power of Hieron of Syracuse, and was employed by him as a stronghold in the war against the Mamertines. (Id. p. 497.) It was also one of the cities which was left under his dominion by the treaty concluded with him by the Romans in 263 BCE. (Diod. xxiii. p. 502.) This is doubtless the reason that its name is not again mentioned during the First Punic War.

Taormina as seen from the Saracen castle overlooking the town. The Greek amphitheatre is visible in the distance.

There is no doubt that Tauromenium continued to form a part of the kingdom of Syracuse till the death of Hieron, and that it only passed under the government of Rome when the whole island of Sicily was reduced to a Roman province; but we have scarcely any account of the part it took during the Second Punic War, though it would appear, from a hint in Appian (Sic. 5), that it submitted to Marcellus on favorable terms; and it is probable that it was on that occasion it obtained the peculiarly favored position it enjoyed under the Roman dominion. For we learn from Cicero that Tauromenium was one of the three cities in Sicily which enjoyed the privileges of a civitas foederata or allied city, thus retaining a nominal independence, and was not even subject, like Messana, to the obligation of furnishing ships of war when called upon. (Cic. Verr. ii. 6. 6, iii. 6, v. 19.)

But the city suffered severe calamities during the Servile War in Sicily, 134-132 BCE, having fallen into the hands of the insurgent slaves, who, on account of the great strength of its position, made it one of their chief posts, and were able for a long time to defy the arms of the consul Rupilius. They held out until they were reduced to the most fearful extremities by famine, when the citadel was at length betrayed into the hands of the consul by one of their leaders named Sarapion, and the whole of the survivors put to the sword. (Diod. xxxiv. Exc. Phot. p. 528; Oros. v. 9.) Tauromenium again bore a conspicuous part during the wars of Sextus Pompeius in Sicily, and, from its strength as a fortress, was one of the principal points of the position which he took up in 36 BCE, for defence against Octavian. It became the scene also of a sea-fight between a part of the fleet of Octavian, commanded by the triumvir in person, and that of Pompeius, which terminated in the defeat and almost total destruction of the former. (Appian, B.C. v. 103, 105, 106-11, 116; Dion Cass. xlix. 5.) In the settlement of Sicily after the defeat of Pompey, Tauromenium was one of the places selected by Augustus to receive a Roman colony, probably as a measure of precaution, on account of the strength of its situation, as we are told that he expelled the former inhabitants to make room for his new colonists. (Diod, xvi. 7.) Strabo speaks of it as one of the cities on the east coast of Sicily that was still subsisting in his time, though inferior in population both to Messana and Catana. (Strab. vi. pp. 267, 268.) Both Pliny and Ptolemy assign it the rank of a colonia (Plin. iii. 8. s. 14; Ptol. iii. 4. § 9), and it seems to have been one of the few cities of Sicily that continued under the Roman Empire to be a place of some consideration. Its territory was noted for the excellence of its wine (Plin. xiv. 6. s. 8), and produced also a kind of marble which seems to have been highly valued. (Athen. v. p. 207.) Juvenal also speaks of the sea off its rocky coast as producing the choicest mullets. (Juv. v. 93.) The Itineraries place Tauromenium 32 miles from Messana, and the same distance from Catana. (Itin. Ant. p. 90; Tab. Peut.) It continued after the fall of the Roman Empire to be one of the more considerable towns of Sicily, and from the strength of its position was one of the last places that was retained by the Greek emperors; but it was taken by the Saracens in 906 after a siege of two years, and totally destroyed.

In the late 19th century Taormina gained some prominence as the place where Wilhelm von Gloeden worked most of his life as a photographer of predominantly male nudes. Also credited for making Taormina popular was Otto Geleng, best known in his hometown of Berlin for his fine paintings, which he composed and painted in Italy but exhibited in Germany. What distinguishes Geleng, however, is his choice to depict the more southern regions where he captured the spectacular views and light of Sicily. He often painted the area's Greek colonial ruins, including Taormina.Taormina's first important tourist was Johann Wolfgang Goethe who dedicated exalting pages to the city in his book entitled "Journey to Italy," but perhaps it was Geleng’s views that made its beauty talked about throughout Europe and turned the site into a famous tourist center. The artist arrived in Sicily at the age of 20 in search of new subjects for his paintings. On his way through Taormina he was so enamoured by the landscape that he decided to stop for part of the winter. Geleng began to paint everything that Taormina offered: ruins, sea, mountains, none of which were familiar to the rest of Europe. When his paintings were later exhibited in Berlin and Paris, many critics accused Geleng of having an ‘unbridled imagination’. At that, Geleng challenged them all to go to Taormina with him, promising that he would pay everyone's expenses if he were not telling the truth.

During the early 20th century the town became a colony of expatriate artists, writers, and intellectuals. D. H. Lawrence stayed here at the Fontana Vecchia from 1920 to 1922, and wrote a number of his poems, novels, short stories, and essays, and a travel book, Sea and Sardinia. Charles Webster Leadbeater, the theosophical author, found out that Taormina had the right magnetics fields for Jiddu Krishnamurti to develop his talents, so the young Krishnamurti dwelt here from time to time. Halldór Laxness, the Icelandic author, worked here on the first modern Icelandic novel, Vefarinn mikli frá Kasmír.

Taormina Overview

Taormina (Greek: Ταυρομένιον - Tauromenion; Latin Tauromenium) is a comune and small town on the east coast of the island of Sicily, Italy, in the Province of Messina, about midway between Messina (ancient Messana) and Catania (ancient Catana). Taormina has been a very popular tourist destination since the 19th century. It has popular beaches (accessible via an aerial tramway) on the Ionian sea, which is remarkably warm and the has a high salt content. Taormina can be reached via highways (autostrada) from Messina from the north and Catania from the south.

Hotel Villa Greta - Taormina

Hotel Villa Greta is a small family-run property situated in a quiet and panoramic area of Taormina, only a few minutes on foot from the historic centre and 800 metres from the lift to the beaches of Mazzarrò, Spisone and Isolabella. The hotel features a private garden, a bar, a restaurant and private parking facilities. Due to its location, the property is the ideal starting point to discover the rich cultural and natural heritage of Sicily.
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The hotel offers single, double, triple and quadruple rooms offering a beautiful view on the Giardini Naxos gulf and featuring private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. All rooms are furthermore equipped with direct dial phone, individually controlled air conditioning, heating and satellite TV.
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Grand Hotel Timeo - Taormina

The Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina boasts an excellent location in front of the Roman-Greek theatre. This first-class hotel, dating back to 1873, perfectly blends with the Framon hotel chain style. Surrounded by a beautiful park of 25000 sqm, the hotel hosts the famous literary terrace, boasting magnificent views, where renowned guests used since then to meet together. The hotel offers a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and Health & Fitness Centre. A multifunctional conference room is available for meetings, gala dinners and fashion shows, providing an exclusive atmosphere and excellent service.
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The property features tastefully furnished rooms, all with panoramic balconies or terraces. All of the accommodations have private bathroom with hairdryer, heating, safe, air-conditioning, Internet access, mini bar, satellite TV, desk and telephone. Disabled-accessible rooms are available on request.
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Hotel Villa Sant'Andrea - Mazzarò Taormina

The hotel Villa Sant'Andrea is ideally located on the bay of Mazzarò, in the immediate proximtiy of Taormina. It was built in 1830 by an aristocratic British family, and was transformed into a hotel in 1950. Since then it has been recognized as one of Taormina's most exclusive hotels, and it still preserves the fascination of a private residence. Surrounded by its private beach and a park of sub-tropical vegetation, it dominates the Bay of Mazzarò. Within walking distance is a cable car that can take guests up to explore the ancient village of Taormina with its renowned greek roman theatre. The property has two restaurants: the Sant'Andrea serves local specialities, whereas the Oliviero offers a sophisticated à la carte menu for romantic candle lit suppers. There is an inside bar and an outside bar on a large terrace; the piano bar, open until late at night, plays sweet after-dinner music. Areas of the hotel are dedicated to hosting banquets and business lunches. Relaxation treatments, thalassotherapy and massages can be enjoyed at the hotel's Mosaico health & fitness Centre.
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The hotel offers classic, superior and deluxe rooms as well as suites and junior suites. Each room, welcoming and well-lit, differs from the others with its antique furniture and original fine art decoration. All rooms and suites are equipped with individually controlled air conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, electronic safe and bathroom with hairdryer.
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Hotel Villa Chiara - Taormina

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‹‹Villa Chiara was a lovely, clean and modern place. The staff were very helpful and friendly and we enjoyed our stay there very much. We would definitely stay...››
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The hotel Villa Chiara is located in the heart of Taormina, close to the main street corso Umberto. The hotel offers a bar, a panoramic terrace and a TV room. Guests can enjoy some very nice activities, such as visiting the Sicilian museum of art and popular traditions.
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All the rooms have private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. The rooms are equipped with direct dial telephone, satellite TV, heater and air-conditioning.
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Hotel Riviera - Villagonia Taormina

This Hotel is situated near the sea, with excellent view of Naxos and Etna.
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All rooms have private bath or shower, WC, Bar, TV. The individually controlled air conditioning is included in the price only in August.
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Bristol Park Hotel - Taormina

The Bristol Park Hotel is situated in one of the most exciting locals in Taormina. It is fully embraced by the Historic GreekTheathre and Taormina's most with beautiful Public Garden "Duca di Cesarò". Magnificent hotel privided with every comfort. The Bristol Park represents a completely new concept in hotel design, and decor.

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The rooms and the apartments are with: -balcony overlooking the sea, Mount Etna or park side.-Air conditioning -Direct dial phones -T.V. color in each room.

Hotel Villa Carlotta - Taormina

Hotel Villa Carlotta enjoys an unbeatable panoramic position overlooking the sea, just 10 minutes on foot from Taormina's picturesque historic centre, with its many restaurants, bars, cinemas, theatres, quaint shops and boutiques. Nestled within a lovely mediterranean garden which boasts age-old palm trees, olive groves and brightly coloured flowers and bougainvilleas, the hotel is housed in a magnificent, late 19th-century villa which still retains its authentic character, while offering every modern comfort such as a bar, a free Internet Point, an outdoor swimming pool and a tempting Jacuzzi hydromassage. Because of its convenient location the property is furthermore an ideal starting point to discover the rich cultural and natural heritage of Sicily, a region of unchallenged beauty.
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The property offers 27 finely decorated rooms and suites, each individually appointed with antique furniture so that no two are alike. All lodgings feature an elegant private bathroom with shower or bathtub and hairdryer, individually controlled air conditioning, heating, direct dial telephone, Internet plug, satellite TV, mini bar and safe. Junior suites also have a private terrace or balcony, while the de luxe suite opens out onto a spacious terrace equipped with comfortable patio furniture.
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Grand Hotel Miramare - Taormina

The Grand Hotel Miramare is located in an enchanting position in Taormina on the Messina Gulf in a period residence that important refurbishing works have transformed in a luxurious hotel conserving again the ancient charm of the villa and the guest rooms, combined with modern comforts. The elegance and hospitality of this hotel guarantee guests a sea holiday in Taormina relaxing and unforgettable, surrounded by a luxuriant garden and within short distance from some of the most beautiful beaches of Sicily coast. The Grand Hotel Miramare amenities include panoramic restaurant, outdoor swimming pool with bar-terrace, ample garden, lounge bar, Internet Point and private parking area.
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Taormina is one of the most appealing seaside towns of the Sicily coast, where guests of Grand Hotel Miramare will explore several picturesque bays, caves and sandy or pebbled beaches, all easily reachable by cable cars or by convenient private shuttle buses from the hotels to the town. Taormina is also rich in archaelogical and historic sites of great interest, churches and tourist attractions such as the Clock Tower, the Public Gardens, the Arabian Necropolis and the Cathedral in Piazza Duomo, the churches of San Pancrazio, Santa Caterina, San Giorgio and Sant'Agostino.

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The Grand Hotel Miramare offers elegant standard and superior guest rooms, maintaining the luxurious style of a period residence with all modern comforts, in order to guarantee an unforgettable sea holiday in Taormina. Room amenities include private bathroom with shower or bathtub and hairdryer, direct dial telephone, heating, individually controlled air conditioning, Internet plug, satellite TV, mini bar, electronic safe and desk. All superior rooms boast a private balcony or terrace with sea view. The Grand Hotel Miramare provides rooms specially equipped for disabled guests. Baby cots and non-smoking rooms are available on request.
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Historic building
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Recently renovated
Room service - full menu
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Hotel Villa Angela - Taormina

The Villa Angela hotel enjoys ideal position in Taormina overlooking the Naxos Bay and the Etna Mount, at the feet of the historical church Madonna della Rocca and close to the city historic center. The Villa Angela hotel, surrounded by a beautiful park with Mediterranean vegetation, offers elegant exteriors and interiors in the romantic atmosphere of this splendid Sicilian residence, ideal for guests whishing to spend a relaxing and regenerating stay in Taormina. Hotel amenities include welcoming breakfast room, snack bar service with salads and pastas, outdoor swimming pool with solarium terrace, panoramic terrace, garden with tables and chairs, Internet Point with a laptop at guests' disposal, wireless Internet access and reception open 24 hours a day.
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The Villa Angela hotel offers refined Standard and Deluxe guest rooms, as well as Junior Suites and suites, all featuring chestnut and wrought iron furniture, typical of a luxurious Sicilian home. Each detail has been carefully chosen from the floors to the natural fibre fabrics, from the ceramic ornaments to the pictures on the walls, representing different aspects of life in Taormina. Room amenities include private bathroom with shower, bathtub and hairdryer (some rooms have Jacuzzi), direct dial telephone, heating, individually controlled air conditioning, wireless Internet access, satellite and pay TV, mini bar, electronic safe, desk and a private balcony or terrace with sea view and overlooking Naxos Bay and Mount Etna. The hotel provides specially equipped rooms for disabled guests. Baby cots are available on request.
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Park
Wireless Internet connection in the entire property
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Concierge
Front desk - 24 hour
Front desk - fax service
Front desk - safety deposit box
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Hotel Sirius - Taormina

Hotel Sirius - Taormina. Located in a quiet position on the hillslide, thi hotel offers a wonderful view of the Letojanni bay and Calabria. Facilities include swimmingpool, garden, private parking, a cosy bar with TV corner and a large terrace.

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The Hotel is situated near the lift station to Mazzarò and Isola Bella beach, wich are also reachable in a quarter of an hour on foot. Just a few minutes walk away you will find the "Corso Umberto", a pedestrian-area with typical mediterranean atmosphere.

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Even if it has been recently refurnished, the hotel still preserves the fascinating style of typically Mediterranean buildings. Almost every hotel bedroom is provided with a balcony overlooking the sea and every kind of comfort: air conditioning and heating, direct dial phone, safe, satellite TV-set, refrigerator with fully stocked mini bar, and obvously bathroom or shower.

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Tennis court
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President Hotel Splendid - Taormina

Just minutes away from the historical centre of Taormina, with Corso Umberto main pedestrian street, the President Hotel Splendid boasts wonderful views over the bay of Letojanni and Calabria's coastline. Originating from an ancient monastery and rich in gardens and terraces, the hotel offers rooms furnished in ethnic style, with sea view, balcony or terrace, a restaurant, two bars and an outdoor swimming pool. The pool area is surrounded by a fully planted terrace overlooking the Ionic coast up to Messina. Furthermore, at guests' disposal a snack bar open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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All single, double and triple rooms are furnished in ethnic style and have an en suite bathroom with hair dryer. Rooms with sea view are available on request. The accommodations come equipped with direct dial telephone, satellite TV, some with air-conditioning, fan on request, ADSL Internet access, heating, desk and balcony or terrace. All rooms are non-smoking. Disabled-accessible rooms as well as baby cots are available on request.
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Access for disabled
Credit card accepted
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Garden
Groups welcome
Historic building
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Lift/elevator
Pets accepted
Recently renovated
Room service - limited hour
City guide
Front desk - 24 hour
Front desk - fax service
Front desk - safety deposit box
Luggage room
Multilingual staff
Tourist information
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Outdoor swimming pool
Private parking
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Hotel Taodomus - Taormina

The Taodomus Hotel – the ideal central residence for those seeking relax in a refined, cosy and welcoming ambience. Unique for is location: 50 metres away from Porta Catania, just before the picturesque Piazza del Duomo, famous for its baroque fountain.Housed in an elegant refurbished residence. The Taodomus Hotel allows you to enjoy the elegant atmosphere of typical Sicilian house.
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Nine exclusive rooms allow our guests to make the most of the refined surroundings which are a fine reminder of the warm welcoming tradition, typical of our land: We shall welcome you an elegant and cosy environment.Our wish was to name each room at Taodomus Hotel after the colours, scents of fruit and plants typical of Sicily, a celebration of all senses.The furnishing…The furnishing is entirely hand made and decorated by hand, following old glazing, gilding and marbleizing techniques. Attention to details, matching colours for both furniture and finishing, the exclusive headboards as well as the old wardrobe shutters lend the rooms’ atmosphere an unrivalled elegance and charm.In order to make your stay even more comfortable, each room has been fitted with all kind of modern comfort: air-con with remote control, mini-bar, external phone landline, hairdryer, satellite TV.All rooms are soundproofed, which means that all our guests will be able to enjoy the magic of Taormina’s town centre in total relax.Each room features a balcony with plants and flowers; an ideal place where to relax and admire the gorgeous view while sipping tea or having breakfast
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Hotel Elios - Taormina

The Elios hotel, situated in Taormina, very close to the Greek Theatre and the Giardini di Villa Comunale gardens, a few steps from the town centre, offers cosy and cheap accommodation. Elios hotel is the ideal destination for tourist stays thanks to the mild and healthy climate of Taormina and various comforts and services conceived to ensure guests a relaxing holiday. Enjoyable excursions to Syracuse, Agrigento, Gole di Alcantara and the volcano Etna can be organized directly at the hotel and a tennis court is available at discounted rates nearby. Hotel amenities include two panoramic terraces from which to admire the Etna volcano and Taormina, along with a lounge bar, TV room and reading lounge, Internet Point and Wi-Fi Internet access. The Elios is a pet friendly hotel.
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City Area:Porta Messina
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GUEST ROOMS
double room
The Elios hotel offers double single use, double, triple and quadruple bedrooms, all featuring a private balcony with view of the sea, the Giardini Naxos Gulf or volcano Etna. All accommodations are soundproof and equipped with direct dial telephone, heating, individually controlled air conditioning, colour TV, mini bar and desk. Baby cots and non-smoking rooms are available on request.
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PROPERTY FACILITIES
Beach umbrellas and deck loungers
Credit card accepted
Entire property is air conditioned
Groups welcome
Historic building
Laundry service
Lift/elevator
Pets accepted
Room service - limited hour
Room service - limited menu
Wireless Internet connection in the entire property
City guide
City maps
City tour
Concierge
Front desk - 24 hour
Front desk - fax service
Front desk - safety deposit box
Luggage room
Multilingual staff
Newspapers
Tourist information
Shuttle service
Shuttle service from and/or to the airport
Shuttle service from and/or to the railway station
Internet/Email services
Reading lounge
TV Room
Lounge bar

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Hotel Victoria - Taormina

Hotel Victoria is situated right in the historical center of Taormina, right on the famous pedestrian street Corso Umberto, and minutes away from the old town-gate Porta Messina. This family-run hotel is housed in a building dating back to 1885, that has a lovely arched brick entrance, a small balcony decorated with columns and a double-arched window, a typical feature of ancient Sicilian architecture. Thanks to its position, Hotel Victoria is the ideal place to discover the rich cultural and natural heritage of Sicily. Hotel Victoria, with a total of 22 guestrooms, is always open and has a private parking area.
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City Area:Porta Messina
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Located on Corso Umberto, the Hotel Victoria is superbly located right next to Taormina’s most popular tourist attractions, including Teatro Greco, Palazzo dei Congressi, Palazzo Corvaia, Palazzo Duca di Santo Stefano and Teatro Romano Odeon.

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GUEST ROOMS
double room
Hotel Victoria offers finely furnished and soundproofed guest accommodations. Each room features private bathroom, individually controlled heating and air conditioning, satellite TV and direct dial telephone. Some rooms also have a private balcony.
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PROPERTY FACILITIES
Air conditioning
Credit card accepted
Groups welcome
Lift/elevator
Pets accepted
City maps
Front desk - 24 hour
Tourist information
Private parking
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Hotel Villa Caterina - Mazzarò Taormina

Villa Caterina is the ideal accommodation for guests seeking privacy, tranquillity and peacefulness. The villa stands in the fabulous inlet of the bay of Mazzaro, with its picturesque beach and clear sea only a few metres away, easily reachable by means of a private pathway. The building has been completely refurbished and it is situated just 100 metres away from the cable car station which leads up to the centre of Taormina. A small parking area is also available. The villa offers eleven comfortable double and triple guest rooms, which share the view of the garden with citrus and olive trees, roses, geraniums, and bougainvillaeas.
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City Area:Capo Taormina - Mazzarò
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All of the Villa Caterina rooms exhale a typical Sicilian charm, with beds in wrought iron, Caltagirone ceramics and wide windows overlooking the splendid Mediterranean garden which surrounds the hotel. The 11 twin or triple rooms come with a comfortable private bathroom with shower and hairdryer, air conditioning, direct dial phone, satellite TV and safety deposit box.
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PROPERTY FACILITIES
Credit card accepted
Garden
Pets accepted
Luggage room
Tourist information
Free parking
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Hotel Residence - Taormina

The hotel Residence is situated in the heart of the historical centre of Taormina, on the famous Corso Umberto, close to all major attractions of the town, such as the ancient Greek-Roman Theatre. Guests furthermore can easily reach the beach within a few minutes on foot.The property is housed in a beautiful building with cosy and elegantly furnished interiors, including a TV room, a reading room and a bar.The hotel also offers a marvellous private Mediterranean garden, equipped with tables, chairs and deck-chairs, boasting splendid panoramic views of the city and the sea.
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City Area:Porta Messina
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GUEST ROOMS
double room
The property offers single, double and triple rooms, each featuring private bathroom with shower or bathtub and hairdryer.The rooms are furthermore equipped with direct dial telephone, air-conditioning and private balcony.
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PROPERTY FACILITIES
Credit card accepted
Garden
Front desk - 24 hour
Tourist information
Reading room
TV Room
Bar


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Hotel Condor - Taormina

The Condor hotel is situated in a quiet and panoramic position in Taormina, a splendid town featuring a mild climate, rich in vegetation and culturally and historically valuable with its Baia di Mazzarò, Capo Sant'Andrea and Isola Bella. The hospitality dedicated to its guests is the result of the experience and passion of the Spartà-Longo family since more 30 years. On the first floor, during the good season, a continental breakfast is served on the panoramic terrace, while on the second floor the solarium-terrace is equipped with sun beds and shower. A bar-cafeteria, an Internet Point, a reception open 24 hours and comfortable TV room and reading lounge complete the offer of this welcoming hotel, making your stay in Taormina pleasant and relaxing. Pets are welcome in the hotel.
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City Area:Porta Messina
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The hotel offers comfortable and tastefully furnished standard and superior bedrooms, as well as suites, each featuring a private bathroom with hairdryer. All accommodations are non-smoking and equipped with direct dial telephone, heating, individually controlled air conditioning and colour TV. Some rooms have a private balcony with a splendid sea view. Baby cots are available on request.
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PROPERTY FACILITIES
Credit card accepted
Entire property is air conditioned
Lift/elevator
Pets accepted
Recently renovated
City maps
Front desk - 24 hour
Front desk - fax service
Front desk - safety deposit box
Luggage room
Multilingual staff
Tourist information
Mountainbikes
Garage
Private parking
Shuttle service from and/or to the airport
Internet/Email services
Reading lounge
TV Room
Cafeteria
Roof garden
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