Mount Etna dominates the vista of Hotel Villa Sonia- a powerful and spectacular volcano that impacts on everyday life in this area of Sicily. The view is majestic and sensational, and one which you enjoy at breakfast, at the pool and in their fabulous jacuzzi. Just up some steps is the exquisite Castelmola- a hill-top village where the views are breathtaking. It also boasts reasonably priced fantastic restaurants (more so than in Taormina), either in an exquisite open air courtyard, or with panoramic views of the volcano. The food as always in Sicily, is sumptuous. Down a perilously curving road is the picture postcard town of Taormina, which has a wonderful Roman theatre, and many elegant churches. The coast has many lovely beaches, but we chose to concentrate on the historical sights of Syracuse- which are quite remarkable, not least the substantial remains of 15,000 seat amphitheatre.
Mount Etna dominates the culture, and we took the 'Around Etna' hop on and off bus tour (30 euros) to the top, where you pass by extensive lava fields, and really start to appreciate the power of this mighty volcano. On the slopes lies the historic town of Randazzo , where there is a large church constructed out of the lava. We considered hiring a car, but there is a good and regular bus stop on the hour outside the hotel, and the hotel also offers a free shuttle bus a certain times of the day. Once in Taormina, various tours are offered which effectively take you around the region. T
Jo + Erik from Guildford
Restored hillside villa with views of Mount Etna and Taormina bay, in the medieval hamlet of Castelmola, 4 km from central …More
This family-run hotel (converted villa as is typical in Sicily) is a most pleasurable
treasure. Wonderful breakfast at the Bar San Giorgio with splendid views of the sea.
Personnel are exceptionally helpful, practical, and accommodating. A treat!
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