Hotel Villa Ducale

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

A thoughtfully restored villa owned and run by Rosaria and Andrea Quartucci, Villa Ducale is an inviting hideaway on the hills just outside of Taormina, commanding sweeping views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna. This intimate hotel feels like home from home with its friendly staff and inviting interiors.
Perfect forCouples seeking an authentic retreat which feels Sicilian through and through – with added luxury.
In the knowPull up a chair on the terrace as the sun goes down and watch as Taormina begins to glow beside the silvery sea.

Recommended for...

  • Honeymoon
  • Luxury Hotel
  • Romantic
  • Setting & Views

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Villa Ducale is perfectly placed above Taormina, surrounded by terracotta-roof cottages and lush vegetation. It’s a 10 minute stroll down towards the medieval heart of town, and 30 minutes back uphill – the hotel provides a shuttle service for worn out guests.

Rooms at Hotel Villa Ducale

With no more than 20 rooms at Villa Ducale, the feel is exclusive and private – each room or suite has its own terrace, luxe but low-key Italian décor and en suites with generously sized showers. Choose between rooms with sea or courtyard views, and upgrade to a suite for a terrace with Jacuzzi.

Food and drink

You’ll eat well at Villa Ducale, and best of all the exquisite cuisine is served alongside uninterrupted views from the terrace. Start with a breakfast of homemade frittata, breads and pastries together with freshly squeezed fruit juice; there’s even aubergine parmigiana and other savoury delights to keep you going. It’s worth sticking around for lunch too, with a seasonal three-course menu, while dinner is a feast of antipasti, pasta, fish or meat mains before dessert; try the caserecce pasta or whitefish timbale.
If that weren’t enough, between main meals Villa Ducale treats you to complimentary tea between 5-6pm and an antipasti buffet between 7-8pm – you won’t go hungry for longer than five minutes here. The bar keeps you hydrated throughout the day, too.

Facilities

The sumptuous lounge or breezy terrace is where to while away the hours at Villa Ducale. There’s even an outdoor hot tub in the lush gardens.

Activities at Hotel Villa Ducale

Aside from delving into the ancient heart of Taormina, we recommend climbing Mount Etna and visiting local villages like the medieval, hilltop-clinging Castelmola. Tour the local wineries and olive oil estates to see how Sicilian families grow and produce their unique varieties.

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Hotel location

The hotel provides a shuttle service to and from Taormina, which itself is a 1 hour drive from Catania Airport (70km).

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