Luxury hotel holiday Hotel Villa Belvedere Taormina, Sicily

The 4-star, luxury, boutique Hotel Villa Belvedere, dating from 1902, stands amidst gardens of citrus trees, bougainvillaea, and palm trees on the site of an ancient almond orchard. Its 49 rooms and suites are elegant and decorated in warm, soft colours. Fresh pastries are served for breakfast. Take lunch under the citrus trees on the pool terrace, enjoying views of Mount Etna and the sea, or relax with a book in the lounge, before walking a few minutes to the lively centre of historic Taormina. The hotel also has a 3-bedroom villa, ideal for friends or a family.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Catania
  • Private car transfers
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa Belvedere, Taormina

Hotel Villa Belvedere is a delightful 4-star hotel boutique hotel with enchanting views of Mount Etna and the sea. The beautiful gardens and idyllic terrace make it an ideal spot to relax and recuperate after exploring historic Taormina.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 4

Location The hotel is 10-minutes' drive and short boat ride to Isola Bella

Annual opening 2 March to 23 November

Closest airport Catania Airport

Distance from airport The hotel is about 1-hour's drive from Catania Airport

Hotel facilities and services

Seasonal Swimming Pool and Restaurant, Bar, Panoramic Terrace, Lunch Restaurant (April-October), Parking (limited, Euro 16 per day), 24hr Room Service, Garden, Lift, 2 Guest Internet Desks, Complimentary Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel, Private Transfers, Use of beach towels, Reading Lounge, Minibus to Beaches, Laundry, Babysitting, Personalised Excursions.

Complimentary

Wi-Fi and use of pool/beach towels.

Land sports

Clay Courts 100m away, 18-hole Golf Club 25km away.

Out and about nearby

Taormina - Greek theatre, Mount Etna, Giardini Naxos and the coast, Agrigento, Messina. 

Sports nearby

Golf, Tennis, Watersports, Fishing, Canoeing, Scuba Diving.

Special offers for this holiday>

Beautiful hotel and location.
Mrs R, July 2019

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room with French balcony and sea view for 7 nights

From about

£1,150

Holiday Code IE121

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa Belvedere, Taormina

The Hotel Villa Belvedere is a 4-star hotel located centrally near the botanical gardens of Taormina, perched on a hill-side affording beautiful views of the coast and the countryside towards Mount Etna. Occupying an historic Sicilian villa, the Villa Belvedere offers comfortable accommodation in reasonably good sized bedrooms, some of which have a balcony with tables and chairs. The bedrooms are simply but pleasingly equipped with wi-fi throughout. There is a small, prettily furnished lounge with paintings and comfortable chairs, a cosy bar area nearby and on a floor below, a breakfast room. Outside there is a sun terrace and swimming pool reached through terraced luxuriant gardens of tropical plants and bougainvillaea, above which tower immense palm trees. On the terrace by the pool, tasty light lunches are served. The Hotel Villa Belvedere can also arrange for you to join local excursions to all the major sites and places of interest. It is a comfortable, boutique hotel in a perfect location for exploring the local area and larger towns nearby.

Room descriptions

Hotel Villa Belvedere has 49 rooms with en suite facilities including a bath or shower and wc, satellite television, WiFi, telephone, hairdryer, safe, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities (replenished daily free of charge) and air-conditioning.

Double or Twin Room with French balcony and sea view
Double or Twin Room with sun terrace and sea view

Special offers for this holiday>

Beautiful hotel and location.
Mrs R, July 2019

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room with French balcony and sea view for 7 nights

From about

£1,150

Holiday Code IE121

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa Belvedere, Taormina

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Hotel Villa Belvedere in Sicily, our clients usually fly to Catania airport. From the airport, we recommend a private car transfer which we would include in our holiday price, or we recommend that you use a hire-car for the duration of your holiday, especially if you want to tour the region. If you are staying at this hotel as part of a tailor-made touring holiday, we would include a hire-car for the itinerary.

Additional information

Children: Children 2 years or under stay free of charge and there are reductions available for children sharing with 2 adults. A cot can be provided on request for a supplement.

Other information: About one and a half hours' drive to Milazzo. 

Special offers

Complimentary lunch offer summer 2020 Receive a complimentary lunch when you book a stay of 7 nights or more between 1 April and 31 October 2020 (excluding drinks and service charge).

Honeymoon offer 2020 Book a honeymoon stay and receive welcome flowers, fruit and a bottle of Italian sparkling wine.

Beautiful hotel and location.
Mrs R, July 2019

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Double room with French balcony and sea view for 7 nights

From about

£1,150

Holiday Code IE121

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Villa Belvedere, Taormina

About Sicily

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Sicily allows visitors to discover a unique and captivating island. The rich tapestry of Mediterranean history can be witnessed on the southerly island of Sicily, fascinating not only for its amazing blend of cultures including Greek, Arab, Byzantine and Norman and its architectural treasures which reflect these influences but also for its breath-taking scenery of coast, parched mountains and fertile groves of almonds, oranges, lemons and olives. The people are proud and independent, reserved but sincere and helpful. Traditions thrive to an extent that the atmosphere of Sicily is unrecognisable in the context of other parts of Italy further north. The towns and villages are contrasting with picture postcard scenes of mediaeval labyrinthine alleyways adorned by wrought-iron balconies and baskets of flowers or severe dilapidation punctuated by grand Baroque or austere Norman cathedrals and churches. Additionally, there are of course some of the most important sites of the ancient Greek world such as the temples at Agrigento, the theatre at Taormina and numerous relics at Siracusa, reputedly one of the most beautiful cities of the Greek world. High above the island looms Mount Etna, one of the largest volcanoes in the world and an awe-inspiring sight. Off the north coast of Sicily, the beautiful Aeolian Islands offer escape and remoteness, natural scenery and a startling light, a sleepy way of life and romantic isolation. A holiday in Sicily appeals for those who want typical rest and relaxation with cultural activities at hand, and for those who want to be more adventurous and experience more of this captivating island.

Highlights of Sicily

An ascent of Mount Etna, partly by car and then further on foot (guides available) through the luxuriant vegetation which includes oranges and lemons, bougainvillaea and poinsettias and then higher up the groves of walnuts, cherries, almonds, pistachios and vines. Palermo is known for its street markets, especially Vucciria and Ballaro, where traders and hawkers, pickpockets and shoppers converge amongst narrow streets and stalls of wares. See the traditional costumes and dialect of Piana degli Albanesi, where Albanians settled in the 15th Century. Revel in the splendid site of Taormina above the sea with views to Etna. Local crafts include cork, ceramics, honey, embroidery, raffia. Enjoy the calm and remoteness of the Aeolian Islands with their clear waters, beautiful scenery and peaceful way of life. Enjoy the gardens of the Villa Giulia in Palermo and the Public Gardens in Taormina.

Cultural highlights of Sicily

Palermo contains some of the greatest Arab-Norman buildings in existence - San Giovanni degli Eremiti, the Palazzo Reale with its striking Cappella Palatina and La Martorana. Monreale outside Palermo is the greatest work of Norman architecture in Sicily and contains beautiful 12th and 13th Century mosaics and cloisters. The Doric temples of the 5th Century BC in the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Cefalu has the `Portrait of a Man` by Antonello da Messina, dating from 1465 in its Museo Mandralisca.

Festivals in Sicily

Many Sicilian local festivals are linked to Saints’ Days. A few of the most well-known festivals generally include Carnival celebrations in Taormina and Acireale. Easter is celebrated especially in Trapani, Marsala and Piana degli Albanesi. Messina celebrates Ferragosto on the 15th August with a firework display over the Straits. The Sagra del Mandorlo in Fiore takes place in Agrigento in the first and second weeks of February to celebrate the almond blossom. Taormina Arte is a summer festival of music, cinema, ballet and theatre, held in the Greek theatre. The Palio dei Normanni takes place in Piazza Armeria in August.

Gastronomy in Sicily

The gastronomy of Sicily, like much of the culture of the island, has been heavily influenced by its history. Cuscus is a Sicilian version of couscous, and marzipan features heavily in sweets. Local produce includes citrus fruits, almonds, capers, olives, peppers and fish. Local specialities include Maccheroni con le sarde (pasta with sardines, fennel, raisins, pine nuts and saffron), Pesce spada (grilled sword fish), 'alla Siciliana' with capers, red peppers and herbs. Cassata is a popular dessert made with ricotta, candied fruit and pistachios and Cannoli are almond biscuits stuffed with ricotta. Sicily produces a variety of red and white wines including Corvo di Salaparuta and Etna, Marsala and Malvasia.

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