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Why Stay At Hotel Imperiale
At Sicily's Hotel Imperiale, it's all about the resort amenities: a poolside bar; expert massage services at the 2,800-square-foot spa; seasonal Sicilian cooking at Ristorante Anfiteatro; even a rooftop garden with expansive views of the coast.
Taormina is one of Sicily's most beautiful villages, set among seaside cliffs and filled with striking architecture, including the iconic third-century Greek amphitheater and a number of historic villas. One of the best places to take in the panoramas is Hotel Imperiale, where 63 rooms and 14 suites are furnished with enormous windows that overlook the rambling rocky mountains and cobalt Naxos Bay. And though much of the point of traveling to Taormina is to visit the local pebbled beaches and explore the ancient town—to that end, the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service—guests at the Hotel Imperiale often pass the days at the hotel's spa (complete with Turkish baths and ice room), or spend time lounging by the pool area, taking in the views from the rooftop garden, or dining on house-made rigatoni and sea urchin ragù at the hotel's Ristorante Anfiteatro.
Don't miss the Hotel Imperiale's organized day trips for a round of golf at Il Picciolo Golf Club or volcano trekking up Mount Etna (excursions from $37).
Il Caparena Beach Club and Il Lido Stockholm, both three miles outside of Taormina, are exclusive beaches with some of the best sunbathing in the region. The concierge at Hotel Imperiale can organize a transfer, as well as ensure you're allowed in.
Arrive at Catania Fontanarossa (CTA) which is approximately 27 miles from the hotel. Anticipate about 60 minutes of travel time.Via Circonvallazione 11, Taormina, Italy
Hotel FeaturesBack to Top Property Amenities
- Spa on property
- Meeting Facilities
- Internet Access
- Shower or Whirlpool Baths
- Hair Dryers
- Mini Bars
- Electronic Safes
- Spacious Closets
- Bar + Lounge
- 2-person max occupancy in the Deluxe Sea Room
- 2-person + 1 child max occupancy in the Junior Suite; no charge for children under 4. For children 5-9, an additional charge of 45 euros per day applies.
- Spa Access
- Hotel taxes
Why We Love Taormina
A historical feast with 300 days of sun per year, spectacular landscapes, and a vibrant culinary scene, Sicily is becoming one of Italy's buzziest destinations.
172 Corso Umberto. 011-39-0942-24983
Dinner for two $80.
Best Beach: Sunbathers-in-the-know come to the Isola Bella, a strip of smooth blue pebbles and sea glass, which is connected via a thin sandbar to the mainland of Taormina.
Where to Drink: The wine cellar located below the popular Ristorante a'Zammara may be Taormina's best. Pick up a few bottles: all of the top Sicilian wines—from Donnafugata to Tasca D'Almerita—are available, and there is also a wide variety of bottles from Piemonete and the Veneto.
15 Via F.lli Bandiera. 011-39-0942-24408
Why Go Now
Taormina Film Festival
In its 57th season, the film festival screens new and classic films in Taormina's Greek Temple overlooking Naxos Bay.
Third week in July
Taormina Jazz Festival
Taormina's public squares, Greek Theatre, and seaside venues are filled with revelers during this music and jazz celebration hosted by the city of Taormina.
July 1-15, 2012
Taormina Book Festival
Literary types descend on Taormina in July to debate modern and classic literature from around the globe.