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... attached to toilets; and access to loungers and umbrellas, near said activities, but at a cost...... a price you are more than willing to pay, I might add, after surveying the alternative.
We identified the most central lounging area and Paolo went off to pay for them; when I say them, I mean lounger 1, 2 and 3, which is what it said on our ticket, and where we were expected to lounge. This was made very clear to me when, 5 minutes after ...
So, we had planned to go to Etnaland today, home of water slides and rides, which the girls had been counting down the sleeps for, bit some bad behaviour put paid to that, I'm afraid!
Instead, we opted for a more low key day and headed to the beach at Fiumefreddo, about 8km down the road. The beach itself was quite rocky, and the water really cold, but we had a nice time ...
... around, especially Mt Etna. We went for lunch at Sine Tempore, which I found a little snooty and definitely didn't offer the the best pasta: Lia had veal a la limone, Nuka the Sine Tempore which had wild mushrooms, Paolo had a pasta that included fresh tomatoes and I had the Norma.
Using our our newfound energy, we made it back to our car and set off for Bronte, home of the pistachio. The GPS put our time of arrival at 3.30pm, perfectly timed to ...
... I was talking to a good friend of mine here who told me that she and a buddy were renting a car and driving through Sicily. She asked me if I wanted to come along. Even though I only had a couple days to spare, OF COURSE I SAID YES!! I flew to Catania where they picked me up and then we stayed in Taormina on an amazing beach named Nexos Beach. It was one of the first places that they Ancient Greeks occupied when they landed in Sicily. And I can see why! It is ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Belvedere Taormina
We had an amazing experience at Villa Belvedere iln Taormina. The staff was exceptionally nice and helpful. The grounds and hotel were amazingly beautiful and well-kept, the room and bathroom were good sized. The breakfast in the morning was so delicious. We were very sad to leave Villa Belvedere and all the nice people there, especially Joshua. I would defintely stay here again on a return visit to Taormina and highly recommend to all travelers.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Belvedere Taormina
Villa Belvedere - rude, arrogant, inhospitable
We are seasoned travellers, we are not spoiled brats. Of all Hotels in Sicily in which we stayed, this small hotel was the most rude, unconcerned and down right hostile. The British influence and their popularity at this hotel was evident, as an American
(two couples in our 60's) we really did get the
bottom of the barrel in rooms & service. Not
that we expected special treatment , we expected
the usual courtesy displayed in other Italian Hotels
of like reputation and rating. Our requests were
ignored and we were made to feel uninvited. What
a disapointment!!! Gringos stay away.
My wife and I stayed at this hotel for only one night, but wished it was for many more. We had an option of a non-view room or a smaller room with a terrace for less money. The receptionist, without any prompting, showed us the room with the terrace and it was a no brainer. Gorgeous views facing the gardens and sea had us hooked, no need to see the other room.
Set on a promontory overlooking Etna and the sea, the Belvedere is a delightful turn of the century building with lovely antiques in the halls and dining room (breakfast only); a charming cascading garden with stunning pool (unheated) and superb views of Etna and the coastline; very convenient to restaurants and boutiques but secluded once inside.
Spent a wonderful 10day holiday at Hotel Villa Belvedere when celebrating my 50th Birthday lastSeptember. This is our 4th time to Sicily, and when we return in the not too distant future, we shall endeavour to stay here again. We can thoroughly recommend this Hotel.
It is run very efficiently by very friendly staff. Although there is not a restaurant serving evening meals, there is a delightful poolside restaurant for lunches and snacks. Our view from the balcony was stunning of Mt. Etna and the Bay of Naxos. Please do not be put off by the lack of an evening meal here because if you walk out of the hotel door a really good restaurant is within a couple of minutes stroll towards the town opposite the Garden Gates to the Public Park.
Excellent, simple accommodation
Excellent 3 star hotel in superb location, with stunning views of Etna and the bay. Rooms comfortable, if simply furnished, with good bathrooms and satellite TV. Beautiful gardens with swimming pool. No restaurant, but light meals served by pool until 4.00 pm. Dozens of top quality restaurants nearby. Highly recommended for an unpretentious, relaxing stay.
A Beautiful Hotel with friendly staff
A lovely hotel with an excellent staff. The views of Etna and the sea below are beautiful. The location is good just a few blocks from the main center of town, Corso Umberto. There is a lift, parking and a small bar and lounge to enjoy. The gardens and pool are very nice as are the tastefully decorated rooms. I good find and worth the price.
Belvedere worth a look!
Just a few minutes walk from the park, the fantastic town centre, historic monuments and the cable car down to the beaches. Comfortable rooms and friendly staff. Good value and a hotel that encourages you to go out and enjoy the local restaurants and bars.
We stayed here for 2 nights during our honeymoon in June. The hotel and staff were very nice. Our room was comfortable and breakfast was very good. The hotel is nicely located above the sea and a short walk into town. We cannot wait to return to such a lovely place.
The Belvedire is ten minutes walk from the centre of Taormina on a quiet one-way road that makes it quiet at night. It has a swimming pool with bar that provides excellent lunches at reasonable prices. There are plenty of trees to provide shade during the heat of the middle oef the day. These are very important because Taormina is 400 metre above the beaches (though there is a cable car that cost about 1.5 Euro or a Pound).
Stayed for 3nights. Room simple but comfortable, with beautiful view from balcony. No restaurant, but breakfast OK, and staff recommended excellent restaurants nearby fo revening meal. Gardens beautifully kept, and swimming pool good too. Position excallent for exploring on foot, and they have a car park too-although6 euro a night seems a bit steep Cuold have paid a lot more in Taormina and not been so happy- a good mid-price choice